New Music Monday: Adam Lambert, Neil Young, James Taylor, Third Eye Blind, and More!!

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Happy Monday music maniacs! Like new stuff? Great! You’ve come to the right place. Each week all sorts of audiolicious goodies are unleashed onto the masses and this is where they come to be judged. I’ll tell ya what’s good, what’s bad, and what’s a waste of your time. Thanks for stopping by!

The Big News!
Adam Lambert, the former American Idol something or other and lead singer for Queen, kicks everything off this week with his third solo effort, The Original High. Newsday hails the album as “spectacular”, lauding it’s “mix of stripped-down rock and dance music” and awarding it an “A-“.

And speaking of dudes going solo, Nate Ruess, from that band fun. that everybody loved then got really, really annoyed with due to the ubiquity of that “tonight we are young” song, offers up his solo debut Grand Romantic while fun. is on hiatus. USA Today calls the record “joyous and uplifting”.

Legendary Legends
Neil Young’s thirty sixth studio set, The Monsanto Years, features backing band Promise of the Real, which is headed by Willie Nelson’s son Lukas. It’s a political album, one in which Young rails against the evil Monsanto corporation, and The Skinny, in a review that reads more like a news recap than a record dig, calls it “a crystallization of some of Young’s hardest-fought political positions.”

Boomer crooner James Taylor returns with his first album since 2002, Before This World. Rolling Stone calls it “a collection of mellow, folky music that’s reminiscent of Taylor’s most enduring work from the 1970s”. Isn’t that a perfect description of every James Taylor record? Not surprisingly, the album includes a song about the Boston Red Sox winning the World Series.

Nefarious Miscellany
Italian super producer Giorgio Moroder returns with his first record in 20 years, the much talked about Deja Vu. It’s a collaboration with a lot of younger artists, like Kelis, and Brittany Spears, who covered Suzanne Vega’s classic 80’s piece of poetry, “Tom’s Diner”. People have been excited about this release.. The “Tom’s Diner” cover splashed all over the internet for a few days, and Moroder’s one of those guys who has always had the golden touch for easily pleased disco dancing bubble heads. However, if this review from The Independent can be believed, this new effort stinks: “Giorgio Moroder’s comeback album seems bent on proving he can cut it with his proteges but, sadly, just sounds strained and dulled by over-familiarity.” Yikes!

Actor Ed Helms and his bluegrass band, The Lonesome Trio, unveil their years in the making self-titled debut this week. Entertainment Weekly calls it a “no nonsense” effort of “tender, melodic bluegrass that harkens back to the tunes of the genre’s greats.”

Third Eye Blind’s fifth record, Dopamine, took six year to make. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel took only a few seconds to claim that “despite the attempts to incorporate new sonic directions into its repertoire, much of “Dopamine” sounds too familiar, as the band hangs on closely to the sound and perspectives that defined it two decades ago.”

RIP
This last week was just a blood bath of cool people dying. I’m sure everyone heard about the death of actor Christopher Lee, right?

And then the death of wrestling legend Dusty Rhodes?

Well, lost in hubbub of all that nonsense was the news that Ornette Coleman, the free jazz pioneer who towered over avant garde music for nearly sixty years (and a personal idol of mine), died at the age of 85.

Country music hall of famer Jim Ed Brown passed this week at the age of 81.

Outlaw country artist Randy Howard was shot in his own home at the age of 65.

My Recommendation
Kansas City based Epitaph Records artists Beautiful Bodies unleash their highly anticipated new record, Battles, this week. Can’t wait to hear this motherfucker!

Next Week
Tune in next week, same new music time, same new music channel for new new stuff from Breaking Benjamin and High on Fire!!

 


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