BIG release week-for me anyway. There are at least four albums that will make their way into our grubby little paws by the end of the day Tuesday, representing a pretty wide range of genres. Here they are:

Jill Scott The Light of the Sun-The Philly soul songstress has to make a solid album to avenge for the taste of mediocrity that lingers in my mouth after her last effort, The Real Thing. With a new label and a new look (and another breakup), Jill’s certainly got some stuff to sing about. Hopefully she’ll get back to the sound that made her first two albums such classics. She’s off to a good start with “So in Love”, a duet with Anthony Hamilton that makes me wonder when his new album is coming out!

Bon Iver Bon Iver, Bon Iver– With an album title that maximizes the name recognition thing, Kanye West’s favorite indie folkie is going BIG with his (their?) second album. There’s all sorts of expectations with this one that simply didn’t exist with For Emma, Forever Ago, and certainly an expansion in sound that it doesn’t seem like everyone’s agreeing with-I read a review in Entertainment Weekly (I think) that wasn’t very complimentary. You can, of course, read our own review of the album here!

Liam Finn FOMO– The talented progeny of one of the greatest songwriters alive will try to avoid the sophomore slump with this imaginatively-titled album. Although I was certainly a fan of Liam’s debut effort, 2009’s I’ll Be Lightning, it wasn’t until I saw him in concert earlier this year that I realized just how good he is. Unlike, say, early Julian Lennon, this is not a carbon copy of his dad’s work, but something that draws on the sound his dad created with Split Enz and Crowded House, but is totally and completely Liam’s.

“Weird” Al Yankovic Alpocalypse-Hard to believe “Weird” Al has been on the scene for three decades now! Not only does he strangely not appeared to have aged AT ALL, he’s also still the master of musical parody. His umpteenth album is led off by his version of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” called “Perform This Way”, and the rest of the set is sure to include some hilarious reworkings of popular hits.

…and that’s just the tip of the iceberg, folks!!

There will unquestionably be big debuts from pop/rap acts Pitbull and LMFAO, both of whom are releasing albums today. The Cuban MC’s Planet Pit will be looking to expand on the success he’s had on Top 40 radio as a guest on hit singles by Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias and Usher. Meanwhile, the goofy duo of LMFAO (consisting of the son and nephew of Motown Records impresario Berry Gordy) will continue to sully their predecessor’s legacy with banal party anthems on their sophomore effort. Of course, you had to know that was behind this somehow-and they are signed to his label.

Viral video kings OK Go are releasing their first-ever live effort, 180/365, and they’ll be joined on record store shelves by albums including the new album from R&B vocal group Jagged Edge. Although it seems as though the concept of the vocal group has largely died, the Atlanta-based quartet is doing their part to keep their legacy alive with The Remedy (also, interestingly the title of a recent album by fellow R&B vocal group Boyz II Men). This will be their first album to have no involvement from their mentor, Jermaine Dupri.

Michael Bolton’s enjoyed an increased profile of late thanks to his Lonely Island/SNL cameo, and he’ll be trying to parlay that into some record sales with Gems: The Duets Album. Well, he’s released covers albums and a classical album, so a duets record seemed like the next logical step, yeah? He’ll be joined by acts ranging from Seal to Rascal Flatts.

Also on the release schedule: new albums from British pop/rock outfit Gomez, aggro-rock champs Crossfade, ’80s rock kings Night Ranger (I fully expect this guy to be the first person to buy this one), and on the reissue tip, expanded and remastered versions of seminal reggae musician Peter Tosh’s Legalize It and Equal Rights, and new sets in Universal Music’s budget Icon series from the likes of Bill Cosby, The Righteous Brothers, Thin Lizzy…and the Insane Clown Posse.

As always, get a full list of this week’s releases on Pause and and happy shopping!

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