sTarflyer 59 the Changing of the Guard (Tooth and Nail Records) FOR FANS OF: Radiohead, Vampire Weekend QQQQ Starflyer may not find a home on the top ten charts of Christian music, but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve a spot. The California based band, fronted by Jason Martin (Joy Electric) has proven that some things only get better with time. Newest effort The Changing of the Guard is a quiet example of authentic and quirky art. Anchored by sweeping arrangements and soothing, melancholy vocal, every song is a jewel. Standout tracks include the redemptive “The Morning rise/ Frightened Eyes,” which illuminates the joy that roots this stunning effort. –Grace S. Cartwright WE LIKE: “Trucker’s Son” KuTless It Is well (Extended Edition) (BEC) FOR FANS OF: Jeremy Camp, Third Day, Casting Crowns QQ Adding extras to stimulate fourth quarter sales of their latest worship bestseller, Kutless gifts fans with one brand new studio recording (a cover of FEE’s “Beautiful the Blood”) and four live cuts from their recent arena tour. But new material merely expands the package with boring covers, rather than upping the ante with original gems. If you are a Kutless newbie, this is certainly a best buy. otherwise, save your pennies for the Gold-sellers’ next studio release. –Andrew Greer WE LIKE: “Beautiful the Blood” The almosT Monster, Monster Deluxe Edition (Tooth and Nail Records) FOR FANS OF: Everyday Sunday, Foo Fighters QQQ deluxe editions must be something pretty special to entice listeners to purchase them again...The Almost offers a fairly convincing record with the release of their 2009 album, Monster, Monster. It gives devoted fans of their rock (think Thrice on a softer day) sound a crisp four extra songs, including the catchy “out west” that actually sounds like early Switchfoot. The only somewhat mediocre track is the formulaic “wrong.” regardless, fans will most likely gleefully indulge themselves in this re-release. –Grace S. Cartwright WE LIKE: “July” roCK revieWs All release dates and album titles are subject to change. For the most up-to-date release schedule, visit www.todayschristianmusic.com/new-releases. roCK neW releases 11.09.2010 UNdEroATH Ø (DISaMBIGUatIOn) (TooTH & NAIL rECordS/ EMICMG) 11.16.2010 NorMA JEAN nOrMa JEan (3 CD) (TooTH ANd NAIL rECordS/ EMICMG) AS THEY SLEEP DYnaStY (TooTH ANd NAIL rECordS/ EMICMG) FM STATIC 3 OUt OF 4 aIn’t BaD (3 CD) TooTH ANd NAIL/EMICMG HASTE THE dAY COnCErnInG thE waY It waS (3 CD) (TooTH ANd NAIL/EMICMG) roCk 42 CCM