New Release Round-Up 01-29-16
TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND - Let Me Get By - Fantasy
Let Me Get By is the third studio album from Tedeschi Trucks Band, featuring ten new, original songs that stand together as a testament to the spirit and commitment of the tightly-knit 12-member ensemble. Driven by Susan's soaring, spiritually-charged vocals and Derek's masterfully lyrical slide guitar, the band's musical talents are on display in full force. From "Anyhow" - a declaration of devotion highlighting the album's theme of breaking away - to the funky and uplifting title track, Let Me Get By delivers a sonic journey filled with the barnstorming energy, soulful vibes and roots-based rock that no band delivers better.
BLOC PARTY - Hymns - Vagrant Records
"Bloc Party’s attempt at gospel may not be traditional, but the idea of purging the demons of the past to make a fresh start lends these songs a connective tissue that strengthens the work as a whole. This may not be the same Bloc Party who made Silent Alarm 12 years ago, but by owning up to their progression over the past decade, they’ve managed to make their strongest work in years." - Pitchfork.com
SIA - This Is Acting - RCA
This Is Acting is Sia's follow-up to her sixth studio album 1000 Forms of Fear (2014). In December 2014, Sia told Spin that she had "two [more records] completed and ready to go" and wanted "2015 to look like it's just been fucked." She revealed details of This Is Acting for the first time in an interview published by NME in February 2015. In the article, she confirmed once again that work on the album was finished and that its content was "more pop" than her previous material. She also revealed that the success of 1000 Forms of Fear, specifically its lead single "Chandelier," encouraged her to continue releasing new material, and said of the album's title: "I'm calling it This Is Acting because they are songs I was writing for other people, so I didn't go in thinking 'this is something I would say.' It's more like play-acting. It's fun."
NIGHT BEATS - Who Sold My Generation - Heavenly
Night Beats play pure psychedelic R&B music that spikes the punch and drowns your third eye in sonic waves of colour. Theirs is a bastard blues, contorted and distorted into new shapes for 21st century wastoids — once tasted never forgotten. This is music to melt your sorry little minds. Make no mistake: their new album Who Sold My Generation sounds like it has been created against a backdrop of burning Stars and Stripes flags and with the whiff of napalm hanging in the air — an alternative universe where ‘Helter Skelter’ is the national anthem and Charlie Manson is still on the loose.
J.COLE - Forest Hills Drive Live - Columbia
In December of 2014, J.Cole released the critically-acclaimed, Grammy-nominated, and Platinum-certified album Forest Hills Drive. Now as a surprise release and a birthday present to his fans, J.Cole releases a special live version. The album features thirteen tracks recorded live from the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, NC as seen on the HBO documentary film Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming. Twelve of the tracks are from the original studio album, plus a medley of previous hits “Lights Please,” “In The Morning,” and “Nobody’s Perfect.”
For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.