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New album releases, week of 3-8-2005

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We’re back to nothing worth talking about in album releases this week. Deana Carter looks pretty on her new album cover, though.

50 Cent has a new album out, The Massacre. He’s obviously the hottest thing in the music biz, what with no less than three simultaneous top 10 Billboard pop hit singles. On top of which, he’s got that gang beef with Game and the shooting at the radio station. In no meaningful sense of the word could 50 Cent be called a musician, but I must admit that this shooting was a brilliant publicity gimmick.

Still, why would anyone be buying a CD just because he’s got street cred as a real life gangsta thug? Not to put too fine a point on it, but I wouldn’t hire Smokey Robinson for a hit man, so why would I pay 50 Cent to “sing” or whatever it is exactly that he does? If I were to give 50 Cent my $15, I’d be expecting a crack rock in return. It’d have more lasting value than his “music.”

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

Deana Carter The Story of My Life Vanguard
Contemporary Country, Country-Pop, Singer/Songwriter

50 Cent The Massacre Aftermath
East Coast Rap, Hardcore Rap, Gangsta Rap

50 Foot Wave Golden Ocean Artist Direct BMG
Alternative Pop/Rock

The Kills No Wow RCA
Garage Punk, Indie Rock

AK-Momo Return to N.Y. Exergy
Indie Electronic, Indie Pop

Ash Meltdown [Bonus Tracks & DVD] Record Collection
Punk-Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Pop

The Capitol Years Let Them Drink Burn and Shiver
Garage Rock Revival, Indie Rock

Clannad Live in Concert Koch
Celtic New Age, Contemporary Celtic, Celtic Fusion, Celtic Pop, Ethnic Fusion, British Folk

The Collectors The Collectors Collectors’ Choice Music
Psychedelic, Psychedelic Pop

The Collectors Grass and Wild Strawberries Warner Brothers
Psychedelic, Acid Rock, Psychedelic Pop

John Davis John Davis Word Entertainment
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Roots Rock, Pop Underground

Sammy Davis Jr. Sings the Complete Dr. Doolittle Reprise
Traditional Pop, Vocal Pop, Pop

Sammy Davis, Jr. The Sounds of ’66 Collectors’ Choice Music
Traditional Pop, Show Tunes, Vocal Pop

Decibully Sing Out America Polyvinyl
Indie Rock

Devil in a Woodpile In Your Lonesome Town Bloodshot
Alternative Country, Contemporary Country

Dropkick Murphys Singles Collection, Vol. 2 Epitaph
Punk Revival, Oi!, Alternative Pop/Rock

Ronnie Earl & Duke Robillard The Duke Meets the Earl Stony Plain
Modern Electric Blues, Slide Guitar Blues, Contemporary Blues, Electric Blues, Soul-Blues, Jazz Blues, Blues-Rock

The Evens 12 Songs Dischord
American Underground, Indie Rock

Reeves Gabrels Rockonica Favored Nations
Guitar Virtuoso, Album Rock, Hard Rock

Gratitude Gratitude Atlantic
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Punk-Pop

The Insect Trust Hoboken Saturday Night Atco
Folk-Rock, Psychedelic, Prog-Rock/Art Rock

Kasabian Kasabian RCA
Indie Rock, Britpop

Kid Koala Live from the Short Attention Span Audio Theater Ninja Tune
Turntablism, Underground Rap, Electronica, Hip-Hop, Trip-Hop, Club/Dance

The Klezmatics Brother Moses Smote the Water Piranha
Klezmer

Jimmy LaFave Blue Nightfall Red House
Americana, Alternative Country, Singer/Songwriter

Mando Diao Hurricane Bar Mute
Swedish Pop/Rock, Garage Punk

Anthony Marwood Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Sir Arthur Somervell: Violin Concertos Hyperion
Modern Chamber Music

Monade A Few Steps More Beggars Too Pure
Dream Pop, Indie Rock, Post-Rock/Experimental

Nitty Player’s Paradise Universal
Pop-Rap, East Coast Rap, Hip-Hop

Paint It Black Paradise Jade Tree
Hardcore Punk, Punk, Emo

Maria-Joao Pires Schubert: Résonance de l’Originaire Deutsche Grammophon
Romantic Piano Music

Nelson Rangell My American Songbook, Vol. 1 Koch
Smooth Jazz, Jazz-Pop, Instrumental Pop, Crossover Jazz, Contemporary Jazz

Soel Memento Warner Brothers
Downbeat, Acid Jazz, Jazz-House, Jazz-Funk

SONICFLOOd This Generation [Bonus CD] Sony
Alternative CCM, Christian Rock, CCM

Ike Turner The Bad Man Night Train
R&B, Soul

Mitsuko Uchida Mozart: Sonatas for Piano & Violin Philips
Classical Chamber Music

Various Artists World Psychedelic Classics, Vol. 3: Love’s a Real Thing Luaka Bop (Ryko)
Psychedelic, Afro-Beat, Worldbeat, Afro-Pop, Highlife, Soukous, Juju

Rhonda Vincent & the Rage Ragin’ Live Rounder
Contemporary Bluegrass, Progressive Bluegrass

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  • http://selfaudit.blogspot.com Aaman

    Kasabian is pretty good – I’ve been listening to their single “Club Foot” off iTunes – not very distinctive, but a good song, nevertheless – with strong riffs.

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