Wednesday , April 17 2024
The floodgates have opened.

New Album Releases 10/28/08: Ryan Adams, The Cure, Eagles Of Death Metal, Kaiser Chiefs, Pink, Snow Patrol, Cradle Of Filth, Toby Keith, John Legend, Squarepusher & More

After several very quiet weeks (well outside of AC/DC and Metallica anyway), the floodgates have opened. We've got so much new stuff to talk about this week that we barely have the space to cover it all. So let's get this party started, shall we?

The ever prolific Ryan Adams and his Cardinals have another one out, and Josh Hathaway will be along in just a few to give you the lowdown on that. In the meantime, we've got a little something for everybody, be it goth, country, metal, R&B or whatever your new music lovin' little hearts desire.

For those who enjoy their hair color and fingernails as black as their coffee, The Cure have a brand new one called 4:13 Dream. Robert Smith and his merry band of goth-popsters are back with their most radio friendly set of songs in quite some time on this one.

The Eagles of Death Metal (a.k.a. Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme) once again go heavy on the riffage on Heart On, but have also expanded their musical horizons enough to even include a ballad here. But if that's not heavy enough for you, there's always Cradle of Filth, whose new metal opus carries the appropriately Halloween-ish title, Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder.

Indie and alt-rock fans have two reasons to celebrate this week as both Snow Patrol and Kaiser Chiefs are back with new albums. Pink's new Funhouse is said to carry a divorce theme (the singer is newly separated from her husband).

Toby Keith says that just because he once made a record called "Shock'n Y'all," That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy on his new one. John Legend comes fresh off of his recent gig for Obama with Springsteen and Billy Joel on his new Evolver. Providing this week's dose of holiday greetings are Loreena McKennitt and Brian McKnight.

After taking last week off, Mark Saleski is all tanned, rested, and ready to get back down to business. His pick this week is some typically oddball instrumental jazz sort of thing that is…well, typically Saleski. First, here's Josh Hathaway to talk about Ryan Adams.


Josh Hathaway's Fanboy Pick: Ryan Adams & The Cardinals – Cardinology

It's the most wonderful time of the year…

We've had winners from Oasis, Dave Carter, AC/DC, and we're just getting warmed up. Ryan Adams & The Cardinals are back with a new album and this one is destined to get serious playback. I've not heard anything from Cardinology yet, but Adams has been playing much of the album on his tour in advance of the record's release. RA records can be exercises in frustration, but 2007's Easy Tiger was a solid listen with a couple of stunning moments. I have a good feeling about Cardinology.

Saleski's Choice: Squarepusher – Just a Souvenir

Squarepusher (OK, it's really just a guy with a boatload of electronic blurpy noisemaker thingies. Oh, his name is Tom Jenkinson) takes electronic music and infuses it with as much humanity as possible. In this case, the human element is jazz. Now, I sure haven't heard every electronica recording out there, but my ears tell me that Squarepusher has to be one of the most jazz-influenced outfits in the genre. If you've ever been interested in this kind of thing but have been afraid to pull the trigger, Just A Souvenir might be the perfect gateway into that world.

Or…you can just stay home and cower, ya big baby!

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

Ryan Adams/The Cardinals
Lost Highway
Alternative Country-Rock, Singer/Songwriter

The Cure
4:13 Dream
Alternative Pop/Rock

Experimental Rock, Post-Rock/Experimental, Indie Rock

Eagles of Death Metal
Heart On
Hard Rock, Garage Punk, Alternative Pop/Rock

Kaiser Chiefs
Off with Their Heads
B-Unique/Universal Motown
Indie Rock

Dance-Pop, Urban, Pop/Rock

Snow Patrol
A Hundred Million Suns
Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock

Dave Alvin
The Best of the Hightone Years
Shout! Factory
Heartland Rock, Americana, Roots Rock

Burt Bacharach
Live at the Sydney Opera House
Pop, AM Pop, Movie Themes, Film Music, Soundtracks, Early Pop/Rock

Black Milk
Fat Beats
Midwest Rap, Underground Rap

Bloc Party
Indie Rock

Brown Wing Overdrive
ESP Organism
Sound Collage, Process-Generated, Noise, Experimental

