This week in new music: Jay-Z
comes out of "retirement"; Snoop Dogg
, Il Divo
, Killswitch Engage
and others drop new albums; while Tom Waits
, The Doors
, Johnny Cash
and more release new compilations and boxed sets. Keep reading for reviews and info on this week's new CDs...
The Beatles - LOVE
Neither an embarrassment or a revelation, LOVE is at first mildly odd but its novelty soon recedes, revealing that these are the same songs that know you by heart, only with louder drums and occasionally with a few parts in different places. Read review...
Snoop Dogg - Tha Blue Carpet Treatment
With heaping helpings of G-funk and Left Coast attitude, there's no reason any West Coast-loving hip-hopper should miss this party. Read review...
Jay-Z - Kingdom Come
When placed in the context of his prolific discography, the greater part of the album wilts, and it's not a good indicator that Jay-Z continues to lean on a familiar cast of producers rather than actively seek up-and-comers. Read review...
Il Divo - Siempre
Siempre is exactly what you would expect from Il Divo, so if you want more of what they've already given, it should be a satisfying record. Read review...
Killswitch Engage - As Daylight Dies
This is a band who has been consistent in their approach, and in delivering the goods, but As Daylight Dies is perhaps their strongest moment so far. Read review...
Tom Waits - Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards
Orphans is a major work that goes beyond the origins of the material and drags everything past and present with sound and texture into a present to be presented as something utterly new, beyond anything he has previously issued. Read review...
2Pac - Pac's Life
More prolific dead than alive (well, not really, but the amount of records issued by the Californian rapper after September 13, 1996, far outweigh the number issued before), 2Pac has -- mostly thanks to his mother, Afeni Shakur -- come out with another release, ten years after his death. Read review...
U2 - U218 Singles
It might not cover all the bases, but it covers enough of the major ones to be a good summary for fellow travelers who just know U2 from the radio, and it's also a good one-stop introduction to the basics for neophytes. Read review...
More New Releases This Week:
(click for reviews & info)
ABBA - Number Ones
Brand New - Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Corrs, The - Dreams: The Corrs Collection
David Crosby - Voyage
Doors, The - Perception
Jamiroquai - High Times: Singles 1992-2006
Johnny Cash - Legend of Johnny Cash, Vol. 2
Kiss - Kiss Alive! 1975-2000
Loreena McKennitt - Ancient Muse
Oasis - Stop the Clocks
P.O.D. - Greatest Hits
RBD - Celestial
Robert Plant - Nine Lives
Sufjan Stevens - Songs for Christmas