This week’s release schedule had more than its share of shake-ups, as One Republic’s Native shifted to next week, and 50 Cent’s Street King Immortal slouches its way to 2013. With Taylor Swift’s Red set for a third consecutive week atop the charts, does a surprise hit rest among the remaining 2012 releases?
Green Day had high hopes for Dos!, the second release of their planned three-album punch, but with a lead singer in rehab, it’s tough promoting new material. Christina Aguilera earned plenty of press for Lotus, thanks to her role judging The Voice, but the album’s songs aren’t building much buzz. OneDirection will get the teen girls hopping thanks to 2012’s boy-band resurgence, but the biggest battle this week has the Beatles and the Rolling Stones challenging each other for sales supremacy while Soundgarden releases its first album of fresh material since 1996.
With next week’s release window still swinging wide open, nothing’s a safe bet save for the likelihood that Adele’s 21, issued last year, stands to be this year’s most successful album by a wide margin.
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Tuesday New Releases in Music
Aaron Lewis – The Road (Blaster Records)
Aaron Lewis’s second solo album fully transitions the former Staind front-man from by-the-numbers alt-rock to straightforward radio country. “Red White and Blue” aims for the Veterans Day crowd and hits the mark, though nothing quite has the lyrical punch of “Country Boy” off his debut Town Line.
Altered Five – Gotta Earn It (Conclave / Cold Wind Records)
Bambi Lee Savage – Darkness Overshadowed (Bambi Lee Savage)
Black Forest Fire – Transit of Venus (Sedimental)
Brian Eno – LUX (Warp Records)
Clinic – Free Reign (Domino)
Crystal Castles – III (Casablanca)
Deftones – Koi No Yokan (Reprise)
Green Day – Dos! (Reprise)
How to Destroy Angels – An Omen (Columbia)
Jozef Van Wissem and Jim Jarmusch – The Mystery of Heaven (Sacred Bones)
Lana Del Rey – Paradise (Interscope)
Whether you love or hate her overwrought “gangster Nancy Sinatra” pose, Paradise adds depth to Del Rey’s much maligned debut Born to Die, showcasing an artist still searching for her real hook. With months separating these new songs from January’s hype, they stand successfully on their own, boding well for her second wind.
Lust for Youth – Growing Seeds (Sacred Bones)
Midnight Magic – Walking the Midnight Streets (Midnight Sun Sound)
OneDirection – Take Me Home (Columbia)
Oneida – A List of the Burning Mountains (Jagjaguwar)
Soundgarden – King Animal (Universal Republic)
Chris Cornell and Soundgarden haven’t put out fresh material since 1996, yet King Animal and the lead single “Been Away Too Long” prove you can pick up right where you left off. Forget ‘90s nostalgia – Soundgarden’s making great alternative music in the here and now.
Stephen Lynch – LION (What Are Records)
Stumbleine – Spiderwebbed (Monotreme Records)
Sufjan Stevens – Silver & Gold (Asthmatic Kitty)
The Babies – Our House on the Hill (Woodsist)
For fans of both the Beatles and vinyl in general, there’s no better holiday gift than this newly reissued collection. Reproduced in 180-gram audiophile-grade vinyl, this collection includes all 14 of the Beatles’ original studio albums, plus an elegant 252-page hardcover book showcasing a wealth of photographs spanning the band’s entire career. As a bonus, this is the first time the band’s four earliest albums will receive North American stereo vinyl treatment.
The Rolling Stones – GRRR! (ABKCO / Interscope)
Travis Barker and Yelawolf – Psycho White EP (Lasalle Records)
Vinyl Williams – Lemniscate (Salonislam)
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While this week’s release slate gears up for Black Friday with heavy hitters, a number of albums from the last month still merit consideration as last-minute stocking-stuffers, including new pop-punk from All Time Low and a rarities collection from the best Athens, Georgia band not called R.E.M.