The last couple of weeks for me haven’t been big on releases. This week changes all that. There are so many I want to check out that it might take a whole week to get through them all. My choices are highlighted in Blue. Now before we go on, lets take a look at something in the list below. Frontiers Records has not 1 or 2 or even 5, they have at least 6 albums coming out this week (could be more, I only put in 6). That is one label releasing that many albums on one day. Kind of shocking. If I was an artist on that label, I would ask how the label can market that many releases at one time. Seems unfair to the releases. And a lot of the label’s albums are similar type of music. There is no way, the public can buy them all, especially in today’s environment. I am not sure I understand their strategy. Enough about that. What albums are you most eager to hear? Let me know what you want and what I may have missed. Thanks and have a great weekend.
The Pretty Reckless – Death by Rock And Roll – (Fearless Records): This hard rock band, fronted by Taylor Momsen, is back with another kick ass release. At least I hope it will be kick ass. Taylor has a great rock voice and I have been a fan of her vocals and band since they came out years ago. Can’t wait to dive in to this one.
Durbin – The Beast Awakens – (Frontiers Records): James Durbin has returned after a short stint with Quiet Riot. Glad to see him on his own again. He has brought some heavy hitting friends along and this one is supposed to be balls to the wall heavy and should be right up his alley. Who’da think this boy from American Idol would still be hanging around this long. Good on him.
Welcome to a pretty slow week. Only one I am interested in this week and there aren’t a ton of others coming out. Hopefully next week will bring us more. However, it might be a good week to catch up on earlier releases as I am sure that is what I will be doing. My choices are in Blue. Let me know if there is anything you are interested in as well.
Breaking Benjamin – Ember – (Hollywood Records): We thought the band was over in 2009, but it returned in 2015 although it wasn’t the original band, just the singer. Didn’t matter, it was the singer I always liked so glad to hear some new music from him. This time the new band was involved in the writing so hopefully will add a new layer to the band. We will see…or hear I guess.
Metallica – The $5.98 EP: Garage Days Re-Revisited – (Blackened Recordings):
We are now into April and the releases are still coming fast and furious. There is a little something for everyone today and I am sure you will find something you like. We have pop, rock, metal, country, alternative, christian, classical, techno…basically the whole gamut of genres. My interests are focused on the ones highlighted in Blue.
Michelle Branch – Hopeless Romantic – (Verve Label Group): Michelle Branch?? Am I reading that correctly? It has been over 14 years since she has had a full length solo album. She had an E.P. in 2010, but not since 2003 has she had a full length studio album. This one definitely has me intrigued. I can’t wait to hear what she has to offer.
Deep Purple – InFinite – (Earmusic): Deep Purple just keep on going after almost 50 years. This is their twentieth studio release and quite possibly their last “Big” tour, whatever that means. I think the band members currently (after many iterations) is Ian Paice, Roger Glover, Ian Gillan, Steve Morse and Don Alrey. Looking forward to this release after hearing some great things about the album.
My Sunday Song – Special Christmas Edition. Merry Christmas to all and I thought I would give you one of my favorite songs that is the true meaning of Christmas. The song was written in 1991 and it has been covered by a ton of artists. It was tough to choose one and I went with the Pentatonix version. It is a beautiful version of a beautiful song.
Yes, Christmas is about giving and receiving gifts, but Jesus is the real reason so don’t forget that. I hope you have a blessed and wonderful day.
One of my all time favorite songs is “Hallelujah” and one of the most covered songs. I am most familiar with the version by Leonard Cohen (the original) and then of course my personal favorite , Jeff Buckley.
I came across this version by Pentatonix that they released this past week and I have to say I enjoyed it. It is off their new album, ‘A Pentatonix Christmas’. It reminded me how great the songs is and always will be. However, nothing beats Buckley’s version in my opinion. I can enjoy this one as well.
I will share all three versions with you and you can pick your favorite.