Girl power continues to rule again in this week's new releases. The true queen of all time and space, Dolly Parton continues her rule of the universe with the release of a curious sounding new album of bluegrass flavored covers, Those Were the Days. On the extremely questionable side, she sings "Imagine." There oughta be a law against covering "Imagine." On the good side, she re-unites with ol' Porter Wagoner for the title song, and I'm pretty interested in what she might do with "Both Sides Now" or "Me and Bobby McGee."
If that's not enough girl power, there's a new album by the lesbian teen craze t.A.T.u., who are Dangerous and Moving. It remains to be seen if they've come up with another actual good song. Stranger things have happened.
The girl power keeps on a comin' with an Unplugged album by Alicia Keys, is acoustic but not stripped down, with full orchestrations. WARNING: This CD purposely corrupted by the record company with copy protection, so you may wish to look this up on P2P for a download rather than paying for stuff that's designed not to work.
Ah, and representing for the "men" this week, albums by Jackson Browne, Hanson and Ricky Martin. Monsieur Martin has been seeking to expand his sound by going to India for string sections on this record. Also, I would have thought he was commercially left for dead, but I note that his Life album is as high as #26 at Amazon today.
Anyone who has heard any of these albums is encouraged to leave notes in comments.
Here's the complete list of this week's major new album releases, courtesy AMG:
The Constantines Tournament of Hearts Sub Pop
Jamie Cullum Catching Tales Verve
Singer/Songwriter, Vocal Jazz, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Ballads
Danger Doom The Mouse and the Mask Epitaph / Ada
Underground Rap, Hip-Hop
Gang of Four Return the Gift V2
Tribute Albums, Alternative Pop/Rock
Alicia Keys Unplugged J-Records
Neo-Soul, Contemporary R&B, Urban
WARNING: THIS CD PURPOSELY FACTORY CORRUPTED
Abel Alegria Musica Tommy Boy
Adult. Gimmie Trouble Thrill Jockey
Neo-Electro, Detroit Techno
Gary Allan Tough All Over MCA Nashville
Neo-Traditionalist Country, Contemporary Country, New Traditionalist, Americana
Jackson Browne Solo Acoustic, Vol. 1 Inside Recordings
Castanets First Light's Freeze Asthmatic Kitty
Celebration Celebration 4AD/Beggars Banquet
Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Chocolate Genius Inc. Black Yankee Rock Commotion
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
The Clientele Strange Geometry Merge
Indie Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock
Susan Cowsill Just Believe It Blue Rose
Roots Rock, Singer/Songwriter