In the event that you’ve been living underneath a very big rock for the past several months, Lady GaGa’s Born This Way is scheduled to drop on May 23rd. Now that you know what NEXT week’s column is gonna be all about, let’s take a look at some of the albums that are coming out this week.
We’ll start withMoby. Destroyed has gotten some pretty savage reviews already, but I like the bit I’ve heard thus far, so I’ll be giving the little bald man with glasses my money. I tend to dig ambient music-calms me down. Destroyed will very likely earn a treasured spot next to my Zero 7 and Thievery Corporation CDs.
Danger Mouse is a pretty busy dude. In between producing for everyone and their mother, he’s 1/2 of Gnarls Barkley (which I believe is still an active unit) and 1/2 of Broken Bells (sidebar: wouldn’t it be cool if Cee-Lo Green and James Mercer recorded something together?) Mouse’s latest project is called Rome, and it’s a collaboration with Italian composer Daniele Luppi. Inspired by Ennio Morricone, the king of Spaghetti Westerns, the project features vocals by the ubiquitous Jack White as well as the almost equally ubiquitous Norah Jones.
Was Seether the band who had a hit with the “Careless Whisper” cover a couple years ago? If I remember correctly, the lead singer of the band was also an item with Evanescence’s Amy Lee (what the hell happened to her?). At any rate, if I’m referring to the correct band (yes, I know I could check Wikipedia, but I’m lazy), then they’ve got a new album out called Holding On to Strings Better Left to Fray. I hope the Fray releases an album called Holding On to Strings Better Left to Seethe. Call it even, right? Anony-rocker Ben Harper (not Lenny Kravitz, and not Michael Franti) returns this week with Give Till It’s Gone. This album goes in on the special guests, with appearances from Ringo Starr and Jackson Browne. Can you say “legen-wait for it-dary?”
Do you know what a Tinie Tempah is? Me neither. But over a million people have bought the U.K. pop-rapper’s first hit, “Written in the Stars”, and his debut album Disc-Overy comes out today. There’s also an album from Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, and a new one from Hank Williams III. On the curious side of things, there’s the return of Naughty by Nature fifteen years past the point when anyone cared, a new album from hair-metal faves Warrant MINUS the presence of lead singer/reality TV star Jani Lane, and finally, a new Kidz Bop album. These sets are huge sellers, and now the group of crooning cherubs has decided to attack (yeah, that’s a good word) the hair metal era. Look for appearances by the spawn of Bret Michaels, and don’t say I didn’t warn ya.
Make sure y’all check out Pause and Play for a complete list of new releases.