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New releases: J. Cole, Phonte, Van Hunt, The Bangles

September 27, 2011 - 12:18 PM
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J. Cole, Cole World: The Sideline Story

The Internet says: "Cole is a deft rapper, clever but not obsessed with his own cleverness, interested in au courant beats but not fixated on them. There’s nothing particularly dramatic about his debut — it’s simply a better version of albums that get made all the time." (The Washington Post)

Watch: The video for the Trey Songz-assisted high-life-ish track "Can't Get Enough."

Phonte, Charity Starts at Home

The Internet says: "Undeniably, Charity Starts At Home reminds why the rapper has been a darling of the underground for years." (XXL)

Watch: Phonte hold his forehead while you listen to the standout track "Not Here Anymore," featuring Elzhi, and produced by 9th Wonder.

The Bangles, Sweetheart of the Sun

The Internet says: "[T]wo decades after they stopped mattering, the Bangles continue to sound pretty great." (The Atlantic)

Watch: Some old photos of the group flash by as you listen to new single "Under A Cloud."

Van Hunt, What Were You Hoping For?

The Internet says:"Van Hunt follows an unusual muse. He started his career as a promising alterna-soul singer, but even that loose category didn't leave sufficient room for his wonderful imagination. The new CD shows just how far it can roam." (NY Daily News)

Watch: Not much to watch, here, but listen to the track "Plum" from the new album.

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