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by Justin Farrar

April 10, 2012

Top 15 Rock Albums, April 2012

by Justin Farrar  |  April 10, 2012

This month's Top 15 is packed with great music. But the two records sitting at the very top, Dr. John's Locked Down and Alabama Shakes' Boys & Girls, contain some of the very best rock and soul you'll hear all year, especially if you're a fan of the classic stuff from the 1960s and '70s. Reviving the sweat-soaked cries and howls unique to vintage Southern soul, Shakes lead singer Brittany Howard can count among her most ardent admirers Jack White. Dude has good taste.

Of course, don't sleep on any of these other albums, either. The All-American Rejects' Kids in the Street is a slyly crafted stab at power pop that will have you making all kinds of fervid comparisons to Blue Album-era Weezer and early Green Day. The foxy Lzzy Hale and the rest of Halestorm return with The Strange Case Of..., easily the group's most metal-oriented album to date. Speaking of the heavy stuff, there's a triple shot of post-grunge: My Darkest Days, Shinedown and Atom Smash all dropped new titles full of big riffs and even bigger hooks. Last but not least, all you Elvis Costello fans will be stoked when you hear the pub-rock legend's new live album. It totally smokes.

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