Here's another cherry picked selection of recent new releases / just added albums at Rhapsody. Nothing too deep, just a quick rundown of the most significant new albums and under hyped gems you might otherwise never hear of. Just one man's opinion.
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Tim McGraw : Let It Go - Wokmanlike mainstream country. Too good to dismiss but still too pedestrian to make many converts.
Good Charlotte : Good Morning Revival - What McGraw's album is too suburban country so is Good Charlotte's fourth release to generic pop punk/punk pop.There's nothing bad here but there's nothing exceptional either.
Elliott Yamin - Being blissfully ignorant of all but the most earth shaking American Idol news this debut collection of blue eyedsoul from AI short lister Yamin came as a pleasant surprise. On the other hand I can't imagine ever wanting to voluntarily listen to it again.
Jack Ingram : This is it - A far more satisfying slice of country than McGraw's offering if only for unexpected Hinder cover.
Kaiser Chiefs : Your's Truly, Angry Mob - Now this is more like it. Tight, melodic and clever songwriting, polished production and passionate performances. The Good Charlotte's of the world could learn a lot about the craft of Rock & Roll from the Kaiser Chiefs. Highly recommended.
June Tabor : Apples - The definitive woman's voice of British Folk. Exquisite song selection and gorgeous performances. Highly recommended and be sure to delve head o into Tabor's astonishing back catalog.
Silent Sun : Dad's Weird Dream - Sweet slice of artsy brit pop. Fun and highly Recommended
Michael Cashmore : The Snow Abides - If Tiny Tim had actually been talented he might have sounded something like this. Especially if he'd hooked up with The Divine Comedy.Different but worth a listen.
Frank Vignola : Vignola Plays Gershwin - Swingin' set of Gershwin greatness from guitarist Vignola. Nice.
Cannonball Adderley Quintet - In San Fransisco - Smokin' live set augmented by a pair of alt. takes.
Stevie Nicks : Crystal Visions The Best... - Greatest Hits package featuring a few recent live cuts that might be of interest to Stevie's more ardent admirers.
The Fall : Reclamation Post TLC - Well, it The Fall innit?
Breathing Room : Coming Clean - Think a less cod celtic Corrs gone CCM. Not bad for what it is...
Glowfriends : A Farewell to Fair Weather - Decent indie-pop offering
What you really should be listening to...
Well that about does it for the moment - after sampling about a quarter of Rhapsody's new additions for the week I'm burnt out by the mediocrity. Look for an update in a day or two.