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This very english band has now made three of my favorite albums of the 21st century. alt-J weaves unimaginable and otherworldly tales. Sometimes their art-rock songs lean heavily on folk traditions — their version of “House Of The Rising Sun” or their inclusion of lines from the Irish tune “The Auld Triangle” on “Adeline” or Shakespearean references in “3WW” come to mind.

(That title refers to “3 worn words”: “I love you.”) And there are also lots of other literary references, including “Pleader,” inspired by Richard Llewellyn’s book How Green Was My Valley and Truman Capote’s In Cold BloodBut with all that said, it’s the sonic soundscapes that make these eight songs an album worth spending time with; no one makes music like this. “Relaxer” is choral, quirky and bewildering.

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