After a couple of rather slow weeks, it is our happy duty to report that all is once again well in new release land. In fact, the menu of new releases arriving in stores this week has something for virtually every musical palate.
Leading the pack is the new (or maybe not so new) album from Neil Young. Chrome Dreams II is actually something of a sequel to a never released album that was originally supposed to come out in 1976 called Chrome Dreams.
Some of you may recall my own displeasure over Neil's concert ticket prices for his current tour. As it turns out, I attended the Seattle show of that very tour just last night, and can happily report the show was pretty amazing. Based on that, as well as Neil's Chrome Dreams II album, I'm actually almost ready to forgive Neil.
You can read more about the Chrome Dreams II album in my review published earlier this week right here on Blogcritics. In a nutshell though, anybody who has ever loved Neil Young in full-on guitar opus mode will love at least two of the tracks on Chrome Dreams II — the eighteen minute "Ordinary People," and the eleven minute "No Hidden Path." I'll have more on Neil in my concert review later this week.
Some of the other new release highlights this week include a new EP from the ever prolific Ryan Adams & The Cardinals. Follow The Lights comes on the heels of the amazing full length Easy Tiger album released earlier this year, and includes the concert highlight, a cover of Alice In Chains "Down In The Hole."
American Idol's country sweetheart Carrie Underwood releases her second solo record this week in the form of Carnival Ride. Speaking of sophomore solo albums, Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan has Hourglass, which is said to combine elements of darkness with the uptempo electronic dance beats Depeche Mode fans have come to know and love.
In one of the week's more unusual pairings, Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant teams with bluegrass stalwart Alison Krauss for Raising Sand. If old school metal makes your hair stand on end, you can't go wrong with Rob Zombie's Live or Motley Crue's Carnival of Sins Live 1 & 2.
Here are all of this week's new album releases courtesy of All Music Guide: