It’s Tuesday and we’ve got enough great new music to get you through a couple of weeks (which is great because next week is looking like a sorry excuse). I love weeks when the music gods give us something to satiate every musical appetite, and this week happens to be one of those.
k.d. lang — Recollection (Nonesuch Records)
The out singer is giving us a two-disc set of her alt-country crooning. Tony Bennett has called her “The best singer of her generation” and she’s got 22 songs (most remastered, but there are a few new ones) to prove him right.
Phantogram — Eyelid Movies (Barsuk/Ghostly)
This masterpiece is jam packed with heavily textured beats and synths. There are both strong female and male vocal lead, so if you’re a fan of Bat for Lashes or Moby’s Play, you will most likely enjoy this album. This is another one for my 2010 “best of” list already.
Sade — Soldier of Love (Sony Music)
This is the sixth album in all of Sade’s 25 years as a musician. While some in the industry are putting out two a year, she has taken to crafting her albums like a fine wine — always full bodied and silky smooth going down. Don’t take my word for it — go buy it, grab a bottle of wine and get ready for some Valentine’s Day lovin’.
You Say Party! We Say Die! — XXXX (Paper Bag Records)
Oh how I love Nu-New Wave music. It makes me want to rock my bike messenger hat with the lid flipped up and put on my neon Ray-Bans as I blast music while sitting in the mall parking lot, feeling misunderstood but surrounded by friends. Dancey, dreamy, punky and electro-clash. Yummy.
The Watson Twins — Talking to You Talking to Me (Vanguard Records)
Truth be told, what I’ve heard of TTY/TTM leaves a bit to be desired. I’m a huge fan of harmonies and creepy things such as twins, but there’s something missing from this album. I want so badly to like this especially since I loved their collaboration with Jenny Lewis on Rabbit Fur Coat. I cannot, however, in good conscience give this my full stubby two thumbs up.
Allison Moorer — Crows (Rykodisc)
Singer/songwriter Allison Moorer is a little bit country and a little bit rock ‘n roll. While her music isn’t what I normally what tickles my pickle, I can still appreciate this light and airy album with a richly produced sound.
Honorable mentions: If you do not get your hands on some Hot Chip I don’t know if we can be friends anymore. Otherwise, try out Yeasayer, Massive Attack, DJ Rap and Pantha Du Prince.