One of R&B’s most accomplished songwriters makes another bid for stardom in his own career this week, with The-Dream delivering his long-awaited fifth album. The famed hitmaker stands alone as far as big-name, mainstream R&B is concerned this week, but there are other lesser-knowns making noise with new releases. A couple of college rock bands, an acclaimed flautist, a pop quartet and a trip-hop legend are all delivering solid albums.
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So here are this week’s coolest new releases …