As March is nearing its completion, the final release week of the month has numerous album possibilities to add to one’s collection. A posthumous release from a country legend, one cool pop-duo (with some other styles involved), and a powerhouse, inspirational half of a contemporary gospel-duo. Phew – what a mouthful! Check out the following list containing 8 albums to consider on New Music Tuesday, March 25, 2014.
Out Among The Stars
Out Among The Stars is a legit lost album from the legendary Johnny Cash. Since his death in 2003, numerous posthumously released efforts have been issued. It is safe to say, Mr. Cash was quite prolific.
“The Hips Don’t Lie” chanteuse returns with her first new album since 2010 effort Sale el Sol, which launched at no. 7 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart. Shakira is led by single “Can’t Remember to Forget You”, which features Rihanna.
Pulses gives the engaged pop duo their first official full-length debut. Karmin previous issue an EP entitled Hello, which was led by popular single “Brokenhearted”. Pulses is led by single “I Want It All”. A music video was recently issued for the title track (“Pulses”) while “Acapella” was issued as a single back in 2013.
Barry Manilow original albums are hard to come by these days at this point in the singer’s career. Continuing on the covers path much like his contemporary Rod Stewart, Manilow releases yet another covers album with Night Songs. Likely, this album should appeal to the older, more traditional crowd.
My Chemical Romance
May Death Never Stop You (Greatest Hits 2001 – 2013)
MCR are no more, but that doesn’t prevent a greatest hits compilation from rightfully materializing. After all, My Chemical Romance did four studio albums: I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love (2002), Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge (2004), The Black Parade (2006), and Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys (2010). Three Cheers… and The Black Parade are MCR’s bestselling albums.
The country singer releases his fourth album, High Noon. Although he has released four albums, his most recent three are the most notable from an availability and relevance standpoint (Long Hard Road was an independent effort). High Noon arrives two years after Free The Music (2012), which bowed at a disappointing no. 62 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart. Previous album Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury (2010) landed at no. 7.
Erica Campbell is most recognizable with her sister Tina by her side as gospel duo Mary Mary. This go-round, Erica goes solo delivering and enjoyable dose of contemporary gospel led by single “A Little More Jesus”. Having reviewed this album ahead of its release (review available on blackgospel.com), it receives my blessing… no pun intended.
The Hold Steady
The indie-rock band returns with their first album in 4 years (Heaven Is Whenever, 2010). Heaven gave The Hold Steady their highest peaking album at no. 26 on the Billboard 200.