John Mayer Battle Studies
Those of you who may have accidentally downloaded the leaked version of John Mayer's newest album will know that it is more musically diverse than any of his previous releases. Battle Studies -- not to be confused with the book of the same name by French Colonel Ardant du Picq who died during the Franco-Prussian war of 1870 -- includes the first single, 'Who Says' which was released for preview back in September. The next single 'Heartbreak Warfare' should hit airwaves this week. Mayer gets back to his bluesy roots on this album with a sweet cover of Cream's cover of Robert Johnson's blues anthem 'Crossroads'.
50 Cent Before I Self Destruct (Amazon)
Fiddy's fourth studio album comes out today. Dr. Dre produced a number of the tracks and he's described it as darker and more aggressive than his previous albums. Ooh, I wonder if Fiddy will challenge John Mayer to an album sales competition/hip hop feud? I hope so.
Kris Allen Kris Allen (Amazon)
The long awaited major label debut from Idol version 8.0 winner Kris Allen hits stores today. In a break with Idol tradition, his coronation song 'No Boundaries' was not included on this album, and Allen has writing credits on 9 of the 13 tracks.
Janet Jackson Number Ones [Greatest hits] (Amazon)
All the singles from Janet Jackson's previous studio albums in one place. For those of you who want to be a part of the rhythm nation.
Fall Out Boy Believers Never Die: Greatest Hits (Amazon)
All the singles from Fall Out Boy's five previous studio albums in one place. For those of you who want to be a part of the rhythm nation.
Norah Jones The Fall (Amazon)
Norah Jones decided to take things in a new creative direction with her fourth album, The Fall. She worked with rock producer Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, Modest Mouse) and shared songwriting duties with the likes of Ryan Adams. The iTunes Deluxe release includes three covers, 'Cry, Cry, Cry' (Johnny Cash), 'Strangers' (The Kinks) and my all-time favorite Wilco song ever, 'Jesus, Etc.'.
Also being released this week...
Dave Rawlings A Friend Of A Friend (Amazon)
Justin Bieber My World (Amazon)
Them Crooked Vultures [Dave Grohl, Josh Homme, and John Paul Jones] Them Crooked Vultures (Amazon)
Paul McCartney Good Evening New York City (Amazon)
Leona Lewis Echo (Amazon)
I totes remember studying "Crossroads" in Lit & Style second semester with the inimitable Charlie Austin. Kudos for that reference.
10 points to Kris Allen's handlers for not forcing that sad "winning song" (penned by none other than Idol's own Kara DioGuardi) (well, some others as well) on his album.
NORAH JONES COVERED WILCO???? MUST HEAR.
Also: Dave Grohl side project WHAT. Where have I been?
(I laughed. A lot.)
Also, can we talk about Mayer's album cover? I mean, WHAT?
I know. WHAT? Indeed. It looks like a wax figure of John Mayer posing as Johnny Cash. Or something.
Or possibly like he is in an ad for Ralph Lauren cologne. You know the ones where everyone looks sort of dirty and possibly quite smelly, and not in a good, cologne-y way, but in a stayed-out-too-late-three-nights-in-a-row-and-haven't-showered-since-last-Thursday-because-I-was-too-busy-being-a-hipster sort of way.