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Dirty Projectors: 'Swing Lo Magellan'

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As subtly disorienting an experience as Swing Lo Magellan is, it represents a move to center by indie rock’s most unflinchingly avant-garde outfit. When ringleader Dave Longstreth referred to this new album as “an album of songs,” he wasn’t being coy, just remarking on the fact that Swing Lo Magellan is — more than previous Dirty Projectors’ efforts — concerned with (gorgeous) songs rather than with sketches or experiments. Not to worry, though: raw mixes, soaring operatic harmonies, and off-kilter percussion still lend an endearing and rewardingly complex art school quality to the album.

★★★★ (out of 5 stars)

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