Can I please say the best thing Alicia Keys did was get namechecked in a Bob Dylan song? I kid. I'm not a fan, but she really is a talent and today she has a new album in stores. She's hit nearly every time she's released something and I'm expecting more of the same.
Elsewhere, we have a new record from Animal Collective. I was turned on to them by one of our fine music writers, Sterfish. Listening to them is a lot like reading the classics for me or listening to Bob Dylan for my wife; brilliant work but not something I want to read/hear. Animal Collective has a unique way of combining sounds and creating sounds. They make noise-rock sound collages and God bless them for doing it, but I like songs. These guys just aren't accessible enough for me.
Beyond that, boys and girls, there just isn't a lot. Buckeye fans will flock to hear the Ohio State University Wind Symphony's Southern Harmony. I bet that's not going to be a big seller in Ann Arbor or Alabama. The big releases are already in stores, so get out there and score a heaping handful of them.
The Element of Freedom
Fall Be Kind
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Hannibal Lokumbe: Dear Mrs. Parks
The Best Of Mance Lipscomb
Tall, Dark & Chicano
The Manchester Carols
Ohio State University Wind Symphony
Ligeti: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2
Pot of Gold: Remixes
Sex Therapy: The Session