Definite most interesting release this week: Peter Case has a new album, Who's Gonna Go Your Crooked Mile. It appears to be 13 new songs, plus several re-workings of previously published songs, including "Crooked Mile." This guy has been criminally underappreciated in his whole career, and a new Peter Case album is generally to be considered one of the higher events of the music industry.
Also noteworthy, we get not one but two new albums full of Nelly, Sweat and Suit. Nelly only has a couple of tracks that I'd consider worthwhile, but if between two albums he came up with even one song in a league with "Hot in Herre," I'd be highly impressed.
After 15 years between albums the world could give a rat's ass, but Tears for Fears have apparently overcome their deep frickin' personal issues to actually make a frickin' album, Everybody Loves a Happy Ending. We should feel honored to receive this fruit of the boys deep commitment to Art.
OK, that damned "Sowing the Seeds of Love" song was awfully catchy. I know I'll end up listening to the record.
Rhino has gotten together with Joni Mitchell to put out a nice looking compilation named Dreamland. This actually looks just by far the best of anything I've seen in the way of a best-of from Joni Mitchell ever. I'm particularly pleased to note the inclusion here of "The Jungle Line." It SO rocks.
Dolly Parton has a new live album and DVD. The chosen repertoire looks intriguing, climaxing with "Stairway to Heaven."
This week's major releases, from All Music Guide:
Nelly Suit Universal
The Prodigy Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned Maverick/XL
Electronica, Big Beat, Club/Dance
Tears for Fears Everybody Loves a Happy Ending Arista
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Pop/Rock
Mindi Abair Come As You Are GRP
Smooth Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Jazz-Pop
The Arcade Fire Funeral Merge
Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Post-Rock/Experimental
Bang On A Can Philip Glass: Music in Fifths; Two Pages Cantaloupe
Contemporary Chamber Music
Big Head Todd & the Monsters Live at the Fillmore Sanctuary
Jam Bands, American Trad Rock