Jamie T


Album: Panic Prevention

Label: Virgin/EMI

Released: Aug. 28

**** (out of five)

This scrappy, snot-nosed 21-year-old ragamuffin from the London suburb of Wimbledon has a talent for writing catchy tunes about youth, alcohol and violence.

At times Panic Prevention sounds similar to Billy Bragg — minus the political depth — and at other times like a hip-hop remix of early-’80s Clash. Though he may be putting on airs to boost his rapscallion-from-the-streets image, Jamie

T’s cheeky style still makes Panic Prevention a bloody good listen.

Amos The Transparent

Album: Everything I’ve Forgotten To Forget

Label: Pop Culture Records

Released: Aug. 28

**** (out of five)

Simple yet thoughtful, Amos The Transparent is far from invisible but rousingly thin in texture from the first note on Title Track through the last puttering string of I’m On Trial.

Charming, melodic vocals donate a constant harmony to the album, rounded out with a vocal appearance by Stars and Broken Social Scene songbird Amy Millan. Brief surges in orchestral stimulation fill Everything I’ve Forgotten To Forget with well-timed musical surprise and measures that are quickly memorable.

Rilo Kiley

Album: Under The Blacklight

Label: Warner

Released: Aug. 21

*** (out of five)

Fluorescent and endearing are the fronting vocals of Jenny Lewis on the fourth studio album from L.A. foursome Rilo Kiley. The reunion of members who share connections with The Postal Service, Bright Eyes and The Elected produces a playful, easy to listen to electronic smidgen of alternative rock at it’s unfortunately less than best. Dreamy and well engineered, Under The Blacklight maintains attention but is simply not distinct enough to deserve overwhelming praise. Still, Rilo Kiley’s efforts are clear, illuminating the tungsten of hope for a fifth offering.