New Music Monday(?!?) – November 24th, 2008 Monday, November 24, 2008Posted by Jerkwheat in jerkwheat, Your Morning Rock.
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Well, wouldn’t you know it? Our major releases this week couldn’t even wait until Tuesday. The most notorious of these releases came out yesterday, exclusive to iTunes and a certain blue painted big-box store. The others are due out today and tomorrow, although my Target decided to go ahead and sell them yesterday. I’m thinking this wasn’t a planned release bump, since iTunes and Amazon were still showing them as not available yet. So kudos to the merchandiser at the 7 Corners Target who might be losing their job for filling out the new release endcap a couple of days early!
Axl and Brandon and Kanye this week! Oh my! Jump with me.
Guns N Roses – Chinese Democracy
There is pretty much no way any album can live up to a decade and a half of expectations. It’s straight up unpossible. And the reactions to this one have been very much hot or cold. I lean more towards the Klosterman camp in terms of my opinion here. I do like it. I don’t think it’s amazing, but I think it’s a lot closer to a solid B than a D. And here’s to thinking that the next album comes out within the next two years after this.
The Killers – Day And Age
When Sam’s Town came out a couple of years ago, it was another album that seemed to have a very split reaction. A lot of this can be attriubted to Brandon Flowers’ pompousness and declarations that the Killers were making the best album ever at the time. I liked the record quite a bit and, as time has passed, I’ve found that a few more people liked it than seemed to admit it at the time. The synths are back and the Springsteenian affectations have been toned down. An initial listen revealed a pretty solid album here.
Kanye West – 808s and Heartbreak
I find Kanye to be a pompous self-obsessed horse’s ass. But then again, I think Kanye probably feels that way about himself. Plus, I think he likes Fall Out Boy and that’s always a negative for me. That said, I’m more intrigued by this album than anything else he’s done to date. We picked it up at the ol Target (thanks again, stock boy!) and I’ve given it a cursory listen and I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it. The auto-tune thing, that gets old fast. The thought of Kanye getting all emo and taking a turn as a hip hop Chris Carraba an interesting concept though.
Scott Weiland – “Happy” in Galoshes
Oh, Weiland, you poor bastard. I’m really confounded by this coming out on New West though – home of the Drive-by Truckers, Old 97s, Vic Chesnutt, etc. Weird combo.
Death Cab for Cutie – Something About Airplanes Deluxe Edition
Great debut album turns 10. Which makes me realize how long it’s been since I started college. This time it’s got an extra disc featuring the band’s first Seattle concert. If you like Death Cab and haven’t picked up Airplanes yet (and if you like Death Cab and don’t have that one – please expand your listening immediately) go ahead and get this reissue, ok?
So, if you are picking up one, two, or more new albums this week, let’s talk about it in the comments as always…