Cause Co-Motion!
It's Time! Singles & EPs 2005-08
Indie Rock

Ry Cooder
The Ry Cooder Anthology: The UFO Has Landed
Contemporary Blues, Roots Rock, Country-Rock, Blues-Rock, Album Rock, Americana, Film Music, Instrumental Rock

Cradle of Filth
Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder
Goth Metal, Heavy Metal, Death Metal/Black Metal, Symphonic Black Metal

Crystal Stilts
Alight of Night
Indie Rock, Noise Pop

Diana Damrau
Donna: Opera and Concert Arias by Mozart
Virgin Classics
Classical Vocal Music

Bo Diddley
Rock & Roll, Early R&B, Electric Chicago Blues

Celine Dion
My Love: Ultimate Essential Collection
Adult Contemporary, Soft Rock

The 88
Not Only… But Also
Indie Rock, Indie Pop

I Am Robot and Proud
Uphill City
Indie Electronic, IDM

It's a Musical
Music Makes Me Sick
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Pop

Kara Karayev
Kara Karayev: Symphony No. 3. Leyla and Mejnun; Don Quixote
Modern Orchestral Music

Toby Keith
That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy
Show Dog Nashville
Contemporary Country

Angelika Kirchschlager
My Heart Alone
Sony Classical
Operetta Arias and Duets

Kottonmouth Kings
The Green Album
Suburban Noize
Rap-Metal, Alternative Metal, Funk Metal

Erich Kunzel
Vintage Cinema
Orchestral Film Music

Lady Gaga
The Fame
Urban, Dance-Pop

John Legend
Contemporary R&B, Pop

Jerry Lee Lewis
The Original Greatest Hits
Rock & Roll, Rockabilly, Honky Tonk, Traditional Country

Living Colour
CBGB Omfug Masters
Alternative Metal, Alternative Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, College Rock, Album Rock

Digital Shades, Vol. 1
Ambient Pop, Electronic, Indie Electronic

Jesse Malin
On Your Sleeve
One Little Indian
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Loreena McKennitt
A Midwinter Night's Dream
Quinlan Road/Verve
Celtic New Age, Contemporary Celtic, Celtic Fusion, Adult Alternative, Christmas, Worldbeat, Holiday

Brian McKnight
I'll Be Home for Christmas
Razor & Tie
Adult Contemporary, Urban, Contemporary R&B

The Millennium
Sunshine Pop, Psychedelic Pop, Baroque Pop, Early Pop/Rock, Psychedelic

Buddy Miller
The Best of the Hightone Years
Shout! Factory
Americana, Country Gospel, Blues Gospel

Shawn Mullins
Live at the Variety Playhouse
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Americana

Akiko Nakajima
Plaisir d'amour
Baroque, Classical and Romantic Vocal Music

Broken Hymns, Limbs and Skin
Cowpunk, Indie Rock

David Benoit
Charlie Brown TV Themes
Crossover Jazz, Contemporary Jazz

Original Soundtrack
OMFGG: Original Music Featured on Gossip Girl
Soundtracks, TV Soundtracks

Original Soundtrack
Quantum of Solace
Original Score, Soundtracks

Acid Reflex
Guerrilla Funk
Political Rap, Underground Rap, West Coast Rap

Rascal Flatts
Greatest Hits, Vol. 1
Lyric Street
Contemporary Country

Sonny Rollins
Road Shows, Vol. 1

Arthur Russell
Love Is Overtaking Me
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Pop/Rock, Folk-Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Tom Russell
Veteran's Day: The Tom Russell Anthology
Shout! Factory
Americana, Singer/Songwriter

School of Seven Bells
Ghostly International
Indie Electronic, Dream Pop

Just a Souvenir
Experimental Jungle, Jungle/Drum'n'bass, IDM

Susan Tedeschi
Back to the River
Verve Forecast
Modern Electric Blues, Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Blues

Hunter S. Thompson
The Gonzo Tapes
Shout! Factory
Interview, Documentary

Hank Williams
Unreleased Recordings
Time/Life WEA
Traditional Country

Kip Winger
From the Moon to the Sun
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock

The True Story Concerning Martin Behaim
Jewish Music, Avant-Garde Jazz, Jazz-Rock

John Zorn
Film Works, Vol. 21: Belle de Nature/Rijksmuseum
Original Score, Film 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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