Sunday, October 9, 2011

New CD releases October 11th 2011

Wow, do we have a mixed bag of music for you this week. From new stars to (very) old favorites, covering every conceivable genre (country, death metal, spoken word, slightly effeminate and trance). As always, you can hear samples by clicking the cover art and following the links on the page, where you can also make a purchase selection.

Lauren Alaina - Wildflower
The difference between winning American Idol and being first runner up is huge. Coming second means that you don't get to release your contractual obligation until after the winner releases his. And so Lauren Alaina shoves Wildflower down out throat. A pop/country mess that dabbles dangerously with Gretchen Wilson like attitude, but mostly plays it safe. She may shine brightly for a few moments, but don't hold your breath for a follow-up.

Five Finger Death Punch - American Capitalist
If you have never heard FFDP then either click the picture and follow links to listen to samples, or imagine yourself on a building site with an industrial jackhammer as it pounds repeatedly at your ears while numerous differently pitched powersaws rip through your brain. All this while somebody is singing and clearing his throat at the same time.
The music on this disc is so loud, aggressive and frightening that even the two 'ballads' would have Justin Bieber calling for his mommy.

William Shatner - Seeking Major Tom
Whether you like it or not, Bill Shatner's music career is alive and well and releasing a new CD. Where as Elvis was a singer who couldn't act, Shatner is an actor (broad sense) who can't sing. OK, that's unfair, Shatner has a unique interpretation of singing.
The guest list on this disc is an impressive who's who of music, including Steve Miller, Brad Paisley, Bootsy Collins, Sheryl Crow and Zakk Wylde. Zakk features on Bill's awesome reconstruction of Black Sabbath's Iron Man.
Pathetic, sad old man, or genius - you decide.

Joe Jonas - Fastlife
Joe Jonas used to be in a band with his 2 brothers, but they never really amounted to much so he went solo. According to the music press, this album is highly anticipated and has been produced by such musical luminaries as Danja, Rob Knox and Brian Kennedy. Chris Brown helped Joe write the lead single 'See No More' then quite possibly beat him to within an inch of his life. Hey Chris, how was the Michael Jackson tribute concert?

Radiohead - Tkol Rmx 1234567
I like Radiohead, but only fanboys need buy this. If you liked Pablo Honey or OK Computer then this probably isn't your cup of tea. Tkol Rmx 1234567 (if you hadn't already figured out from the cover art) is a remix of The King Of Limbs spread across 2 discs. I have it on good authority that even Thom Yorke's mom said "WTF" when she heard this.

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