Shopping List: Nine Albums to Consider Buying February 4, 2014

Toni Braxton-20140128-29January has come and gone – thank goodness!  Still it’s cold and those bills keep on coming in – SMH (add a “D” or an “F” between the “M” and the “H” for extra intensity).  Still, there’s nothing like the gift of music to give us those “High Hopes” that Bruce Springsteen was singing about a couple of weeks ago.  Face it, that Frozen soundtrack won’t keep you occupied forever! Here are nine albums to consider buying this week beginning on new release day, Tuesday, February 4.  


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After the Disco



After The Disco is the second album by Broken Bells, which is comprised of James Mercer (The Shins) and Brian Burton, better known as Danger Mouse.  Broken Bells is alternative all the way – indie-pop. Danger Mouse was played a pivotal part to the sound of the short-lived Gnarls Barkley (assuming they don’t record anytime soon) and Beck’s 2008 album Modern Guilt.  The Shins are of course known for their indie-pop/rock brand.


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Now 49: That’s What I Call Music (Now 49)



This one’s pretty self-explanatory.  Like pop hits and don’t own the respective albums of which the various pop hits are from… well Now 49 is for you.


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Love, Marriage & Divorce



Two of adult contemporary R&B’s greatest come together for the rare R&B duets album.  Toni Braxton and Babyface may not represent the current generation of R&B listeners (as scant as that generation seems to be in numbers), but both are the cream of the crop vocally.


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Unconditional Love



It has been about 11 years since “Sorry 2004” was a top ten Billboard Hot 100 hit.  Who sang it – you got it, Ruben Studdard, the winner of the second season of American Idol in 2003.  Times haven’t been as hot for Studdard since Soulful and I Need An Angel gave the R&B singer platinum and gold albums respectively.  Still, “The Velvet Teddy Bear” keeps recording and winds up on Verve for Unconditional Love, his sixth studio album.


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Welcome to The Age of My Body (EP)



Mary Lambert played a key role on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love” – specifically the refrain.  Now, Lambert goes out on her own to release her 4-song EP Welcome to The Age of My Body, which includes “She Keeps Me Warm”, based off of “Same Love”.  The digital version has been available since December 17, 2013; the physical version arrives February 4.


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For jazz lovers, veteran jazz guitarist Pat Metheny just keeps on releasing albums.  Metheny’s quite prolific – check out his entire discography sometime.


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From His Head to His Heart To His Hands [Box Set]

Columbia / Legacy


The “gone too soon” blues guitarist’s legacy lives on via box set From His Head to His Heart To His Hands.  The box-set certainly doesn’t have the Garth Brooks pricing working in its favor (< $30), but if you do purchases the $53 3CD/1 DVD set, you surely won’t be disappointed.


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The British X-Factor winners release their second album less than a year after their debut DNA appeared in the U.S.  DNA bowed at number four on the Billboard 200 Albums chart in 2013.  Salute actually bowed elsewhere in 2013.


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Wow Gospel 2014

RCA Inspiration



Ah, something for everybody.  If you enjoy gospel music, specifically black gospel and contemporary gospel, then Wow Gospel 2014 just might tickle your fancy – or inspire your soul! Amen!

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