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Carnie Wilson, Jewel, Tool, Pearl Jam: New Album Releases, 5-2-2006

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This week we get several releases by some big name acts, though I’m not seeing anything particularly interesting. I might go for new mother Carnie Wilson’s A Mother’s Gift: Lullabies from the Heart. A duet of “You Are So Beautiful” with her father might be worth hearing.

Jewel has a new album, Goodbye Alice in Wonderland. She’s given up on the mildly interesting tact of having gone dance-pop to return to the tried and true (or trite and boring) confessional singer-songwriter stuff. Her music might be so-so and overly earnest, but danged if that’s not a hot picture on the album cover. If they’d just put out a CD with that cover with, say, a classic Joni Mitchell record on the inside — then you’d have something.

Tool has a new album 10,000 Days that has been a big deal on the net. It’s currently #5 at Amazon on the day of release. They’ve never made an impression on me, but what do I know? Sister Jessa will be happy to tell you all about it, though.

Oh, and there’s also a new Pearl Jam album out, if’n you don’t have enough tuneless caterwauling in your collection.

HINT: There’s a REAL record coming out next week. You might want to save your money for Paul Simon‘s Surprise.

Here’s the complete list of this week’s major new album releases, courtesy AMG:

Alejandro Escovedo The Boxing Mirror Back Porch
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Jewel Goodbye Alice in Wonderland Atlantic
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Pearl Jam Pearl Jam J
Grunge, Alternative Pop/Rock, Hard Rock

Tool 10,000 Days Volcano/Tool Dissectional
Progressive Metal, Alternative Metal, Experimental Rock, Heavy Metal

Ellen Allien/Apparat Orchestra of Bubbles Bpitch Control
Experimental Techno, IDM, Techno

Jon Auer Songs from the Year of Our Demise Pattern 25
Alternative Pop/Rock, Pop Underground

The Black Keys Chulahoma Fat Possum
Punk Blues, Garage Punk, Indie Rock, Blues-Rock

Juan Pablo Caceres Orquesta Innova
Contemporary Electronic Music

The Charlatans UK Simpatico Sanctuary
Madchester, Alternative Pop/Rock, Britpop, British Trad Rock, Alternative Dance, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Cibelle The Shine of Dried Electric Leaves Six Degrees
Electronica, MPB

Nat King Cole The Very Best of Nat King Cole [Capitol] Capitol
Vocal Jazz, Traditional Pop, Ballads, Vocal Pop

The Court & Spark Hearts Absolutely Kosher
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Americana

The Da Vinci Project The Da Vinci Project Sony
Ethnic Fusion, Adult Alternative, Neo-Classical

The Elms The Chess Hotel Universal South
Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative CCM

Gomez How We Operate ATO
Alternative Pop/Rock

Roy Hargrove/The RH Factor Distractions Verve
Fusion, Jazz-Funk

The Roy Hargrove Quintet Nothing Serious Verve
Post-Bop, Modal Music, Mainstream Jazz

Bob James Foxie Koch
Crossover Jazz, Jazz-Pop, Smooth Jazz

Paavo Jarvi Grieg: Norwegian Dances Virgin
Post-Romantic Orchestral Music

Furry Lewis Fourth and Beale Universal Music
Field Recordings, Acoustic Memphis Blues, Acoustic Blues, Songster, Blues Revival, Folk-Blues, Country Blues

Brian Littrell Welcome Home Reunion
CCM, Adult Contemporary

Rockie Lynne Rockie Lynne Universal/Universal South
Contemporary Country

Mobb Deep Blood Money Interscope
East Coast Rap, Gangsta Rap, Hardcore Rap, Hip-Hop

Mon Frere Blood, Sweat and Swords Cake
Indie Rock, Punk-Pop

Gary Moore Old New Ballads Blues Eagle
Blues-Rock, Modern Electric Blues, Guitar Virtuoso

Joey Negro The Trip Family
Club/Dance, Obscuro, Urban, House

Willie Nelson Live from Austin, Texas New West
Outlaw Country, Country-Pop, Progressive Country

None More Black This Is Satire Fat Wreck Chords
Punk Revival, Post-Hardcore

Christopher Parkening Grace Like a River Angel
Guitar Selections

U.S. Army Field Band Duty, Honor, Country: A Salute to the American Soldier Altissimo!
Military Band Music

