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New Album Releases, 7-31-2007: Born Again Floozies, Dave Davies, Bratz soundtrack

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The grooviest new album in the land comes from the wicked Born Again Floozies. They've just released their first full length CD, 7 Deadly Sinners. It was produced by Steve Albini. My personal fave rave here is "Drivin' by the Penitentiary," a note of gratitude to a cruel prison warden. Here's a Live Performance on YouTube, and here's a free mp3. "In my youth, my suffering I tried to escape, but religion said 'no, no, keep on suffering. That's the way you know you're saved."

These Floozies lean toward humor in their act, as evidenced by their name and song titles like "If You Were Dead You'd Be Home Now." There's willful humor even just in the basic instrumental lineup of guitar, tuba and dual tap dancers. Dr Demento fans should definitely be giving this act a listen. On the other hand, some folk are Not Amused.

Born Again Floozies photoFunny Floozies they may be, but the playing is obviously no joke. Head Floozie Joey Welch is rapidly developing a national reputation for his unique personal guitar style, which involves a lot of tapping rather than picking.

Certainly, anyone with a strong interest in real guitar playing needs to hear this band. The instrumental "Walking" that concludes the album would be a particularly good example of his style.

Plus, there's no special humor point in perfectly serious songs like the featured single "As I Lay Dying." There's obviously serious compositional thought and effort in even the more humor oriented material, and they also excel in the groove department. The album sounds pretty good on a first listen, and only gets better the more you listen and pick up on the careful nuance.

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor even an ugly stroke in 2004 can stop 60 year old Dave Davies from putting out his album, Fractured Mindz. Such things can work either way, but illness appears to have stoked rather than damped his creative drive. I've seen good reviews for this.

There's now a live action musical Bratz movie based on the dolls, and of course a soundtrack. I'm sure it will be socially required listening for all tweener girls.

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

Born Again Floozies 7 Deadly Sinners Triple R
Pure Pop for Now People

Common Finding Forever Geffen
Midwest Rap, Alternative Rap, Hip-Hop

Sean Kingston Sean Kingston Epic
Contemporary R&B, Pop-Rap, Urban, Southern Rap

1990s Cookies Rough Trade
Indie Rock

Josh Rouse Country Mouse City House Bedroom Classics
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter

Stevie Barr with Friends Along the Crooked Road Arhoolie
Contemporary Bluegrass, Neo-Traditionalist Country, Bluegrass, Traditional Bluegrass, Old-Timey, Contemporary Folk

Luka Bloom Tribe Cooking Vinyl
Alternative Folk, Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter, Urban Folk, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter

David Bowie Glass Spider [2CD/1DVD] Virgin
Album Rock, Pop/Rock, Prog-Rock/Art Rock

Tammy Cochran Where I Am Shanachie
Country-Pop, Contemporary Country

Dave Davies imageDave Davies Fractured Mindz Koch
Album Rock, Hard Rock

Derailers Under the Influence of Buck Palo Duro
Alternative Country, Honky Tonk, Country-Rock

Dr. Hook Greatest Hooks Capitol/EMI
AM Pop, Pop/Rock, Soft Rock, Country-Rock

Dave Douglas Quintet Live at the Jazz Standard Koch

Chris Duarte Blue Velocity Blues Bureau
Blues-Rock, Modern Electric Blues, Modern Electric Texas Blues

Entombed Serpent Saints Candlelight
Scandinavian Metal, Heavy Metal, Death Metal/Black Metal

Ella Fitzgerald Love Letters from Ella Concord Jazz/Starbucks Entert
Vocal Jazz, Traditional Pop, Standards, Swing, Ballads, Bop, Classic Female Blues

G. Love & Special Sauce A Year and a Night with G. Love and Special Sauce Brushfire
Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Rap, Blues-Rock

Robert Gordon/Chris Spedding It's Now or Never Rykodisc
Rockabilly Revival

Guru Jazzmatazz, Vol. 4: The Hip Hop Jazz Messenger: Back to the Future 7 Grand
Jazz-Rap, Hip-Hop

Heinz Just Like Eddie: The Heinz Anthology Castle
Early British Pop/Rock, British Invasion

Charlie Hunter Trio Mistico Fantasy
Jazz-Rock, Soul-Jazz, Post-Bop, Fusion, Acid Jazz

Ives String Quartet Quincy Porter: String Quartets Nos. 1-4 Naxos
Modern Works for String Quartet

Kidz Bop Kids Kidz Bop, Vol. 12 Razor & Tie
Sing-Along, Pop/Rock, Teen Pop

Yo-Yo Ma New Impossibilities Sony Classical
Modern Chamber Music

Sir Charles MacKerras Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel Chandos
Post-Romantic Opera

Mandisa True Beauty EMI
Contemporary Gospel

Naked Eyes Fumbling with the Covers Oglio

Odense Symphony Orchestra Herman D. Koppel: Concertos Dacapo
Modern Concertos

Oh No Dr. No's Oxperiment Stones Throw
Left-Field Hip-Hop, Alternative Rap

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (members of) Daniel S. Godfrey: Wrinkled Moon Koch International
Contemporary Chamber Music

Original Soundtrack Bratz Geffen
Teen Pop, Soundtracks, Dance-Pop

Original Soundtrack Hot Rod Sony Legacy
Vocal Pop, Original Score, Soundtracks, Hard Rock, Pop/Rock

Polly Paulusma Fingers & Thumbs One Little Indian
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter

Placebo Extended Play '07 Virgin/EMI
Neo-Glam, Britpop, Alternative Pop/Rock

Elvis Presley Elvis: Viva Las Vegas SONY/BMG
Pop/Rock, Rock & Roll, Pop

The Raspberries Live on Sunset Strip Rykodisc
Pop/Rock, Power Pop

Johnny Rivers & His L.A. Boogie Band Last Boogie in Paris [Expanded Edition] Shout Factory

Shivaree Tainted Love: Mating Calls & Fight Songs Zoe
Alternative Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Neo-Traditional Folk

Soulive No Place Like Soul Stax
Jam Bands, Jazz-Funk, Soul-Jazz, Acid Jazz

Various Artists Down Home Saturday Night Smithsonian/Folkways
Traditional Cajun, Appalachian Folk, Folksongs, Americana, String Bands, Bluegrass, Country-Folk, Country Blues, Conjunto, Tex-Mex, Western Swing, Traditional Folk, Zydeco, Traditional Country, Old-Timey, Traditional Bluegrass, Acoustic Blues

Various Artists Real Life Permanent Dreams: A Cornucopia of British Psychedlia 1965-1970
British Psychedelia, Psychedelic Pop, Pop/Rock

Various Artists Sound Traditions: Get in Line Brother Rural Rhythm
Bluegrass-Gospel, Bluegrass, Traditional Bluegrass

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  • Brother Boyd- I must confess that the Raspberries have made very little impression on me. As to being the power pop band of all time, I really don’t see that. Even assuming that we’re excluding the Beatles and the Kinks, I’d be thinking Cheap Trick.

  • No special considerations afforded the greatest power pop band of all time — The Raspeberries — on their live reunion disc?

    For shame, Uncle Al, for shame.