Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me: Just released last week, Newsom's third studio album follows the powerful predecessors, Ys and The Milk-Eyed Mendor. The album is actually three discs, which for some might be a bit of an overkill but I personally think it's a step forward for Newsom and a solid third album. It reminds me a lot of The Milk-Eyed Mendor but a little more mature. Something that I noticed though, her voice isn't "unique" as usual, I guess you could say? Newsom's voice is one of the things that make her great, I really hope her record company didn't tell her to alter that because the voice is included in the whole Joanna package and fans wouldn't want it any other way.
Gorillaz - Plastic Beach This doesn't come out until March 9 but you can hear the entire album via stream on NPR's website. In their third studio album, Gorillaz come back with what they do best - euro dance songs by the "heart throb" (as they like to call him,) 2-D, rap songs by big teddy bear Russel and high pitch visceral vocals in between songs by Noodle...Murdoc is in there too but, he's just too cool to sing, I think. Have fun with this album...that's all Gorillaz would want for you.