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New Album Releases, 4-24-2007: Mavis Staples, John Prine-Mac Wiseman, Arctic Monkeys, Lou Reed

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Top most promising sounding new item is Mavis Staples civil rights and gospel recounting, partly from her own experience from the scary youthful night spent in an Arkansas jail in the original song "My Own Eyes." The Staples family was all up in that civil rights era, and Sister Mavis is a gospel singin' fool besides. I'd be right interested in hearing those lungs wrapped around "Eyes on the Prize." Plus, this is produced by Ry Cooder, and has backing on some tracks by Ladysmith Black Mombazo.

Another interesting sounding new release this week comes from John Prine & Mac Wiseman, Standard Songs for Average People. They've apparently made a self-consciously old school Nashville sound country record with Jack Clement, covering things from "Pistol Packin' Mama" to Tom T Hall's "Old Dogs, Children & Watermelon Wine."

Lou Reed's Hudson River Wind Meditations comes to me listed in genres as "relaxation" and "spiritual." Reed has described it as music for meditation, but some have described it as a quiet counterpart to his infamous 1975 Metal Machine Music. In any case, it doesn't sound like anything that might reasonably be called "music." But then, you might want to go plunk down your money for some tuneless nonsense just to prove me wrong.

The Arctic Monkeys have their second album out this week, Favourite Worst Nightmare. On the strong buzz about this band, I was interested to watch their Saturday Night Live performance re-broadcast a few weeks ago. They looked real cool on stage, and all the groovy exotic instruments sure seemed impressive. Thing was, I couldn't quite remember the songs even while they were playing them. Maybe this second one will be a quantum leap compositionally, but they sure seem like their act is all style and no memorable compositional substance. On the other hand, this album ranks as high as #5 currently at Amazon. Personally, I'd actually prefer MCR.

Here's the complete list of this week's major new album releases, courtesy AMG:

Arctic Monkeys Favourite Worst Nightmare Domino
Indie Rock

Cornelius Sensuous WEA/Warner
Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Electronic, Shibuya-Kei, Indie Rock

Dntel Dumb Luck Sub Pop
Indie Electronic, Glitch, Experimental Techno, Downbeat, Indie Rock

The Nightwatchman One Man Revolution Epic
Political Folk, Alternative Singer/Songwriter

Patti Smith Twelve Columbia
Album Rock, Rock & Roll

Robin Williamson The Iron Stone ECM
Improvisation, Structured Improvisation, Microtonal, Celtic Folk, British Folk, Avant-Garde, Traditional Folk

The Aliens Astronomy for Dogs EMI

Fred Anderson & Hamid Drake From the River to the Ocean Thrill Jockey
Avant-Garde Jazz, Post-Bop, Modern Creative

The Band The Best of a Musical History [CD/DVD] Capitol
Folk-Rock, Country-Rock, Rock & Roll, Album Rock, Pop/Rock

Bill Callahan Woke on a Whaleheart Drag City
Sadcore, Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Pop/Rock

The Cliks Snakehouse Tommy Boy/Silver Label
Alternative Pop/Rock, Garage Rock Revival

Leonard Cohen Songs from a Room [Bonus Tracks] Columbia/Legacy
Folk-Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Folk-Pop

Leonard Cohen The Songs of Leonard Cohen [Bonus Tracks] Columbia/Legacy
Folk-Rock, Pop, Folk-Pop

Leonard Cohen Songs of Love and Hate [Bonus Tracks] Columbia/Legacy
Folk-Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Detroit Cobras Tried and True Bloodshot
Garage Rock Revival

Ibrahim Ferrer Mi Sueno World Circuit/Nonesuch
Bolero, Latin Jazz

Fishbone Still Stuck in Your Throat Sound in Color
Ska-Punk, Funk Metal, Alternative Pop/Rock

Front Line Assembly Fallout Metropolis
Electro-Industrial, Industrial Dance, Industrial

Bebel Gilberto Momento Six Degrees
Brazilian Pop, Bossa Nova, Downtempo

Golden Smog Blood on the Slacks Lost Highway
Alternative Country-Rock, Indie Rock

Gus Gus Forever Groove Attack
Electronica, Alternative Dance

Peter Harvey French Cantatas by Rameau and Campra Bis
French Vocal Music

Colin Hay Are You Lookin' at Me? Compass
Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Jean Michel Jarre Teo and Tea [Bonus DVD] Warner
Club/Dance, Progressive Electronic, Electronic

