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March 30, 2010
New CD Album Releases, 3-30-2010: Erykah Badu, Alan Jackson, Usher, Joan Armatrading There are a lot of big names with new albums this week, but Erykah Badu is the one making the ink. She has a new album New Amerykah, Pt. 2: Return of the Ankh. She actually had a hit with "On and On" once, but it's been a little slow sense. Or at least I for one can't remember any other song she's done, and I know I've heard a couple of her albums.
That being the case brings us to the desperate need for publicity that became the famous "Window Seat" nude video shoot at Daley Plaza in Dallas. Sad to see ol' girl reduced to working the pole, but what're you going to do? A gal's got to earn a living. Of course, I'm just kidding. I realize that this was not just desperate whoring but a Serious Political Statement that simply required her to take off all her clothes in public for the camera.
On the hopefully more artistically substantive level, This Charming Life is something like the 20th album from Joan Armatrading. I mostly think of Armatrading as being an acoustic folky singer-songwriter, but what I'm hearing from this album sounds surprisingly musically aggressive. It surely merits a good listen.
Freight Train is the 18th album from Alan Jackson. I like the guy and all, but for the life of me I don't see why people (or women) are so enamored of him, as most of his records pretty much sound near exactly the same.
I would otherwise have little interest in the cheap and cheesy r&b drama of Usher, except that he was characterized and parodied so lovingly well in The Boondocks episode "Tom and Sarah and Usher" that just getting to type his silly name gives me pleasure. The Boondocks are just that good. Actually had me listening to frickin' R Kelly at one point.
Oh yeah, his new album is called Raymond v Raymond. It is his seventh album. Dig this record company spiel: "Raymond v Raymond takes you on a journey through the dichotomy of man." That promo shtick is more interesting than anything in the previews of the actual album.
Here's the complete list of this week's major new CD album releases:
Erykah Badu New Amerykah, Pt. 2: Return of the Ankh Universal Motown Adult Contemporary R&B, Neo-Soul, Contemporary R&B
Black Francis Nonstoperotik Essential Music & Marketing Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
Dum Dum Girls I Will Be Sub Pop Records Noise Pop, Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs Medicine County Transdreamer Records Punk Blues, Alternative/Indie Rock
Alan Jackson Freight Train Sony Music Distribution
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Dirty Shirt Rock 'n' Roll: The First Ten Years Shout! Factory Garage Punk, Blues-Rock, Electric Blues, Rock & Roll
Usher Raymond v Raymond LaFace Contemporary R&B, Pop
.38 Special Authorized Bootleg: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York 1/29/85 A&M Album Rock, Southern Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Arena Rock, Hard Rock
Geri Allen Flying Toward the Sound Motema Music Piano Jazz, Modern Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Modern Creative
Annuals Sweet Sister Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock
Joan Armatrading This Charming Life Savoy Jazz Folk-Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Folk-Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
Mulatu Astatke Steps Ahead Strut
Barenaked Ladies All in Good Time Raisin' Records Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Black Tambourine Black Tambourine Slumberland Noise Pop, Indie Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Carmen Bradford Duke Ellington: Queenie Pie Longhorn Music Modern Opera
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Good Son [CD/DVD] Mute Records Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Punk, Alternative Pop/Rock
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Henry's Dream [CD/DVD] Mute Records Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Punk, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Tender Prey [CD/DVD] Mute Records Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Punk, Alternative Pop/Rock
Donnacha Costello Before We Say Goodbye Poker Flat Recordings Minimal Techno, Ambient Techno, Club/Dance
Deru Say Goodbye To Useless Mush Records Indie Electronic, Alternative/Indie Rock, Left-Field Hip-Hop, Ambient, Experimental Ambient
Thomas Dybdahl Thomas Dybdahl PIAS Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock
E-40 Revenue Retrievin': Day Shift Heavy On the Grind West Coast Rap, G-Funk, Gangsta Rap
E-40 Revenue Retrievin': Night Shift Heavy On the Grind West Coast Rap, G-Funk, Gangsta Rap
Elephant9 Walk The Nile Rune Grammofon Art Rock, Jazz-Rock, Progressive Jazz, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Evelyn Evelyn Evelyn Evelyn Eleven Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Thomas Fehlmann Gute Luft Kompakt Ambient Techno, Techno, Experimental Techno
Genia Gabriel Prokofiev: Piano Book No. 1 Nonclassical Contemporary Piano Music
The Go Find Everybody Knows It's Gonna Happen Only Not Tonight Morr Music Indie Electronic, Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Amy Grant Somewhere Down the Road Sparrow Records Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Contemporary Christian, CCM
The Grascals The Famous Lefty Flynn's Rounder Contemporary Bluegrass, Bluegrass, Progressive Bluegrass
Helloween Unarmed: Best of 25th Anniversary Steamhammer UK Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal
Jackson 5 J Is for Jackson 5 Motown Contemporary R&B, Soul, Quiet Storm, Disco, Funk
Jawbreaker Unfun [Bonus Tracks] Shredder Records Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk-Pop, Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
King's Singers Pachelbel: Vespers Signum UK Baroque Vocal Music
The Living Sisters Love to Live Wel Contemporary Singer/Songwriter
Mae (A)fternoon Cell Records Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Emo-Pop
Letta Mbulu Naturally Beat Goes Public World Fusion
Edwin McCain The Best of Edwin McCain Time/Life Music Alternative/Indie Rock, American Trad Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter
Amy MacDonald A Curious Thing MERCURY UK Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
Christophe Rousset Christophe Rousset Performs Froberger Naive Baroque Keyboard Music
Elizabeth Wallfisch Pierre Rode: 24 Caprices en forme d'etudes CPO Romantic Music for Violin
Method Man/Ghostface Killah/Raekwon Wu Massacre Def Jam Hardcore Rap, East Coast Rap
Christian Scott Yesterday You Said Tomorrow Concord Jazz Contemporary Jazz, Post-Bop
Slow Club Yeah So Indie Pop, Twee Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Angus & Julia Stone Down the Way Nettwerk Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock
Turin Brakes Outbursts Cooking Vinyl Records Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock