Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
"The Speed of Things"
Producers: Joshua Epstein, Daniel Zott, Ben West
label: Warner Bros.
Release date: Oct. 8
The artful Detroit duo rolls on as the bastard child of the Flaming Lips and the Beach Boys on its second album. But "The Speed of Things" shows significant growth beyond 2011's "It's a Corporate World," with tighter, more focused songcraft that lets the pair's playful sonics support rather than star in these 13 tracks. -Gary Graff