Sunday, December 4, 2011

New CD releases December 6th 2011

Wow, what a hectic week it's been. Then to top it all, snow. Anyway, better late than never, here is the rundown of what is being released this week. I have received some feedback from some readers that they don't see the amazon widget or the album art. Please check your ad-block settings since this can interfere with the images on the page since they are embedded from Thanks.

Gary Numan - Dead Son Rising
This release from electronic synth-pop pioneer, Gary Numan, finally completes the circle. Numan has influenced many modern industrial and EBM bands with his cutting edge experimentalism and resistance to conformity. Now he takes more than just a sprinkle of industrial and adds it to his newest work. Aside from Numan's haunting nasal vocal this could have been written by Trent Reznor. If, like me, you are old enough to remember 'Cars' and 'Are Friends Electric' you will recognize that this as Numan's work, plus he still looks the same as he did in the late 70's.

The Black Keys - El Camino
The El Camino was neither a car nor a truck, it was a hybrid of two styles, and so is this CD. The Ohio duo of Dan Auerbach (guitar/voice) and Patrick Carney (drums) have been described as garage blues. El Camino comes across as a hard edged, stripped down and overdriven blues rock (emphasis on rock) album. If you imagine a more musical, unmarried White Stripes with just a touch of organ thrown in then you are getting close to where The Black Keys are coming from. Oh, by the way, Jack and Meg White (Stripes) have actually separated, so you no longer have to imagine them unmarried.

Neil Diamond - Very Best of Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond has been around for centuries and has pretty much written every single number one record ever recorded. This is an obvious exaggeration, but if you look at the track listing for this CD then it starts to become almost believable. What you need to remember when you listen to this disc is that these 23 tracks are just the Very Best of Neil Diamond. His entire back catalog also contains 'The Best', 'The OK Stuff' and 'The Rest' of Neil Diamond.
I hereby challenge you, the reader, to buy this CD, play track #6 and NOT sing "Bah-ba-daaaah" at anytime during that song.

Glee Cast - Glee: The Music 7
You know my thoughts about Glee, and if you don't then look at the New Release archives.
No image provided since you don't need to buy this crap.

Amy Winehouse - Lioness: Hidden Treasures
This is a posthumous release from Amy Winehouse, since she died back in July of this year. Amy experimented with many last names before settling on Winehouse. Beerhouse, Vodkahouse, Drugsandhardliquorhouse all reflected her addictions, but none of them fitted into her musical style. Then a friend suggested Winehouse and so a star was born. Amy, like Susan Boyle fits into the current British music trend of "Wow, what a great voice, how can anything so hideous sing so sweetly"

The Roots - Undun
I feel compelled to add this to the list, having been brainwashed by Late Night talk show host, Jimmy Fallon who takes every opportunity to plug this CD, considering The Roots is his houseband. I found it amusing how they always managed to hide their bass player, Owen Biddle, the only white guy in the band, behind a post or some other obstruction when on Jimmy's show. Biddle has since been replaced by a black guy.

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