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New Album Releases, 5-22-2007: Ozzy Osbourne, Maroon 5, Joan Osborne

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Looks pretty thin this week in new album releases. Ozzy Osbourne has a new album called Black Rain. It's his first proper new album since before his dumb MTV reality sitcom. This guy wasn't much of an artist even in his prime before he blew his brain out on booze and dope. God only knows why anyone would give a rat's ass about any record he'd make now, other than maybe as some kind of cheap camp irony.

Maroon 5 have their second album out, It Won't Be Soon Before Long. It's been five years since their first album and big hit "This Love." Judging from their appearance on SNL last weekend though, they don't seem to have managed to conjure up even one good hook in all those years. But what do I know? This album is currently the #1 seller at Amazon.

Joan Osborne has a new album out on Time Life Records. Breakfast in Bed shows her covering classics like "Midnight Train to Georgia" and "Ain't No Sunshine." On the one hand, an album of covers doesn't sound all that scintillating. On the other hand, Joan Osborne is an outstanding singer. She's a powerhouse singer who understands the virtues of restraint.

beautiful Nina SimoneThe most interesting thing this week comes from the catalog, Just Like a Woman: Nina Simone Sings Classic Songs of the 60's. Nina Simone stamped her performances with so much personality as to make even a well known song such as "Just Like a Woman" very much her own. I've got that one song already, but I'd be especially interested in hearing what the author of "Missisippi Goddam" did with "I Shall Be Released."

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

Tim Armstrong A Poet's Life Hellcat

The Bravery The Sun and the Moon Island
Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Maroon 5 It Won't Be Soon Before Long A&M/Octane
Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Ozzy Osbourne Black Rain Epic
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock

The Used Lies for the Liars Reprise
Emo, Screamo, Punk Revival

Eric Andersen Blue Rain Appleseed
Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Folk

Patti Austin Intimate Patti Austin Mosaic Contemporary
Quiet Storm, Urban, Soul, Adult Contemporary

Meg Baird Dear Companion Drag City
Neo-Traditional Folk, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Folksongs, Contemporary Folk, Traditional Folk

The Bees Octopus EMI/Virgin
Neo-Psychedelia, Pop Underground, Indie Rock

Battles Mirrored Warp
Experimental Rock, Neo-Prog, Post-Rock/Experimental

The Beach Boys The Warmth of the Sun Capitol/EMI
Surf, Pop, Sunshine Pop

Benni Hemm Hemm Kajak Morr Music/M.M.
Indie Rock, Indie Pop

George Benson In Concert-Carnegie Hall CBS Associated
Smooth Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Jazz-Pop, R&B

Black Moth Super Rainbow Dandelion Gum Graveface
Indie Electronic

Frank Black Christmass [Bonus DVD] Cooking Vinyl
Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Andrey Boreyko Valentin Silvestrov: Symphony No. 6 ECM
Contemporary Orchestral Music

Boris with Michio Kurihara Rainbow Drag City
Experimental Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Post-Rock/Experimental, Psychedelic

Brimstone Howl Guts of Steel Alive
Garage Rock Revival

Jeff Buckley So Real: Songs from Jeff Buckley Columbia/Legacy
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter

The Country Gentlemen Going Back to the Blue Ridge Mountains Smithsonian Folkways
Bluegrass, Traditional Bluegrass, Progressive Bluegrass

Robert DeGateano 20th Century Piano Sonatas Crystonyx
Modern and Contemporary Piano Music

The Dear Hunter Act II: The Meaning of, And All Things Regarding Ms. Leading Triple Crown
Indie Rock, Chamber Pop

Death Ambient Drunken Forest Tzadik
Experimental, Avant-Garde, Experimental Ambient

Erasure Light at the End of the World Mute
Dance-Pop, Club/Dance, Alternative Pop/Rock

Maynard Ferguson The Essential Maynard Ferguson Columbia/Legacy
Crossover Jazz, Jazz-Pop, Hard Bop

Handsome Furs Plague Park Sub Pop
Indie Rock

Hiroshima Little Tokyo Heads Up
Crossover Jazz, World Fusion, Smooth Jazz

Hot Chip DJ Kicks K7
Indie Electronic, Alternative Dance, Alternative Rap, Left-Field House, Experimental Techno, Minimal Techno

KRS-One/Marley Marl Hip Hop Lives Koch
Hardcore Rap, East Coast Rap, Club/Dance, Hip-Hop

Steve Lacy/Roswell Rudd Early and Late Cuneiform
Avant-Garde Jazz, Post-Bop, Modern Free

Abbey Lincoln Abbey Sings Abbey Verve
Vocal Jazz, Torch Songs

The Maccabees Colour It In Universal/Polydor/Fiction
Indie Rock

Massacre Lonely Heart Tzadik
Experimental Rock, Free Improvisation, Acid Rock, Experimental, Prog-Rock/Art Rock, Avant-Garde

Miracle Fortress Five Roses Secret City
Indie Pop

The National Boxer Beggars Banquet
Chamber Pop, Indie Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Viviane Spanoghe Bach: Cello Suites Solal
Baroque Chamber Music

Original Soundtrack Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Walt Disney
Original Score

Joan Osborne Breakfast in Bed Time Life
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Retro-Soul, Pop-Soul, Contemporary R&B, Blue-Eyed Soul

Parts & Labor Mapmaker Jagjaguwar/Brah
Noise-Rock, Indie Rock, Experimental

Shapes and Sizes Split Lips, Winning Hips, A Shiner Asthmatic Kitty
Indie Pop, Post-Rock/Experimental

Nina Simone Just Like a Woman: Sings Classic Songs of the 60's Sony Legacy
Vocal Jazz, Torch Songs

Society's Parasites Society's Parasites Hellcat
Punk Revival

Stars Do You Trust Your Friends? Arts & Crafts
Indie Pop, Indie Electronic, Chamber Pop

Strategy Future Rock Kranky
Indie Electronic, IDM, Electronica, Post-Rock/Experimental

Astrid Swan Poverina Minty Fresh
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Pop, Chamber Pop

Jimmy Thackery Solid Ice Telarc
Modern Electric Blues, Blues-Rock, Bar Band, Contemporary Blues

U.S.D.A./Young Jeezy Young Jeezy Presents U.S.D.A.: Cold Summer Def Jam
Southern Rap, Hardcore Rap, Gangsta Rap

Various Artists Andre Hamel: La Trilogie du Presto Atma Classique
Contemporary Chamber Music

Various Artists Just One More: A Musical Tribute to Larry Brown Bloodshot
Americana, Roots Rock, Progressive Country

Various Artists Donizetti: La Favorite (Arranged by Wagner for Two Violins) Oehms
Opera in Chamber Version

Loudin Wainwright III Strange Weirdos: Music from and Inspired by the Film Knocked Up Concord
Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter

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