Best Albums: Blueprint, Death, Eels

This week’s best albums

– With his latest, hip-hop MC Blueprint deserves the respect he’s demanding.

– Proto-punk band Death releases a collection of outtakes and demos that hints at the many directions the band could have taken.

– For the 11th Eels album, band leader Mark Oliver Everett — a.k.a. “E” — opts for a more confessional approach than ever before.

Honorable mentions

The Shackeltons: Records (Think Loud)

William Ryan Fritch: Emptied Animal (Lost Tribe Sound)