Wednesday , February 28 2024
Sometimes you gotta' play the hand you are dealt.

New Album Releases 03/11/08: Snoop Dogg, Kelis, Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Randy Jackson, POTUSA, The Vines…NOW! That’s What I Call A Slow Week

Sometimes you gotta' play the hand you are dealt.

Which, in the case of this week's installment of the new album releases, means that it's pretty slim pickings. So much so, that my usual musical partners in crime Mark Saleski and Tom Johnson both apparently chose to take a powder — leaving me here alone to fly the mothership solo this week. So be it fellas, and enjoy the day off.

Fortunately, it is a somewhat good week for new hip hop, led by Ego Trippin', the ninth album from Snoop Dogg. The Doggfather's latest comes just in time to give the rap veteran something to sell as he heads to this year's WWE Wrestlemania pay per view extravaganza to referee "Bunnymania," a women's match featuring WWE Divas who have all posed nekkid for Playboy at one point or another. Maybe, I should talk to Snoop Dogg about switching jobs with him.

Speaking of Divas, Kelis has a compilation of her Hits out this week. Clayton Perry wrote an excellent review of this release here on the site last week, that also gives a very complete history of this under-appreciated R&B Diva (at least in this country). It's a great read, that you can check out here. Other notable hip hop releases this week include new albums from Rick Ross and Fat Joe.

American Idol judge Randy Jackson has got something called Randy Jackson's Music Club, Vol. 1 out this week. Now, while I'll admit that I'm not much of an Idol fan, I've always had kind of a soft spot for Jackson, dog! For one thing, he did do time on the bass with the non-E Street Band that Springsteen toured with in the early nineties, so he merits respect right there. I hear fellow Idol judge Paula Abdul is on a track or two as well, which gives this release that additional curiosity factor.

I wasn't aware that The Vines had been around long enough to warrant a hits collection, but nonetheless they've got The Best of the Vines in stores this week. Seattle veterans The Presidents Of The United States Of America (or POTUSA as they are called by fans) take another stab at regaining their mid-nineties form with the sure to be humorous post-grunge pop of These Are the Good Times People.

Oh. Lest I forget, there are also a couple of new volumes of the always mega-selling NOW! series, Now That's What I Call the 80s and Now, Vol. 27.

And that's pretty much all she wrote for this week.

Like I said, sometimes you just gotta' play the hand you are dealt.

Mark Saleski and Tom Johnson did not contribute picks this week. You were sorely missed, so hurry back okay guys?

Here are all of this week's new album releases courtesy of All Music Guide:

Fat Joe
The Elephant in the Room
East Coast Rap, Gangsta Rap

The Hits
Urban, Contemporary R&B

Rick Ross
Def Jam
Southern Rap, Gangsta Rap

Snoop Dogg
Ego Trippin'
West Coast Rap, Gangsta Rap, Hardcore Rap, G-Funk

Alkaline Trio
Goddamnit [CD/DVD]
Asian Man
Emo, Punk-Pop, Punk Revival

Eric Bibb
Get on Board
Contemporary Blues

Hana Chu
Michael Torke: Blue Pacific
Contemporary Piano Music

The Cranberries
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Pop/Rock, Indie Pop, Indie Rock

Reverend Gary Davis
Manchester Free Trade Hall 1964
Country Blues, Blues Gospel, Acoustic Blues, Folk-Blues

Dr. Manhattan
Dr. Manhattan
New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Indie Rock

Joe Ely & Joel Guzman
Live Cactus!
Rack 'Em
Americana, Neo-Traditionalist Country

Jutta Hipp with Zoot Sims
Jutta Hipp with Zoot Sims [RVG]
Blue Note
Hard Bop, Cool, Bop

Randy Jackson
Randy Jackson's Music Club, Vol. 1
Pop/Rock, Urban

Jason & the Scorchers
Fervor/Lost & Found
Roots Rock, Country-Rock, Cowpunk, Americana, Heartland Rock

Autumn Fallin'
EMI/Blue Note
Alternative Singer/Songwriter

Margie Joseph
Hear the Words, Feel the Feeling
Collectors' Choice
R&B, Soul

Margie Joseph
Margie Joseph
Collectors' Choice
Urban, Soul

Junior Boys
Body Language, Vol. 6
Get Physical
Club/Dance, House, Left-Field House, Post-Disco, Techno

Junkie XL
Booming Back at You
Club/Dance, Big Beat, Funky Breaks

Jonas Kaufmann
Romantic Arias
Opera Arias for Tenor & Orchestra

Greg Laswell
How the Day Sounds
Indie Rock

Stephen Layton
Poulenc: Gloria; Motets
Modern Music for Choir & Orchestra

Charles Lloyd
Rabo de Nube
Modern Creative, Post-Bop

The Ultimate Collection
Christian Punk, Alternative CCM, Punk-Pop, Punk Revival, CCM

Marian McPartland
Twilight World

Nuclear Blast
Scandinavian Metal, Progressive Metal, Heavy Metal, Alternative Metal, Death Metal/Black Metal

Shawn Mullins
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter

Michael Reisman
Animals in Love [Original Score]
Orange Mountain Music
Contemporary Film Music

Stile Antico
Heavenly Harmonies [Hybrid SACD]
Harmonia Mundi
Renaissance Vocal Music

Original Soundtrack
Black Magic: Music from the Dan Klores Film
Soundtracks, R&B, Funk, Soul

Mike Patton
A Perfect Place
Experimental, Sound Collage

Waylon Payne
The Drifter
Americana, New Traditionalist, Contemporary Country

Presidents of the United States of America
These Are the Good Times People
Comedy Rock, Punk-Pop, Post-Grunge, Grunge, Alternative Pop/Rock

Pride Tiger
The Lucky Ones
Hard Rock

Come Close [CD/DVD]
Post-Hardcore, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Metal

Saving Abel
Saving Abel
Post-Grunge, Hard Rock

Various Artists
Electric Jazz Lounge
Crossover Jazz, Contemporary Jazz

Various Artists
Funky Nassau: The Compass Point Story 1980-1986
Post-Disco, Club/Dance, Alternative Dance, Urban, New Wave, Pop/Rock

Various Artists
Now That's What I Call the 80s [1 CD]
Contemporary R&B, Pop/Rock, New Wave

Various Artists
Now, Vol. 27
Pop-Rap, Pop/Rock, Urban, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Country

Various Artists
Tooth & Nail Records: The Ultimate Collection
Tooth & Nail
Alternative CCM, Emo, Punk-Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock, Third Wave Ska Revival

The Vines
The Best of the Vines
Punk-Pop, Garage Punk, Garage Rock Revival, Post-Grunge, Alternative Pop/Rock

About Glen Boyd

Glen Boyd is the author of Neil Young FAQ, released in May 2012 by Backbeat Books/Hal Leonard Publishing. He is a former BC Music Editor and current contributor, whose work has also appeared in SPIN, Ultimate Classic Rock, The Rocket, The Source and other publications. You can read more of Glen's work at the official Neil Young FAQ site. Follow Glen on Twitter and on Facebook.

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