Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and Morrissey Bare All In Top Albums Of The Week - November 17
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:51:11
It's hard to believe this holiday season is approaching so quickly. Luckily, tried and true stars from all over the music map have delivered another round of rousing news albums to help keep us awake through those looming big Turkey Day dinners.
Longtime country superstar couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill finally gave fans an album of duets. Morrissey climbed out of bed to reveal his thoughts on this modern life. The Barenaked Ladies dusted off their punning crown and returned for a twelfth studio effort. Sharon Jones released a final album with the Dap-Kings posthumously, and Tove Lo unveiled the outspoken conclusion to her pair of provocative full-lengths.
Here then, are ARTISTdirect's top albums of the week in detail:
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill — The Rest Of Our Life
For years, fans of two of country's biggest stars have been clamoring for an in-studio team up. As Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have been married since 1996, it comes as quite a surprise that it took this long for the duo to release an album of duets — perhaps raising three daughters amidst their demanding solo careers kept the project delayed until now? Regardless, The Rest of Our Life allows the lovebirds to reveal their honest and tender relationship, helped along by writing assistance from Ed Sheeran among others. With eight top ten albums between the two, this latest release from them both seems sure to peak high on next week's charts.
Morrissey — Low In High School
Morrissey joined the 21st century last September when he seemed to create a Twitter handle, but then baffled fans when he only used it to reveal he'd spent the day in bed. As it turned out, the aging rocker wasn't just admitting exhaustion, but rather teasing a new track that would feature on a new album. This week, almost a year later, that full LP emerges, featuring classic Morrissey song titles like "I Wish You Lonely" and "When You Open Up Your Legs" (a song he said is "about cycling"). The album is both classic and classic grumpy old man, but we're definitely hoping this charming grumpy old man has still got the energy to tour fully with this bumper crop of new material.
Barenaked Ladies — Fake Nudes
Fake Nudes may be Barenaked Ladies' twelfth original studio LP, but for those expecting dramatic variations from the Canadian band's tried-and-true sound, think again. According to drummer Tyler Stewart, this new effort is "...a bit of a departure, in some respects, just sonically. It's just all a little bit different... we have a whole bunch of really interesting and diverse songs, and we hope it sticks together, because we haven't necessarily found a unifying cord other than it's the four of us making the music." Typically great pun as an album title though, boys — keep up the good work.
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings — Soul Of A Woman
Sharon Jones recorded the vocals for Soul of a Woman while fighting a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer. The iconic singer lost her fight late last year, but judging solely from the sounds on this album you'd never know the end was near. There's still no word as to whether the Dap-Kings will go on without her, but this final record featuring their longtime vocalist is a fitting tribute to an amazing talent and a loving farewell from one of music's great modern voices.
Tove Lo — Blue Lips
Some might say Tove Lo has a one track mind, and actually, those people would be pretty much correct. The Swedish pop star's newest LP, Blue Lips, continues on the path of freely and proudly partying ways that have made her an international sensation over the past couple of years. Led by the unflinching single "Disco Tits", Tove Lo says this third record should be considered a sequel and conclusion to its predecessor, Lady Wood. If you missed the "Disco Tits" video, revisit it now and take it as the gateway drug to love even more of the singer's wonderful, raucous and wild ways.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff