Wednesday , February 28 2024
Mimi is back. But what about the new live Rush? And looky here, we got a live Southside Johnny...

New Album Releases 04/15/08: Mariah Carey, Air, Frank Black, Eden Brent, Rush, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Carole King, Southside Johnny

Lots to talk about this week, so let's get right to it.

Mariah Carey's E=MC2 is the new arrival that is probably being watched most closely this week. The reasons for that should be obvious to anyone who has been watching the declining fortunes of the music industry for the past couple of years. As the biggest superstar release so far this year, the big question is whether or not "Mimi" can bring the fans back into the stores.

Meanwhile, other more morbid observers are on flame-out watch, wondering if the comeback of the R&B diva's last album was simply a fluke or not. BC's own Clayton Perry offered up his two cents on the subject in a review published earlier this week, which we urge you to check out.

There are also a couple of big reissues this week. Air has a tenth anniversary deluxe edition of their landmark electronica release Moon Safari. Meanwhile Carole King has the two-disc deluxe legacy edition of her all-time classic Tapestry album. I was never that big a fan of the whirring and beeping brand of Air's synthesized atmospheres. I probably will check out the Carole King though, if for no other reason than to relive that part of my youth that was spent brooding in coffeehouses.

Frank Black's new EP SVN FNGRS is said to draw upon Irish mythology, and be otherwise heavy on the quirky weirdness that fans of his work with the Pixies and as Black Francis already know and love. The Brian Jonestown Massacre's My Bloody Underground was reviewed here earlier this week by BC's own Kevin Eagan, who liked the album's combination of experimentation and noise.

Finally this week, we have a couple of live albums of note. Tom Johnson has all the dope on Rush's new Snakes & Arrows Live, which is being released this week to coincide with a summer tour — but we'll let him tell you all about that. Meanwhile, I can hardly wait to check out Southside Johnny's 1978 Live in Boston, where the New Jersey soul-shouter (and sometime Springsteen collaborator) is captured in a red hot show around the time of his great Hearts Of Stone album.

Saleski's Choice: Eden Brent – Mississippi Number One

Spring has sprung and it's time for some blues! Sure, true believers know that it's always time for some blues. Well, this record from Yellow Dog artist Eden Brent is the kind of thing that just might create a few true believers. Brent has a beautifully soulful voice (with just enough rasp) and wide-ranging piano technique that brings to mind both Marcia Ball and Professor Longhair.

So yeah, while spring's arrival has lifted my spirits a little, Eden Brent's high energy walks through "Close The Door," "Mississippi Flatland Blues," and "Fried Chicken" are making me look ahead to a long, hot summer.


Tom Johnson"s Pick Of The Week: Rush – Snakes & Arrows Live 2007

By now, after over 30 years of live albums, you'd think Rush would have perfected the art, but it seems like every time they put one out, something has been not quite right. Limits of vinyl hobbled the early ones, song choices or the mix and sound quality stunted later ones.

So here we are, one more live album on … did they get it right? They might just have – early reports are very encouraging – sound quality from this set, recorded over two nights in Rotterdam, is said to be excellent, and the full setlist — including all nine songs played off of 2007's Snakes & Arrows, and the "rarities" like "Entre Nous," "Mission," "Circumstances," "Witchhunt," and "Subdivisions" — looks very promising. It's hard as a long-time Rush fan to call some of those early regulars "rarities," but the truth is, many of them haven't been heard in concert in 20 years or more. Even better, the band still has it, playing at the peak of their game like they did ages ago. This might just be as close to perfect as we're going to get.

