Wednesday , April 24 2024
Is there still a market for the sour power ballad?

New Album Releases 08/19/08: Staind, Stereolab, The Stills, Dandy Warhols, Juliana Hatfield, Glen Campbell, Ice Cube, David Byrne & More

I have to admit that I'm not really much of a fan of what Staind does. Personally, I think the sort of grungey "angst rock" these guys specialize in has never really been improved upon since Layne Staley perfected it with Alice In Chains more than ten years ago now.

The thing is though, millions of fans disagree with my viewpoint on that, which is why their last several albums have all debuted at #1 on the charts and they remain that all too rare breed of band that can still be counted upon to push a million or so units with each new release. I'm not at all sure that Staind's sixth album Illusion of Progress is a lock to do the same — the sour power ballad has certainly seen better days since the band's last outing — but the last thing I'll do here is count them out.

On a less sour note, this week brings a bonanza of new indie-rock releases, including new titles from The Stills, Stereolab, Dandy Warhols, and several Robyn Hitchcock reissues, including the five-disc boxed set Luminous Groove.

Juliana Hatfield's new How to Walk Away is described as a breakup album, and coincides with the release of her autobiography. Ice Cube takes a break from his recent run of comedic movie roles to return to his gangsta rap roots on Raw Footage.

A lot of folks will also be watching the comeback album by sixties and seventies country great Glen Campbell. During those years, Campbell regularly gave guys like the Beatles and the Stones a run for their money on the Billboard charts with a string of mostly Jimmy Webb penned hits like "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" and "Wichita Lineman."

On the new Meet Glen Campbell, he tackles songs by people like Tom Petty, U2, and the Replacements, with help from guests like Cheap Trick's Robin Zander. Back on Capitol Records (the same place he racked up all those hits), the label plans on promoting the album aggressively.

Saleski's Choice: David Byrne – Big Love: Hymnal

The music that David Byrne has created, especially outside of the realm of the Talking Heads, has always resonated with me. Be it The Catherine Wheel, Music for the Knee Plays, or My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, Byrne seems to be able to draw musical influences in from all over the place to create something that's very "other".

This is an album of music that David Byrne created for the second season of the HBO series "Big Love." Let me begin by admitting that I've never seen a single episode of the series. It's not that I'm a TV snob (Can somebody who watches "What Not To Wear" rationalize snobbery about other shows? I don't think so!), it's just that I have too many other things going on to fit in much viewing. But… now that I've learned that they had the good taste to have Byrne score these episodes, maybe I should carve out a couple of hours.

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

Glen Campbell
Meet Glen Campbell
Country, Pop, Adult Pop, Adult Alternative

The Fiery Furnaces
Thrill Jockey
Indie Rock

Juliana Hatfield
How to Walk Away
Ye Olde
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Illusion of Progress
Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal

Chemical Chords
Indie Pop, Ambient Pop, Experimental Rock, Indie Rock, Post-Rock/Experimental, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Electronic

The Stills
Oceans Will Rise
Arts & Crafts
Indie Rock, Post-Rock/Experimental

The Academy Is…
Fast Times at Barrington High
Fueled by Ramen
Alternative Pop/Rock, Emo

Arabian Prince
Innovative Life: The Anthology 1984-1989
Stones Throw
West Coast Rap, Electro, Hip-Hop, Old-School Rap

John Bean
The Real Leroy Mercer
Prank Calls, Country Comedy

Anthony Braxton
Beyond Quantum
Free Improvisation, Avant-Garde Jazz, Free Jazz

Timothy Brown
Palestrina: Missa "Assumpta est Maria"; Magnificat Septimi Toni; Motets
EMI Classics
Renaissance Choral Music

Peter Bruns
Charles-Marie Widor, Louis Vierne: Cello Sonatas
Haenssler Classics
Post-Romantic Chamber Music

David Byrne
Big Love: Hymnal
Todo Mundo/HBO/Play Tone
Television Music, TV Soundtracks