Joe Ain't Nothin' Like Me Jive
Urban, Contemporary R&B

Jonesy Ricochet: Pioneering in 1972-1973 El
Prog-Rock/Art Rock, Obscuro, Psychedelic, Experimental Rock

Lifesavas Gutterfly Quannum

Underground Rap, Alternative Rap, Hip-Hop

Lydian String Quartet Vincent Persichetti: The Four String Quartets Centaur
Modern String Quartets

Magazine The Correct Use of Soap [2007 Expanded] EMI/Virgin
Post-Punk, New Wave

Magazine Real Life [2007 Expanded] EMI/Virgin
Post-Punk, New Wave

Magazine Secondhand Daylight [2007 Expanded] EMI/Virgin
Post-Punk, New Wave

Maria McKee Late December Cooking Vinyl
Americana, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Joanna Newsom and the Ys Street Band Joanna Newsom and the Ys Street Band EP Drag City
Indie Rock, Folk-Rock

OOIOO OOEYEOO: Eye Remix Thrill Jockey
Experimental Rock, Post-Rock/Experimental, Japanese Rock

Gottfried Rabl Hauer: Symphonic Works [Hybrid SACD] CPO
Modern Orchestral Music

Vladimir Ziva Alla Pavlova: Symphony No. 5; Elegy Naxos
Contemporary Orchestral Music

Nikolai Znaider Brahms: Complete Works for Violin and Piano RCA Red Seal
Romantic Works for Violin & Piano

Donny Osmond Decades, Vol. 1: Love Songs of the 70's Decca
Pop/Rock, Pop, Adult Contemporary

John Prine & Mac Wiseman Standard Songs for Average People Oh Boy
Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Folk, Progressive Folk

REO Speedwagon Find Your Own Way Home Mailboat
Album Rock, Arena Rock, Pop/Rock, Adult Contemporary

Joshua Redman Trio Back East Nonesuch

Lou Reed Hudson River Wind Meditations Sounds True
Relaxation, Spiritual, Space, Meditation, Solo Instrumental

Simply Red Stay Simplyred.com
Sophisti-Pop, Blue-Eyed Soul, Adult Contemporary, Pop/Rock, Dance-Pop

Sly & the Family Stone Dance to the Music [Bonus Tracks] Epic/Legacy
Psychedelic Soul, Pop/Rock, Funk, Soul

Sly & the Family Stone Fresh [Bonus Tracks] Epic/Legacy
Funk, Soul

Sly & the Family Stone Small Talk [Bonus Tracks] Epic/Legacy
Funk, Soul

Spank Rock Fabriclive.33 Fabric
Club/Dance, Underground Rap, Party Rap, Neo-Electro

Mavis Staples We'll Never Turn Back Anti Mavis Staples image
Southern Gospel, Black Gospel, R&B, Soul

Jimi Tenor & Kabu Kabu Joystone Ubiquity
Acid Jazz, Soul-Jazz, Trip-Hop

Various Artists The Bullet and Sur-Speed Records Story SPV
Deep Soul, Southern Soul, Country-Soul, R&B, Soul

Various Artists SC100 Secretly Canadian
Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Neo-Psychedelia

The Veils Nux Vomica Rough Trade
Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Dale Watson From the Cradle to the Grave Hyena
Americana, Alternative Country

The Weavers Hard, Ain't It Hard: Weavers Greatest Songs Rev-Ola
Folk Revival, Political Folk, Traditional Folk, Folksongs

The Wedding Present Complete Peel Sessions 1986-2004 Castle
Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, C-86

Deniece Williams Love, Niecy Style Shanachie
Contemporary R&B, Adult Contemporary

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  • M. Ortiz

    Don’t hold the hype against them: Arctic Monkeys’ SNL performance was not up to their usual standards. Give either album a few listens through; no one should prefer “MCR” over them. That’s just wrong, man ;P

  • M- It wasn’t the performance on SNL that seemed lacking, it was the actual composition. They seemed to be playing just fine – just not playing anything very interesting. Plus, I’ve got several of their songs on the hard drive, none of which I can remember after at least three listens.

    Partly, I picked MCR as a point of comparison because the Monkeys are apparently cool and hip, where My Chemical Romance are sometimes considered a dumb teenager band. As you can see from the link in the story, I’m pretty skeptical of the very idea of MCR. For all that though, I could just about sing you back most of “Welcome to the Black Parade.” Sociological crapola aside, they’ve got at least a couple of halfway memorable actual songs.