Music Shopping List: 8 Albums To Consider Purchasing May 19, 2014


Coldplay, Ghost Stories © Parlophone

May continues to eclipse the new album release output of April. The week of May 13 was filled with several highly decorated releases. The off-cycle release date of Monday May 19, 2014 is no different, with several notable releases at the top. The biggest release – likely Coldplay’s highly anticipated Ghost Stories, the band’s sixth studio album.

1

Ghost Stories

Coldplay

Parlophone UK

A new Coldplay album is always a big event. Ghost Stories should be no different, even if 2011 LP Mylo Xyloto felt underwhelming compared to monster, Grammy-winning LP Viva La Vida (2008). The problem I personally had with Mylo Xyloto is it felt less memorable and slightly less epic than previous LPs from the band. Sure, it had its moments (“Hurts Like Heaven” and “Paradise” among them) and wasn’t bad, but just lacked that extra special something. Hopefully, Ghost Stories find Coldplay in top-notch form.

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Behind The Light

Phillip Phillips

19/Interscope

Behind The Light is the American Idol season 12 victor’s sophomore LP, following up his 2012 debut World From the Side of the Moon. World From the Side of the Moon had some triumphant moments (“Home”, “Man on the Moon”, and “Gone, Gone Gone” among them), but wasn’t a masterpiece by any means. Behind The Light doesn’t have a “Home” to drive sales, but hopefully Phillips is stronger and better rounded this second go-round.

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…And Then You Shoot Your Cousin

The Roots

Def Jam

The Roots aren’t nearly as popular as they once were sadly, but personally, I still get excited when they decide to drop an album. Face it, there’s just no one (or few to be fair) like The Roots in rap music: playing real instruments and having that ‘band’ format. I never partook of the band’s effort with Elvis Costello (Wise Up Ghost), but won’t miss out on their proper follow-up to conceptual LP Undun from 2011. …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin clocks in at a brief 33 ½ minutes.

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Unplugged 1991/2001: The Complete Sessions (2CD)

R.E.M.

Rhino

With R.E.M. disbanded, nothing like classic material to make you remember the glorious days right? Rhino releases a “monster” two-disc, 33-track compilation of the band unplugged.

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Upside Down Mountain

Conor Oberst

Nonesuch 

Sometimes he’s Bright Eyes and other times he’s just Conor Oberst – go figure! Regardless, Oberst follows up 2012 LP One of My Kind with 2014 effort Upside Down Mountain, released via Nonesuch. The artwork is very interesting by all means; according to Nonesuch’s journal, a friend of Oberst’s created it.

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Brody Dalle

Diploid Love

Caroline

On Australian singer/guitarist Brody Dalle’s facebook page, it says she was “born to slay demons / write songs” – all righty then! Diploid Love is Dalle’s solo debut album, following her status in bands The Distillers and Spinnerette. BTW, Dalle is the wife of alternative musician Josh Homme, known for Queens of the Stone Age. Two song titles definitely capture the eyes: “Meet the Foetus/Oh the Joy” and “Parties For Prostitutes”.

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Just As I Am

Brantley Gilbert

VALLORY

The 29-year old country singer from Georgia returns with his third album Just As I Am four years after Halfway To Heaven burst onto the Albums charts at number four.

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Goin’ Home

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Concord 

The blues guitarist releases his first album in three years, Goin’ Home, which follows up his 2011 LP, How I Go. Wish I had more to offer, but “it is what it is” – LOL. KWS has been in the game for a minute (20 years)!

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