New Release Round-Up 04-28-17
GORILLAZ - Humanz - Warner Bros.
Produced by Gorillaz, The Twilight Tone of D /\ P, and Remi Kabaka, Humanz comes seven years on from the release of albums The Fall and Plastic Beach. Murdoc Niccals (bass), Noodle (guitar), Russel Hobbs (drums) and 2D (vocals) are - as always - joined by a stellar line up of featured artists which includes Jehnny Beth (Savages), Danny Brown, Benjamin Clementine, De La Soul, D.R.A.M., Peven Everett, Anthony Hamilton, Grace Jones, Zebra Katz, Kelela, Mavis Staples, Vince Staples, Popcaan, Pusha T, Jamie Principle, and Kali Uchis, among others.
MARK LANEGAN - Gargoyle - PIAS America
Gargoyle follows the critically acclaimed Phantom Radio, which was released in 2014. The 10-track LP features guest appearances from longtime collaborators Josh Homme, Greg Dulli, and Duke Garwood. The album title comes from a lyric in "Blue Blue Sea" – "Gargoyle perched on gothic spire" – and was chosen for its hint of self-deprecation. "I’m most proud of the songs that are atypical to stuff that I’ve done in the past" says Mark Lanegan. "So I really like 'Old Swan,' because it’s an expression of positivity, which is completely anti-anything I’ve done before!" He laughs. "Y’know, I haven’t played this record for too many people yet. I played it for Greg Dulli, who played on some of it, and he was like, ‘Wow, I had to listen to it twice – it sounds like he’s having a good time…’"
FEIST - Pleasure - Interscope Records
Six years after her last album Metals, the four-time Grammy nominee and eleven-time Juno award winner returns with a new album called Pleasure. "On Leslie Feist's fifth album, sparks of rock 'n' roll are balanced with simmering introspection across a collection of patient, lushly arranged songs." - Pitchfork
WILLIE NELSON - God's Problem Child - Sony Legacy
God's Problem Child is Willie's first album to debut all-new songs since Band of Brothers in 2014. It includes 13 new songs, including seven recently written by Willie and Buddy Cannon, his longtime collaborator and producer. The album's title track, penned by Jamey Johnson and Tony Joe White, includes vocals by both writers and the legendary Leon Russell (on what may be Russell's very last recording). Closing the album is "He Won't Ever Be Gone," a song written by Gary Nicholson that pays tribute to Willie's outlaw country comrade, Merle Haggard.
MEW - Visuals - PIAS America
Visuals marks the Danish dream pop outfit’s seventh overall following 2015’s + –. According to frontman Jonas Bjerre, the upcoming LP came together as a direct result of the touring the band did behind +-. “The live shows around that album saw us hit a creative peak, writing tracks on-the-road and the spark was lit,” he explained in a press release. “Breaking the normal cycle felt right and we wanted to make an album spontaneously retaining the energy we’d generated on that world tour, rather than wait the normal three or four years.” Recorded and self-produced in less than 12 months in Copenhagen, Visuals is said to capture MEW at their “most concise, each song representing its own little chapter and narrative.”
BNQT - BNQT Vol. 1 - Dualtone
Volume One is the new record from BNQT, a band that combines indie rock band Midlake with Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses), Jason Lytle (Granddaddy), Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand), and Fran Healy (Travis) on vocals.
MARY J. BLIGE - Strength Of A Woman - Capitol
"Strength of a Woman, the new album from Mary J. Blige, moves like a forest fire: ruthless, wide-ranging, blunt. The heat emanating off it is palpable. Ms. Blige has been scorned, is aggrieved and is dead-set on payback. No sensible person would want to be on the receiving end of this record. ... This album is an unburdening, though one that’s rarely enacted with such glee. Ms. Blige recently split from Kendu Isaacs, her longtime husband and manager, and has been sharing details in the media. It is an unfortunate and messy trauma. And yet. Ms. Blige is a virtuoso of suffering; few singers in recent decades have been as convincing in relating pain. And Strength of a Woman — her first album since the underappreciated London Sessions, in 2014 — is her most affecting and wounded album in several years." - New York Times
OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW - 50 Years Of Blonde On Blonde - Sony
The 14-track album, 50 Years Of Blonde On Blonde, was recorded LIVE at the CMA Theater located inside the historic Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum located in Nashville, TN in May 2016. "Fifty years is a long time for a place like Nashville, Tennessee. Time rolls on slowly around here like flotsam and jetsam in the muddy Cumberland River. But certain things have accelerated the pace of our city. And certain people have sent the hands of the clock spinning. Bob Dylan is the greatest of these time-bending, paradigm-shifting Nashville cats," says Ketch Secor, the primary vocalist of the Old Crow Medicine Show. "By deciding to record his newly found rock n' roll voice in 1966 Nashville, Bob swung the gates of Country music wide open; so wide, in fact, that 50 years later there was still enough of a crack left for Old Crow Medicine Show to sneak its banjos and fiddles through the gates with string band swagger."
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.