New Music Tuesday: 6-2-09

If you liked The Sounds‘ first two albums, you will love Crossing the Rubicon. If you’ve never heard The Sounds, you will love Crossing the Rubicon.

OK, perhaps you aren’t into synthy-pop rock with a hot Swedish bisexual singer named Maja Ivarsson, but I can’t really imagine why not. Think 1979-based Blondie with even more sex appeal and an accent, and you will be into this band. Crossing the Rubicon is a racing heartbeat-paced album that is perfectly timed for the first week of June, meaning it’s time to roll down your windows and turn up the party music.

And if you’re like Maja, time to put on your hot pants.

Here’s what else is new this week:

Butterfly BoucherScary Fragile (Nettwerk Records)

The Aussie singer/songwriter originally released this album in 2007 as a limited release, and now it’s available everywhere and digitally. Her songs are sexy and very much like her former tour mate Sarah McLachlan‘s.

Girl in a ComaTrio B.C. (Blackheart Records)

With a mix of rockabilly and alternative ’90s rock sound, the band’s follow-up to Both Before I’m Gone is more polished but with grungy grit still in tact. Fans will not be disappointed.

Vanessa WilliamsThe Real Thing (Concord Records)

Who didn’t love “Save the Best for Last?” If you can remember Vanessa’s ’90s slow jam fondly like I can, then maybe you’d be up for giving her new album a spin. That’s what it is, really — adult contemporary love songs. Try it out if that’s your bag.

What are you listening to this week?