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The Washington Post

A selection of notable new recordings we heard in August.

Brad Paisley, "Moonshine in the Trunk": The country superstar calls his terrific 11th album "a Mason jar half full," meaning it might be drunk on its own optimism. But if anyone can pull this stuff off it's Paisley, who continues to sing about American exceptionalism with humor and heft.

DJ Mustard, "10 Summers": Debut albums rarely double as victory laps, but it's been an extraordinary year for DJ Mustard, the Los Angeles producer responsible for this summer's most exquisite hip-hop singles. The 12 songs on "10 Summers" don't seem tailored for radio like Mustard's flashier hits, but as a body of work, this thing feels as delightful as it does durable.

Naomi Punk, "Television Man": So if math rock is punk's answer to prog, is this Olympia, Washington, trio practicing addition or subtraction? Are these tunes being hastily assembled or crudely ripped to bits? Are things speeding up or slowing down? Is color being infused or drained? Will any of this be on the test?

Sunny Sweeney, "Provoked": On her third album, Sweeney sings about lonely hearts, cheating hearts and busted hearts with her chin up, proving she still belongs alongside Miranda Lambert and Gretchen Wilson on Nashville's A-list of no-guff-takers.