Strawberry Weed
Swedish Pop/Rock, Garage Punk

Joe Chambers
New World

The Dandy Warhols
…Earth to the Dandy Warhols…
Beat the World
Alternative Pop/Rock, Pop Underground

Death Vessel
Nothing Is Precious Enough for Us
Sub Pop
Country-Folk, Indie Pop

Don Caballero
Math Rock, Indie Rock, Post-Rock/Experimental

The Duhks
Fast Paced World
Sugar Hill
Progressive Bluegrass

Mathias Eick
The Door
Modern Creative, Post-Bop

Donavon Frankenreiter
Pass It Around
Lost Highway
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, American Trad Rock

Pro Tools
East Coast Rap, Hardcore Rap

Goo Goo Dolls
Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
Warner Bros.
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Post-Grunge, Hard Rock, Pop/Rock

Jeff Hanson
Madam Owl
Kill Rock Stars
Indie Pop, Chamber Pop

Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians
Element of Light
College Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Jangle Pop, Folk-Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Rock & Roll

Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians
College Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Jangle Pop, Folk-Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians
Gotta Let This Hen Out!
College Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Jangle Pop, Folk-Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Rock & Roll

Robyn Hitchcock
Luminous Groove
Yep Roc
College Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Jangle Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Folk-Rock

Hot Club of Cowtown
The Best of the Hot Club of Cowtown
Shout! Factory
Retro Swing, Western Swing Revival

Hotel Lights
Firecracker People
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Ice Cube
Raw Footage
Lench Mob
West Coast Rap, Hardcore Rap, Gangsta Rap

Jaguar Love
Take Me to the Sea
Indie Rock

George Jones
Burning Your Playhouse Down: The Unreleased Duets
Honky Tonk, Traditional Country

First Love
Def Jam
Urban, Teen Pop

I Think My Older Brother Used to Listen
Fat Wreck Chord
Skatepunk, Punk Revival, Punk-Pop

Where You Go I Go Too
Smalltown Supersound
Ambient Techno, Techno

Lykke Li
Youth Novels
Indie Pop, Indie Electronic, Swedish Pop/Rock

The Manhattans
Sweet Talking Soul 1965-1990
Shout! Factory
Smooth Soul, Quiet Storm, Philly Soul, Soul, Urban, Pop-Soul

Laura Marling
Alas I Cannot Swim
Alternative Singer/Songwriter

Music Tapes
Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes
Indie Rock, Lo-Fi

Jennifer O'Connor
Here with Me
Indie Rock

Andrew Russo
Mix Tape
Contemporary Piano Arrangements

Ragna Schirmer
Joseph Haydn Revisited
Berlin Classics
Classical Music for Keyboard

Outrageous Cherry
Wide Awake in the Spirit World: The Best of Outrageous Cherry
Wicked Cool
Indie Pop, Pop Underground, Alternative Pop/Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Indie Rock

Aaron Parks
Invisible Cinema
Blue Note
Post-Bop, Modern Creative

John Pizzarelli
With a Song in My Heart
Vocal Jazz, Standards

The Moving Frontier
Experimental Rock, Post-Rock/Experimental, Dream Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock

Ra Ra Riot
The Rhumb Line
Indie Rock, Chamber Pop

The Royal We
The Royal We
Indie Pop

Xavier Rudd
Dark Shades of Blue
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Aussie Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Urban Folk

Wanda de Sah
Brasil '65/Softly!
Bossa Nova, Samba, Latin Pop, Lounge


Starling Electric
Clouded Staircase
Chamber Pop, Neo-Psychedelia, Indie Rock

Vassilis Tsitsánis
Rembetika 3: Vassilis Tsitsanis 1936-1940
Greek Folk, Rembetika

The Uglysuit
The Uglysuit
Indie Rock, Indie Pop

Gary Usher
Barefoot Adventure: The 4 Star Sessions 1962-66
Surf, Hot Rod, Instrumental Rock

Various Artists
Total 9
Club/Dance, Techno, House

Loudon Wainwright III
Yep Roc

The Walkmen
You & Me
Indie 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.

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