New Release Round-Up 05-12-17
PAUL WELLER - A Kind Revolution - WB / Parlophone
Work began on Paul Weller's 13th solo album immediately after finishing 2015's Saturn's Pattern and once again features the full spectrum of his influences, from rock to R&B, soul to jazz, and funk to folk. Along with Weller's touring band, Andy Crofts, Ben Gordelier, Steve Cradock and Steve Pilgrim, A Kind Revolution features appearances from soul legends PP Arnold and Madeleine Bell, Soft Machine's Robert Wyatt, The Strypes' guitarist Josh McClorey and none other than Boy George. It was recorded at Weller's Black Barn Studios HQ and produced and arranged by Jan 'Stan' Kybert and Weller himself.
HARRY STYLES - Harry Styles - Sony
Harry Styles, the highly anticipated self-titled debut album from the global superstar, features the lead single "Sign of the Times," which topped the charts in over 80 countries upon its release day. Rolling Stone's Rob Sheffield writes that with this ten-song album, Styles "claims his turf as a true rock & roll prince, a sunshine superman, a cosmic dancer in touch with his introspective acoustic side as well as his glam flash." The album is available in three physical formats: a limited edition hardcover book version of the CD featuring 32 pages of exclusive images from the recording process, a standard package CD, and a vinyl LP version in a gatefold jacket along with digital.
DREAMCAR - Dreamcar - Sony
In the summer of 2014, No Doubt's Tony Kanal [bass], Tom Dumont [guitar], and Adrian Young [drums] and singer Davey Havok [AFI, Blakq Audio] began writing and demoing music together. Without telling a soul outside of their significant others, the four musicians clandestinely moved into a cramped downtown Los Angeles rehearsal spot and revved up what would become Dreamcar. The result of this collaboration is their self-titled debut album, Dreamcar, produced by Tim Pagnotta [Neon Trees], with whom the band found a kindred spirit.
ZAC BROWN BAND - Welcome Home - Atlantic
GRAMMY-Award winning Zac Brown Band release Welcome Home, their first release on Southern Ground / Elektra Records. Produced by GRAMMY-Award winning producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell) and In The Arena Productions, and recorded at Southern Ground Nashville studio, Welcome Home is what the band calls not only a return to their roots, but also a return to The Foundation, the band's debut album that is now 5X platinum. The theme of reflection is echoed throughout the 10-track album. "This is the most personal album we've ever done and we're very proud of it," said Brown.
PARAMORE - After Laughter - Fueled By Ramen
After Laughter was recorded at Nashville's historic RCA Studio B - Paramore's first time recording in their own beloved hometown. The album is produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen and Paramore's own Taylor York. After Laughter also marks the return of original member Zac Farro back to the band. "It’s the band’s brightest, most animated album. The sound is crisp, every layer discernible, lacking the blurs and reverberations that constitute traditional rock production and instead drawing from the rhythmic separations that characterize ‘80s pop and freestyle." - Spin
THE BOB'S BURGERS MUSIC ALBUM - Sub Pop
The Bob's Burgers Music Album features 107 songs from the first 107 episodes of Bob’s Burgers, plus five special cover versions of songs from the show. Originally broadcast within the episodes – and often in abbreviated form – these songs appear here in their freestanding glory for the first time.
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.