The Knife, Shaking the Habitual (Mute): This Swedish electronic-pop duo’s fourth album, a delightful patchwork of danceable beats and eerie samples, is an art gallerist’s dream soundtrack.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Mosquito (Interscope): Despite topping the charts a few years ago with “Maps,” the New York band sounds as gritty and ferocious as ever on its fourth studio album.
Charles Bradley, Victim of Love (Daptone): The 64-year-old Brooklyner they call the “Screaming Eagle of Soul” sounds like he was plucked out of Detroit in 1963 and loaded onto your iPod.
George Benjamin, Written on Skin (Nimbus): A former student of Messiaen, who likened him to Mozart, Benjamin has composed a thrilling new opera The New Yorker calls “a masterpiece.”
Wayne Shorter, Without a Net (Blue Note): Nothing sounds premeditated on this live album—and 79-year-old Shorter and his band sound as surprised and delighted as their listeners with the results.