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

Moon Safari [10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition]
Indie Pop, Ambient Pop, Electronica, Club/Dance, Trip-Hop

Frank Black
Cooking Vinyl
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Indie Electronic, Ambient Pop

Robyn [2007]
Club/Dance, Euro-Dance, Dance-Pop, Hip-Hop, Urban

Sea Trials
Alternative Pop/Rock

Alkaline Trio
Punk Revival, Punk-Pop, Emo

Ellen Allien
Boogybytes, Vol. 4
Bpitch Control
Club/Dance, Experimental Techno

American Princes
Other People
Yep Roc
Indie Rock

Worlds Collide
Heavy Metal, Classical Crossover, Neo-Classical Metal, Progressive Metal

Album Rock, Arena Rock, Prog-Rock/Art Rock

Jon Balke
Book of Velocities
Structured Improvisation, Process-Generated, Avant-Garde

Christopher Bissonnette
In Between Words
Experimental Ambient, Ambient, Electronic

Ketil Bjørnstad/Terje Rypdal
Life in Leipzig
Folk-Jazz, Avant-Garde, Structured Improvisation, Modern Composition

The IV Edition
Hardcore Rap

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
My Bloody Underground
Neo-Psychedelia, Indie Rock, Garage Rock Revival, Shoegaze, Space Rock

Mariah Carey
Club/Dance, Urban, Dance-Pop

Commander Cody
Live in the Ozone: 1973 US Tour
Western Swing Revival, Country-Rock, Rock & Roll

Does It Offend You, Yeah?
You Have No Idea What You're Getting Yourself Into
Almost Gold
Indie Electronic, Dance-Rock, Alternative Dance, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Indie Rock

Dave Douglas
Green Leaf

The Vegas Years
Post-Grunge, Alternative Pop/Rock, Hard Rock

The Gossip
Live in Liverpool [CD/DVD]
Red Ink
Indie Rock, Garage Punk

The Hoosiers
The Trick to Life
Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Pop, Britpop

Hey Ma
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Nik Kershaw
You've Got to Laugh
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Carole King
Tapestry [Legacy Edition]
Sony Legacy
Pop/Rock, Soft Rock

The Kooks
Indie Rock

Kottonmouth Kings
The Kottonmouth Xperience, Vol. 2
Suburban Noize
Rap-Metal, Post-Grunge, Alternative Metal, Funk Metal

Marilyn Mazur/Jan Garbarek
Improvisation, Structured Improvisation, Folk-Jazz

James McMurty
Just Us Kids
Lightning Rod
Americana, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Country, Roots Rock

Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus
Best of Both Worlds Concert
Teen Pop, TV Soundtracks

Morgan Heritage
Mission in Progress
Contemporary Reggae, Roots Reggae

Elliott Murphy
Notes from the Underground
Last Call
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Rock & Roll

The Naked Brothers Band
I Don't Want to Go to School [Bonus Tracks]
Pop/Rock, Teen Pop

Charlemagne Palestine
From Etudes to Cataclysms
Sub Rosa
Contemporary Keyboard Music

John Schneider
Por Gitaro: Lou Harrison
Contemporary Music for Guitar

Original Soundtrack
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Alternative Pop/Rock, Soundtracks

Phantom Planet
Raise the Dead
Indie Rock

Tristan Prettyman
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter

Professor Longhair
The London Concert
New Orleans R&B, New Orleans Blues, Piano Blues

Snakes & Arrows Live
Album Rock, Prog-Rock/Art Rock, Hard Rock, Arena Rock

Sally Shapiro
Remix Romance, Vol. 1
Paper Bag
Alternative Dance, Euro-Dance, Indie Electronic

Southside Johnny
1978 Live in Boston
Heartland Rock, Album Rock, Rock & Roll

Tangele: The Pulse of Yiddish Tango
Jewish Music, Musical Theater, Jewish Folk, Tango

Various Artists
Easy Beatles: Irresistible In-Sound Interpretations from the 60s and 70s
Bureau B
Vocal Pop, Pop, Folk-Pop

Jacob Young
Modern Creative, Avant-Garde Jazz, Folk-Jazz, Post-Bop

Jordan Zevon
Insides Out
New West
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Adult 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.

Check Also

Cover Culture Decks Decoded

Book Review: ‘Culture Decks Decoded’ by Bretton Putter

Leaders of any high growth or startup company should read Bretton Putter's new book is 'Culture Decks Decoded.' It's a compelling guidebook on the need for company culture.