Finally. After an intense new music drought in 2009, this week brings a slew of titles from Flavorwire obsessions, both old (the Beastie Boys) and new (The Pains of Being Pure at Heart). Find our seriously condensed reviews of albums from Lily Allen, the Beasties, Lonely Island, Ben Lee, and TPOBPAH after the jump, along with links to stream their latest tracks. Feel free to drop your own five word review in the comments area.
Lily Allen – It’s Not Me It’s You Summed up in five words or less: Less vulnerable, lost her spark. [Via Washington Post] Preview| Buy the Record
Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique (20th Anniversary Edition)Summed up in five words or less: No extra songs, but commentary. [Via Stereogum] Preview | Buy the Record
Lonely Island – IncredibadSummed up in five words or less: White hip-hop kids are funny. [Via NYT]Preview | Buy the Record
Ben Lee – The Rebirth of Venus Summed up in five words or less: Ben Lee’s all growed up. [Via Paste] Preview| Buy the Record
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – The Pains of Being Pure at HeartSummed up in five words or less: Second wavers with mainstream appeal. [Via Pitchfork]Preview| Buy the Record