Although this week's list of new album releases is a bit shorter than we have seen in recent weeks, it is by no means less noteworthy.
In this week's batch of potential stocking stuffers, we have the studio return after twenty eight years of one of the best selling rock acts ever. While in another much talked about "comeback," a certain dance-pop princess attempts to shake off the dust from her MTV Video Music Awards disaster, with her own return to active duty after four years of... well, whatever you would call that non-stop party.
On to the new releases...
The Eagles once famously said that "hell would freeze over" before they would ever make another album. Well, with this week's arrival of Long Road Out Of Eden, the devil might want to consider ordering a new pair of leg warmers. The double CD package is the first from the celebrated Southern California urban pop-rock cowboys since 1979's The Long Run, and features a brand spanking new set of original songs.
Long Road Out Of Eden follows several years of reunion tours, so the boys should be sounding well-rested and ready to return to the platinum ranks of their glory years in the seventies here. On a side note, the album is "officially" only available through one of those "exclusive" deals with big-box retailers (conflicting reports have it either through Best Buy or Wal-Mart), although Amazon already has a few used copies for sale.
Meanwhile, the new one from Britney Spears arrives in stores this week. Blackout is a rather ironic album title. Some might say it describes her own mental state for the past several years, while others would say in show business there is no such thing as bad publicity. Britney's own handlers might beg to differ with that viewpoint.
Seen by many as a make or break proposition, Blackout arrives following years of negative publicity for the once innocent pop princess — from embarrassing episodes of public drunkenness, to her custody battles, to her recent flameout on the MTV Video Music Awards. For the once bright career of Britney, many will be watching this release very closely.
Leading off this week's soundtracks is Anton Corbijn's Control, a biopic about the life of Joy Division's Ian Curtis. The soundtrack features music from the surviving members of Joy Division, as well as music that influenced Curtis by such artists as Roxy Music and Iggy Pop. In a related move, Rhino is also reissuing a number of Joy Division titles in new deluxe editions, including Closer, Still, and Unknown Pleasures.