New CD Album Releases, 6-22-2010: Macy Gray, Miley Cyrus, Eminem

New CD Album Releases, 6-22-2010: Macy Gray, Miley Cyrus, Eminem 
There’s a whole bunch of big name new releases this week, including a second album from Miley Cyrus, Keith Sweat, Uncle Kracker, Vince Neil, Mark Chesnutt, Herbie Hancock, Ozzy Osbourne and a promising sounding blues album from Cyndi Lauper in Memphis.

There’s a new album Recovery from Eminem. He’s now apparently happier and mellower, rapping about being sober. This sounds like a very interesting new approach for…zzzzzzzz.
Macy Gray
Okay, with that all done we can get to the really exciting part: Macy Gray is back with The Sellout, her fifth album. Woo hoo! Now, Rand knows that I’m just about her biggest fan, but still. Let me put it this way. Her four previous stellar albums would cause me to buy the album and give it a spin or two. But I’ve played this damned thing 15 or 20 times in the last four days. I ain’t playing nobody’s record that many times out of preconceived loyalty. This sucker’s pretty good.

Now, this record just came out, so it’ll take awhile to really shake out what to ultimately make of it. Ask me again six months or a year from now. I’m not sure at this point that there’s one song that totally colonizes my mind like the awesome record of the year “Ghetto Love” from her last album. But there are certainly at least several memorable songs here.

Pretty much every song here has at least some kind of halfway decent hook, but the lead single “Beauty in the World” is probably the most just overwhelmingly catchy. For something to have stuck in your mind, this is a particularly good sentiment to run your mind on. Really, in the sound and sentiment it is essentially a gospel song. Note the specific lyrical reference to the creator at the climax of the song.

Probably my favorite song on the album so far though is “That Man,” which gives a relentless midtempo funky dissertation on the budding thrill of her latest tingly man obsession.

This leads into the joyfully unhealthy stride of “Stalker.” She generally has one good psycho song per album, which is my favorite flavor of Macy. I’m not sure if this is quite up there with, say, “Give Me All Your Loving Or I Will Kill You,” but it’s pretty good. Naturally, Macy as the narrator is the cheerfully obsessed stalker.

This is followed by the basic r&b ballad “Real Love.”  It’s a pretty good song, but the best thing is that it’s a duet with Bobby Frickin’ Brown.  She starts out by calling him “sexual chocolate” and addressing him by name.  The willful perversity of this makes a pretty good song really, really funny.  I mean, you know, BOBBY BROWN.  This is the guy who (at least according to public perception) ruined the poor angel Whitney Houston.   Bobby Brown is basically this generation’s Ike Turner (or worse) – and the guy Macy Gray picks out for a big love duet.

May God bless and protect Macy Gray.

Chart climbers this week
So Big Lyrics
Iyaz
Normal Lyrics
Gucci Mane
Uplifiting Lyrics
Tiffany
Take It Off Lyrics
Kesha
U Don’t Like Me Lyrics
Lil’ Jon
Still Got It Lyrics
Drake
Populair Lyrics
Kanye West
Take Me Back Lyrics
Justin Garner
Misery Lyrics
Maroon 5
Changing Skies Lyrics
Lady GaGa

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Here’s the complete list of this week’s major new CD album releases:
Miley Cyrus
Can’t Be Tamed
Hollywood Records
Teen Pop, Pop, Dance-Pop

Eminem
Recovery
Aftermath Records
Midwest Rap, Hardcore Rap

Herbie Hancock
The Imagine Project
Hancock
Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Jazz, Jazz-Pop, Brazilian Traditions, African Traditions, Desert Blues, Adult Contemporary R&B, Celtic Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Afro-Pop, Samba, Latin Pop

Kele
The Boxer
Glassnote
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Ozzy Osbourne
Scream
Epic
Album Rock, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Neo-Classical Metal, Pop-Metal

The Roots
How I Got Over
Def Jam
Alternative Rap, Hardcore Rap

Addison Road
Stories
INO Records
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative CCM, Alternative Pop/Rock, Christian Rock, Contemporary Christian, CCM

Allstar Weekend
Suddenly
Hollywood Records
Emo-Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Pop, Teen Pop

Laurie Anderson
Homeland
Nonesuch Records
Experimental Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock

Anemos Trombone Quartet
Anemos & Co.
Indesens
Modern and Contemporary Music for Trombone Quartet

Baths
Cerulean
Anticon
Indie Electronic, Alternative/Indie Rock, Electro-Acoustic

The Chemical Brothers
Further
Astralwerks
Electronica, Progressive House, House, Club/Dance

Mark Chesnutt
Outlaw
Saguaro Road Records
New Traditionalist, Contemporary Country

