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New Album Releases, Week of 12-6-2005

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Being the wicked man that I am, I was all set to start mocking this new Katrina benefit album, Our New Orleans: A Benefit Album for the Gulf Coast. If you really cared abou the poor flood people, you’d buy this album, etc. Thing is, with Allen Toussaint, Dr John and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band among others, this starts looking like potentially worthwhile actual MUSIC. That will win out with me even over the natural urge to mock do-gooders.

It’s not really a new album per se, but the White Stripes have a new EP with an obscure cover song Walking With A Ghost by Tegan and Sara, plus four live recordings.

Mr Hankey‘s favorite band is back with See You on the Other Side, Korn’s first album since the recent religious defection of guitarist Brian Welch. This might be useful information for you if’n you’re constipated. However, it’s not obvious how they constitute anything that could be meaningfully described as “music.”

Lord Ayn help us, Lindsay Lohan is getting more artistic and personal on her second album, A Little More Personal (Raw). If there’s one thing worse than a stupid Britney Spears record, it’s a Britney Spears record what tries to be art. Shut up already…DAMN.

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

Eminem Curtain Call: The Hits Interscope
Hardcore Rap, Hip-Hop

Korn See You on the Other Side Virgin
Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Post-Grunge, Rap-Metal

Lindsay Lohan A Little More Personal (Raw) Casablanca
Teen Pop, Pop/Rock

Various Artists Our New Orleans: A Benefit Album for the Gulf Coast Nonesuch
New Orleans Brass Bands, Louisiana Blues, New Orleans R&B, New Orleans Jazz, New Orleans Blues, Zydeco

Ashanti Collectables by Ashanti Def Jam
Urban, Contemporary R&B

Kevin Ayers Kevin Ayers: The BBC Sessions 1970-1976 Hux
Canterbury Scene, British Psychedelia, Prog-Rock/Art Rock

The Cowsills We Can Fly Collectors’ Choice Music
Pop, Sunshine Pop, Bubblegum

Carl Craig Fabric 25 Fabric
Experimental Techno, Club/Dance, House, Techno

Paul Freeman Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson: A Celebration Cedille
Modern Orchestral and Chamber Music

Friend & Lover Reach Out of the Darkness Collectors’ Choice Music
Pop/Rock, Sunshine Pop, Psychedelic Pop, Blue-Eyed Soul

The Hope Blister Underarms & Sideways 4AD
Ambient Pop, Dream Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock

Ja Rule Exodus The Inc
East Coast Rap, Hardcore Rap, Gangsta Rap

Oliver Knussen The Music of Elliott Carter, Vol. 7 Bridge
Contemporary Orchestral Music

John Legend Get Lifted/Live at the House of Blues [CD & DVD] Getting Out Our Dreams/Sony U
Urban, Neo-Soul, Contemporary R&B

Lil Wayne Tha Carter, Vol. 2 Cash Money
Southern Rap, Dirty South

Douglas Nagel Alva Henderson: Nosferatu Albany
Contemporary Opera

Ramon Sender Desert Ambulance [LP] Locust
Contemporary Electronic Music

Original Soundtrack Jarhead Decca
Film Music, Soundtracks, Pop, Gangsta Rap, Hip-Hop

The Peppermint Rainbow Will You Be Staying After Sunday? Collectors’ Choice Music
Sunshine Pop, Bubblegum, Baroque Pop

Rechenzentrum The John Peel Session Kitty-Yo
Minimal Techno, Experimental Techno

Ruefrex Capital Letters: The Best of Ruefrex Cherry Red

Phil Seymour Phil Seymour Collectors’ Choice Music
Power Pop, New Wave

T-Pain Rappa Ternt Sanga Konvict Muzik/Jive/Zomba Labe

Tender Forever The Soft and the Hardcore K.
Indie Rock, Indie Pop

Various Artists Chart Toppin’ Doo Woppin’, Vol. 1: Rock Me All Night Long Rev-Ola
Doo Wop, R&B

Various Artists Doo Wop: Vocal Group Greats Shout! Factory
Doo Wop, R&B, Rock & Roll, Girl Group, Motown

Various Artists Invite Them Up Comedy Central Rec.
Standup Comedy, Observational Humor

The White Stripes Walking with a Ghost V2
Indie Rock

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