Welcome to a new semi-regular feature on The Frisky in which we comb through all the new releases in books and music, and present you with our top picks. We’re calling it “Like This, Love That” — think of it as a human “Amazon Recommends,” or that friend of yours who’s always on top of the newest and the latest. Check out our picks for this week — including new albums from Robin Thicke and Backstreet Boys — after the jump!
Robin Thicke, Blurred Lines: Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard this album’s title track and are aware of its resulting “controversy.” No matter! If you dig JT or the white-boy soul of Jamie Liddell, then the son of Alan Thicke will do you right.
Backstreet Boys, In A World Like This: Drop your preconceptions about BSB, because their latest deserves a listen even from boy band haters. Combining catchy Bruno Mars-like pop with unexpectedly moody moments akin to Vampire Weekend, it’s the perfect soundtrack for laid back late summer days.
AlunaGeorge, Body Music: I’ve been psyched for this album ever since hearing AlunaGeorge on the Disclosure album, and great news — it does not disappoint! This is perfect, gritty summertime music, so if you love Disclosure or sister act Haim, then this you’ll have this on repeat.
The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood: This summer has seen a lot of twisty novels that explore the dark psyches of young women. This debut novel by Alex Marwood sits comfortably in between picks like Dark Places by Gillian Flynn and Dare Me by Megan Abbott. A must-read.
The Sound Of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez: This novel, just published in English today, is a masterful story about the effect of narrative on human lives. If you found yourself enchanted by the work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez or Robert Bolaño’s The Savage Detectives, then this is just the thing.
Dear Life by Alice Munro: I find that Munro takes a little patience (start with The Progress of Love if you’re intimidated), but her latest (now in paperback) is a good way to transition out of summer’s breezy beach reads into something with a little more bite. If you enjoyed The Burgess Boys” by Elizabeth Strout, this will be a nice step up.