New Music Tuesday: 3-24-09


It’s another great week in record releases. One that I want to highlight is Stevie Nicks‘ newest, Stevie Nicks: The Soundstage Sessions.

The Fleetwood Mac frontwoman redoes some old hits such as “Sara” and “Landslide,” but what she really shines on is her rendition of the Dave Matthews Band‘s “Crash.” Leave it to Ms. Nicks to make that song listenable.

Also out this week:

Keri HilsonIn A Perfect World… (Interscope Records)

The latest R&B singer to take on the charts with songs not only her own but lent to other artists, Keri Hilson has managed to make the jump from successful songwriter to pop star. Tracks like “Energy” and “Turning Me On” make this album a must-own for fans of the Top 40.

Indigo GirlsPoseidon and the Bitter Bug (IG Recordings)

Two discs of new Indigo Girls songs include 10 tracks split in half — five tracks written by Emily Saliers and the other five from Amy Ray. One disc contains fully orchestrated versions, and the other is acoustic. Consider it a gift from them to you.

Donna De LorySanctuary (Nettwerk Records)

A prolific singer/songwriter with a genetic disposition to great music (her dad is musician/record producer/arranger Al De Lory (Pet Sounds), De Lory’s latest is a chill, meditative album with spiritual elements. It’s ambient music for those who appreciate artists like Frou Frou and Zero 7.

The DecemberistsHazards of Love (Capitol Records)

The eccentric, Portland-based rock group has a concept album about “a woman named Margaret, her shape-shifting forest-dwelling lover William and various obstacles an evil queen, a murderous rake between them and bliss.” Lavender Diamond‘s Becky Stark sings Margaret’s parts on the album. It’s intriguing and definitely worth a spin.

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