Wolfmother Cosmic Egg (Amazon)
The second album by Australian indie rockers Wolfmother, and the first since the departure of bassist/keyboardist Chris Ross and drummer Miles Heckett due to irreconcilable musical differences. Cosmic Egg was produced by Alan Moulder (Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle) and promises a heavier, riff driven sound. Wolfmother will be touring Australia with AC/DC in 2010 as part of their Black Ice World Tour.
Carly Simon Never Been Gone (Amazon)
This new album revisits some of the songs originally written throughout Carly Simon's long career. The new arrangements are mostly acoustic, and include new interpretations of 'You're So Vain', 'Anticipation' and 'That's the Way I've Always Heard it Should Be'. Word has it that Carly's son Benjamin Taylor (who did a pretty sweet acoustic cover of Macy Gray's 'I Try' that was used in a Cheerios commercial) was the originator of the idea and helped her record much of the album at home.
Sting If On A Winter's Night (Amazon)
From the Label: 2009 release from the multi-million selling singer, songwriter, musician and former leader of The Police. This release is dedicated to Sting's favorite season, Winter: a season which has inspired countless songwriters over the centuries and produced a wealth of music exploring all of its many guises. If On a Winter's Night... presents an arc of songs that conjures the season of spirits, resulting in a haunting, spiritual and reflective musical journey. ''The theme of winter is rich in inspiration and material,'' comments Sting; ''by filtering all of these disparate styles into one album, I hope we have created something refreshing and new.''
Tegan And Sara Sainthood (Amazon)
From the Label: Tegan and Sara's sixth studio album – Sainthood – addresses secular themes of devotion, delusion, and exemplary behavior in the pursuit of love and relationships. Inspired by emotional longing and the quiet actions we hope may be noticed by the objects of our affection, Sainthood is about obsession with romantic ideals. In the service of relationships we practice being perfect. We practice our sainthood in the hope that we will be rewarded with adoration. As we are driven to become anything for someone else, we sometimes become martyrs for our cause. Love, like faith, can never be held in an individual's hands. But the story of a great love affair – especially one that is unrequited or has ended too soon – can be woven like scripture or a bedtime story. And so the themes of Sainthood are tied together by this simple title, borrowed, with great respect, from the lyrics of the Leonard Cohen song "Came So Far For Beauty:" I practiced all my sainthood/I gave to one and all/But the rumours of my virtue/They moved her not at all.
Train Save Me San Francisco (Amazon)
From the Label: 2009 release from the best-selling Pop/Rock outfit, their first album since 2006's For Me, It's You. Over the course of 15 years, Train has made its mark on music history with their Grammy Award-winning song 'Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)' and other chart-topping singles. Since forming in San Francisco in 1994, the multi-platinum selling band has traveled a long, s successful and sometimes arduous journey. Now, with their fifth album, Save Me San Francisco, Train has channeled their early days, revisiting the Roots Rock sound that has made the band such a tour de force and, in turn, the band is united stronger than ever before.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Night Castle (Amazon)
Five years since their last release, Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns with a double album of all new material. Night Castle is the Capra- esque story of someone changing their life for the better.
Los Lobos Los Lobos Goes Disney (Amazon)
That's right: the band that brought you the timeless classic 'La Bamba' is doing an album of Disney covers. This is going to be AWESOME! Track list includes 'Heigh-ho', 'The Bare Necessities' and 'Zip-a-dee-doo-dah'.
Also being released this week...
Brian McKnight Evolution Of A Man (Amazon)
Pink Martini Splendor In The Grass (Amazon)
Rammstein Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da (Amazon)
R.E.M. Live At The Olympia (Amazon)
The Swell Season Strict Joy (Amazon)
The Buried And Me The Great Misdirect
Chuck Prophet Let Freedom Ring! (Amazon)
Creed Full Circle (Amazon)
Gov't Mule By A Thread (Amazon)