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New Album Releases 05/26/09: Marilyn Manson, Mandy Moore, Gary Burton, Black Moth Super Rainbow & More

From Eminem one week, to a pair of double M's the next, welcome to another week in new album releases.

Our two pair of MM's this week couldn't come from further ends of the musical spectrum. On one end of the room we have sweet Mandy Moore, and on the other we have the Antichrist himself (or so he would love you to believe) in Marilyn Manson.

Our own Donald Gibson will be along shortly with the lowdown on Ms. Moore. We've also got Pico waiting in the wings with his report on a live jazz reunion of sorts with Gary Burton and a quartet of esteemed guests.

In the meantime, shock rocker and all around evil guy Marilyn Manson is back with The High End of Low. I'm not really sure how much a guy like Manson can really shock us anymore. I mean, since he was last heard from, music fans have been subjected to the pure horror of Miley and the Jo-Bros, right?

Still, Manson gives it his best shot here, complete with song titles like "I Want to Kill You Like They Do in the Movies" and "I Have to Look Up Just to See Hell." So are you scared, yet? Personally, I liked this kind of stuff a lot better thirty years ago when it had an actual melody and was called Alice Cooper. In the meantime, Marilyn's fans can take joy in knowing that Twiggy Ramirez is back for this latest ride into the darkness.

Speaking of scary, Pittsburgh goofballs Black Moth Super Rainbow are back with more of their syntho-stoner brand of psychedelic bubblegum on Eating Us. Next week, it's Elvis Costello and maybe, just maybe, Marilyn Manson's return means hell will actually freeze over and we'll see that Neil Young Archives box. Now, here's Donald Gibson to talk about Mandy Moore.

Donald Gibson's Prime Pick: Mandy Moore – Amanda Leigh

Nearly two years since the release of Wild Hope, an inspired and impressive album that signaled a new beginning in her music career, Mandy Moore continues to progress as an artist, summoning a thoroughly engaging and precocious pop record with Amanda Leigh.

Impressionable melodies and layered harmonies abound, complementing an eclectic assortment of songs. Standouts include the lush serenity of “Merrimack River,” the offbeat whimsicality of “Pocket Philosopher,” and the utter irresistibility of “I Could Break Your Heart Any Day of the Week.” Whereas Wild Hope represented Moore having found her own creative voice, Amanda Leigh reveals her far more secure in expressing that voice. By enlivening compelling, often-quirky songs while exploring imaginative sounds and melodies, she has delivered her best album to date.

Pico's Pick: Gary Burton/Pat Metheny/Steve Swallow/Antonio Sanchez – Quartet Live

The most vital vibraphonist in jazz since 1960 (with the possible exception of Bobby Hutcherson), Gary Burton reassembled his old Quartet for an extended tour a couple of years ago and this is the live document from their stopover at Oakland's famed Yoshi's club. Joining Burton are a couple of his old sidemen who went on to make a little jazz history themselves: electric bassist Steve Swallow and all-world guitarist Pat Metheny, along with Metheny's exciting young drummer Antonio Sanchez.

The band runs through a strong array old material by Metheny, Swallow, Chick Corea, and Keith Jarrett. All done in the delicately textured, nuanced and seamless quality that is the Burton trademark since the late sixties. Three old masters and one new one getting together on the road is a road trip record you don't want to miss.

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

Grizzly Bear
Experimental Rock, Indie Rock, Post-Rock/Experimental

Marilyn Manson
The High End of Low
Industrial Metal, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal

Mandy Moore
Amanda Leigh
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter

Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Indie Rock, Alternative Dance

The A's/A Woman's Got the Power
American Beat
Power Pop, New Wave

Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women
Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women
Yep Roc
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Country-Rock

Beausoleil/Michael Doucet
Make the Veiller
Fuel 2000
Traditional Cajun, Zydeco

Black Moth Super Rainbow
Eating Us
Indie Electronic, Indie Pop

Translation Los
Stoner Metal, Doom Metal, Sludge Metal

Boyz II Men
Cooleyhighharmony [Expanded Edition]
Contemporary R&B, New Jack Swing, Adult Contemporary R&B

James Brown
The Singles, Vol. 7: 1970-1972
Hip-O Select/Polydor
Funk, Soul

Dave Brubeck
Time Out [50th Anniversary Legacy Edition]
Sony Legacy
Cool, West Coast Jazz

