Top Tuesday Album Releases
Published: Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 00:09
While Kanye West and Carly Rae Jepsen will likely steal the attention of tomorrow’s CD releases, The Oracle considers a few others that shouldn’t be overlooked.
Michael Jackson — “Bad: 25th Anniversary”
Michael Jackson loyalists should flock to the release of the three-disc, 25th anniversary edition of the classic “Bad” album that sold between 30 million to 45 million copies since its release in 1987.
While one disc will satisfy the Jackson puritans, with recordings of his live renditions of classics like “Dirty Diana,” “Billie Jean” and “Man in the Mirror,” from Wembley, another disc will satisfy the more adventurous, featuring French and Spanish versions of “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” and remixed versions of “Bad” featuring Pitbull, Afrojack and DJ Buddah.
Listen to "French I Just Can’t Stop Loving You."
Pink — “The Truth About Love”
With Pink’s latest album, gone are the days of the punky teen who sang about Saturday night parties. “The Truth About Love,” Pink’s sixth album, reflects the artist’s more mature side, angst-ridden with the injustices time has brought to her.
“Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” released in July, already rocketed to No. 6 on Billboard’s Top 100 list as the anthem for all angry people cursing their good fortune with a refrain of “Just when it can’t get worse, I’ve had a s--- day, you’ve had a s--- day, we’ve had a s--- day.”
“Are We All We Are” promises to have radio-catchiness potential with its repetitive phrases and lyrics like, “We are the people that you’ll never get the best of,” that have come to represent the angsty yet uplifting tone of her recent hit singles.
Listen to "Blow Me."
The Killers — “Battle Born”
After a two-year hiatus from performing and recording as a band, “Battle Born” carries influences from their last album with a rejuvenating fresh sound. “Flesh and Bone,” the first track on the album reeks with the band’s lyrical prowess, reminiscent of 2010’s “Human.” As the song philosophically asks and answers, “What are we made of? Flesh and bone,” lead singer Brandon Flowers’ vocals about a “dark horse running in a fantasy” and “running out of time” seem possibly reminiscent of the aging band’s future. “Runaways,” which has already become a fan-hit, is less “Mr. Brightside” and more Dire Straits-esque, but the lyrics and vocals render a tale of energized, young love that “can’t wait ‘til tomorrow.”
Listen to "Runaways."
— Divya Kumar
Nelly Furtado — “The Spirit Indestructible”
Holding true to her past dance hits like “Promiscuous” and “Maneater” and her vocal strength showcased in 2002 Grammy-winning “I’m Like a Bird,” pop singer Nelly Furtado released her latest album today.
The album opens with its namesake single “Spirit Indestructible,” that will both inspire listeners and make them want to dance. Similar tracks on the album, such as “Waiting for the Night” and “Parking Lot” are certain to be playing at dance clubs, day and night.
Others tracks, such as “Don’t Leave Me,” “Be OK” and “Thoughts” draw on varying musical styles, including reggaeton and hip-hop, that will be sure to please all audiences.
Click to listen to an Album Sampler.
— Alex Rosenthal
Ben Folds Five — “The Sound of the Life of the Mind”
Ben Folds enjoyed success as a solo artist after the Ben Folds Five trio split in 2000, with the releases of his albums “Rockin’ the Suburbs” and “Songs for Silverman,” but the three are back together in this release — the group’s first in 13 years.
The title track starts off sounding like tracks from Folds’ solo days, with heavy, slow piano, but picks up and brings in the talents of drummer Darren Jessee and bassist Robert Sledge. Its poignant lyrics follow a girl, Sara, who prefers to stay at school “so that she can hear the sound of the life of the mind,” rather than a cacophony of pregnancies, foam fights and TV.
The rest of the album is worth a listen, and brings fans back to the familiar sound of the trio’s older days.
“The Sound of the Life of the Mind” — http://www.fuse.tv/2012/09/exclusive-ben-folds-five-premiere-the-sound-of-life-of-mind