Tuesday New Releases in Music
According to early predictions from Billboard (the final charts aren’t out until Wednesday) Taylor Swift will dominate the charts yet again this week, with even a weakened Red proving too much for her challengers. Tuesday’s release schedule features tougher competition as Aerosmith mounts its long-awaited comeback against competition from Ne Yo, Saigon and contemporary-Christian artist Third Day.
Next week the rush for pre-Black Friday releases begins, as 50 Cent, OneRepublic and One Direction each launch new albums. With the major labels holding their expected biggest sellers for the last seven weeks of the year, nothing’s a sure thing.
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Aerosmith – Music From Another Dimension (Columbia)
Fifteen albums in, Aerosmith still aims to rock America, though their latest leans heavily on the ballad formula. After an 11-year absence do we really mind if we miss a thing? Highlights include “LUV XXX” and “Legendary Child.” Avoid “Freedom Fighter” at all costs, unless hearing Johnny Depp sing about terrorism floats your boat.
All That Remains – A War You Cannot Win (Razor & Tie)
Andy Stott – Luxury Problems (Modern Love)
Dionne Warwick – Now (Blue Horizon Venture)
Graveyard – Lights Out (Nuclear Blast)
Isis – Temporal (Ipecac Recordings)
Katie Melua – Secret Symphony: Bonus Edition (Dramatico)
Mike Doughty – The Flip is Another Honey (Snack Bar)
Ne-Yo – R.E.D. (Motown)
Peter Gabriel – So: 25th Anniversary Edition (Real World Productions)
The ultimate holiday gift for fans of the seminal album, includes Gabriel’s classic album remastered plus “Director’s Cut” vinyl featuring unreleased tracks. The set also includes two previously unreleased DVDs, including Live in Athens (1987), produced by Martin Scorsese, and a 60 page case-bound book with new liner notes and rare photographs.
Prince Rama – Top Ten Hits of the End of the World (Paw Tracks)
Public Enemy – The Evil Empire of Everything (Eastlink)
Saigon – The Greatest Story Never Told Chapter 2: Bread and Circuses (Suburban Noize)
After a two month delay, East-coast rapper Saigon issues the follow-up to last year’s mainstream break-through The Greatest Story Never Told, featuring guest spots from Killer Mike, Dead Prez, Chamillionaire and Styles P.
Slingshot Dakota – Dark Hearts (Topshelf Records)
Streetlight Manifesto – The Hands That Thieve (Victory Records)
Teen Daze – The Inner Mansions (Lefse Records)
The Epilogues – Cinematics (Red General Catalog)
Third Day – Miracle (Provident)
Christian contemporary’s equivalent to Nickelback, the Georgia band’s 11th studio album features lead single “I Need A Miracle.” Fans by now know what to expect from these musical journeymen, but strong sales could catch uninitiated chart-watchers off guard.
Vesen – This Time It’s Personal (Soulseller)
Vitalic – Rave Age (Different Recordings)
While She Sleeps – This is the Six (The End Records)
Yousef – A Product of Your Environment (Circus Recordings)
We’ve covered recent releases closely over the last month, but what about albums you may have missed earlier in the year? These twenty albums, across the spectrum of country, rock and pop, stand out among those deserving a second listen.