The Constellations
Southern Gothic
Underground Rap, Left-Field Hip-Hop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Rap, Alternative Dance, Alternative Pop/Rock

Danzig
Deth Red Sabaoth
Evilive Records
Alternative Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal

diskJokke
En Fin Tid
Smalltown Supersound
Left-Field House, Club/Dance, House

Clint Eastwood
Rawhide’s Clint Eastwood Sings Cowboy Favorites
Laserlight
Cowboy

Elora Festival Singers
Eric Whitacre: Choral Music
Naxos
Contemporary Choral Music

Fol Chen
Part II: The New December
Asthmatic Kitty Records
Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Macy Gray
The Sellout
Universal Distribution
Contemporary R&B, Adult Contemporary R&B, Neo-Soul, Soul, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Sarah Harmer
Oh Little Fire
Rounder
Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Country-Rock

HEALTH
::DISCO2
Lovepump United
Indie Electronic, Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Alternative/Indie Rock, Club/Dance

Fred Hersch Trio
Whirl

Palmetto
Post-Bop, Piano Jazz, Jazz Instrument

Griffin House
The Learner
RCA Contemporary
Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alt-Country

Isan
Glow in the Dark Safari Set
Morr Music
Indie Electronic, IDM, Post-Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Electronica

Terry Knight & the Pack
Terry Knight & the Pack/Reflections
Collectors’ Choice Music

Kode9
DJ-Kicks
!K7
Dubstep, Club/Dance, Garage Rap/Grime, Broken Beat

Cyndi Lauper
Memphis Blues
Mercer Street Records
Modern Blues, Urban Blues, Electric Blues, Modern Electric Blues

Lynyrd Skynyrd
Live from Freedom Hall
Roadrunner Records
Southern Rock, Album Rock, Hard Rock, Boogie Rock, Arena Rock, Blues-Rock

Steve Mason
Boys Outside
Double Six
Experimental Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock

Alexander Melnikov
Shostakovich: The Preludes and Fugues
Harmonia Mundi
Modern Piano Music

Jason Moran
Ten
Blue Note
Post-Bop, Straight-Ahead Jazz, Modern Creative

Nina Nastasia
Outlaster
Fat Cat Records
Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Vince Neil
Tattoos & Tequila
Eleven Seven
Hair Metal, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock

Nobody
One for All Without Hesitation
Traffic
Indie Electronic, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter

Parley of Instruments
Dowland: Lachrimae or Seven Teares
Hyperion
Renaissance Chamber Music

Thomas Zehetmair
Elgar: Violin Concerto
Halle
Modern Music for Violin and Orchestra

Original Television Soundtrack
Hung
Primary Wave
Alternative/Indie Rock, Americana, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Soundtracks

Perfume Genius
Learning
Matador
Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Procedure Club
Doomed Forever
Slumberland
Noise Pop, Indie Pop, Lo-Fi, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Robert Randolph & the Family Band
We Walk This Road
Warner Bros.
Contemporary Christian, Gospel

Rjd2
Inversions of the Colossus
Left-Field Hip-Hop, Indie Electronic

Sia
We Are Born
Red Ink
Alternative Dance, Dance-Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock

Alan Silvestri
The A-Team [Original Score]
Varese Sarabande
Original Score, Film Music, Soundtracks

Sleigh Bells
Treats
Mom & Pop Music
Indie Pop, Indie Electronic, Alternative/Indie Rock

Stars
The Five Ghosts
Vagrant Records
Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Electronic

Keith Sweat
Ridin’ Solo
Kedar Entertainment
Adult Contemporary R&B, Urban, Contemporary R&B

Tender Trap
Dansette Dansette
Slumberland Records
Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Paul Thorn
Pimps and Preachers
Perpetual Obscurity
Alternative/Indie Rock, Americana, Alt-Country, Roots Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

The Derek Trucks Band
Roadsongs
Sony Legacy
Jam Bands, Blues-Rock, Modern Electric Blues

Uffie
Sex Dreams and Denim Jeans
Elektra
Indie Electronic, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Dance, Electronica, Club/Dance

Uncle Kracker
Happy Hour: The South River Road Sessions
Atlantic
American Trad Rock, Country-Rock

Versaemerge
Fixed at Zero
WEA
Alternative/Indie Rock, Emo-Pop

Windsor for the Derby
Against Love
Secretly Canadian
Indie Rock, Ambient Pop, Post-Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

You Me at Six
Hold Me Down
Virgin
Punk Metal, Heavy Metal, Screamo, Alternative/Indie Rock

Dweezil Zappa
Return of the Son Of…
Razor & Tie Music
Guitar Virtuoso, Album Rock, Hard Rock

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