New and Good, 5/28/2013
by Dan Weiss | May 30, 2013
This week, Vampire Weekend celebrates one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the year thus far and its speedy single "Diane Young," which Auto-Tunes rockabilly of all things. More quietly (as is their nature), The National expand their reach with the introspective "Sea of Love." John Fogerty returns with a little help from his friends, remaking classic hits with pairings like the Foo Fighters on "Fortunate Son." Alice in Chains return with the compellingly sour funk-grunge of "Stone," and Jay-Z helps The-Dream create "High Art." Crystal Fighters' "You & I" may just mark an Afro-Cuban-influenced first for indie-dance fare, and Gretchen Wilson speeds full-force into straight garage rock on "Everybody Wants You." All this and more in this week's new release highlights.