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New Album Releases 03/31/09: PJ Harvey & John Parish, Flo-Rida, Keith Urban, Prince, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Leonard Cohen, Fly, Peter Bjorn and John & More

First off, our apologies for going M.I.A. last week — which was the result of some fairly severe computer problems, the less of which are said about, the better. The good news is we're back with a bigger than usual bundle of brand spanking new album releases.

PJ Harvey's followup to her highly lauded White Chalk is a collaboration with her occasional songwriting partner John Parish (Dance Hall at Louse Point). This would suggest a possible departure from the stark sound of White Chalk — which was itself a departure of sorts — but with an artist like PJ Harvey, one can never really be sure what to expect. But we certainly can't wait to hear it and find out.

I'm not really sure what the deal is with the new Prince releases, other than the fact that there are three of them, and that they represent the latest of those retail exclusivity deals — which means you'll only find them at your nearest Target store. LotusFlow3r is one of them, and it shows up on this week's list from AMG, which presumably means that it's out now.

Swedish pop phenoms Peter Bjorn and John have their new Living Thing out this week. Flo-Rida is back with the followup to the mega-seller Mail On Sunday, on the ambitiously titled R.O.O.T.S. (it stands for Route of Overcoming the Struggle).

Country megastar Keith Urban is Defying Gravity on his fifth album. The great Leonard Cohen's Live in London arrives just in time to get you ready for that show coming to a theatre near you on his current tour.

Mark Saleski has come out of hiding to talk about jazz saxophone trio Fly. But first, Jordan Richardson joins the ranks of the NAR team to tell you all about the dance-tastic new album from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Jordan "J-Rich" Richardson's Pick To Click: Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It's Blitz

Yeah Yeah Yeahs It's Blitz is already generating a lot of "album of the year" type praise from those bastards in the music press. This, their third album, rumbles with infectious dancefloor grooves and pulsates with the kind of synthesizer-guided splendour that will make you sick if you don't like good music.

Join Karen O, Brian Chase, and Nick Zinner as they take some chances with keyboards and still prove that they're one of the most interesting, exhilarating bands of, well, now. Yeah Yeah Yeahs It's Blitz feels broad and epic while maintaining a remarkable spark of intimate closeness amidst all the fancy sass and precociousness. Exhibit A: "Off, off, off with your head!/Dance, dance, dance till you're dead!"

Saleski's Choice: Fly – Sky & Country

You might think that the saxophone trio lineup (sax, bass, drums) would have nothing left to say. Sure, Sonny Rollins throws a long shadow, but that doesn't mean the entire case has been closed. So Fly comes along, bringing a sort of Ornette Coleman vibe. I say "sort of" because the music doesn't really contain the twisty logic of harmolodics so much as series of freely interchanged musical roles. And oh man, Larry Grenadier is a monster on the bass.

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

Gavin DeGraw
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Flo Rida
R.O.O.T.S. (Route of Overcoming the Struggle)
Poe Boy Music/Atlantic
Pop-Rap, Southern Rap

PJ Harvey & John Parish
A Woman a Man Walked By
Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock

Diana Krall
Quiet Nights
Vocal Jazz, Traditional Pop, Standards, Contemporary Jazz

Peter Bjorn and John
Living Thing
Almost Gold/Startime Internat
Indie Rock, Swedish Pop/Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival

Keith Urban
Defying Gravity
Pop/Rock, Contemporary Country, Country-Pop

Yeah Yeah Yeahs
It's Blitz!
Interscope/DGC/Dress Up
Alternative Pop/Rock, Garage Punk, Indie Rock

Infinity + 1
Neo-Electro, Club/Dance, Electro

The Answer
Everyday Demons [Bonus Track]
The End
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Blues-Rock

Rodney Atkins
It's America
Contemporary Country

Count Basie & His Orchestra
Basie Swings Standards
Swing, Big Band

Chuck Berry
You Never Can Tell: The Complete Chess Recordings 1960-1966
Rock & Roll, Early R&B

