Welcome to Friday the 13th and the last good day of releases for at least 3 to 4 weeks. Yes, Friday New Releases will be absent from this site until a couple weeks into the new year in January when there is finally enough to talk about. However, this week isn’t totally worthless. There a couple releases I am interested in, but not much else. My choices will be highlighted in Blue, let me know if you find anything you like of if I missed anything. Thanks and until next time, have a great weekend!
Harry Styles – Fine Line – (Erksine Records/Columbia/Sony): Harry is back with his second studio album and I have to say, I am actually looking forward to this. I was pleasantly surprised at how great his debut was and it was so much better than anything One Direction put out. My oldest daughter is even more so excited as she keeps the vinyl of his debut up in her room rather than down in my wall of vinyl. I am hoping for another release of a variety of styles and hope he pushes himself even more on this one.
Stone Sour – Hello, You Bastards: Live in Reno – (Cooking Vinyl Ltd): I like live albums lately, so I might give this one a try. Corey Taylor and the boys are releasing their first live album and I am sure it will rock your face off. I mean, it ain’t no Slipknot, which is actually why I like them more, but Corey only knows how to bring it hard and heavy. Ok, no video so far so here is a classic.
I know what you are asking…Why on Earth am I doing a Nickelback review??? I have asked myself that same question over and over again. But I do have a reason. I wanted to see if I could objectively review an album despite any prior biases I might have with the band. It was more of an experiment…a challenge.
Let me give you some history. I started out as a fan of Nickelback…I mean who didn’t back in the day. They wrote really catchy songs that got stuck in your head. Over time, that like became boredom as everything they ever did was the same old shit. No growth, no diversity. Then further on, they became a joke, a caricature of themselves.
Then they became down right irritating with stupid, worthless feuds such as the recent spat with Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor. Now I can’t even listen to Stone Sour’s album as a result. They both had albums coming out around the same time so the spat was probably planned for publicity that neither band really needed. It was so fucking stupid (excuse my language but it was).
That got me thinking even more (which is dangerous). Do I not like them anymore because of all the negativity that I have heard over the years or is it because they really aren’t that good. That thought intrigued me. So, I forced myself to try and wipe all that out of my head and do a solid review on this album as if it wasn’t Nickelback. As if I hadn’t heard of this band or had no idea who did the album. Did it work???
We made it through another Monday and now we need a reason to laugh. This week, I am focusing on Nickelback. Why? Because why not…Chad Kroeger won’t shut the f#$# up and his little spat with Corey Taylor is almost comical and completely sad. And that spat is so bad that when I listened to Stone Sour’s new album I thought it sucked as bad as Nickelback’s new one. Everyone gives Nickelback a hard time and every time Chad opens his mouth, I know why.
So, I am going to poke fun at the them as well…Enjoy and have a great rest of the week.
It is the last Friday of June and I have vacation time coming my way. Not much coming out this week and thankfully that is the case as I won’t have time much over the next week to listen to anything. The ones I am curious about are highlighted in Blue. Hopefully you find something you like…if so, let me know.
Stone Sour – Hydrograd – (Roadrunner Records): Corey Taylor (from Slipnot) and crew are back with their sixth studio album. Talk is this will be more of a straight up rock and roll record which I am not sure what that will mean, but we will see what their definition of a Rock & Roll record is. Looking forward to giving it a spin.
Don Barnes – Ride the Storm – (MelodicRock Records): Don Barnes from .38 Special finally gets to release his solo album from 1989. Thanks to MelodicRock Records (& Melodicrock.com). I am eager to hear what we missed from so long ago. Apparently the album was never released due to the label (A&M Records) being sold. I don’t know if it got lost in the shuffle or it wasn’t good enough that the new company didn’t want to release it. We will soon find out.
For those new to the site, I have a page that contains a list of the New Releases out now or coming in the very near future. I update it weekly (mostly weekly). The list is of all albums I am interested in, albums I have heard about, or albums that are getting a lot of buzz. Hopefully you can find something you can’t wait to get your hands on.
I also post the Friday New Releases every Friday for those great releases that are coming out that day to keep you in the loop. Keep an eye out for those.
There is a link at the top of the home page that you can go to every time you visit. Or you can just click right here on NEW RELEASES. Below is the current list as of this morning. I recently added Kenny Wayne Shepard Band, George Thorogood, Katy Perry, Imagine Dragons, Styx and so many more…I hope you enjoy