A compilation of album releases and their reviews, realeasing in the month of September. — Photos and Text by AP
Releasing September 25 on Ricky's own Skaggs Family Records, the project will feature a collaboration withBarry Gibb of the Bee Gees and a tribute to the late Doc Watson.
Ricky Skaggs has barreled down an eclectic path since going independent at the turn of the century after two decades as an award-winning contemporary country singer.
In the last dozen years, he has shown off his skills as one of the most revered bluegrass and gospel artists of his generation, he's honored influences with tributes and colla
No Doubt fans have been waiting for the band's sixth album anxiously for the past 11 years. In the decade after releasing ''Rock Steady,'' the four members have toured together, started families (separately) and pursued a few solo projects.From the first listen one can tell it was worth the wait. ''Push and Shove'' returns to the group's type of ska mixed with dancehall, electro pop and a pinch of magic, expertly dished out by producer Spike Stent.
On September 25th, multi-platinum selling and Grammy Award winning group Green Day will release ?Uno! , the first of the ?Uno! ?Dos! ?Tr?! Studio album trilogy. On that same day ?Oh Love,? the first single from ?Uno! ? The band?s ninth studio album ? will be available on the Rock Band Music Store.
Mumford & Sons, ?Babel,? the second album from the breakout stars, who wrote most of it on the road since they?ve rarely left it since 2009?s ?Sigh No More? exploded.
Pete Seeger, ''A More Perfect Union'' and ''Pete Remembers Woody'' (Appleseed Recordings) At 93, no one expects anything new from Pete Seeger, but that's not stopping the folk music icon from putting out two new releases on the same day. Seeger gets some help on ''A More Perfect Union'' from the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Tom Morello, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris and Dar Williams. And on the aptly titled ''Pete Remembers Woody,'' Seeger offers his own memories in spoken word of Woody Guthrie, timed to commemorate w
Kreayshawn, ''Somethin 'Bout Kreay''' (Columbia Records) It's unfortunate that the beats throughout Kreayshawn's debut album are brilliant, but her lyrics and stories are not. 'Somethin 'Bout Kreay''' features top-notch production work from Free School, Diplo, Boys Noize and DJ Two Stacks and these beats would be another rapper's dream. But Kreayshawn, the charismatic 22-year-old newcomer, doesn't use them well: While she's playful throughout the album, there is no depth to her rhymes.''Gucci, Gucci'' has a catchy
Sandi Thom, ''Flesh and Blood'' (Guardian Angels) After the success of ''Merchants & Thieves'' in 2010, Sandi Thom returns with her fourth album ''Flesh and Blood''_ an album she calls ''a coming of age.'' Produced by Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes and released on her independent label Guardian Angels Records, Thom proves that she is still relevant and in great vocal shape. From the moment you hit play, the raw soulfulness of Thom's voice on upbeat track ''Help Me'' makes it obvious it's coming from the hear
John Hiatt, ''Mystic Pinball'' (New West Records)Some performers can sound good singing a grocery list, and it turns out John Hiatt is one of them. ''Eggs,'' Hiatt warbles on the ''Fargo''-esque ?Wood Chipper.'' ''Hamburger meat. Bread. Funyuns.''Fans hungry for fresh Hiatt will be well satisfied by ''Mystic Pinball,'' his 21st album. When he's not contrasting mundane shopping to murder, he offers tuneful observations on addiction, gratitude, faith, doubt and love gone right or (mostly) wrong.Hiatt gets bluesy on s
Jarabe de Palo, ''Orquesta Reciclando'' (Nacional) If there had been a love child born of Steely Dan and Santana during a tryst in Barcelona, a child who ran off with a Gypsy band and grew up strumming guitar in the romantic airs of the Caribbean, that child might sound like Jarabe de Palo. A dozen years ago, Jarabe de Palo (a euphemism meaning Syrup of the Stick) landed atop the Spanish alt-rock wave with a rhythmic longing for ''La Flaca,'' a dark, Cuban girl, ''a hundred pounds of skin and bone/40 kilos of salsa
Deadmau5's new anti-titled electronic dance music album, '' album title goes here ,'' is a lot of things. It's a thumping dance tapestry. It's pockmarked with features from the likes of Cypress Hill and Imogen Heap.
And it also underscores Deadmau5' global reach and feel. It just isn't very good. The album from the Mickey Mouse mask-wearing electronic dance music vet pushes no boundaries that weren't already pushed 10 years ago. From Joel Zimmerman, better known to his considerable fan base as Deadmau5, the lac