January is usually a pretty brutal month for new releases and this year has been no exception, but this week is where we start to turn it around. We have interesting and compelling releases from interesting and compelling artists. This week, we have albums worth buying. This week, we have albums worth discussing and some of BC's best have already started writing about them.
First up, let's talk Pat Metheny's Orchestrion. I'm surprised to be starting with Metheny, myself, as I own not one note of his music. I'm bringing this up because we have some devoted jazz heads and because Mr. Mark Saleski, one of our most prolific writers, is a devoted Metheny fan. He's heard the record. He's happy. How happy? His review is up and you can learn all about it. He's even halfway convinced this record might be accessible enough for me to make a run at it. It may just happen.
How about Corinne Bailey Rae's new record, The Sea? Rae made a name for herself with her debut a few years back and she's getting high praise for this latest effort. Among those heaping the hosannahs? Our own Kit O'Toole.
We've also got a new record from The Magnetic Fields. I'm a casual admirer of TMF. It's not as brilliant as some would lead you to believe, but the intelligent, literate lyrics and the lo-fi productions make for interesting and occasionally wonderful songcraft.
Last but certainly not least, we have an archival release of sorts from the legendary David Bowie. A 2-CD soundtrack of sorts is being released of Bowie's Reality Tour DVD. The DVD came out a few years ago at the end of Bowie's last full-scale tour, promoting the Reality album. I have the DVD and it makes me happy. It was a very good show. The record? It had its moments. Bowie chose wisely which songs from that record to present among his illustrious catalog. I'm having one of these. Iguana Glen Boyd has reviewed it and he agrees with me: you need this.
There are many other worthy titles in this week's list, so take a look.
Need You Now
The Magnetic Fields