Sunday , December 10 2023
Happy 4th Of July!

New Album Releases 07/01/08: Celebrate America With Willie Nelson, Plus: G-Unit, John Mayer, Los Lonely Boys, My Chemical Romance & More

With the big holiday week now upon us, the list of new releases hitting stores is not surprisingly a short one — even by 2008 standards. So this week's rundown is likewise going to be short and sweet. Our cast of pickmaking contributors have also been given the week off, so you won't find a lot of fireworks here this time around.

But speaking of Independence Day, I can't think of a better way to celebrate America than with Willie Nelson's Stardust: 30th Anniversary Legacy Edition. On this newly upgraded edition, you've got a true American original, digging into the American songbook, for an album that has long since gone down as an American classic. The only things missing are the barbeque and the fireworks. The Legacy Edition also features a second disc with even more of Willie's unique take on some of the best loved American standards.

Looking elsewhere, 50 Cent's original crew G-Unit is back with T.O.S.: Terminate on Sight. Although they are down a few members — most notably Young Buck — G-Unit still manages to bring it here for the most part.

On Where the Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles, the hearthrob mellow rock guitarist performs in settings which include acoustic trio, electric trio, and large ensemble. As always, Mayer blends everything from his trademark mellow rock tunes, to elements of jazz, blues, and occasionally a somewhat harder brand of rock.

Rounding out the highlights, tex-mex rockers Los Lonely Boys are back with Forgiven. My Chemical Romance bid farewell to the Black Parade era on the live disc The Black Parade Is Dead!.

Happy 4th of July everyone!

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

Alkaline Trio
Agony & Irony
Punk-Pop, Punk Revival

Hymn and Her
Shout! Factory
Indie Pop, Indie Rock

T.O.S.: Terminate on Sight
Hardcore Rap, East Coast Rap

Vanessa Hudgens
Teen Pop, Dance-Pop

John Mayer
Where the Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Pop/Rock, Blues-Rock

Screamin' 4 Vengeance
Dirty South, Southern Rap, Hardcore Rap

Johnny Cash
Original Greatest Hits
Time Life
Rockabilly, Traditional Country, Rock & Roll, Country-Pop

Culture and Deejays at Joe Gibbs: 1977-1979
Political Reggae, Roots Reggae

James Harman
Two Sides to Every Story
Black Top
Modern Electric Blues

Jim Jones & Byrd Gang
M.O.B.: The Album
Hardcore Rap, East Coast Rap, Gangsta Rap

Rex Lawson
The Aeolian Company
Compositions and Arrangements for Pianola

Los Lonely Boys
Roots Rock, Tex-Mex, Rock & Roll

Lydia Mordkovitch
Lydia Mordkovitch Plays Bacewicz & Enescu
Modern Chamber Music

Van Morrison
Veedon Fleece [Bonus Tracks]
Album Rock, Blue-Eyed Soul, Pop/Rock, Folk-Rock, Soft Rock, Singer/Songwriter

My Chemical Romance
The Black Parade Is Dead!
Emo, Punk-Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock

Willie Nelson
Stardust: 30th Anniversary Legacy Edition
Sony Legacy
Outlaw Country, Progressive Country, Traditional Country

Robert Spano
Puccini: La Bohème
Post-Romantic Opera

John Storgårds
Kalevi Aho: Symphony No. 12 "Luosto" [Hybrid SACD]
Contemporary Orchestral Music

Tickle Me Pink
Madeline [CD/DVD]
Alternative Pop/Rock, Emo

Various Artists
Star-Spangled Songs: America's Greatest Hits
Sheridan Square
Patriotic Orchestral and Band Music

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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