Honky-tonk women: On Little Honey,Lucinda Williams sounds almost optimistic. For once, unrequited love doesn't dominate Williams's unique mix of alt-country-gospel-folk rock, world-weary vocals, and bluesy wisdom (especially noteworthy: her knowing cover of AC/DC's "It's a Long Way to the Top"). Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and provocateur Chrissie Hynde stirs up her usual energy on the Pretenders'Break Up the Concrete—11 songs recorded in 12 days. Returning in top form is extraordinary singer Patty Smyth and Scandal on "Hard for You to Love Me," the first song recorded for their new EP; for more info, go to pattysmythandscandal???.com. Producer Hal Wilner recorded Marianne Faithfull live in the studio backed by an orchestra for her gorgeous Easy Come, Easy Go.On Call Me Crazy,Lee Ann Womack sings a batch of seasoned country songs about life, love, hope, disappointment, solitary thinking, and lonesome drinking. Grace Jones'sHurricane is the first new album in almost two decades from the incomparable chanteuse. Ilsey Juber, who sings with Terrence Howard on tour, has a remarkable voice—check out her song "Halfway There" on myspace.com/ilseyjuber. Free mp3's.
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Glasvegas may well be the best new band from Britain, and, on their self-titled debut, this Scottish foursome evokes Phil Spector's "wall of sound," Jesus and Mary Chain's feedback, Joe Strummer's vocals, and Velvet Underground's drumming. It's impossible to categorize the creative, best-dressed Kanye West; his new CD features more singing and will take his music career to a daring new place. The collaboration between the late country legend Waylon Jennings and his son Shooter can now be heard on the posthumously released *Waylon Forever.*Beatles-inspired Oasis (who inspired Glasvegas) recorded their exultant Dig Out Your Soul at London's Abbey Road. Ten years ago Gomez was an "underground" band whose debut, Bring It On, won Britain's prestigious Mercury Prize; now the 10th-anniversary edition of that album is released along with a second disc of 16 bonus tracks. The three volumes of the Decemberists'
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Always the Bridesmaid: A Singles Serieswill be available digitally and on 12-inch??vinyl. Lest you think Pete Wentz is wholly occupied making coffee runs with pregnant wife Ashlee Simpson for tabloid photo ops, his band Fall Out Boy will release Folie?? Deux, which could include some demos originally put online for free. The All-American Rejects' rocking and winsome When the World Comes Down is the follow-up to their double-
Also out: Ryan Adams'sCardinology;Javier Escovedo'sCity Lights;Lou Reed'sBerlin: Live at St. Ann's Warehouse;The ClashLive at Shea Stadium;AC/DC'sBlack Ice;Elton John'sThe Red Piano; and Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison: Legacy Edition.Beyonce's new one is uncharacteristically personal but jam-packed with her trademark big pop tunes and danceable R&B. The 50th anniversary of Miles Davis'sKind of Blue is commemorated with a boxed set that includes two CDs, a book, memorabilia, and a blue vinyl LP. And Michael Feinstein'sThe Sinatra Project features guests Pink Martini and pays homage to the Chairman of the Board.
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Don't throw out those old Jethro Tull LPs just yet; vinyl is back and all the rage. For a generation that grew up tossing CDs for MP3s, it's back to the turntable as many groovy bands release their new work on vinyl. Plus, imagine the bonanza for record labels frantically combing their old catalogues to put out stuff—for the third time—that they put out on vinyl for the first time over 30 years ago. This month, Led Zeppelin'sThe Song Remains the Sameand the four-LP set Mothership (both of which came out in CD sets one year ago) are re-released in big boxed vinyl sets; so is a seven-LP limited edition of the Doors' best albums. Also reissued on vinyl: *Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols,*and the Magnetic Fields will re-release a remastered vinyl version of their 1995 classic, Get Lost. Other vinyl dug out of the vaults: the Band'sMusic from Big Pink,Roxy Music'sFor Your Pleasure,the Verve'sUrban Hymns,John Lennon'sRock 'n' Roll, and Paul McCartney and Wings'Band on the Run.
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