New Release Round-Up 08-05-16
DINOSAUR JR. - Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not - Jagjaguwar
Let's face facts - in 2016 it is remarkable that there's a new Dinosaur Jr. album to go ape over. After all, the original line-up of the band (J Mascis, Lou Barlow & Murph) only recorded three full albums during their initial run in the 1980s. Everyone was gob-smacked when they reunited in 2005. Even more so when they opted to stay together, as they have for 11 years now (on and off). And with the release of Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not, this trio redivisus has released more albums in the 21st Century than they did in the 20th. It's enough to make a man take a long, thoughtful slug of maple-flavored bourbon and count some lucky stars.
RUSSIAN CIRCLES - Guidance - Sargent House
"From the outset, Guidance is a clear removal from its predecessor, the more brooding Memorial. While that album was arguably the band at their darkest, these seven songs have replaced finely tuned feels with what just might be the heaviest music yet from Russian Circles. Guidance isn’t a collection of slapped together riff-slop, though. A testament to the aforementioned consistency, the album at times seems like a clever sendup of the band’s debut. Though Russian Circles haven’t eclipsed their best work, Guidance is more a subtle nod to the coexistent depths and heights that have defined and run through the band’s music from the very outset." - Consequence Of Sound
SKILLET - Unleashed - Atlantic
Grammy-nominated rockers Skillet release Unleashed, the follow up to their 2013 release, Rise. From the bombastic opening riff of "Feel Invincible" to the memorable closing of the album finale "The Resistance," it is clear the band has created an album that lets their music speak loudest, while still delivering some of their most personal and heartfelt collections of songs to date. With Unleashed, Skillet has cemented its place as one of the 21st century's most successful rock bands.
O.A.R. - XX - Vanguard Records
In celebration of their 20th anniversary, O.A.R. release their new album XX via Vanguard Records. The two-CD set includes a career-spanning collection of O.A.R. s biggest hits and incredible live shows plus new studio material. Disc one features fan favorites such as "Heaven," "Peace," "Shattered," "Two Hands Up," and more. Disc two spotlights select performances from their extensive live catalog.
THE CADILLAC THREE - Bury Me In My Boots - Big Machine Records
Nashville’s best-kept secret, The Cadillac Three, uncover their talent with the release of Bury Me In My Boots. These musical co-conspirators have a unique sound that hovers between radio-ready country anthems, hard-and-heavy rock ballads and traditional Southern folk. Rolling Stone asserts, "Like Kings of Leon before them, they're poised for their first big break in the U.K. — where they've sold out every headlining show for nearly two years — before conquering their U.S. home turf.” Pals since high school, TC3’s musical fusion organically builds around gritty vocals, electric guitars, thundering beats and a one-of-a-kind lap steel.
JEREMY & THE HARLEQUINS - Into The Night - Yep Roc Records
With the release of second album, Into the Night, New York five-piece Jeremy & The Harlequins are building on the momentum of last year's debut, American Dreamer. Not only was one of that record's songs - "Trip Into The Light" - featured in the Tom Cruise movie Edge Of Tomorrow, it was also voted as the Coolest Song in the World of 2015 by the listeners of Little Steven's Underground Garage radio show, after Bruce Springsteen's right hand man, Steve Van Zandt, personally picked it as his coolest track in the world for the month of July.
WYE OAK - Tween - Merge Records
The word “tween” implies a certain, very specific kind of awkwardness, and those implications are rarely positive. But think about it like this: Something “tween” is in the process of becoming something else, and there’s a very specific kind of beauty in that becoming. There’s something rewarding in recognizing and celebrating it—in meeting it halfway. Wye Oak's new album Tween, is a collection of eight songs born, raised, and almost abandoned for various reasons during the years between 2011’s breakthrough Civilian and 2014’s reinvention-of-sorts, Shriek. Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack—the band’s two halves—described these songs as “not emblematic of a step forward, but a step sideways in time.” In other words, they just didn’t make sense for album number five—which will happen at some point in the future. But just because they didn’t belong there doesn’t mean they don’t belong anywhere. To wedge them onto Shriek would’ve been dishonest; to orphan them would’ve been somewhere on the line between criminal and just plain silly. Tween is full of gorgeous Wye Oak songs whose only crime was timing and context, made by two people at the height of their game.
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.