Friday , February 23 2024
The first big release week of 2010...

New Album Releases: Metheny, Bowie, Magnetic Fields, & Corinne Bailey Rae

January is usually a pretty brutal month for new releases and this year has been no exception, but this week is where we start to turn it around.  We have interesting and compelling releases from interesting and compelling artists.  This week, we have albums worth buying.  This week, we have albums worth discussing and some of BC's best have already started writing about them.

First up, let's talk Pat Metheny's Orchestrion.  I'm surprised to be starting with Metheny, myself, as I own not one note of his music.  I'm bringing this up because we have some devoted jazz heads and because Mr. Mark Saleski, one of our most prolific writers, is a devoted Metheny fan.  He's heard the record.  He's happy.  How happy?  His review is up and you can learn all about it.  He's even halfway convinced this record might be accessible enough for me to make a run at it.  It may just happen.

How about Corinne Bailey Rae's new record, The Sea?  Rae made a name for herself with her debut a few years back and she's getting high praise for this latest effort.  Among those heaping the hosannahs?  Our own Kit O'Toole.

We've also got a new record from The Magnetic Fields.  I'm a casual admirer of TMF.  It's not as brilliant as some would lead you to believe, but the intelligent, literate lyrics and the lo-fi productions make for interesting and occasionally wonderful songcraft.

Last but certainly not least, we have an archival release of sorts from the legendary David Bowie.  A 2-CD soundtrack of sorts is being released of Bowie's Reality Tour DVD.  The DVD came out a few years ago at the end of Bowie's last full-scale tour, promoting the Reality album.  I have the DVD and it makes me happy.  It was a very good show.  The record?  It had its moments.  Bowie chose wisely which songs from that record to present among his illustrious catalog.  I'm having one of these.  Iguana Glen Boyd has reviewed it and he agrees with me: you need this.

There are many other worthy titles in this week's list, so take a look.

Beach House
Teen Dream

Charlotte Gainsbourg

Patty Griffin
Downtown Church

Lady Antebellum
Need You Now

The Magnetic Fields

Pat Metheny

Animal Collective
Campfire Songs

Arj Barker

Eric Bibb
Booker's Guitar

Blue Rodeo
The Things We Left Behind

David Bowie
A Reality Tour

Basia Bulat
Heart of My Own

Buraka Som Sistema

Los Campesinos!
Romance Is Boring

Dream Get Together

Clipd Beaks
To Realize

Andrew Cyr
Avner Dorman: Concertos

Best of DMX

The Durutti Column
Paean To Wilson

Platinum Collection

Joe Firstman
El Porto

Chasing the Grail

Fucked Up
Couple Tracks: Singles 2002-2009


Vince Gill
Love Songs

Good Shoes
No Hope, No Future

Great Buildings
Extra Epic Everything

The Guess Who
Wheatfield Soul/Share the Land/Canned Wheat

Thomas Hampson
Michael Daugherty: Letters From Lincoln

Harvey Milk
Harvey Milk

Four Tet
There Is Love in You


Yuka Honda
Heart Chamber Phantoms

I See Hawks in L.A.
The Shoulda Been Gold 2001-2009

After [Bonus DVD] [Deluxe Edition]

Joan of Arc Presents:
Don't Mind Control

Lonnie Johnson
A Life in Music Selected Sides 1925-1953

Mayuko Kamio
Paganini: 24 Caprices

Kidz Bop Kids
Kidz Bop 17

Steve Kilbey/Martin Kennedy
Unseen Music Unheard Words

Leæther Strip
Yes I'm Limited V

Bei Bei/Shawn Lee
Into the Wind

Little Esther
The Early Hits 1949-54

Joe Locke
For the Love of You

Be in Love

Major Stars
Return to Form

Barry Manilow
The Greatest Love Songs of All Time

Dean Martin
Essential Love Songs

Chicago Underground Duo
Boca Negra

13 Japanese Birds, Vol. 12

13 Japanese Birds, Vol. 13

Moon Mullican
Ill Sail My Ship Alone/Mr Honky Tonk Man

My Brightest Diamond
Shark Remixes Volumes 1, 2, 3 & 4

My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult
Death Threat

Youssou N'Dour
I Bring What I Love

Never Shout Never
What Is Love?

Scout Niblett
The Calcination of Scout Niblett

Number One Gun
To the Secrets & Knowledge

William Orbit

Alice Sara Ott
Chopin: Complete Waltzes

Steffen Schleiermacher
Morton Feldman: The Late Piano Works, Vol. 3

Jeremy Pelt
Men of Honor

Pit Er Pat
The Flexible Entertainer

Corinne Bailey Rae
The Sea

The Red Krayola/Art & Language
Five American Portraits

Retribution Gospel Choir

David Sanborn
Only Everything

Neil Sedaka
The Music of My Life

Matthew Shipp

Frank Sinatra
Strangers in the Night

Soul Children
Finders Keepers/Where Is Your Woman Tonight

Soweto Gospel Choir

Taking Dawn
Time to Burn

George Tipton
Nilsson by Tipton

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