Keeping things 100, April hasn’t been the best month of new music releases. While April has saved my budget, still I’d love to see a gargantuan week of new music releases – “Do it for the music industry!” This week’s releases (new release day being Tuesday, April 22) don’t have any monumental releases necessarily, but does have some interesting albums to check out.
Island / Mercury
It wouldn’t be far-fetched to see Neon Trees make a bigger splash with latest LP Pop Psychology. “Everybody Talks” certainly did just that (a no. 6 Billboard Hot 100 hit), elevating the collective’s profile. The brief Pop Psychology – just over 36 minutes – is led by single “Sleeping With A Friend”.
The autotune loving MC returns with his second major label album, Honest, following 2012 effort Pluto. While Pluto wasn’t necessarily my cup of tea, there were some solid tracks, led by club banger “Same Damn Time”, not to neglect “Turn On The Lights”. The Kanye West assisted single “I Won” is a notable new track, if you are a Future fan.
Don’t call it a new album – it’s not. Bastille, known for a ‘little hit’ entitled “Pompeii” rerelease 2013 album Bad Blood as All This Bad Blood with plenty of extras.
The New Classic
Island / Def Jam
Naming your debut album The New Classic is a bold move. Hopefully, Iggy Azalea has the goods to back up such an assertion. Definitely not what one would stereotype as a rapper, it should be interesting to see how Iggy fares ultimately.
Deitrick Haddon’s LXW (League of Xtraordinary Worshippers)
The cover of Deitrick Haddon’s new album, Deitrick Haddon’s LXW matches the superhero theme the gospel singer is promoting. While perhaps the superhero sensibility may not spill over into all of the track titles, its obvious the ‘worship’ side of things is covered tremendously (“With God”, “We Need Your Power”, “Healing Virtue Flow”, etc.)
The major label route was never a good one for Kelis, even though she released solid material. With her first indie album, Food, arriving four years after Flesh Tone, Kelis can be as out-there as she wants to be. Perhaps there isn’t another “Milkshake” to be had, but knowing Kelis’ restlessness artistically, Food is bound to be both bizarre and interesting at the same time.
Ready Steady Go!
Ready Set Go! is Drake Bell’s first album since 2006 effort, It’s Only Time. If for no other reason, Ready Set Go! is interesting because of the title of single “Bitchcraft”, which was co-written with Brett Boyett. The album also features covers of Billy Joel (“It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me”) and Queen (“Crazy Little Thing Called Love”) among others.
Give ‘Em Hell
The metal artist seems like a definite sinner, given the title of his latest LP. While the title is ‘tried and true’, its definitely easier to spell and more conventional sounding than Abachalypse Now – LOL.
Kind of Blue Music
The blues guitarist follows up his 2011 effort, The Reflection. Yep, that’s about all I have to say about it.