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June 03, 2008
New CD Album Releases, 6-3-2008: Jewel Kilcher, Aimee Mann, Dr John, Elton John re-issues I've been listening to @#%&*! Smilers, the seventh solo album from Aimee Mann. She generally strikes me as a competent basic singer-songwriter type, who has had at least a couple of transcendent moments - "Voices Carry" and "Save Me" definitely. I'm not hearing anything here on that level, but it's got some flavor in the arrangements and at least a few half decent hooks. You'd probably like this if you're into this kind of thing. You might start by looking for "Freeway." This one sounds most like a proper pop song. It's about the catchiest thing here.
On the one hand, Jewel Kilcher is a sincere and thoughtful singer-songwriter type, broadly like Aimee Mann - but maybe even cuter. But her main good career making hit didn't so much strike me personally, as my soul isn't particularly needing saved. In any case, this new Perfectly Clear is her seventh album.
After affecting a Britney Spears personnae for a minute, she's now made an official "country" album, produced by John Rich, of Big & Rich. "Country" would seem to come a lot closer to her natural artistic personality. Most interestingly, Jewel says that she's been saving up some of these country songs for years, waiting for the right record to on which to put songs written as far back as age 18.
Dr. John and the Lower 911 have City That Care Forgot, obviously a post-Katrina album for his beloved NOLA. Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton and Ani DiFranco are among the performers.
Here's the listing of this week's new album releases, courtesy AMG:
Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes Sub Pop Indie Rock
The Futureheads This Is Not the World Nul New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Indie Rock
Jewel Perfectly Clear Valory Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Country
Ladytron Velocifero Nettwerk Indie Electronic
Aimee Mann @#%&*! Smilers SuperEgo Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Radiohead The Best Of [US Limited Edition] Capitol Britpop, Alternative Pop/Rock, Experimental Rock, Indie Electronic
Gavin Rossdale Wanderlust Interscope Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
Weezer Weezer (Red Album) Geffen Alternative Pop/Rock, Punk-Pop
Ashanti The Declaration The Inc./UniversalMotown Urban, Contemporary R&B
Bitter:Sweet Drama Quango Fontana Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Downbeat, Electronica
Herbert Blomstedt Nielsen: Symphonies 1-6; Overtures; Concertos; Wind Quintet; Piano Music EMI Classics Modern Orchestral and Chamber Music
Bregovic, Goran Goran Bregovic: Karmen Mercury Contemporary Opera
Chris Brown Exclusive: The Forever Edition CBE/Jive/Zomba Urban, Contemporary R&B
Ulla van Daelen Shalimar Atracao Classical, Romantic and Contemporary Music for Harp
Disturbed Indestructible Reprise Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Rap-Metal
Dr. John and the Lower 911 City That Care Forgot 429 New Orleans R&B, New Orleans Blues, Electric Blues
Harvey Milk Life...The Best Game in Town Hydra Head Experimental Rock, Noise-Rock, Indie Rock