Ahh, we’re back with another exciting week of new music releases. Last week we went on a break simply because it was a sausage fest all over iTunes. This week though, there are some ladies (and even some men) whose albums I am truly pumped about.
Nine Soundtrack (Geffen Records)
I’m not really one for musicals but anything with Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, Sophia Loren and Fergie (yes, Fergie, I love her) is something I have got to see. Oh yeah, and Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson and Marion Cotillard are all in Nine, too, if you’re into them. Now, as for the soundtrack, again, not my jam ,but I am sure a lot of you probably own the Chicago and Moulin Rouge soundtracks and I don’t want you to miss out.
Alicia Keys — The Element of Truth (RCA/Jive)
Next up, something we can both enjoy, and, for today only, we can enjoy it cheaply. The new album from the fine Ms. Keys can be purchased on MySpace Music for $3.99. There’s something about Alicia’s music that grabs a hold of me. Her live performances have always been a fun watch and when her voice finds a soulful place it is all encompassing.
Shiny Toy Guns — Girls Le Disko (Ultra Records)
My holiday all-over-the-map dance needs are being fulfilled by this California electro-punk/dance outfit. Perhaps what I love most about this band is that their new lead singer, Sisely Treasure was a finalist in the CW reality show to find the next Pussycat Doll. Hot!
Kylie Minogue — Kylie: Live in New York (EMI)
The pop icon’s new album is packed with so much energy from her show, if you close your eyes while listening, you can almost smell the cologne from the numerous gay men dancing next to you. I’m not usually a fan of live albums, but she really sounds fantastic and makes me want to grab tickets to see her the next time she’s in town.
Pet Shop Boys — Pet Shop Boys Christmas (Pet Shop Boys Partnership)
Speaking of gay men, I would kick myself if I didn’t include the Pet Shop Boys’ Christmas album. I’m Jewish, so I don’t celebrate anything Christmas-related this time of year except for Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” which I play on repeat on a daily basis. Now I’ll be able to pepper in some PSB and maybe even Kelly Clarkson’s version of “O Holy Night.” Don’t judge me.
Honorable mentions for this week are Andrew Bird’s iTunes Session, Robin Thicke because his wife (Paula Patton) is too hot, and finally, Lindstrom & Christabelle’s hot electronic collaboration.
Hit me with what I’ve missed, ya’all!