Spring is in full flower, y’all…and there’s another wide-ranging set of new music coming to you this week. A little bit of everything-from comedy to classic R&B to indie rock to Eighties icons-occasionally all on the same set. Here are the highlights from the May 10th release schedule.
Raphael Saadiq–Stone Rollin‘: Following the critically acclaimed The Way I See It, former Tony Toni Tone/Lucy Pearl frontman Raphael Saadiq continues to mine the depths of classic R&B on this, his fourth solo effort. Several tracks from the album have premiered over the past couple of months, and he played extremely well off of Mick Jagger at this year’s Grammy Awards. Is it possible that Saadiq might finally have an album that’s as successful commercially as his work should be? Fingers crossed.
The Lonely Island–Turtleneck & Chain: Adam Samberg and his band of musical misfits are back for another star-studded work. Among the guests featured: Rihanna, Akon, Justin Timberlake, Nicki Minaj and Michael Bolton. Can the fellas top “I’m on a Boat”, “Like a Boss” or “Dick in a Box”? It’s looking good.
Matthew Morrison–Matthew Morrison: Doesn’t it seem like there’s a new “Glee” album out every week? Well, Mr. Schuester himself has hit the studio and he’s now out with an album of his own. Morrison seems to be going for an American Michael Buble flavor here-a far cry from his brief tenure as a boy-bander in LMNT. This album’s major guest is labelmate and former “Glee” guest star Gwyneth Paltrow. My guess is that she won’t be reprising her hit version of Cee-Lo Green’s “Fuck You” on this album.
The Cars are back for the first time in almost a quarter-century. Ric Ocasek and the boys (minus the departed Ben Orr) have returned with Move Like This. They are joined on the nostalgia bandwagon by Christopher Cross (with Doctor Faith, which was given a European release last year) and Air Supply’s Russell Hitchcock, who’s putting out a double CD (!) of country songs (!!) entitled Tennessee: The Nashville Sessions. There’s also Urge Overkill’s first album in a decade and a half, Rock & Roll Submarine.
If you like your rock hard, you’ll go for the Black Label Society’s latest, The Song Remains Not the Same (actually, scratch that, as it’s an unplugged album). Wanna do the industrial thing? Go for ohGr’s latest (but read our review first). Up for some legendary all-star projects? Booker T. Jones’ The Road From Memphis features The Roots, Jim James and Lou Reed, while Lee “Scratch” Perry’s new one, Rise Again, features Bill Laswell, Sly Dunbar and Tunde Adebimpe.
If you just like Perris (as opposed to Perrys), teen singer Christina Perri’s new one might be up your alley. If compilations is what you dig, check out the latest 2-disc Essential set from Korn. Finally, if you dig vinyl reissues, treat yourself to three of the greatest albums made in the past three (or so) decades: Prince’s Dirty Mind, Controversy and 1999, all of which are making their first appearances on vinyl since the first Bush administration.
If you like anything we missed, you might want to head on over to Pause and Play to check out this week’s full list of new releases.