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The Eagles have risen from a twenty eight year grave, while Britney attempts to recover from a four year hangover.

New Album Releases 10/30/07: Hell Has Officially Frozen Over: The Eagles, Britney, Avenged Sevenfold, Joy Division Soundtrack/Reissues, And More

Although this week's list of new album releases is a bit shorter than we have seen in recent weeks, it is by no means less noteworthy.

In this week's batch of potential stocking stuffers, we have the studio return after twenty eight years of one of the best selling rock acts ever. While in another much talked about "comeback," a certain dance-pop princess attempts to shake off the dust from her MTV Video Music Awards disaster, with her own return to active duty after four years of… well, whatever you would call that non-stop party.

On to the new releases…

The Eagles once famously said that "hell would freeze over" before they would ever make another album. Well, with this week's arrival of Long Road Out Of Eden, the devil might want to consider ordering a new pair of leg warmers. The double CD package is the first from the celebrated Southern California urban pop-rock cowboys since 1979's The Long Run, and features a brand spanking new set of original songs.

Long Road Out Of Eden follows several years of reunion tours, so the boys should be sounding well-rested and ready to return to the platinum ranks of their glory years in the seventies here. On a side note, the album is "officially" only available through one of those "exclusive" deals with big-box retailers (conflicting reports have it either through Best Buy or Wal-Mart), although Amazon already has a few used copies for sale.

Meanwhile, the new one from Britney Spears arrives in stores this week. Blackout is a rather ironic album title. Some might say it describes her own mental state for the past several years, while others would say in show business there is no such thing as bad publicity. Britney's own handlers might beg to differ with that viewpoint.

Seen by many as a make or break proposition, Blackout arrives following years of negative publicity for the once innocent pop princess — from embarrassing episodes of public drunkenness, to her custody battles, to her recent flameout on the MTV Video Music Awards. For the once bright career of Britney, many will be watching this release very closely.

Leading off this week's soundtracks is Anton Corbijn's Control, a biopic about the life of Joy Division's Ian Curtis. The soundtrack features music from the surviving members of Joy Division, as well as music that influenced Curtis by such artists as Roxy Music and Iggy Pop. In a related move, Rhino is also reissuing a number of Joy Division titles in new deluxe editions, including Closer, Still, and Unknown Pleasures.

The other big soundtrack this week is from the Bob Dylan movie I'm Not There, which features six actors playing Dylan. The soundtrack features a variety of different, mostly unknown artists interpreting Dylan's work in a variety of genres.

Just in time for Halloween comes the self-titled new album from Avenged Sevenfold, complete with an appropriately scary album cover. The hardcore metal band is said to attempt here to pull off a "metal crossover" album in the mold of Metallica's infamous Black Album.

Here is the complete list of all of this week's new releases courtesy of the folks at All Music Guide.

Avenged Sevenfold
Avenged Sevenfold
Warner Bros.
Heavy Metal, Alternative Metal, Post-Hardcore, Emo

The Eagles
Long Road Out of Eden
Pop/Rock, Soft Rock, Country-Rock

Original Soundtrack
Warner Bros/Rhino
Original Score, Soundtracks, Post-Punk, Proto-Punk

Original Soundtrack
I'm Not There
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Americana, Alternative Country-Rock, Indie Rock, Soundtracks, Pop/Rock, Folk-Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Country-Rock, Rock & Roll

Saves the Day
Under the Boards
Punk-Pop, Punk Revival

Britney Spears
Pop/Rock, Dance-Pop

Arise and Ruin
The Final Dawn
Grindcore, Thrash

Armor for Sleep
Smile for Them
Post-Hardcore, Emo, Indie Rock, Dream Pop

Arrested Development
Since the Last Time
Pop-Rap, Alternative Rap

Nicole Atkins
Neptune City
Red Ink/Columbia
Chamber Pop, Indie Pop

The Autumn Offering
Fear Will Cast No Shadow
Post-Hardcore, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal

Baby Bash
Pop-Rap, Latin Rap, Hardcore Rap

Backstreet Boys
Adult Contemporary, Dance-Pop

Ian Ball
Who Goes There
Singer/Songwriter, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, British Trad Rock, Britpop

Blue Rodeo
Small Miracles
Heartland Rock, Americana, Alternative Country-Rock

Blues Traveler
Cover Yourself
American Trad Rock, Jam Bands, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Blues-Rock

Gene Clark with Carla Olson
In Concert
Collectors' Choice Music
Folk-Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Country-Rock

Al di Meola
Diabolic Inventions and Seduction for Solo Guitar, Vol. 1: Music of Astor Piazzolla

Guitar Virtuoso, Jazz-Rock, Fusion, World Fusion, Contemporary Jazz, Tango

Will Downing
After Tonight
Urban, Smooth Soul, Contemporary R&B

Kiss or Kill
Razor & Tie
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Neal Hefti
Themes from TV's Top 12
Collectors' Choice Music
Television Music, TV Soundtracks

Levon Helm
Dirt Farmer
Roots Rock, Country-Rock

Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Heroes and Villains
Operatic Baritone Arias

Insane Clown Posse
Jugganauts: The Best of Insane Clown Posse
Rap-Rock, Rap-Metal, Midwest Rap

Joy Division
Closer [Collector's Edition]

Joy Division
Still [Collector's Edition]

Joy Division
Unknown Pleasures [Collector's Edition]

The Kinks
The Kinks Greatest 1970-1986
Pop/Rock, British Invasion, Hard Rock, Rock & Roll

La Rota
Heu Fortuna
Atma Classique
Medieval Choral Music

Larry the Cable Guy
Christmastime in Larryland
Warner Bros.
Standup Comedy, Country Comedy, Holiday, Christmas

Richard Lloyd
The Radiant Monkey
Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Youssou N'Dour
Rokku Mi Rokka
Mbalax, Afro-Pop

Passion des Cuivres
Victorian Christmas for Brass
Holiday Brass Arrangements

Zina Schiff
Ernest Bloch: Violin Concerto; Baal Shem; Suite Hébraïque

Modern Orchestral Music

David Zinman
Mahler: Symphony No. 3 [Hybrid SACD]
Sony Classics
Post-Romantic Orchestral Music

The Ascension
Industrial Metal, Goth Rock, Goth Metal

The Pack
Based Boys
West Coast Rap, Hip-Hop

Playaz Circle
Supply and Demand
DTP/Def Jam
Southern Rap, Gangsta Rap

Queen Rock Montreal
Album Rock, Pop/Rock, Glam Rock, Hard Rock, Arena Rock

Marty Robbins
Grande Ole Opry: Marty Robbins
Time/Life WEA
Nashville Sound/Countrypolitan, Pop, Rockabilly, Western Swing, Country-Pop, Cowboy, Traditional Country, Rock & Roll, Honky Tonk

Kill the House Lights
Post-Hardcore, Emo

Josh Turner
Everything Is Fine
MCA Nashville
Americana, Neo-Traditionalist Country, Contemporary Country

Various Artists
12" Rulers: Gussie Clarke
Ragga, Dancehall, Contemporary Reggae, Reggae-Pop

Various Artists
Sick, Sober & Sorry: Great Country Hits of the 1950s
Traditional Country

World Party
Best in Show
College Rock, Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/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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