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.
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.
Behind The Light
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.
…And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
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.
Unplugged 1991/2001: The Complete Sessions (2CD)
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.
Upside Down Mountain
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.
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”.
Just As I Am
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.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
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)!