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This week's new releases are from an array of artists most of you probably know. The Genesis front man Peter Gabriel releases his latest solo album New Blood, and it looks like it will be another work comparable to his former band’s greatness. The Icelandic singer-songwriter Bjork is back with another sprawling record exploring her electronic, avant grade tendencies. With singles like “Cosmogony” and “Crystalline” having been in stores for nearly three months now, audiences are expecting her latest work Biophilia to achieve the same amount of praise as her singles did. The most shocking record being released this week though is from Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner. His latest sci-fi, of course, tinged album Seeking Major Tom is an ode to the best science fiction songs of all time. Let’s just say I wish this album came out last week before I wrote my Weekend Download column. Alas it didn’t, but it’s coming out now and I highly suggest listening to it. Here’s our latest installment of the LP Release Tuesday:
After five long years of waiting, Evanescence has finally returned with their latest self titled album. Even though the reviews thus far are varied, it's doing fantastic in sales. Whether or not this record will send them back into the limelight, like they once were, is unlikely, but Evanescence will surely get their creative juices flowing again. We’re glad to have you back, guys.
Gabriel’s latest album New Blood is also pushing on every influence he’s done before. The album was made so that he could stretch his live show into orchestral arrangements as well. Even though this is not an orchestral album, he kept in mind during recording the idea of creating a live show that features an orchestra playing his music. What’s fantastic about this new record, and the musician as well, is that Gabriel has not let down his fans once. He’s always tried to top himself on every subsequent album, which is something that his former band Genesis was known for doing with their records. Personally, I can’t wait to listen to New Blood and see what’s in store for the future of this English rocker.
In an interview with LA Weekly, Adams explains, in regards to the new album: “The record is obsessed with time. I believe that there is a kinder view of the self. I'm passing through my own life as a ghost, and looking at these pieces and places in my life. I'm looking at California, and the idea of being lost and found at the same time.” Not only am I excited to actually listen to this album, but it seems like I am growing accustomed to listening to country music, as I wasn't to pleased with the genre before. I guess if the album, or artist, doesn’t come off as a mindless drone, associated with a plethora of other musicians in the same genre who talk about the same subjects over and over again, then I’ll probably won't be too harsh on them. I guess not all country music is bad.
On the ice queen's latest album Biophilia, she is continuing on her foray into avant grade music with another album exploring her electornica tendencies. On her last album Volta which explored Chamber Pop and Industrial music in 2007, Bjork was at a crossroads in where she wanted to take her career. Whether she wanted to stick with the more pop infused music that her fans became to like, or go down a more experimental route which was still accessible, her options were hard to choose from. Yet, on Biophilia she has definitely gone down the correct road, with continuing on her more experimental side, with long electronic jams and avant grade craziness.
As I explained last week in my latest installment of the Weekend Download column, science fiction has been a large part of music. William Shatner has taken this concept to a whole new level by blending his goofy sensibility shown on his rendition of “Rocket Man,” by covering the most famous science fiction songs ever made. Called Seeking Major Tom, the record shows Shatner covering famous tunes like “Iron Man” by Black Sabbath, “Space Oddity” by David Bowie and “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, among others. This is by far the best album coming out this week in my honest opinion. Nothing is better than watching the famous Captain Kirk covering songs with his remarkable, and cheesy, dramatic pauses and kitschy style of singing. I’m sure this album will be a dirty pleasure, but after he left the Priceline commercials a while back, I’m happy to see the Shat doing spoken word albums again.
Other albums being released this week:
Cymbals Eat Guitars Lenses Alien
Electric Six Heartbreaks and Brainwaves
Future Islands On the Water
High Places Original Colors
Joe Jonas Fast Life
Modeselektor Monkeytown(Awesome name)
Rocket From the Crypt Barfly
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