This Month’s Good Music

Four records so good, you’ll actually feel guilty for illegally downloading them.

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Family Tree,
Nick Drake

A raw, languid set of previously unreleased home recordings from the British folk singer who found fame only after his death in 1974 at 26. Highlights include “Cocaine Blues,” “Been Smokin’ Too Long,” and Bob Dylan’s “Tomorrow Is a Long Time.”

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Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga,
Spoon

Six records in, Spoon somehow finds ten new ways to make three-minute pop songs lush, expansive, and near perfect.

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Octopus,
A Band of Bees

A strange, healthy marriage of funk, reggae, soul, and Brit pop. Trumpets and electric organs meet acoustic guitar and wry humor.

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Version,
Mark Ronson

The DJ/producer/celebrity throws a Stax-like soul sheen on Radiohead, the Smiths, and Ryan Adams, and coaxes better-than-their-own-records cameos from Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse.

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