The DT3 – Our top new music releases for March 9

DT3 3-9-2011Each week the Digital Trends staff selects three albums that we think you should know about. Not in-depth reviews, just passing on some music we like.

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Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes

Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes

Swedish indie songstress Lykke Li returns with her sophomore album after 2007’s critical hit Youth Novels. On Wounded Rhymes, Li shows a darker, more vulnerable side with several quiet, somber ballads. It’s an album of ups and downs (both in a good way) as next to the ballads come energetic, powerful hits like “Get Some” and “I Follow Rivers.”

Wye Oak – Civilian

Wye Oak - Civilian

Civilian is the third studio album for Baltimore duo Wye Oak, and the two are still plugging away at their unique brand of dream pop with a bit of psych-rock and folk experimentation thrown into the mix. Singer Jenn Wasner’s voice guides listeners into the songs quietly, but after some build up, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Andy Stacks takes listeners out with some solo-worthy jams.

Glee Cast – Volume 5

Glee Cast - Volume 5

A bit of a departure from our other two picks, we know, but everyone needs some guilty-pleasure belt ’em out in the shower tunes sometimes. The cast of TVs favorite (and just about only) musical belts out a prime selection of covers including the group’s mash-up of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Heads Will Roll,” an impressive take on Katy Perry’s “Firework,” and a heartfelt rendition of the Fleetwood Mac classic “Landslide.” Even Gwyneth Paltrow gets in on that last song, and she’s not half bad.

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