Chris Botti
Chris Botti in Boston
Standards, Contemporary Jazz

Bow Wow
New Jack City II
Pop-Rap, Southern Rap

Bobby Brown
Urban, Teen Pop, Contemporary R&B, New Jack Swing

Michael Christie
Mark Grey: Enemy Slayer: A Navajo Oratorio
Contemporary Music for Voice, Chorus & Orchestra

Authorized Bootleg: Live at the Tokyo Dome – Tokyo, Japan Dec. 31 1990
Pop-Metal, Arena Rock, Hair Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal

Bruce Cockburn
Slice O Life: Bruce Cockburn Live Solo
Folk-Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Leonard Cohen
Live in London

A.J. Croce
Cage of Muses
Contemporary Blues, Americana

Gustavo Dudamel
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5
Deutsche Grammophon
Romantic Music for Orchestra

JoAnn Falletta
Daron Hagen: Shining Brow
Contemporary Opera

Filter: The Very Best Things (1995-2008)
Industrial Metal, Heavy Metal, Alternative Pop/Rock, Industrial, Post-Grunge, Alternative Metal

Steve Forbert
The Place and the Time
Contemporary Folk, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter

Adam Franklin
Spent Bullets
Second Motion
Indie Rock

Jim Gaffigan
King Baby
Comedy Central
Standup Comedy, Observational Humor

Great Lake Swimmers
Lost Channels
Indie Rock, Folk-Pop

Willie Hutch
Soul Portrait

J Dilla
Dillanthology 1: J Dilla's Productions for Various Artists
Alternative Rap, Hip-Hop, Midwest Rap, Contemporary R&B

Demi Lovato
Don't Forget [Deluxe Edition]
Teen Pop, Dance-Pop

Lynyrd Skynyrd
Authorized Bootleg: Live at Winterland – San Francisco Mar. 07 1976
Southern Rock, Album Rock, Boogie Rock, Arena Rock, Hard Rock, Blues-Rock, Rock & Roll

Lynyrd Skynyrd
Authorized Bootleg: Live at the Cardiff Capitol Theater – Cardiff, Wales Nov. 04 1975
Southern Rock, Album Rock, Boogie Rock, Arena Rock, Hard Rock, Blues-Rock, Rock & Roll

Fist of God
Downtown/Dim Mak
Alternative Dance, Club/Dance

Adios…Putas Madres
13th Planet
Industrial Metal, Alternative Metal, Industrial

Stevie Nicks
The Soundstage Sessions
Pop/Rock, Soft Rock, Album Rock

Rolando Villazon
Rolando Villazón sings Handel
Deutsche Grammophon
Baroque Music for Voice & Orchestra

Benjamin Zander
Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 [Hybrid SACD]
Post-Romantic Music for Orchestra

Original Soundtrack
Fast & Furious
Pop-Rap, Soundtracks

Bobby Osborne
Bluegrass & Beyond
Traditional Bluegrass

Pansy Division
That's So Gay
Alternative Tentacles
Punk Revival, Alternative Pop/Rock, Queercore

Dolly Parton
9 to 5 and Odd Jobs
Urban Cowboy, Contemporary Country, Country-Pop

Club/Dance, Urban, Funk

American Soldier
Progressive Metal, Heavy Metal, Prog-Rock/Art Rock, Hard Rock, Album Rock, Arena Rock

John Scofield
Piety Street
Contemporary Jazz, Jazz-Funk, Instrumental Gospel, Contemporary Gospel

The Shacklefords
The Shacklefords Sing
Folk Revival, Folk-Pop, Country-Folk, Country-Pop

Maria Taylor
Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Pop/Rock

Big Dada
Indie Electronic, Club/Dance

Peter Walker
Long Lost Tapes 1970
Tompkins Square
Experimental Rock, Guitar Virtuoso, Folk-Rock, Psychedelic

Muddy Waters
Authorized Bootleg: Live at the Fillmore Auditorium – San Francisco Nov 04-06 1966
Blues Revival, Electric Blues, Electric Chicago Blues, Chicago Blues

The Whitest Boy Alive
Indie Rock, Alternative Dance

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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