January has been a good month for music. With few disappointments around the table, so far audiences have been graced with solid releases from Ani DiFranco, Foxy Shazam, and Seal. Sure, electronic super star Steve Aoki’s debut album didn’t live up to expectations, and indie darlings Chairlift are still riding the hype machine all the way to mediocre stardom, but overall the output this year is looking up. This week is no different, because there are plenty of eclectic releases to fill the chilly void this winter.
Metalcore band Bleeding Through will surely pique some genre fans interests, but if you’re not into constant hammering guitars and unintelligible vocals then you might want to stay away from their latest album The Great Fire. On the complete opposite end of the genre spectrum is reggae group SOJA, and their latest record Strength to Survive is the perfect album to light a spliff to--if you’re into that sort of thing of course. Last but definitely not least, you’ve undoubtedly heard some form of music from the aging superstars Ringo Starr and Lenard Cohen. The Beatles drummer and the man who made “Hallelujah” famous are both putting out new full lengths this week and for those of you reading who might not know them, continue reading! Here’s this week’s installment of LP Release Tuesday:
Nonetheless, Bleeding Through is releasing their latest album The Great Fire today. The only difference between this and their previous work is that now they’ve taken on some symphonic elements to their music. Do not think for a second that this has anything to do with Bach or Beethoven though. Instead of using an orchestra, their symphonic sound is created through layering guitars and multiple sections of instrumental music that’s bumped up to unnerving decibels. The Great Fire will definitely work for some fans out there, but for the rest us, it’ll sound like that unpleasant white noise coming from your TV.
Since 2006, Woon has been making a stir within the music industry, and he’s played countless shows, but now he’s finally released his debut album Mirrorwriting via Polydor records. Experimenting with rhythm & blues, soul, pop, and elements of electronica, the artist’s music is quite unique. His vocals have been described as a soulful reincarnation from the past, while he utilizes everything ranging from programming and samplers to create a groove based electronic beat, to a simple one guitar track. While his music varies styles and genres, his latest album has been said to sound like a “spiritual folk record” that embodies his earlier work, but has a heavier emphasis on pop. We can dig that.
With an impressive ten years worth of touring and a slew of albums proving they’re a force not to reckon with, SOJA’s resume is quite hefty. Starting out in 1997, the group’s been touring endlessly and putting out an album every few years, with eight records and two live DVD’s all together. Their latest effort comes in the form of Strength to Survive. Compared to their previous albums, Survive doesn’t break any new ground, but if you’re a fan of their type of music, you’ll probably enjoy this one too.
His son Zak Starkey is a better drummer than he is, and he’s made his way into the famous brit-pop band Oasis without any trouble. Like his more famous ex-band mate Paul McCartney, his solo career didn’t start yesterday. Since 1971, the Beatles drummer has released fifteen solo records and has made countless guest appearance on other famous records; including Bob Dylan, The Who, and Tom Petty. Today, his latest solo effort Ringo 2012 is being released, and this time around he’s exploring stadium rock with a hint of that Ringo Starr silliness. Are you excited for another Ringo Starr solo album? Did you even know he made any solo albums?
Leonard Cohen is a Canadian singer-songwriter who’s been making music since 1967. His albums range from exploring beat poetry, to genres like folk, rock, and spoken word. There are many themes that he discusses in his work, but Cohen most often explores topics like religion, sexuality, interpersonal relationships and isolation. Since 1967, Cohen has released twelve studio albums. Today is a special day though. His last album Dear Heather came out in 2004, and after seven years his latest effort Old Ideas is being released. Though he’s still exploring the same genres of music and old ideas, Leonard Cohen is so unique, that audiences are just happy to finally get another taste of his magical work.
Other Releases This Week:
Black Pyramid - Black Pyramid 2
Errors - Have Some Faith in Magic
Hospitality - Hospitality
Metallica - Beyond Magnetic EP
Radiohead - The King of Limbs: Live From the Basement DVD