Test your headphones with these five albums

Posted: February 22, 2013

1ERIC BURDON

On "Til Your River Runs Dry" (ABKCO), this voice of authority still growls like an Animal but ruminates like a confident yet world-weary blues rocker.

2SONS OF ROGUE GALLERY

Philly-spawned producer Hal Willner grew up listening to Gene Shay on WXPN (88.5 FM). He passes on the knowledge with "Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys" (Anti), his second double-disc of tunes recast with contemporary artists and offbeat arrangements.

3RON SEXSMITH

He's a master of subtle understatement and mellifluous good taste, yet always wears heart and hurt on his sleeve. Mitchell Froom supervised "Forever Endeavour" (Warner Canada/Cooking Vinyl), an artsy production.

4TIM GREEN

"Songs From This Season" (True Melody Music), jazz saxophonist/composer Tim Green's debut, will sit nicely with your favorite Pat Metheny and Weather Report. Contributors include vibraphone wiz Warren Wolf .

5FOXYGEN

Like psychedelic albums of yore, this Cali-duo's trippy, Stones-influenced "We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic" (Jagjaguwar) demands you lie prone and plastered.

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