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New album releases, week of 9-14-2004

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Definite most interesting release this week: Peter Case has a new album, Who’s Gonna Go Your Crooked Mile. It appears to be 13 new songs, plus several re-workings of previously published songs, including “Crooked Mile.” This guy has been criminally underappreciated in his whole career, and a new Peter Case album is generally to be considered one of the higher events of the music industry.

Also noteworthy, we get not one but two new albums full of Nelly, Sweat and Suit. Nelly only has a couple of tracks that I’d consider worthwhile, but if between two albums he came up with even one song in a league with “Hot in Herre,” I’d be highly impressed.

After 15 years between albums the world could give a rat’s ass, but Tears for Fears have apparently overcome their deep frickin’ personal issues to actually make a frickin’ album, Everybody Loves a Happy Ending. We should feel honored to receive this fruit of the boys deep commitment to Art.

OK, that damned “Sowing the Seeds of Love” song was awfully catchy. I know I’ll end up listening to the record.

Rhino has gotten together with Joni Mitchell to put out a nice looking compilation named Dreamland. This actually looks just by far the best of anything I’ve seen in the way of a best-of from Joni Mitchell ever. I’m particularly pleased to note the inclusion here of “The Jungle Line.” It SO rocks.

Dolly Parton has a new live album and DVD. The chosen repertoire looks intriguing, climaxing with “Stairway to Heaven.”

This week’s major releases, from All Music Guide:

Nelly Suit Universal
Pop-Rap, Urban

The Prodigy Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned Maverick/XL
Electronica, Big Beat, Club/Dance

Tears for Fears Everybody Loves a Happy Ending Arista
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Pop/Rock

Mindi Abair Come As You Are GRP
Smooth Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Jazz-Pop

The Arcade Fire Funeral Merge
Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Post-Rock/Experimental

Bang On A Can Philip Glass: Music in Fifths; Two Pages Cantaloupe
Contemporary Chamber Music

Big Head Todd & the Monsters Live at the Fillmore Sanctuary
Jam Bands, American Trad Rock

Bloc Party Bloc Party [EP] Dim Mak
Indie Rock

Bowling for Soup A Hangover You Don’t Deserve Jive
Punk-Pop, Punk Revival

Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown Timeless Hightone
Modern Electric Texas Blues, Western Swing, Electric Texas Blues

Lenny Bruce Let the Buyer Beware Shout Factory
Satire, Beat Poetry, Standup Comedy, Political Comedy

Peter Case Who’s Gonna Go Your Crooked Mile? Vanguard
Singer/Songwriter, Folk-Rock, Contemporary Folk

Kasey Chambers Wayward Angel EMI
Alternative Country-Rock, Country-Folk, Singer/Songwriter, Country-Rock

Peter Cincotti On the Moon Concord
Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Crossover Jazz, Singer/Songwriter

Citizen Cope Clarence Greenwood Recordings RCA
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter

The Datsuns Outta Sight/Outta Mind V2 International
Garage Punk, Hard Rock

Dizzee Rascal Showtime XL
2-Step/British Garage

The Faint Wet from Birth Saddle Creek
Indie Rock

The Features Exhibit A Universal
Pop Underground, Indie Rock, Indie Pop

Giant Sand Is All Over…the Map Thrill Jockey
Alternative Country-Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Marc-Andre Hamelin Ives: Concord Sonata; Barber: Piano Sonata Hyperion
Modern Piano Music

Japancakes Waking Hours Warm
Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Post-Rock/Experimental

Megadeth The System Has Failed Sanctuary
Heavy Metal, Thrash

Joni Mitchell Dreamland Rhino
Singer/Songwriter

Nelly Sweat Universal
Party Rap, Pop-Rap

Original TV Soundtrack Freaks and Geeks Sony
Album Rock, TV Soundtrack, Television Music, Television Soundtracks, Pop/Rock

Original Soundtrack Moog Hollywood
Electronica, Soundtracks, Electronic

Dolly Parton Live and Well Sugar Hill
Contemporary Bluegrass, Honky Tonk, Bluegrass, Country Comedy, Contemporary Country, Traditional Country

Perfect Once, Twice, Three Times a Maybe Rykodisc
Alternative Pop/Rock, Hard Rock, Rock & Roll

Madeleine Peyroux Careless Love Rounder
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Vocal Pop, Vocal Jazz, Standards, American Popular Song

Silkworm It’ll Be Cool Touch and Go
Indie Rock

Sally Timms In the World of Him Touch and Go
Alternative Country

Various Artists Big Gundown: Reggae Inspired by Spaghetti Westerns Sanctuary/Trojan
Roots Reggae, Rocksteady

Paul Weller Studio 150 V2
British Trad Rock

Pieter Wispelwey Sofia Gubaidulina: The Canticle of the Sun (Hybrid SACD) Channel Crossings
Contemporary Chamber Music

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