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New Album Releases 10/09/07: Kid Rock, Puddle Of Mudd, And Christmas Lead A Slow Week

Following last week's Springsteen-led tsunami of blockbuster new releases, things are comparatively quieter this week on the new music front. That is, if you can call a week where both Kid Rock and Puddle of Mudd will see their new CDs released, "quiet."

Coming off the heels of his Wrestlemania headlining main event cage match with Tommy Lee at the MTV Video Music Awards, Kid Rock hopes to see his once bright star "born again" with his new CD, Rock & Roll Jesus. Said to be a return to the unapologetic white trash rap/metal/country hybrid that was once a winning combination for the Kid on albums like Devil Without A Pause, many are looking at this release as a make or break proposition. Based on some of the early reviews that we've read, all we can say is that Kid Rock better hope his Rock & Roll Jesus can perform miracles in CD stores.

The prospects look considerably brighter for Puddle Of Mudd, who return this week with Famous, which promises another potent dose of aggro/grunge/hip-hop/alternative/metal — or whatever it is they are calling what loud, angry, young, tattooed, pierced, and goateed bands do these days.

With the holiday season looming just around the horizon, this is also the time of year that the record companies start to roll out the Christmas music. This week's holiday fare comes courtesy of two old school R&B favorites in the Isley Brothers with their I'll Be Home For Christmas and Patti Labelle's Miss Patti's Christmas, as well as Euro-pop heartthrob Josh Groban's Noel.

The holiday flood of reissued and repackaged product is also underway in earnest. This week brings several repackages from the classic rock era, including Emerson Lake & Palmer's Brain Salad Surgery and a new collection from Eric Clapton, with a title promising listeners the Complete Clapton.

Perhaps of most interest to collectors however is the first wave of reissues from the long out-of-print catalog of seminal sixties Bay Area psychedelic pioneers Moby Grape. This week sees new versions of Moby Grape, Wow, and Grape Jam, all with bonus tracks.

Rounding out this week's new release highlights are new albums from one-time queen diva Jennifer "J-Lo" Lopez (Brave); indie rock darlings Band of Horses (Cease To Begin) and The Fiery Furnaces (Widow City); jazz bass virtuoso Stan (just don't call him Stanley) Clarke (Children Of Forever); and the late, great Luciano Pavarotti (Pavarotti Forever).

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

Band of Horses
Cease to Begin
Sub Pop
Indie Rock

The Fiery Furnaces
Widow City
Thrill Jockey
Garage Rock Revival, Indie Rock

Kid Rock
Rock N Roll Jesus
Rap-Rock, Hard Rock, Detroit Rock, Rap-Metal, Southern Rock

Jens Lekman
Night Falls Over Kortedala
Secretly Canadian
Swedish Pop/Rock, Indie Pop, Chamber Pop

Moby Grape
Moby Grape (Bonus Tracks)
Rock & Roll, Country-Rock, Folk-Rock, Psychedelic

Robert Wyatt
Conceptual Art, Avant-Garde Jazz, International Pop, Chamber Pop, Experimental Rock, Avant-Garde, Singer/Songwriter, Urban Folk

Vanessa Carlton
Heroes & Thieves
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Deana Carter
The Chain
Psychedelic Pop, Neo-Psychedelia, Pop/Rock, Folk-Rock, Country-Pop

The Modern Tribe
Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Cyrus Chestnut
Cyrus Plays Elvis
Neo-Bop, Post-Bop

Eric Clapton
Complete Clapton
Reprise / Wea
Album Rock, Pop/Rock, Adult Contemporary, Hard Rock, Blues-Rock

Stan Clarke
Children of Forever
Fusion, Soul-Jazz, Soul

Marc Cohn
Join the Parade
Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Pop/Rock

Credibility Gap
Bronze Age of Radio
Varese Sarabande
Satire, Sketch Comedy, Political Comedy, Observational Humor

Electric Six
I Shall Exterminate Everything Around Me That Restricts Me from Being the Master
Indie Rock

Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Brain Salad Surgery (Bonus Tracks)
Shout! Factory
Album Rock, Prog-Rock/Art Rock

