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Switchfoot returns and AC/DC boxes up the rarities in this week's NAR...

New Album Releases 11/10/09: Switchfoot, AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Porcupine Tree, Britney Spears, Snow Patrol

I was so excited about the twin Nirvana releases of last week and the R.E.M. live set from the previous week.  I was hoping I'd be able to stay enthusiastic throughout the month of November but it's just not going to happen this week.  There are a couple releases I'm interested in, but most of these are albums I could do without. 

Hello, Hurricane

I dig the Switchfoot.  I had never heard of them until their breakthrough album The Beautiful Letdown, but was so taken by them I quickly studied up on their previous three albums.  They followed TBL with the excellent Nothing Is Sound and then things turned sinister.  Sony thought it might be a good idea to release their Oh! Gravity. record the day after Christmas, and then dropped them. 

I wasn't a big fan of Gravity but I'm hoping for good things from Hurricane.


I like AC/DC and there are some good rarities and interesting cuts that make up this box set but I'm not sure I like them enough to jump on this box.  It's not a bad value for the standard set (the super deluxe is absurdly expensive) and if you're a hardcore fan, you're going to find something here to like.  If you're more casual, there's nothing here to get that excited about.

That's about it.  I'm going to walk away from the table rather than take swipes at a few of the other releases listed below.  Just know that I'll know if you buy them and that I'm silently mocking you.


Bon Jovi
The Circle

The Cribs
Ignore the Ignorant

Dashboard Confessional
Alter the Ending

The Jackson 5
I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters

Snow Patrol
Up to Now

Britney Spears
The Singles Collection

100 Proof (Aged in Soul)
Somebody's Been Sleeping/100 Proof Aged in Soul

Tori Amos
Midwinter Graces [Deluxe Edition] [CD/DVD Combo]

Paul Anka
Times of Your Life: The Best of the '70s

Among the Living [Deluxe Edition] [Bonus Tracks] [CD/DVD]

Caught in a Mosh: BBC Live in Concert

April Wine
Animal Grace/Walking Through Fire

Asobi Seksu

Bad Lieutenant
Never Cry Another Tear

The Apple and the Tooth

Big Kenny
The Quiet Times of a Rock and Roll Farm Boy

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Jim Capaldi
Oh How We Danced/Whale Meat Again

Simply Devotion

Nels Cline/G.E. Stinson
Elevating Device


Ray Davies & the Crouch End Festival Chorus
The Kinks Choral Collection

Paul Davis
A Little Bit of Paul Davis

Paul Davis
Paul Davis

Paul Davis
Ride 'em Cowboy

Paul Davis
Singer of Songs

Paul Davis
Southern Tracks & Fantasies

Dead to Me
African Elephants

Luther Dickinson & Sons of Mudboy
Onward and Upward

The Doors
Live in New York

Dr. Hook
Pleasure & Pain/Sometimes You Win

Echo & the Bunnymen
The Fountain

Joe Ely
Musta Notta Gotta Lotta/Hi-Res

Chris Farlowe
14 Things to Think About/The Art of Chris Farlowe

Ella Fitzgerald
Twelve Nights in Hollywood

Memento Mori

Ben Frost
By the Throat

Jerry Garcia Band
Jerry Garcia Collection, Vol. 2: Let It Rock

Jeanne Golan
American Handstands

Robyn Hitchcock
I Often Dream of Trains in New York

Billie Holiday
The Complete Commodore & Decca Masters

Hollywood Undead
Desperate Measures

Jungle Brothers
Straight Out the Jungle [Deluxe Edition]

The Killers
Live from the Royal Albert Hall

Stephen Layton
George Frideric Handel: Messiah

Why You Running

London Concertante
Piazzolla and beyond

MF Doom
Unexpected Guests

Lisa Moore
Julia Wolfe: Dark Full Ride

Jason Mraz
Jason Mraz's Beautiful Mess: Live on Earth

Bryan Pezzone
Sudoku 82

Original Soundtrack
2012 [Soundtrack]

Original Soundtrack
Californication: Season 3

Original Soundtrack
A Christmas Story [Rhino]

Pants Yell!
Received Pronunciation

Dolly Parton
Live from London

Oscar Peterson
Debut: The Clef/Mercury Duo Recordings 1949-1951

Grant Lee Phillips
Ladies' Love Oracle

Porcupine Tree
Up the Downstair


Omar Rodriguez-Lopez

Hello Hurricane

Koko Taylor
What It Takes: The Chess Years [Expanded Edition] [Bonus Tracks]

Various Artists
Invictus' Greatest Hits/Hot Wax Greatest Hits

Various Artists
Nuggets of the Golden Age of Gospel 1945-1958

Various Artists
Songs That Made Woody Allen Movies Great

Attention Deficit

Steve Wariner
My Tribute to Chet Atkins

Shelly West
The Very Best of Shelly West

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