Feature: Fall Album Preview
Wed, 05 Sep 2007 10:27:12
Summertime might be when blockbuster movies get the spotlight, but as the air crispens and colors change—music takes center stage. Some heavy-hitters kick off the season, with Kanye West and 50 Cent facing off. Highly anticipated albums from indie elites such as Babyshambles and The Go! Team follow, and the holy grail of music DVDs, Daft Punk's new live disc, wraps it all up.
Manu Chao – La Radiolina
One of the progenitors of Latin alternative, Manu Chao returns with his first album in five years. This one’s rumored to be more guitar-based but equally genre-rangy, covering reggae, rock, Afro-pop and more.
50 Cent - Curtis
None of the singles already out on the airwaves for 50’s new record are up to “In Da Club" snuff, but the man’s blockbuster potential cannot be denied. We’ll be listening (with Kanye).
Kanye West - Graduation
Kanye goes head-to-head with 50 for the release of his highly anticipated third album. But the genius Daft Punk sample on his “Stronger" single has us giving Kanye the edge. Plus, he loves hot pink—mantastic!
Calvin Harris - I Created Disco
Already a hit in the UK, this brash young Scotsman takes LCD Soundsystem to the disco with his debut release of funkified electronica.
Modeselektor - Happy Birthday!
If the album cover alone doesn’t convince you to get to know this German electronica duo, this album’s exuberant and on-point mix of Eurocrunk, electro-rap and off-the-wall IDM should. The collabos with Thom Yorke, TTC and Maximo Park don’t hurt either.
Frank Black - Bluefinger
Initially set to be a best-of collection with one new track, Black’s new record evolved into 11 original songs under the influence his Pixies-era alter-ego. We're hoping Black brings the screeching, primordial vocals and Dali-esque imagery of his heyday.
KT Tunstall - Drastic Fantastic
Her debut, Eye to the Telescope, established her as a Radio 2 fixture and transatlantic hit; now there are high hopes for the Scottish singer-songwriter's follow-up release. New single "Hold On" is jaunty and inspirational, adding polish to the poppy alt-rock sound and marking it out as a must for future TV montages.
James Blunt – All the Lost Souls
Captain Blunt takes time from romancing supermodels to deliver a second hit-in-the-making. Lead single “1973" showcases the fail-safe falsetto and indicates he's staying loyal to the trembling acoustic sound.
Chamillionaire - Ultimate Victory
Cham’s keeping good company on his second solo album, featuring team-ups with respected rappers like UGK, Lil Wayne and Devin the Dude. For now, we’re diggin’ the crime-scene vamp of “Hip Hop Police," which features Slick Rick.
Eddie Vedder - Music: Into the Wild
PJ fans can rejoice at this latest Vedder installment, a cycle of songs composed exclusively for the soundtrack to the film Into the Wild, based on Jon Krakauer’s nonfiction book about an Alaskan adventurer.
Kevin Michael - Kevin Michael
The resemblance of Kevin Michael’s magnificent afro to that of Michael Jackson (circa 1965) is not accidental. This R&B up-and-comer, who’s collaborated with Wyclef Jean and Lupe Fiasco, is bringing classic soul back on his debut album. Or at least that’s what we hope.
Reba McEntire - Reba Duets
Reba McEntire teams up with everybody who’s anybody in pop or country for this hit-parade of duets, featuring collabos with Rascal Flatts, Kelly Clarkson, Carol King, Faith Hill, Justin Timberlake and Trisha Yearwood.
Jamie Cullum - In the Mind of Jamie Cullum
Britain’s jazz-pop darling drops an installment into the District 6 compilation series, with a mix featuring selections from a surprisingly diverse group, including Nina Simone, The Bad Plus, Madlib, Cinematic Orchestra and Clipse. Find out what’s going on in that pretty little head of his.
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