The best new music of the week: Tame Impala, Tina Turner and more

By Nicholas Jennings

As music columnist for, each week I’ll bring you my selections for the best and most notable new music, albums you’re going to want to add to your collection plus a five-song playlist to try out. Happy listening!

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Tame ImpalaCurrents
Kevin Parker forsakes his penchant for psych-rock and indulges his taste for moody dream-pop on his band’s third album. It’s a bold sonic reinvention—as the title of one his new songs states, “Yes, I’m Changing.” Fans of Lonerism may be disappointed, but adventurous listeners will embrace Parker’s experimental streak. Guitars are exchanged for synths and gauzy soundscapes as the hirsute frontman reveals his life is in transition, both in relationships and perspectives, on tracks like the disco-tinged “Less I Know the Better” and the trippy lounge number “Cause I’m a Man.”

Tina TurnerPrivate Dancer 30th Anniversary Edition
Turner became one of the biggest stars of the ’80s thanks to this hit-filled breakthrough album that launched her astonishing comeback. The original 10 tracks, including “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” have all been remastered and sound more thrilling than ever. The bonus second disc is packed with countless goodies, including B-sides, non-album singles and a beat-crazed extended remix of “Better Be Good to Me.” Even better are the live renditions. David Bowie joins her on his song “Tonight” and it doesn’t get much better than Turner and Bryan Adams out-rasping each other on the classic “It’s Only Love.”


Various artistsNina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone
Lauryn Hill dominates this 16-track homage to the legendary singer-pianist, but Mary J. Blige almost steals the show with her soulful rendition of “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.”

Iron & Wine and Ben BridwellSing Into My Mouth
Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam and Band of Horses’ Bridwell team up for a covers album, injecting folk and country flavors into classics like Talking Heads’ “This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody).”

Lucy RoseWork It Out
The English singer-songwriter, who’s sung with Manic Street Preachers and Bombay Bicycle Club, covers all the bases on her sophomore album, from breezy pop (“Our Eyes”) to moody rock (“Köln”).

Scarlett JaneScarlett Jane
Canadians Andrea Ramolo and Cindy Doire, who together form Scarlett Jane, make sweet ’n’ sultry country music best heard on the spooky “I Grew Wild” and the lonesome ode “Come Away with Me.”


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