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New Album Releases, 7-24-2007: Prince Rogers Nelson, The Simpsons Soundtrack, Hanson, Billy Ray Cyrus

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The main important new album this week is Planet Earth from Prince Rogers Nelson. The most interesting thing about this project was the huge giveaway – 3 million free copies of the album with copies of the Sunday, July 15, 2007 edition of English newspaper The Mail. Analysts have suggested that he's making a lot more from giving away 3 million copies than he did by selling 80,000 English copies of his last album.

So not only is this a MUCH more effective way of sticking it to The Man than by writing "slave" on his face, he's managing to make money doing it AND putting his album into millions of hands. That's pretty groovy. Also, despite the big English giveaway, the album is the current #2 seller at Amazon.

Then there's the actual album. Planet Earth is, frankly, mediocre. From most acts, I would consider this maybe halfway decent. There are several pretty good songs here, but there's nothing here demanding space on the next Prince hits album. This is a lot better than the awful 90s symbol albums, such as Emancipation. These are mostly decent songs with competent professional melodies. This is not as good as 3121 though. There is certainly no song as catchy or memorable as "The Word."

The Simpsons movie toysThis week also marks the release of the long awaited movie of the Simpsons, and an original soundtrack album by Hans Zimmer. I don't know if this music will amount to anything memorable, but I'm certainly substantially entertained by just titles like "Why Does Everything I Whip Leave Me?" I might also have high hopes for a composition called "Release the Hounds."

I've never particularly owned a Hanson album, but I guess I do feel some pangs of sympathy for a band of real musicians working hard at playing and songwriting year after year. They seem to get lumped in with the teen-pop likes of Britney Spears because of one big fluke pop hit. They're back this week with The Walk, and will doubtless be playing a bazillion small clubs to back it up. I've seen pretty good reviews for the album. It might actually be worth a listen.

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

Manic Street Preachers Send Away the Tigers Sony/BMG
Britpop, Alternative Pop/Rock

Prince UK album giveawayPrince Planet Earth NPG
Funk, Pop/Rock, Urban, Dance-Pop

Sum 41 Underclass Hero Island
Punk-Pop, Punk Revival

Tegan and Sara The Con Sire
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Emo

UNKLE War Stories TBC
Trip-Hop, Electronica

Marc Anthony El Cantante Norte
Salsa, Tropical, Latin Dance, Latin Pop

Chet Atkins The Essential Chet Atkins [Legacy] RCA Nashville/Legacy
Finger-Picked Guitar, Country Boogie, Instrumental Country, Nashville Sound/Countrypolitan, Country-Pop, Traditional Country

Bobby Bare Bobby Bare Sings Lullabys, Legends and Lies (And More) RLG Legacy
Country-Folk, Progressive Country, Traditional Country

Camp Lo Black Hollywood Traffic Ent.
East Coast Rap, Hip-Hop

Johnny Cash The Great Lost Performance Island
Traditional Country, Country Gospel

Billy Ray Cyrus Home at Last Disney
Contemporary Country, Country-Pop

Dalek Deadverse Massive, Vol. 1: Dälek Rarities 1999-2006 Hydra Head
Left-Field Hip-Hop, Underground Rap

The Doors Live in Boston '70 Rhino
Hard Rock, Rock & Roll

Evans Blue The Pursuit Begins When This Portrayal of Life Ends Hollywood
Alternative Pop/Rock, Hard Rock

Freekey Zekey Book of Ezekiel Diplomatic Man/Asylum
Hardcore Rap, Gangsta Rap

Garbage Absolute Garbage [Deluxe Edition] Geffen
Alternative Dance, Alternative Pop/Rock

Stephane Ginsburgh Morton Feldman: For Bunita Marcus Sub Rosa
Contemporary Music for Piano

Hanson The Walk Cooking Vinyl
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Corey Harris Zion Crossroads Telarc
Acoustic Blues, Contemporary Blues, Modern Acoustic Blues, Modern Delta Blues, Folk-Blues, Delta Blues, Electric Blues, African Folk, Roots Reggae, Ska

Peter Himmelman The Pigeons Couldn't Sleep Metal Blade
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Pop/Rock

Waylon Jennings The Essential Waylon Jennings [2007] RCA Nashville/Legacy
Outlaw Country, Country-Folk, Progressive Country, Traditional Country

Waylon Jennings & the Waymore Blues Band Never Say Die: The Complete Final Concert [2CD/1DVD] Legacy
Outlaw Country, Progressive Country, Traditional Country

Juliette and the Licks Four on the Floor Hassle
Punk Revival, Alternative Pop/Rock

Erich Kunzel Masters and Commanders Telarc
Film Music

Helen Jane Long Porcelain Warner Classics
Contemporary Chamber Music

The Lovemakers Misery Loves Company Red Eye
Indie Rock, Alternative Dance

Joanna MacGregor Donnacha Dennehy: Elastic Harmonic NMC
Contemporary Chamber Music

Marmoset Florist Fired Secretly Canadian
Indie Rock

Tracy Nelson You'll Never Be a Stranger at My Door Memphis
Contemporary Blues

Tempera Quartet Sibelius: Voces Intimae – String Quartets 1890-1922 Bis
Modern String Quartets

Original Soundtrack The Simpsons Movie Adrenaline
Original Score, Film Music

Preservation Hall Jazz Band Made in New Orleans: The Hurricane Sessions [CD/DVD] Preservation Hall
Dixieland Revival, New Orleans Jazz, Dixieland

Riders in the Sky Public Cowboy #1: A Centennial Salute to the Music of Gene Autry Rounder
Cowboy, Traditional Country, Western Swing Revival

Robbers on High Street Grand Animals New Line
Indie Rock

Saturday Looks Good to Me Cold Colors Polyvinyl
Indie Pop, Chamber Pop, Indie Rock, Twee Pop, Lo-Fi

Sebadoh The Freed Man Domino
Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Alternative Pop/Rock

Brian Setzer & The Nashvillains Red Hot & Live! Surfdog
Rockabilly Revival, Retro-Rock, Roots Rock

Silverchair Young Modern [CD/DVD] Eleven
Post-Grunge, Aussie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Squeeze 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Squeeze Universal
New Wave, College Rock, Pop/Rock, Power Pop

Billy Bob Thornton Beautiful Door New Door
Americana, Roots Rock, Country-Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Tiny Vipers Hands Across the Void Sub Pop
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Rock

John Vanderslice Emerald City Barsuk
Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Pop Underground

Christian Wallumrod Ensemble The Zoo Is Far ECM
Modern Composition, Avant-Garde, Classical Crossover

Eberhard Webber Stages of a Long Journey ECM
Continental Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz, Chamber Jazz, Modern Creative

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Is Is Fontana Interscope
Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Garage Punk

Yung Berg Almost Famous EP Epic
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