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New Album Releases 10/21/08: AC/DC, Kiss, High School Musical 3, Gary Louris, Dave Carter, Hank Williams III & More

Close your eyes for a minute and you could almost imagine it was the late seventies. That's because the two biggest releases of an otherwise pretty thin week are from two of that era's biggest rock and roll bands.

Black Ice is AC/DC's first album in seven years, and from the first gut-crunching guitar riff, it's as though they never went away. Nothing fancy here. Just the same basic formula of the sort of simple, primal-sounding rock where the riff is always king. Produced by Brendan O'Brien, the Aussie bad boys do what they do best here on songs like "Rock N' Roll Train," "Big Jack," and "She Likes Rock N' Roll." It ain't exactly groundbreaking, but it has worked for these guys for going on four decades now. God bless 'em for it.

Big is probably the best way to describe Ikons, the new four-disc boxed set from Kiss. There have been plenty of these "Kiss Kollections" throughout the years of course, but this one is just a bit different. Each disc spotlights an "ikonic" character in the form of the band's four founding members, and highlights songs where each of them were featured as vocalist. And here I thought Peter Criss only sang on "Beth" all these years.

Speaking of founding members, the Jayhawks' Gary Louris has a companion piece to his solo debut earlier this year with Acoustic Vagabonds, which offers stripped-down versions of songs from that album. The soundtrack from High School Musical 3 has loads of sugary sweet teen pop from lead actors Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, as well as Ashley Tisdale.

We gave Mark Saleski the week off, but joining us for the first time as an NAR contributor is Masked Movie Snob Fantasma el Rey to talk about the new one from Hank Williams III. In the meantime here's regular NAR contributor Josh Hathaway with this thoughts on jazzman Dave Carter.

Josh Hathaway's Fanboy Pick: Dave Carter – Commitment and Change

Even though I'd been looking forward to this album since Fast Horse Recordings founder Barrett Martin first mentioned it early this year on my BlogTalkRadio program B-Sides Concept Album, there was some apprehension on my part when it arrived. What do I do with a jazz record? Apparently, just listening was not an option- at least not one that came to me immediately. I was completely unprepared for how stupid I was, thinking I somehow needed to prepare myself at all.

With standout tracks like "Short Street," "Pusa Lulu," "Ok Anyway," and "Nopajam," this album has joined the increasingly crowded field of contenders for Best of 2008.

Fantasma el Rey's Masked Music Pick: Hank Williams III – Damn Right Rebel Proud

Hank Williams III hits hard and delivers his sixth CD with force and a loud ‘n proud rebel yell. The thirteen tracks on Damn Right Rebel Proud explore a bit more of Hank III’s dark side in a mix of his brand of traditional outlaw country and his flair for metal and punk. At times he's viciously proud and at others H III expresses remorse for the life he chose to embrace and the torch he willingly bares. With his head held high H III kicks out his jams and looks to please his core audience, which is divided between country stompers, mosh-pit rompers, and us psychos that dig both and get what H III is putting down.

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

Black Ice
Aussie Rock, Album Rock, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Arena Rock

The Dears
Post-Rock/Experimental, Indie Rock

Of Montreal
Skeletal Lamping
Indie Pop, Neo-Psychedelia

Original Soundtrack
High School Musical 3: Senior Year
Walt Disney
Teen Pop, Original Score, Musicals, Pop/Rock

Wilbert Aerts
Violin Faces
Fuga Libera
Modern and Contemporary Music for Violin

Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Hommage à Messiaen
Deutsche Grammophon
Modern Music for Piano

Roy Ayers Ubiquity
Change Up the Groove
Soul-Jazz, Instrumental Pop

Far Out UK
Brazilian Jazz, Fusion, Jazz-Funk

Ray Barretto
Afro-Cuban Jazz, Latin Jazz, New York Salsa, Salsa

Anthony Braxton
The Complete Arista Recordings of Anthony Braxton
Structured Improvisation, Creative Orchestra, Experimental Big Band, Avant-Garde Jazz

Camerata Berolinensis
Johann Stamitz, Christoph Willibald Gluck: Sinfonie a tre
Musikmanufaktur Berlin
Classical Orchestral and Chamber Music

Dead Trees
King of Rosa
Indie Rock, American Trad Rock

Brett Dennen
Hope for the Hopeless
Contemporary Folk, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Folk-Rock

Lucky Dube
Contemporary Reggae

George Duke
I Love the Blues, She Heard My Cry
Crossover Jazz, Jazz-Pop

Electric Six
Dance-Rock, Indie Rock

Escape the Fate
This War Is Ours
Screamo, Post-Hardcore

Gang Gang Dance
Saint Dymphna
Social Registry
Downtempo, Experimental Dub, Experimental Rock, Electronica, Ambient Dub, Post-Rock/Experimental

Stan Getz
Stan Getz in Stockholm
West Coast Jazz, Cool, Mainstream Jazz

Tom Glazer
Sings Honk-Hiss-Tweet-GGGGGGG and Other Favorites
Children's Folk, Novelty, Sing-Along, Educational, Traditional Folk

Sebastien Grainger
Sebastien Grainger and the Mountains
Saddle Creek
Indie Rock

El Guincho
Indie Electronic, Indie Pop

I Can Feel Your Pain
Contemporary Reggae

Daniel Harding
Benjamin Britten: Billy Budd
Virgin Classics
Modern Opera

Of All the Things
Jazz-House, Downbeat, Acid Jazz, Trip-Hop, Broken Beat

Waylon Jennings
Waylon Forever
Outlaw Country, Progressive Country

Montell Jordan
Let It Rain
Contemporary R&B

Pop-Metal, Arena Rock, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Pop/Rock, Album Rock

Oh, the Places We'll Go
Indie Pop

Shawn Lee & Clutchy Hopkins
Clutch of the Tiger
Experimental Ambient, Funky Breaks, Electronica, Downbeat, Trip-Hop

Gary Louris
Acoustic Vagabonds
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Americana

Mary Mary
The Sound
Contemporary Gospel, Contemporary R&B

Craig Morgan
That's Why
Contemporary Country

Alternative Pop/Rock

Bach: Missae Breves, BWV 234 & 235
Baroque Choral Music

Various Artists
Black Orpheus [Universal]
Original Score, Film Music, Soundtracks

Parts & Labor
Indie Rock, Noise-Rock

The Peppermint Rainbow
Will You Be Staying After Sunday
Collectors' Choice Music
Sunshine Pop, Bubblegum, Baroque Pop

Pit Er Pat
High Time
Thrill Jockey
Indie Rock, Post-Rock/Experimental

The Sea and Cake
Car Alarm
Thrill Jockey
Post-Rock/Experimental, Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Experimental Rock

Jimmy Smith
Hobo Flats
Orchestral Jazz, Hard Bop, Soul-Jazz, Big Band, Jazz-Funk

Various Artists
Eccentric Soul: The Young Disciples
R&B, Soul

Various Artists
Love Train: The Ultimate Sound of Philadelphia
Smooth Soul, Pop-Soul, Quiet Storm, Philly Soul, Disco, Soul

Jimmy Webb
Live and at Large
Jimmy Webb

White Hinterland
Dead Oceans
French Pop, Indie Rock, Avant-Garde

Hank Williams III
Damn Right Rebel Proud
Americana, New Traditionalist, Outlaw Country

Lee Ann Womack
Call Me Crazy
MCA Nashville
Contemporary Country, Country-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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