Taylor Swift, Evanescence, & Sleigh Bells Get It Right In Top Albums Of The Week - November 10
Thu, 09 Nov 2017 19:43:05
This week belongs to Taylor Swift. Fans have waited three years — longer than ever before — for her new album, counting down, repeating to themselves, "Finally, IT has arrived." Other albums might, (we think?), have also been released this week, but it's hard to think of anything as being other than throwaway in the face of Tay Tay's full focus.
However, this week's other releases might, just might, push the collective into outselling Swifty's sixth studio effort. We shall see just what enfolds, while wishing all comers the best of luck, saying as always, without further ado, here are ARTISTdirect's albums of the week:
Taylor Swift — Reputation
Tay Tay is back, and her message is clear: a certain pop star no longer cares about what you may or may not think. After every relationship, every single, every chart topping album of the starlet's years in the spotlight has been scrutinized, interpreted, and shredded to bits, Swifty is finally flipping that righteous bird to everyone and telling them to judge away; she'll just keep selling millions regardless. Anyone who might preemptively define Reputation as an 'art' album probably sipped too much of their own cautious kool-aid. This is, quite simply, the biggest album of the year, from an artist who is intent on looking forward much more than she cares about playing to her past. You don't get this far by avoiding potential chances, and this is pop music in its most accessible, rarest form: still able to label itself as avant garde.
Sleigh Bells — Kid Kruschev
Why anyone would release an album on the same week as Taylor Swift is beyond us. Maybe it's the knowledge that finishing second only to the former country star is nothing to be ashamed of. But though Sleigh Bells' new mini-album, Kid Kruschev , will no doubt fail to even approach Reputation's lofty totals, the Brooklyn duo deliver sonic treats well worth the pause of a Red ‘n green-dominated holiday season. Christmas might be just around the corner, but Sleigh Bells have already found the presents in the attic, underneath that dusty pale blue sheet, appreciable only on 45 format, and they've gone ahead and ripped off the wrapping paper, demanding, "Christmas comes now!" If you can find the treasure, it's yours.
Evanescence — Synthesis
Evanescence have clearly enjoyed the six year hiatus since the release of their self-titled third album. The first new release since the band announced they would not be recording any new material brings Amy Lee and Co. together to provide fans with two completely new tracks and bonus reworkings of their classic material. Synthesis may not be a totally new LP, but it seems likely to be the last new music we get from the band, and therefore warrants a pause for appreciation.
Billy Ray Cyrus — Set the Record Straight
To Set the Record Straight , it seems pretty clear that Billy Ray Cyrus is only releasing an album this week to demonstrate solidarity with his daughter. Miley, despite delivering a truly excellent and overlooked record, peaked at number five on the charts, and her dad has delivered another heartwarming groove, reminiscent of his "Achy Breaky Heart" fame. The record makes it fairly clear where Miley's roots took hold, and just how far they've come since.
Yung Lean — Strange
Jonatan Leandoer Håstad, better known Yung Lean, previously released a number of records that burst from Swedish to international acclaim but it wasn't till just recently that his gauge has reached its true potential. On Strange , Lean maximizes the flow he's hinted at over the past several years and simply said, it's a must-listen offering for anyone looking to expand the horizons of their seemingly limitless cornucopia that is hip hop's plethoré available today.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff