LP Release Tuesday: September 6th, 2011
I am happy to announce that this week is another outstanding example of releases that will relieve listeners of this summer's atrocities. This week's installment capitalizes on the fact that talent does exist, you just need to know where to find it. Throughout many of my LP Release Tuesdays, I've openly complained about plenty of records. Last week, my assumption that “the summer is a time for a plethora of ailing records from bands who couldn't really care less” was the seminal anecdote from that column, but with the weather easing, there may still be time to turn the season around. Here’s this week’s LP releases:
Strait’s latest record Here For A Good Time is said to have not changed at all from his familiar style. I would normally conclude my thoughts for an artist like this with a logical, well structured argument against their tepid grace for anti-evolution, but in the case of George Strait, I can only assume that his followers would not want anything else from him. Songs like the title track “I’ll Always Remember You,” and “Drinkin’ Time” all showcase this artist's knack for providing his audience with a barrage of familiar sounds.
The main reason for Fleetwood Mac’s heavy blues sound was due to the multi-instrumentalist Lindsey Buckingham. Through his effortless instrumentation, the group found their sound in multiple genres and blended them together for a unique style all their own. Since 1981, Buckingham released six solo efforts. Now that his touring schedule has shrunk considerably,he's found enough time to work on another record, Seeds We Sow. Sticking with his similar rock sound from Fleetwood Mac, the artist's latest endeavor is nothing short of what we would expect from him; unique and timeless rock n roll.
Yet, that won’t happen with Gaslight Anthem, so the band's leader, Fallon, has taken his efforts towards a solo career. It makes sense that he would do this. Why would Fallon quit making the kind of music that Springsteen fans want to hear? He wouldn't. Yet, his solo effort doesn't differentiate much from his main project. The guitarist's latest LP is Elsie, and the difference from his main project is in the lack of his ladder group's punk heavy influences. Like Gaslight, the songs still sound similar to a Boss record, but it's more of an acoustic rendition instead. It’s missing the higher tempo punk tendencies that Gaslight Anthem is known for, but keeping up with that simple change in pace makes this effort worthwhile.
Rapture's style of music might not be for everyone, but with a background in production like theirs and a playful style that’s sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face; it’s kind of hard not to like at least one song by the NYC group. Their latest album, In The Grace Of Your Love, will hopefully continue their generous offering in beat heavy music with a playful spin. One can only hope, but it's likely The Rapture will pull through.
Where has she gone though? In the past nineteen years, Jones hasn’t released anything. The singer and songwriter took time off to adjust her life and get ready for her new set of endeavors. Jones' next album is Hurricane, and it features a mix of sounds that could be described as alternative, electronic, and soul. Like her previous record Bulletproof Heart, which came out in 1989, the singer has taken another risk in what can only be described as a movement for which she helped create.
Overall, I'm very pleased with this week's records. A few of them may be offering material sure to please their fan bases, but a few others are trying something new. Whether they be Springsteen impersonators or former Fleetwood Mac leaders, all these bands and artists deserve a listen. I hope you'll give them a shot.