Generally speaking, I’m not one of those guys that goes out on a limb to search for something before it’s official release. I tend to wait patiently (or perhaps not so patiently?) to get the official goods. But with 21, the latest from British soul singer Adele, the waiting has been a bit more difficult than usual. Not only has the album already been out for several weeks in territories outside the U.S., but fellow bloggers and the rest of the music press has been practically orgasmic in their praise for Adele’s sophomore album. “Rolling in the Deep” is good stuff, so needless to say, I’m excited. And the wait is finally over! Or at least it’ll be over by the time you read this.
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Adele leads a fairly small list of new albums out this week. As I mentioned, in a post last week, Truant Wave, the first solo effort from former Fall Out Boy singer Patrick Stump, makes it’s official debut on iTunes today. Of course, Apple is currently not accepting my payment information. Hopefully that issue will be resolved soon as I can get yet another album I’m particularly excited for.
Adele and Patrick are joined by several other notable releases. As an adjunct to last year’s critically acclaimed I’m New Here (one of my favorite albums from last year), Gil Scott-Heron joins forces with producer Jamie XX for We’re New Here. I’m not much for remix albums, but the original was so good, this remix project has to be worth checking out, right?
Wondering what John Waite’s been up to lately? Well, with no Babys or Bad English reunions in the offing, Waite has continued to make solo albums at a leisurely pace. Rough & Tumble is the title of Waite’s latest album, and it’s most likely a collection of the familiar pop/rock that Waite has made his stock in trade for thirty years, especially since the album was produced by matchbox twenty’s Kyle Cook. You can draw a straight line from the sound of Waite’s heyday to the stuff matchbox has done for the last decade or so, so I’d imagine there’s a good amount of simpatico here.
Also on the schedule for this week: a new one from Tahiti 80 (which I’m sure will be music to the ears of my Popdose brother Robert Cass), a new album from stoner-rock king G. Love (produced by The Avett Brothers), and live albums from rock legends Jeff Beck and Joan Armatrading.
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