Picks and Pans Review: Recent Raves

updated 09/06/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/06/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

ARCADE FIRE

The Suburbs

This septet is back with an epic set that is one of the best rock albums you'll hear all year, covering richer musical and emotional terrain than you might expect to find from the land of soccer moms.

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TOM JONES

Praise & Blame

Taking on traditional gospel and blues, the 70-year-old delivers a praiseworthy effort. Best is a haunting version of Bob Dylan's "What Good Am I."

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KYLIE MINOGUE

Aphrodite

The Aussie goddess nails what may be the best album of her career, with Madonna's Confessions on a Dance Floor producer Stuart Price at the helm.

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DWELE

W.ants W.orld W.omen

You can hear just why Kanye West recruited Dwele to sing on "Flashing Lights" and his new single "Power." This is a first-class neo-soul affair.

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