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New Album Releases 04/07/09: Neil Young, Doves, Rascal Flatts, Jadakiss, James Taylor, Bob Mould, Jimmy Greene & More

While Rascal Flatts has undoubtedly sold more records the past few years (and probably will this time out too), Neil Young still looms large as the biggest name with something new arriving this week. The thing is, with all of his on-again, off-again activity of late with the Archives series, it's tough to really get a handle as to just where the new Fork In The Road falls on Neil's list of priorities.

It doesn't feel Harvest or Rust Never Sleeps huge, that's for sure. At the same time, it also feels like much more than an afterthought, with the largely online marketing efforts including free streams all last week on MySpace, and now a promotional film you can see by going to

As for the album itself, Fork In The Road is a new series of songs inspired both by the world economic and climate change crises, as well as by Neil Young's well-documented obsession with cars — specifically the LincVolt, a 1959 model Lincoln that Young has restored and converted into an electrically powered hybrid. Many of the songs were first performed live during Young's world tour last year.

Songs like first single "Cough Up The Bucks" and the title track reflect Young's obsessions both lyrically, and in the raw garage-rock sound of the music itself. The sound of the album has been compared to Living With War, Neil Young's infamous anti-Bush themed "folk metal protest" album from 2006.

The other biggie this week is country megastars Rascal Flatts, who are Unstoppable on their new album. James Taylor's Other Covers is a companion piece to last year's set of Covers. Husker Du/Sugar frontman Bob Mould gets personal on his solo disc Life and Times. Jadakiss returns with The Last Kiss.

Pico will be along shortly with his thoughts on the new one from jazz saxman Jimmy Greene. But first Josh Hathaway goes all fanboy on ya' over a pair of British siblings who aren't named the Kinks or Oasis.

Josh Hathaway's Fanboy Pick: Doves – Kingdom of Rust

Stop me when you've heard this one before: two brothers from Manchester, UK form a band – no, not Oasis! I'm talking about Doves.

Kingdom of Rust is the fourth full length album from Manchester's other brothers and the long-awaited follow up to the fantastic Some Cities. Jimi Goodwin, the non-Williams brother in the trio, said the band went through a lot while making this record and likened the process to "therapy." That makes for a bad time for the artist but often makes for great listening. First single "Jetstream" was briefly offered as a free single. Whatever the band did during their extended recording process, it doesn't sound like they spent too much time messing with a good thing.

I'm getting one of these today.

Pico's Pick: Jimmy Greene – Mission Statement

Tenor and soprano saxophone player Jimmy Greene may not have the big-name recognition within mainstream jazz circles that Joshua Redman, Joe Lovano, and James Carter enjoy, but it's not because this former student of Jackie McLean hadn't paid his dues. With Mission Statement, a virtually flawless set of advanced bop, Greene stakes a legitimate claim to the top tier of jazz sax players and composers. Alternately fiery and sultry, Greene and his top-shelf backing band run through a batch of consistently well-written pos-bop originals by Greene with poise and precision. Mission Statement is the perfect way to describe what Greene is making with this album. Mission accomplished.

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

Bat for Lashes
Two Suns
Indie Rock

Kingdom of Rust
Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Britpop

The Last Kiss
Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam/Ruff Ryde
East Coast Rap, Hardcore Rap

Bob Mould
Life and Times
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Rascal Flatts
Lyric Street
Contemporary Country, Country-Pop

Neil Young
Fork in the Road
Album Rock, Hard Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Country-Rock

Marta Argerich
Martha Argerich and Friends Live from the Lugano Festival 2008
EMI Classics
Live Chamber Music with Piano

Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
Nothing But Good (1952 – 1962)
Bear Family
Doo Wop, Early R&B

Beastie Boys
Check Your Head
Grand Royal
Alternative Rap, Alternative Pop/Rock, Hip-Hop

Black Dice
Paw Tracks
Experimental Rock, Noise-Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Electronic

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
Vs. Children
Indie Rock, Indie Electronic

Chain and the Gang
Down with Liberty… Up with Chains!
Garage Punk, Experimental Rock, Indie Rock, Lo-Fi

Ray Charles
Genius: The Ultimate Collection
Early R&B, Soul

Eddie Cochran
Somethin' Else:The Ultimate Collection
Bear Family
Rockabilly, Rock & Roll

