Like last week (and pretty much every week), we have a big batch of new releases for you again. This time around there a hair over 30 new albums coming out so hopefully there is something for you. We get, yet another useless, re-release of Motley Crue’s big albums. Seriously guys, can you give us new albums or maybe even bonus tracks that haven’t been released…something to justify this. A few others I want to hear (but not running out to buy) are P!nk, Skillet and Creye. I like all three so happy for some new stuff. What do you want to hear this week? Let us know and also tell us if we missed anything. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
Motley Crue – Crucial Crue: The Studio Albums 1981-1989 – (BMG Rights Mgmt)
P!nk – Trustfall – (RCA Records / Sony Music)
Skillet – Dominion: Day of Destiny – (Atlantic Records / WEA)
Creye – III: Weightless – (Frontiers Records)
Robin McAuley – Alive – (Frontiers Records)
First Signal – Face Your Fears – (Frontiers Records)
All My Shadows – Eerie Monsters – (Frontiers Records)
Jesse Malin – Fine Art of Self-Destruction (Anniversary Edition) – (Melody Catalog)
Annett Louisan – Babyblue – (Ariola / Sony Music)
Jordan Davis – Bluebird Days – (MCA Nashville / UMG)
Screaming Females – Desire Pathway – (Don Giovanni Records)
Matthew West – My Story Your Glory – (Story House Music / Provident Label Group)
Inhaler – Cuts and Bruises – (Polydor Records / Universal Music)
Solence – Hope is a Cult – (Hopeless Records)
Grade 2 – Grade 2 – (Hellcat)
Orbital – Optical Delusion – (Orbital Recordings / London Music Stream)
2021 was not quite as strange as 2020 as things started to get back to normal. I got out to see a couple concerts and back to digging in the record stores and even went in to the office a few times. Covid pushed back a lot of albums in 2020 and they finally came out in 2021. Some were worth the wait and well, some weren’t. But there were some great releases and I am sure I missed a number of great albums and if you look around the web, there will be tons of Top Album lists you can get a pretty good idea of what you should check out in case you missed any of these.
This year I am doing things a little different. I am only doing one list post, but that list will be centered around my Favorite Rock Albums of the year. At the end I’ll give you my Top 5 Non-Rock Albums of the year as I didn’t listen to a ton of new releases this year as I was focused so much on my Kiss, Judas Priest, Queen and now Cheap Trick & Aerosmith Series. That took a lot of time.
Also note, these are MY FAVORITES!! These are not the most popular or trendy albums. You won’t find the cool trendy bands, because they are usually here today gone tomorrow. These are the albums that I connected with during the year and I kept coming back to again and again. And without further adieu, here are the Top Rock Albums of 2020:
THE TOP ROCK ALBUMS OF 2021:
#10 – Eclipse – ‘Wired’:
Eclipse is a melodic rock / glam rock /hard rock band out of Sweden and let me tell you Sweden knows how to pump out these bands. I think there are more rock bands in Sweden then there are people. It is just a guess. The two original guys, Erik Martensson and Magnus Henriksson. are back with their 9th album and they keep delivering. Erik’s vocals are killer and Magnus can lay down some riffs. The three opening tracks, “Roses On Your Grave”, “Dying Breed” and “Saturday Night (Hallelujah)” just suck you in and you know you are in good hands and just along for the ride at this point. Continue reading “The Top Albums of 2021”→
Finally!! A week where there is a ton of music I want to hear. There are over 20 releases that I felt were worth mentioning, but I am sure there are a bunch more that I don’t have so let me know in the comments what I may have missed that you think the people should know. Frontiers Records has a big release day with at least 6 releases which honestly I think is way too many for a record company to release on the same day. I don’t feel it is fair to your artist to spread the support so thin and definitely not to the fans who can’t afford to buy all those albums at one time. I personally think you should re-think that strategy. Enough of that talk, my choices are highlighted in Blue. Tell me what you want to hear this week. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!!
W.E.T. – Retransmission – (Frontiers Records): Now here is a band I think everyone should listen to this week. It has the great Robert Sall (Work of Art), Erik Martensson (Eclipse) and Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman) bringing you the name W.E.T. This is the band’s fourth and I think they keep getting better. What I thought would be only 1 album, now has a pretty decent catalog. I am a huge fan of Soto’s voice and even Martensson has a great voice. This is melodic rock at its finest.
The Dead Daisies – Holy Ground – (Universal): I really enjoyed this band with John Corabi as lead singer, but he is no longer there. Now they have a new singer who is none other than the Voice of Rock, Glenn Hughes, who I love. I am eager to listen to this to see what they got with Glenn at the helm. This album was supposed to come out right around when Covid hit if I’m not mistaken so I am glad to finally dive in.
Welcome to another Friday of music new releases. There are a bunch to choose from, but sadly I am not real thrilled about any of them. That is probably a good thing since I had so many from last week that I am still enjoying. There is one I will listen to out of the bunch (highlighted in Blue) and the rest who knows if they will ever find the playlist. Hopefully with all to choose from, there is something that you will gravitate towards. Let me know what interests you are doesn’t. Thanks and have a great weekend!!
Tobymac – The Elements – (Forefront Records): Tobymac has always proven to me he is a talented artists whether it was with DC Talk or his solo works. The mixture of hip-hop, pop and rock is always a great combination. He spreads the word and makes it an enjoyable experience. This will be the only album this week that is a must listen, the rest…ehh!.
Live – Local 717 E.P. – (Kalvary Records): It has been awhile since any new Live material and it is much needed. I heard the song below and was intrigued. This might be first up for the day.
Elvis Costello & the Imposters – Look Now – (Concord Records)
Tom Morello – The Atlas Underground – (Comandante): This one might get a listen…this song is pretty good.
Kurt Vile – Bottle It In – (Matador): Okay, maybe this one too.
David Bowie – Loving the Alien 1983-1988 (11 CD Set) – (Rhino)
Blues Traveler – Hurry Up & Hang Around – (BT Recordings)
Evanescence – Synthesis Live – (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
Nazareth – Tattooed on my Brain – (Frontiers Record)
Seventh Wonder – Tiara – (Frontiers Record)
Imperllitteri – The Nature of the Beast – (Frontiers Record)
City of Thieves – Beast Reality – (Frontiers Record)
Creye – Creye – (Frontiers Record)
Eric Clapton – Happy Xmas – (Bushbranch/Surfdog)
Young the Giant – Mirror Master – (Elektra)
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians – Rocket – (Verve Forecast)
Graham Parker – Cloud Symbols – (100% Records)
Atreyu – In Our Wake – (Spinefarm Records)
John Hiatt – The Eclipse Sessions – (New West Records)