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New album releases, week of 8-30-2005

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Macy Gray has a new CD and DVD Live in Las Vegas. Usually, I’m pretty skeptical of live albums. However, Macy Gray is the singingest chick walking the planet, give or take KD Lang and Sinead O’Connor.

OK Go have their second album out this week, Oh No. As the follow-up to the classic “Get Over It,” this should be worth a listen.

Bob Dylan’s The Bootleg Series, Vol. 7: No Direction Home – The Soundtrack also serves as the soundtrack to a feature length PBS documentary by Martin Scorcese coming to PBS and DVD in September. This album is already #5 at Amazon, indicating that ol’ Bob’s still got more commercial juice than you’d think at this stage in life.

Brooks & Dunn have a new album Hillbilly Deluxe. If history’s any indicator, the album’s probably about as imaginative as the album title that got from Dwight Yoakam.

There’s a new special de-luxe 25th anniversary edition of Guilty out this week. Barbara Streisand AND a Bee Gee. What’s not to like? It’s like buttah. Indeed, this re-release is #12 at Amazon.

The big kahuna, though, is Kanye West’s Late Registration, #1 at Amazon.

Oh, and if you haven’t got enough mediocre blues albums in your collection, you’re in luck. Eric Clapton has a new album called Back Home.

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

Brooks & Dunn Hillbilly Deluxe Arista Nashville/RLG
Contemporary Country, New Traditionalist, Neo-Traditionalist Country

Eric Clapton Back Home Reprise
Pop/Rock, Adult Contemporary

Death Cab for Cutie Plans Atlantic
Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Dream Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock, Twee Pop

Bob Dylan The Bootleg Series, Vol. 7: No Direction Home – The Soundtrack Legacy
Folk-Rock, Political Folk, Singer/Songwriter, Rock & Roll

Kanye West Late Registration Roc-A-Fella
East Coast Rap, Pop-Rap, Hip-Hop

Mose Allison Ramblin’ with Mose [Bonus Tracks] Prestige
Hard Bop, Piano Blues

Jeff Ball Return to Balance Red Feather
Ethnic Fusion

Biohazard Means to an End SPV
Rap-Metal, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Alternative Pop/Rock, Hard Rock

Bodyrockers Bodyrockers Universal
Club/Dance

Andrey Boreyko Arvo Part: Lamentate ECM
Contemporary Choral Music

Cannibal & the Headhunters Land of 1000 Dances: The Complete Rampart Recordings Varese
Latin Rock, Brown-Eyed Soul, Frat Rock, Garage Rock, Rock & Roll, R&B, Soul

Cold A Different Kind of Pain Lava
Alternative Metal

The Coral The Invisible Invasion Sony International
Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia

Czar*nok That One Way Capitol
Hardcore Rap

Carlisle Floyd Carlisle Floyd: Cold Sassy Tree Albany
Contemporary Opera

Macy Gray Live in Las Vegas NuTech Digital
Contemporary R&B, Neo-Soul, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra Not in Our Name Verve
Post-Bop

Herbie Hancock Possibilities Vector
Contemporary Jazz, Jazz-Pop

Justin Hinds Carry Go Bring Come: Anthology 1964-1974 Trojan
Roots Reggae, Rocksteady, Ska

Kim Lenz Up to My Old Tricks Again Hightone
Americana, Rockabilly Revival, Roots Rock

Mad Professor Method to the Madness Trojan
Dub, Contemporary Reggae, Reggae-Pop, Ambient Dub

Norumbega Harmony Sweet Seraphic Fire New World
American Choral Music

OK Go Oh No Capitol
Indie Rock

Opeth Ghost Reveries Roadrunner
Scandinavian Metal, Progressive Metal, Goth Metal, Death Metal/Black Metal

Our Lady Peace Healthy in Paranoid Times Sony
Post-Grunge, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Les Paul Les Paul and Friends Capitol
Pop/Rock, Blues-Rock, Hard Rock, Nostalgia

Rihanna Music of the Sun Def Jam
Urban, Dance-Pop, Tropical, Dancehall

Sonny Rollins Without a Song: The 9/11 Concert Milestone
Hard Bop, Post-Bop

Gerard Schwarz Turn-of-the-Century Cornet Favorites Sony
Modern Brass Music

Todd Snider That Was Me: The Best of Todd Snider 1994-1998 Hip-O
Americana, Alternative Country, Roots Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Barbra Streisand Guilty [25th Anniversary Edition Dualdisc] Sony
Soft Rock, Adult Contemporary

Marty Stuart Soul’s Chapel Superlatone
Country Gospel

30 Seconds to Mars A Beautiful Lie Virgin/Immortal
Post-Grunge

Various Artists Austin City Limits Music Festival: 2004 Rhino
Jam Bands, Indie Rock, Roots Rock, New Orleans R&B, Urban Blues, Country-Rock, Black Gospel

Vendetta Red Sisters of the Red Death Control Group / TCG
Post-Grunge, Emo

Nancy Wilson The Great American Songbook Blue Note
Vocal Jazz, Pop-Soul, Traditional Pop, Standards, Ballads

Nancy Wilson Guess Who I Saw Today: Nancy Wilson Sings Songs of Lost Love Blue Note
Vocal Jazz, Traditional Pop, Standards, Ballads

Nancy Wilson Save Your Love for Me: Nancy Wilson Sings the Great Blues Ballads Blue Note
Vocal Jazz, Pop-Soul, Traditional Pop, Standards, Ballads

George Winston Summer [Special Edition] Windham Hill
Contemporary Instrumental, Adult Alternative, Solo Instrumental, Neo-Classical

Tony Yayo Thoughts of a Predicate Felon Interscope
East Coast Rap, Hardcore Rap

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  • godoggo

    A New Charlie Haden’s Liberation Orchestra record!!!!!!!

    Also, 2 Nancy Wilson records, in case you want to hear what a singer who can sing sings like.

  • El Bicho

    Al,

    8-30. Feel free to have someone delete this comment

  • http://www.suddennothing.net LegendaryMonkey

    I just have to say… Tony Yayo is an inspired name.

  • http://www.djradiohead.com DJRadiohead

    Eric Clapton is no longer even mediocre blues and has not been for some time.

    This new album is going to rot. I finally had to quit buying his music.

  • http://www.markiscranky.org Mark Saleski

    funny how folks can be so assured that music they’ve never even listened to will suck.

    i’ve heard a tune from the new Clapton record and it was great.

    and it wasn’t a blues tune either.

  • JR

    Actually it three Nancy Wilson records, but I think they’re all compilations.

    I may buy them anyway.

  • http://www.morethings.com/senate Al Barger

    Fair point Mark, but I never liked Clapton much to begin with, and I haven’t heard anything even vaguely listenable from him in long decades. After a whole frickin’ career of mediocre blues records, I beg forgiveness if I’m so prejudiced as to expect more of the same.

  • http://www.temptationwaits.com visualsimplicity

    Indie darlings, Death Cab for Cutie, releases their first major record label album and there’s no peep about it from anyone? Odd.

  • The Theory

    probably because they suck.

    I’m interested in the new Opeth, perhaps.

    And is that new Brooks and Dunn cd intentionally parodying that Rob Zombie album, Hellbilly Deluxe?

  • The Theory

    actually, the new Death Cab is currently #3 on amazon’s sales rank.

    did i mention how much I hate them?