The Gary Burton Quartet Revisted
Quartet Live

Bury Your Dead
It's Nothing Personal
Hardcore Punk, Death Metal/Black Metal

City Center
City Center
Indie Electronic, Indie Pop

Crash Kings
Crash Kings
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, American Trad Rock

Creedence Clearwater Revival
The Concert
Rock & Roll, Pop/Rock, Country-Rock

Creedence Clearwater Revival
Creedence Clearwater Revival Covers the Classics
Pop/Rock, Rock & Roll, AM Pop

Miles Davis
Sketches of Spain [50th Anniversary Legacy Edition]
Sony Legacy

Dimitri from Paris/The Idjut Boys
Night Dubbin'
Post-Disco, Club/Dance, Contemporary R&B, Funk

Thomas Dolby
The Singular Thomas Dolby
New Wave, Synth Pop, Pop/Rock

Electrik Red
How to Be a Lady, Vol. 1
Def Jam
Contemporary R&B, Pop, Dance-Pop

Sammy Hagar
Street Machine [Bonus Tracks]
Rock Candy
Arena Rock, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Pop-Metal, Album Rock

Philippe Herreweghe
Bach: Mass in B minor
Baroque Choral Music

The Intelligence
Fake Surfers
In The Red
Experimental Rock, Noise-Rock, Lo-Fi

Kronos Quartet
Contemporary Chamber Music

Gary Lewis & the Playboys
Complete Liberty Singles
Collectors' Choice Music
AM Pop

Lil' Flip
Dirty South, Southern Rap, Hardcore Rap, Gangsta Rap

Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas
Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas II
Ambient Techno, Experimental Techno, Experimental Rock

Andrew Litton
Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6; The Tempest; Romeo and Juliet
Virgin Classics
Romantic Orchestral Music

Julian Marley
Tuff Gong
Contemporary Reggae

Master Musicians of Bukkake
Totem One
Improvisation, Worldbeat, Avant-Garde

Charles Mingus
Mingus Ah Um [50th Anniversary Legacy Edition]
Sony Legacy
Hard Bop, Post-Bop, Avant-Garde, Progressive Jazz

Omnicide: Creation Unleashed
Metal Blade
Death Metal/Black Metal

Wild Young Hearts
Mercury UK
Indie Rock

Xiayin Wang
Scriabin: Piano Music
Classical Keyboard Music

Tito Puente
Dance Mania [Legacy Edition]
Sony Legacy
Afro-Cuban Jazz, Mambo, Latin Jazz

Mason Ruffner
Mason Ruffner/Gypsy Blood
American Beat
Rock & Roll, Memphis Blues

Loss 4 Wordz
Gold Dust
Underground Rap

Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens
What Have You Done, My Brother?
Retro-Soul, Black Gospel

Michelle Shocked
Soul of My Soul
Mighty Sound
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter

Sarah Siskind
Say It Louder
Request/Thirty Tigers
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Folk

Slakah the Beatchild
Soul Movement, Vol. 1
Left-Field Hip-Hop, Neo-Soul

Luciana Souza
Brazilian Jazz, Bossa Nova

Monoliths and Dimensions
Southern Lord
Doom Metal, Experimental Rock, Noise, Experimental, Heavy Metal, Avant-Garde

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

Various Artists
The Man of Somebody's Dreams: A Tribute to the Songs of Chris Gaffney
Yep Roc
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Country-Rock

Various Artists
Mark O'Connor: String Quartets Nos. 2 & 3
Contemporary Chamber Music

Various Artists
Not Given Lightly: A Tribute to Giant Golden Book of New Zealand's Alternative Music Scene
Morr Music/M.M.
Indie Pop, Indie Electronic, Indie Rock

Various Artists
Twenty First Century Twenty First Year
Luaka Bop
Psychedelic Soul, Foreign Language Rock, Brazilian Pop, Tropicalia, Obscuro, Samba, Latin Pop, MPB, Neo-Psychedelia

Johnny Winter
The Johnny Winter Anthology
Slide Guitar Blues, Modern Electric Texas Blues, Blues-Rock, Modern Electric Blues, Album Rock, Hard Rock, Boogie Rock, Arena Rock, Electric Texas Blues, Electric Blues

Hard Knox
Ecstatic Peace
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Rock

Jenny Owen Youngs
Transmitter Failure
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Zap Mama
Heads Up
Acappella, Afro-Pop, Worldbeat, World Fusion

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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