Tuesday Music Guide - February 9
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|Tuesday, 09 February 2010 11:01|
Soldier Of Love
Since the release of their debut album, Sade has seen all five of their studio albums land in the top 10 on Billboard's top 200 album Chart, selling a total of more than 50 million albums worldwide to date. They've been nominated for American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and have won three Grammy awards - first in 1986 for best new artist, then in 1994 for Best R&B performance By a Duo or Group for "No Ordinary Love", and again in 2002 for Best pop Vocal album with Lovers Rock. Soldier of Love is Sade's first official studio album since the multi-platinum release of Lovers Rock in 2000. The new was recorded in England and produced by the band and their longtime collaborator Mike Pela. The first single also entitled, "Soldier of Love" features a pulsating and anthemic drumbeat along with haunting vocals that Sade is known for.MASSIVE ATTACK
Legendary trip-hop group Massive Attack; Robert Del Naja (3D) & Grant Marshall (Daddy G) releases Heligoland their first new album in nearly 7 years. Heligoland follows the October 2009 digital release of the Splitting The Atom' EP which offered fans of Massive Attack a welcome glimpse into the bands' current artistic direction. Heligoland features collaborations with Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz), Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star), Martina Topley-Bird, Guy Garvey (Elbow) and Tunde Adebimpe (TV On The Radio). Over the last three years Robert Del Naja has written and produced soundtracks for a number of films and documentaries, including Trouble In The Water, 44 Inch Chest, In Prison My Whole LifeGamorra, the latter for which he won the David Di Donatello Award for Best Song.
Dist: EMI Music Canada
Mechanize is the first new album in five years from metal future-thinkers Fear Factory. Featuring a revamped line-up, including the return of original guitarist Dino Cazares and programmer/producer Rhys Fulber (Front Line Assembly), the album is a full-fisted blast of passion and innovation that sounds like the missing link between's 1995's groundbreaking Demanufacture and 1998's more texturally nuanced Obsolete. Recorded in Los Angeles it is instantly reminiscent of Fear Factory's most potent moments of discovery yet is hardly a stroll down the old assembly line. Inspired in part by Alvin Toffler's 1984 treatise Third Wave, Mechanize is simply and utterly crushing. From album opener "Industrial Discipline," with its fast rhythms and pinwheeling vocals, to "Fear Campaign," featuring harrowing spoken word passages backed by punishing beats, rapid-fire riffs and ghostly keyboards, Mechanize spectacularly showcases Fear Factory's street-lethal metal. "Powershifter," is the first single.
Record In A Bag
In the duo's first set of acoustic shows since the release of the critically-acclaimed and Grammy® nominated Big Whiskey and The Groogrux King, released last June, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds ignite Las Vegas with what is sure to be another historic live recording! Widely successful past Dave & Tim recordings and fan favorites include Live At Radio City and
Matthews and Reynolds met in Charlottesville, Virginia, while Matthews was a bartender. Matthews wanted to join Reynolds' band TR3 but Reynolds, encouraging Matthews individual musical growth, persuaded him to form his own band.HIM
Screamworks: Love In Theory & Practice
Oscar- and Grammy®-nominated songwriter Allison Moorer returns with a refined collection of songs that mark a stylistic departure from her previous work. On Crows, Moorer combines an astonishing vocal performance with new material primarily written on piano, rather than guitar. "I really just set myself free and just threw all the rules out the window," says Moorer. Produced by celebrated Nashville producer R. S. Field (Buddy Guy, John Mayall), and featuring the single, "The Broken Girl", the album is "a sophisticated, pop flavored outing marked by intricate arrangements and delicate dynamics" (Billboard).
Meaghan Smith was born to be a singer. She just didn't always know it. Meaghan studied animation but she just couldn't get the music out of her system. Meaghan grew up in a crowded and a very musical home in London, Ontario, which she shared with her parents and three sisters. Her mother was a piano teacher and her siblings are accomplished pianists and vocalists in their own right, but Meaghan is the only one to pursue music as a profession. The Cricket's Orchestra is the accompaniment to Meaghan's 2008 4-song audio/visual E.P., aptly titled The Cricket's Quartet. The new album cannot be classified into a one genre-specific category. It is neither Pop, Jazz, Folk or Adult Contemporary. It is all of those. The music is timeless and infectious.