Comet Gain
Broken Record Prayers
Milou Studios
Indie Pop, Indie Rock

Crystal Antlers
Touch & Go
Experimental Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Indie Rock

Billy Ray Cyrus
Back to Tennessee
Walt Disney/Lyric Street
Contemporary Country

Total Pop! Deluxe Box [3CD/1DVD]
Club/Dance, Alternative Pop/Rock, House, Dance-Pop, Alternative Dance, College Rock, Pop/Rock

The Felice Brothers
Yonder Is the Clock
Team Love

Grateful Dead
To Terrapin: Hartford '77
Jam Bands, Album Rock, Roots Rock, Rock & Roll

Grateful Dead
Winterland 1973: The Complete Recordings
Jam Bands, Country-Rock, Album Rock

Merle Haggard
Best of Merle Haggard [Capitol 2009]
Bakersfield Sound, Traditional Country

Roy Hamilton
Dark End of the Street 1963-1969: The Operatic Soul of Roy Hamilton
Pop-Soul, Uptown Soul, Early R&B, Early Pop/Rock, Soul

I Was a King
I Was a King
Control Group
Indie Rock, Pop Underground, Shoegaze

It Hugs Back
Inside Your Guitar
Indie Pop, Indie Rock

Philippe Jaroussky
Opium: Mélodies françaises
Virgin Classics
French Art Songs

Joker's Daughter
The Last Laugh
Team Love
Indie Pop, Folk-Pop

Junior Boys
Begone Dull Care
Indie Electronic, Alternative Dance

Bettye LaVette
Do Your Duty
Northern Soul, Soul

Lady Sovereign
Garage Rap/Grime

Micachu & The Shapes
Rough Trade
Indie Electronic, Indie Rock

Pop-Rap, East Coast Rap

Marc Minkowski
Bach: Mass in B minor
Baroque Choral Music

Moby Grape
The Place and the Time
Rock & Roll, Country-Rock, Folk-Rock, Psychedelic

Esa-Pekka Salonen
Deutsche Grammophon
Contemporary Orchestral Music

Yuja Wang
Sonatas & Etudes by Chopin, Scriabin, Liszt & Ligeti
Deutsche Grammophon
Romantic and Modern Piano Sonatas

Betty Padgett
Betty Padgett
Luv N Haight

Thrill Jockey
Experimental Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Indie Rock

Perfect Timing
Sonar Kollektiv
Detroit Techno, Techno, Broken Beat, House, Downtempo

Jimmy Rushing
The Scene: Live in New York
Vocal Jazz, East Coast Blues, Jazz Blues, Jump Blues

Fabric 45
Club/Dance, House, Experimental Techno, Techno

Sam & Dave
Sam & Dave [Collectors' Choice]
Collectors' Choice Music
Memphis Soul, Southern Soul, Soul, Deep Soul

Single File
Common Struggles
Emo-Pop, Punk-Pop

Ray Smith
The Sun Years, Plus……Rockin' Little Angel
Bear Family

The Style Council
Classic Style Council
Sophisti-Pop, New Wave, Synth Pop

Super Furry Animals
Dark Days/Light Years
Rough Trade
Britpop, Alternative Pop/Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Indie Pop

Leaves in the Gutter
Indie Rock

Richard Swift
The Atlantic Ocean
Secretly Canadian
Indie Pop

James Taylor
Other Covers
Hear Music
Soft Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Vienna Teng
Inland Territory
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Glenn Tilbrook & the Fluffers
Pandemonium Ensues
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

The Tragically Hip
We Are the Same
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, College Rock, Hard Rock, American Trad Rock

Various Artists
Covered: A Revolution in Sound
Warner Bros.
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Metal, Alternative Pop/Rock

The Veils
Sun Gangs
Rough Trade
Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock

Sara Watkins
Sara Watkins
Contemporary Bluegrass, Contemporary Country, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Progressive Bluegrass

Hank Williams
Rockin' Chair Money
Bear Family
Honky Tonk, Traditional Country

Hank Williams
The Unreleased Recordings: Gospel Keepsakes
Time Life
Honky Tonk, Traditional Country, Country Gospel

Cassandra Wilson
Closer to You: The Pop Side
Blue Note
Vocal Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Jazz-Pop

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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