Grass Geysers…Carbon Clouds
Touch & Go
Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Noise Pop

The Gil Evans Orchestra
Out of the Cool
Post-Bop, Cool, Progressive Big Band, Modern Big Band, Modern Creative

Sara Evans
Greatest Hits
Contemporary Country, Country-Pop

Extra Golden
Hera Ma Nono
Thrill Jockey
Afro-Pop, Worldbeat

Faber Drive
Seven Second Surgery
Alternative Pop/Rock, Punk-Pop

Fatboy Slim
Soul, Roots Reggae, Pub Rock, Funk

The Gladiators
Studio One Singles
Rocksteady, Ska, Roots Reggae

Reinhard Goebel
Concertos for 4 Violins
Baroque Violin Concertos

Josh Groban
Classical Crossover, Classical Pop, Classical Pop, Adult Contemporary, Adult Contemporary, Vocal Pop, Vocal Pop, Holiday, Christmas, Euro-Pop, Euro-Pop

Brian Harnetty
American Winter
Sound Collage, Field Recordings, Radio Works, Tape Music, Musique Concrète

Debbie Harry
Necessary Evil
Eleven Seven Music
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Pop/Rock, New Wave

Susanne Heinrich
Carl Friedrich Abel: Mr. Abel's Fine Airs
Classical Music for Viola da Gamba

Will Hoge
Draw the Curtains
American Trad Rock, Blue-Eyed Soul, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

The Isley Brothers
I'll Be Home for Christmas
Def Soul Classics
Holiday, Contemporary R&B, Christmas

Patti LaBelle
Miss Patti's Christmas
Def Soul Classics
Holiday, Contemporary R&B, Christmas

Jennifer Lopez
Urban, Dance-Pop

Samara Lubelski
Parallel Suns
Social Registry
Alternative Folk, Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia

Claire Lynch
Crowd Favorites
Contemporary Bluegrass, Americana, Traditional Bluegrass

Andrew Manze
Schubert: Sonatas for violin & piano
Harmonia Mundi
Romantic Violin Sonatas

Cass Mccombs
Dropping the Writ
Indie Pop, Indie Rock

Moby Grape
Grape Jam (Bonus Tracks)
Folk-Rock, Psychedelic, Country-Rock

Moby Grape
Wow (Bonus Tracks)
Folk-Rock, Psychedelic, Country-Rock

The Naked Brothers Band
Naked Brothers Band
Pop/Rock, Teen Pop

Scout Niblett
This Fool Can Die Now
Too Pure
Indie Rock

Larry Ochs Sax & Drumming Core
Out Trios Vol. 5: Up from Under
Free Improvisation, Avant-Garde Jazz, Free Jazz

Luciano Pavarotti
Pavarotti Forever
Opera Arias

Lara St. John
Bach: The Six Sonatas & Partitas for Violin Solo (Hybrid SACD)
Baroque Violin Music

The Paschall Brothers
On the Right Road Now
Traditional Gospel, Southern Gospel, Black Gospel

Robert Pollard
Coast to Coast Carpet of Love
Indie Rock

Robert Pollard
Standard Gargoyle Decisions
Indie Rock

Prince Ali
Curb Side Service
Hiero Imperium
Underground Rap, Hip-Hop, West Coast Rap

Puddle of Mudd
Alternative Metal, Post-Grunge

LeAnn Rimes
Contemporary Country, Country-Pop

She Wants Revenge
This Is Forever
New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Alternative Pop/Rock

Mindy Smith
My Holiday
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Holiday, Christmas, Americana

Spank Rock
Spank Rock and Benny Blanco Are… Bangers & Cash
Underground Rap, Dirty Rap, Neo-Electro, Party Rap

Sunset Rubdown
Random Spirit Lover
Indie Rock

Van Zant
My Kind of Country
Album Rock, Arena Rock, Hard Rock, Southern Rock

Ohmega Watts
Watts Happening
Underground Rap, Hip-Hop, Alternative Rap

Chuck E. Weiss
The Other Side of Town
Roots Rock, Beat Poetry, Rockabilly, Rock & Roll

White Shoes & the Couples Company
White Shoes & the Couples Company
Indie 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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