THE WATSON TWINS
The Watson Twins' new album Talking To You, Talking To Me is undoubtedly their most ambitious to date. The new album finds The Watson Twins taking a soulful turn à la Carole King, but with a distinct pop edge reminiscent of Feist. The result is a heartfelt nod to their roots, retaining the ethereal harmonies that have become their signature while incorporating a myriad of influences and inspirations. The twins, Chandra and Leigh Watson, along with a band of friends including members of Everest and My Morning Jacket, recorded the album at Los Angeles' famed Fairfax Recordings, capturing the essence of The Watson Twins' extraordinary talents on a record that is at once driving, poignant and beautiful.
Dist: Universal Music Canada
Feast is the second Rounder release from Canadian Celtic sensation, The Cottars. With a stronger than ever line-up, including original members Ciarán & Fiona MacGillivray on vocals, piano, guitar, tin whistle, Irish bouzouki, Irish flute, bodhrán, and Celtic harp as well as new members 18-year old Claire Pettit on violin, viola, vocals, compositions and dance, and Bruce Timmons, one of the most respected accompanists in the Maritimes today on lead guitar, this album reaches new levels of excitement and originality. The band rests at a unique crossroads where Celtic traditional music of both Irish and Scottish beginnings meets traditional American folk music. With an undeniable solid musical base along with the vibrancy that comes with youthful artistry, Feast moves forward as an evolving hybrid.
Dist: Universal Music Canada
The Hannah, S.C. native has sold more than 4 million albums and garnered two multi-week No. 1's. His debut album was certified platinum with more than 1 million copies sold, and his sophomore album,Your Man, was one of only four country albums to reach double-platinum status in 2006. Turner recently finished recording his new album HAYWIRE with producer Frank Rogers. "Why Don't We Just Dance" is at radio now and is currently Top 30. The Deluxe version of the album includes all the songs featured on the standard version, plus 2 unreleased songs, 2 live songs and access to exclusive video downloads from Josh.
Dist: Warner Music Canada
K.D. Lang is a once-in-a-generation artist who has consistently displayed an extraordinary interpretative range as well as remarkable vocal prowess. It's no wonder she has, over the course of more than two decades, attracted such collaborators as Roy Orbison and Tony Bennett, along with admirers like Philip Glass and Madonna. As Lang has matured, she continues to surprise and impress. Recollection the 44-track 3CD + DVD box set -- which includes favourites like "Constant Craving" and "Smoke Rings," as well as ten tracks that never appeared on K.D. Lang albums; and interpretations of classic songs like Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and The Hollies "The Air That I Breathe" - illustrates how Lang got to this significant point in her career, 25 years after the independent release of her debut, A Truly Western Experience.
Somewhere in Time
With the release of Bulletproof in 2008, the Austin-based roots-rockers known for the integrity of their musical approach, the hard-core energy of their live shows and the fierce loyalty of their fans, turned up the intensity on their career. The album quickly became their biggest seller, hitting the Billboard 200 and reaching the Top 25 of the magazine's Top Country Albums chart. With new album Somewhere in Time, the band digs deep into its roots, revisiting the music of Pinto Bennett, who with his band the Famous Motel Cowboys influenced a generation of musicians in the Northwest and served as a mentor and idol to Willy and his brother Cody, whose fiddle, mandolin, harmonica and vocal work help propel Reckless Kelly. In the company of their band mates, they explore their country influences and re-introduce Bennett's music to a new generation of fans while placing their indelible, rock-edged stamp on it.
Artist: Reckless Kelly
Track: Little Blossom
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, various groups offered their musical tributes to the city, but few if any captured the diverse snapshot that is New Orleans. Most tended to view the place as something of a musical museum, while ignoring the town's vibrant and innovative new music: the energetic, highly eroticized, and occasionally gender-bending style of hip hop called "bounce". Now Galactic have made what may be the definitive New Orleans tribute with YA-KA-MAY, by recognizing this fundamental truth; that all of the town's seemingly disparate styles - jazz, brass bands and funk as well as the newer bounce/hip hop - are intrinsically linked. The album features established legends such as the Rebirth Brass Band, Irma Thomas, Big Chief Bo Dollis, Allen Toussaint and Walter "Wolfman" Washington with younger artists like Trombone Shorty and Corey Henry, John Boutté, Josh Cohen and Scully, and Glen David Andrews.The end result is New Orleans like it's truly meant to be heard, and Galactic's most hooky, catchy album to date.