A number of big releases hit stores this week, including the highly-anticipated return of My Chemical Romance with 'The Black Parade.' Plus look for the John Legend's sophomore album 'Once Again' and debuts from Brooke Hogan, Jibbs and more. Continue reading for reviews and info on this week's CD releases...
My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade
My Chemical Romance intended to dispel all such misconceptions with their third album, The Black Parade, an unabashed, old-fashioned concept album, complete with characters wandering through a vague narrative that concerns very big themes like death. Read review...
John Legend - Once Again
Even with its many producers, Once Again is much more focused than Get Lifted, and the quality of its songs is equally high. Read review...
Brooke Hogan - Undiscovered
Brooke tries hard to be authentic and taken seriously, and though some of the material is mildly enjoyable, the batch of productions she is given is noticeably weak. Read review...
Jibbs - Jibbs Featuring Jibbs
This spirited 16-year-old is somewhere between Nelly and Chingy but without any of the sleaze or cussing, plus he's got a reverence for hip-hop and styles his album like an LL Cool J release for the '80s. Read review...
The Walkmen - Pussy Cats
Remaking an entire album -- especially one as rooted in mood and the performers invoved as Harry Nilsson's Pussy Cats -- seems about as wise an idea as Gus Van Sant's shot-by-shot remake of Psycho. Read review...
Montgomery Gentry - Some People Change
Some People Change is one of the many things that's right with mainstream country music in the new millennium. Read review...
Shareefa - Point of No Return
Shareefa's a bit rough around the edges; she strains when she reaches all the way back, but she possesses a genuine gutsiness that's in short supply in modern R&B. Read review...
Other notable releases this week:
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Aimee Mann - One More Drifter in the Snow
Alabama - Songs of Inspiration
Angra - Aurora Consurgens
Brian Setzer - 13
Bright Eyes - Noise Floor
Cowboy Junkies - Long Journey Home
George Benson / Al Jarreau - Givin' It Up
Moby - Go: The Very Best of Moby
MxPx - Let's Rock
Paul Stanley - Live to Win
Skid Row - Revolutions Per Minute
Sparta - Threes
t.A.T.u. - Best