New Release Round-Up 10-23-15

New Release 10-23-2015 

Elvis Costello - Unfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album - UME

Unfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album is a compilation underscoring Elvis Costello's new memoir, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, compiled and sequenced by Costello himself to offer the deepest emotional connection of the themes and stories of his book. This 38-track, 2-CD set contains a selection of hits and Costello's favorite songs, including two previously-unreleased titles; "April 5th" - written and recorded with Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson and John Leventhal - and one of Costello's earliest solo recordings, "I Can't Turn It Off" from 1975.


Joanna Newsom - Divers - Drag City

"Joanna Newsom explained to The Guardian that her top priority is making beautiful, emotionally resonant music, and the album certainly succeeds on that level. Newsom continues to come up with breathtaking melodies and progressions, and arrangers including Dave Longstreth and Nico Muhly help her flesh out that framework into many different shades of elegance. The variety creeps in subtly, but it’s spellbinding in scope. Among other threads, there are traces of rambling American folk, Joni Mitchell’s Laurel Canyon, ragtime, classic rock, and many schools of classical composition, often bleeding into each other with a sort of dream logic." - Stereogum


Dave Gahan & Soulsavers - Angels & Ghosts - Sony

"Dave Gahan has sung about a soul that needs saving since his earliest murmurings as the frontman of Depeche Mode. Now, he's recorded his second collection of collaborative songs with Soulsavers since teaming up with the U.K. production enterprise in 2012. ... Angels & Ghosts is nothing like a Depeche Mode album in terms of atmosphere, with a dusty, sparse desert-rock sound that couldn't be less electronic. Earthiness is the gambit instead, with Gahan humming in the opening few seconds as if he's a weathered old bluesman readying his throat for an exorcism. 'Shine' sets the template from the start: gritty guitar riffs, loping rhythms and a spirit that glows ('There's light here, and it shines on you') through even the darkest moods. 'You Owe Me' moves even more slowly, with Gahan sounding a bit like the ghost of Jim Morrison in a trippy, menacing cantina before 'Tempted' fills out around a snaky guitar part and vocal harmonizing that evokes younger guns like Sharon Van Etten and Midlake." - NPR


Carrie Underwood - Storyteller - Arista

"It's been a decade since Carrie Underwood swept the fourth season of American Idol, kicking off a career that would quickly make her the biggest country female artist since Shania Twain. She's straddled the border between country and pop music since then, armed with a string of crossover chart-toppers — many of them self-written — that mix the sweep of larger-than-life power ballads with the pissed-off swagger of revenge songs. Storyteller, which hits stores this Friday, plants its flag in a similar intersection, rolling mandolins and synthesizers into the same genre-bending package. Underwood is a mother these days, and Storyteller often feels like the musical equivalent of storytime, shot through with tall tales (and the occasional autobiographical tune) about Wild West women and Bible Belt belles. For the adults among us, there's also a lot of talk about getting drunk, getting even and getting it on." - Rolling Stone


Killing Joke - Pylon - Spinefarm

"The outstanding Pylon feels like a comeback record in the way that Carcass' Surgical Steel reinvented the steel recently (and Jaz Coleman's voice never, ever ages), yet it seamlessly touches upon almost every keystone of their storied career. Opener 'Autonomous Zone' blazes out of the gates with ultra-heavy beats reminiscent of the band's eponymous 2003 masterpiece, and the pulsating 'Delete' and 'Dawn of the Hive' hearken to the majesty of 2010's Absolute Dissent. The hi-hat offbeats of 'New Cold War' stretch back to 1985's Night Time, while the Junius-esque 'Euphoria' might sit comfortably on 1986's Brighter Than a Thousand Suns. 'Big Buzz' approaches but does not encroach upon 1996's Democracy, and 'Into the Unknown' is darkly metallic, unlike any other song and a hopeful harbinger for happy returns. Pylon is sweet 16 for these 50-somethings, and honestly, it couldn't be sweeter; Killing Joke are still promoting the driving dynamics of post-punk, and still doing it better than the rest." - Exclaim


Rod Stewart - Another Country - Capitol

"Rod Stewart has always been a folkie at heart. Forty-four years after co-writing 'Maggie May,' his #1 hit with a now-famous mandolin solo, Stewart, 70, is releasing Another Country, his 30th solo studio album. The deluxe edition features 15 songs with a restless range of earthy rhythms and arrangements—from acoustic Celtic strains and Scottish drums to traditional folk, thumping reggae and autobiographical ballads. All of the tracks on Another Country are what Stewart calls 'storytelling songs,' which draw on personal experiences from his past and time spent nesting with his family." - Wall Street Journal



DJ Khaled - I Changed A Lot
5 Seconds Of Summer - Sounds Good Feels Good
Rod Stewart - Another Country
Harry Connick, Jr. - That Would Be Me
Blake Shelton - Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits
Basement Jaxx - Junto Remixed
Half Moon Run - Sun Leads Me On
Flaming Lips - Imagene Peise - Atlas Eets Christmas [Vinyl]
Marianas Trench - Astoria
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers - Method To My Madness
Walter Trout - Battle Scars
Gil Melle - New Faces - New Sounds [10 Inch Vinyl]

& More .....

A Will Away - Bliss EP
Wage War - Youngblood
Culture Killer - Path Of Reflection
A Tribe Called Quest - Bonita Applebum (Pharrell Williams Remix)