Helen Reddy The Woman I Am: Definitive Collection Capitol
AM Pop, Soft Rock

The Sir Douglas Quintet Live from Austin, Texas New West
Rock & Roll, Roots Rock, Tex-Mex

Soil True Self DRT
Heavy Metal, Alternative Metal, Hard Rock, Post-Grunge

Leni Stern Love Comes Quietly Mega Force
Singer/Songwriter

John Stewart An Introduction to John Stewart Fuel 2000
Folk-Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Through the Sparks Coin Toss [EP] Sky Bucket
Neo-Prog, Indie Rock

Thursday A City by the Light Divided Island
Post-Hardcore, Emo

Ralph Towner Time Line ECM
Modern Creative, Folk-Jazz

Various Artists Da Vinci: Music from His Time Sony
Renaissance Choral Music

Phil Vassar
Greatest Hits, Vol. 1
Arista Nashville
Contemporary Country

Carnie Wilson A Mother’s Gift: Lullabies from the Heart Big3
Adult Contemporary

Josh Wink Profound Sounds, Vol. 3 Thrive
Club/Dance, Techno, Minimal Techno, Acid Techno

Wolfmother Wolfmother [US Version] Interscope/Modular
Stoner Metal, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock

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  • zingzing

    jesus… what a boring week.

  • http://www.djradiohead.com DJRadiohead

    Allow me to suggest a CD I will be reviewing that did not make AMG’s list:

    Mr. Lemons by Glen Phillips. Very strong album and well worth your attention.

  • http://jeliel3.blogspot.com JELIEL³

    Boring week? Are ya kidding? Tool and Pearl Jam… TOOL alone will be testing my appartment building’s foundation on a daily basis for months to come.

    New Jewel album. Did she drop that pop princess gimmick and go back to folksie music?

  • nei

    dude seriously who gave this dude his own page? tool uninteresting and pearl jam tuneless? paul simon is you fave? seriously i will pass this on to my grampa but you SHOULD NOT be a music critic lets try…. quilting bees or maybe chess tourneys!!

  • natecam

    These reviews are completely worthless. I have enjoyed numerous albums that Al has trashed. Best advice if Al hates it or thinks it’s boring, check it out chances are good you’ll enjoy it.

  • http://jeliel3.blogspot.com JELIEL³

    nei, Al can appreciate Paul Simon over Tool, that’s cool and I’ll read his reviews even if I disagree with his opinions on so many subjects. BUt that in no way means he should quit reviewing albums. If reviewing was left only to the popular masses we’d be bureid in Pop Tart music reviews of the Britney’s of this world. The whole point of grassroot efforts such as BC, is to bring the real opinions to surface not the ones generated by companies trying to sell a product. And even this metal head (me) can appreciate some of the songs by Paul Simon.

  • http://www.markiscranky.org Mark Saleski

    …though I’m not seeing anything particularly interesting

    this column is beginning to remind me of the moment each week in trump’s apprentice where the receptionist has to say “you can go in now” with a different wording.

  • http://musical-guru.blogspot.com Michael J. West

    Well, you see there? Natecam demonstrates how even people who HATE Al’s reviews find them useful! So he SHOULD keep writing reviews so you can use what he hates to determine what is good!

    That said, since Paul Simon hasn’t put out a REAL record since Rhythm of the Saints, hearing one from him truly WILL be a Surprise.

  • http://www.morethings.com/log Al Barger

    Guys, I don’t pick Paul Simon over Pearl Jam because I’m old and looking for quilting bee music. It’s because Paul Simon is great, and Pearl Jam wouldn’t know what a SONG was if it came up and bit them in the ass.

    Now, I’ll leave silly Beavis and Buttheads to their metallic foolishness, but MICHAEL WEST- you have offended the God’s with the blasphemous claim that Paul Simon hasn’t put out a real record since Rhythm of the Saints. Now, You’re the One (most recent) was not entirely his most inspired in some parts, but still excellent. Give another spin to “Old” in particular, and the freaky “Pigs, Sheep and Wolves.” That’s one of the weirdest, groovy experimental things he’s ever done.

    But right before that album was The Capeman, a criminally underappreciated album. “Adios Hermanos” especially is one of the richest and most beautiful songs he ever wrote. That neither of these albums were big hits does not detract from the fact that they’re excellent records.

    Monsieur Saleski, some weeks there are new things that are interesting. I promise there’ll be no “nothing interesting this week” remarks NEXT week, when the Paul Simon drops. If you get tired of hearing me say there’s nothing interesting, try getting the record companies to put out better product.

  • RogerMDillon

    “I don’t pick Paul Simon over Pearl Jam because I’m old and looking for quilting bee music. It’s because”

    you don’t know anything about rock and roll. Nothing wrong with that, but at least be honest about it.

  • zingzing

    oh come on… pearl jam sucks. they’re just one step beyond bon jovi or something. winger… i dunno.

    tool is boring too. admit it!

  • http://musical-guru.blogspot.com Michael J. West

    O! Blasphemy! This is worse than the time I asserted that Venus and Mars was not the best Beatle solo album.

  • http://www.morethings.com/log Al Barger

    No Mr West, I’d still say your blasphemy against St Paul was worse than this- if only marginally.

    Zingzing, I’m afraid I’m going to have to go ahead and disagree with you, there. Actually, Pearl Jam is NOT one step beyond Bon Jovi. Bon Jovi has had far better songwriting than Pearl Jam.

    Bon Jovi ain’t real high on the food chain, and they lack emotional depth- but so does Pearl Jam. Beyond that, I can only think of a couple of Pearl Jam songs even arguably as good melodically as, for starters, “Wanted Dead or Alive.” That might be a trite sentiment, but they did compose a memorable melody.

  • http://musical-guru.blogspot.com Michael J. West

    It’s a deliberate plan. I’m attacking all musicians named Paul.

    Down with Paul Anka, Paul Simonon, Paul Motian, Prince Paul, and Les Paul! Enemies of the people, all of them!

  • http://smokinnews.blogspot.com brogonzo

    Well, hopefully Al’s had a chance to listen to the entire Pearl Jam record by now and realize the error of his ways.

    For the record, two of my favorite albums in my collection are “Graceland” by Paul Simon (which utterly nailed everything the Dave Matthews Band ever tried to do ten years later), and “Yield” by Pearl Jam.

  • Jemima

    Pearl Jam are masters at songwriting. How do you account for the millions of records they have sold and are still selling? ( New album has sold over 500,000 in the US.)

    Whoever said they have no passion is totally wrong. I saw them at Reading Festival a few weeks back and I have never, and will never, see a more passionate man fronting a band. He has so much passion it’s untrue! As do the rest of the band. Their music conveys what concerns them – what means something to them – about war, love, lost love, hope…meaningfull subjects and issues.

    Bon Jovi write about cowboys and stupid things. They are fake rock and roll. It’s pretentious and cheesy guitar. I admit they have a few ‘good’ songs – if we’re talking about hooks, but really, emotionally there’s nothing! Not a patch on Pearl Jam!

  • zingzing

    sales does not equal masterly songwriting. that’s a non-sequitor.

    if you’ve never seen a more passionate singer than mr. vedder, then you need to see more singers.

  • http://www.morethings.com/log Al Barger

    Jemima, I’ll give you that Pearl Jam are highly passionate, but so what? Last time I was with my 2 year old godson, he was highly passionate about the issue of not wanting to go to bed. This was a little bit entertaining to me and his mama, but I wouldn’t call his tantrum “art” any more than I would one of Eddie’s little fits/songs.

    Besides that, they’re not even halfway to decent songwriters. Ten was pretty good- and I’ll certainly give them “Jeremy.” That makes them a one hit wonder, and nothing more – and not as memorable as ? and the Mysterians.

    Bon Jovi lacks a cheesed up overwhelming passion, but then some of that is in the performance. “Wanted” is a perfectly well written song with a more memorable melody than nearly anything Pearl Jam ever thought about. I’d rather hear a good song politely performed than some tuneless raging angst. Angst ain’t everything.

    Also though, a lot can be done with a well-written song interpretively. I bet Ray Charles or Willie Nelson could have sung “Wanted” and turned some heads.