Music Shopping List: 13 Albums to Consider May 6, 2014

Hunter Hayes-JWI-001428April left a lot to be desired as far as the number of ‘blockbuster’ album releases that graced the music industry. Hopefully, the first official releases of May 2014 adds some spark to an incredibly slow music market in 2014. Tuesday May 6 is a big release day filled with a number of options. Again, the problem/question is will any of these releases be able to generate the deserved amount of buzz – aka will these albums sell? Only time will tell, but here are some solid considerations for May 6th, 2014.



Shine On

Sarah McLachlan

Sarah McLachlan follows up her 2010 effort Laws of Illusion with Shine On. Laws of Illusion wasn’t a huge commercial success for McLachlan, despite being her first studio album in some time. Arguably, to find McLachlan’s last notable studio album, one has to travel back to the massive success of 2003 effort Afterglow (excluding successful 2006 holiday effort Wintersong). 




Hunter Hayes 

The heartthrob country singer arrives with his highly anticipated sophomore album, following a couple of Grammy nominations from his debut, 2011 LP Hunter Hayes. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Storyline be a big hit in country circles, particularly for the more youthful country music audience.



Now 50

Various Artists

The latest Now That’s What I Call Musiccompilation features big-time hits including Pharrell Williams‘ ubiquitous “Happy“, Jason Derulo’sTalk Dirty” (featuring 2 Chainz), and Katy Perry’sDark Horse” (featuring Juicy J).





Tracking Santana’s discography in the 00s and 10s is a bit tricky, considering the different kinds of albums the guitar legend has released. If you want to get technical, Corazon seems to be a proper follow-up to 2005 LP All That I Am. That said, Santana has also released two albums of note since then – 2010 Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time and 2012’s Shape Shifter.




Tech N9ne 

Strangeulation follows up Tech N9ne’s 2013 effort, Something Else, which debuted at number four of the Billboard albums chart. For an independent rap artist, Tech N9ne’s charting numbers are solid.



Natalie Merchant

Natalie Merchant 

Veteran singer NatalieMerchant releases her second album for label Nonesuch, following 2010 LP Leave Your Sleep, which bowed in the top 20 on the Billboard albums charts (no. 17).





Indie-/underground rapper Atmosphere returns following a three-year hiatus. Southsiders follows up 2011 LP The Family Sign.



I Never Learn

Lykke Li

Lykke Li comes off a three-year hiatus, returning with her third major label LP, I Never Learn. The Swedish pop singer follows up her 2011 effort, Wounded Rhymes.

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Lily Allen

After five years off, British pop artist Lily Allen follows up her 2009 LP It’s Not Me, It’s You with Sheezus. Even so, 2006 effort Alright, Stillis her most notable effort, featuring popular hit “Smile”.



Magic Mountain

Black Stone Cherry

Three years after Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea (bowed at number 29 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart), the rock band return with their fourth LP for Roadrunner, Magic Mountain.



Childhood Home

Ben Harper & Ellen Harper

A year removed from the Grammy-winning blues album Get Up!, Ben Harper releases a new album with mother Ellen Harper entitled Childhood Home.



All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman

Gregg Allman/Various Artists 

A compilation effort featuring artists covering Gregg Allman‘s classics, the double album+DVD features artists including Sam Moore, Keb’ Mo’, Dr. John, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Martina McBride, and Vince Gill. 



Road Shows, Vol. 3

Sonny Rollins

Legendary hard-bop tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins – perhaps best known for his classic “St. Thomas” from important 1956 LP Saxophone Colossus– is 83, but with the release of 2014 effort Road Shows, Vol. 3 shows no sins of slowing down.


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