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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.
Alan Jackson is a handsome man
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.

Chart climbers this week
American Honey Lyrics
Lady Antebellum
Valleys Of Neptune Lyrics
Jimi Hendrix
Drop The World Lyrics
Lil' Wayne
Fly Away Lyrics
Will I Am
Make It Hot Lyrics
Sterling Simms
Secrets Lyrics
Electronic Music Lyrics
Sean Kingston
Hurting Lyrics
Karl Wolf
Neighbors Know My Name Lyrics
Trey Songz
Shakin' Hands Lyrics
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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
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

Raymond v Raymond
Contemporary R&B, Pop

.38 Special
Authorized Bootleg: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York 1/29/85
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

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

Barenaked Ladies
All in Good Time
Raisin' Records
Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock

Black Tambourine
Black Tambourine
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

Say Goodbye To Useless
Mush Records
Indie Electronic, Alternative/Indie Rock, Left-Field Hip-Hop, Ambient, Experimental Ambient

Thomas Dybdahl
Thomas Dybdahl
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock

Revenue Retrievin': Day Shift
Heavy On the Grind
West Coast Rap, G-Funk, Gangsta Rap

Revenue Retrievin': Night Shift
Heavy On the Grind
West Coast Rap, G-Funk, Gangsta Rap

Walk The Nile
Rune Grammofon
Art Rock, Jazz-Rock, Progressive Jazz, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Evelyn Evelyn
Evelyn Evelyn
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Thomas Fehlmann
Gute Luft
Ambient Techno, Techno, Experimental Techno

Gabriel Prokofiev: Piano Book No. 1
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
Contemporary Bluegrass, Bluegrass, Progressive Bluegrass

Unarmed: Best of 25th Anniversary
Steamhammer UK
Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal

Jackson 5
J Is for Jackson 5
Contemporary R&B, Soul, Quiet Storm, Disco, Funk

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
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter

Cell Records
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Emo-Pop

Letta Mbulu
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
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Christophe Rousset
Christophe Rousset Performs Froberger
Baroque Keyboard Music

Elizabeth Wallfisch
Pierre Rode: 24 Caprices en forme d'etudes
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
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock

Turin Brakes
Cooking Vinyl Records
Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Various Artists
2010 [Dial]
Club/Dance, Techno, Minimal Techno, Experimental Techno

Various Artists
Radio Disney Jams, Vol. 12
Walt Disney
Childen's Pop, Teen Pop, Dance-Pop

Various Artists
Stax Number Ones
Soul, Smooth Soul, Memphis Soul, Southern Soul, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Early R&B, Funk

Gretchen Wilson
I Got Your Country Right Here
Contemporary Country, Country-Pop

Wooden Shjips
Wooden Shjips, Vol. 2
Sick Thirst
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock


posted by Al at 3/30/2010 03:12:00 PM

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