New CD Album Releases, 5-31-2011: Eddie Vedder, Jordan Knight, Death Cab for Cutie

Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam has a new album Ukulele Songs. It’s just that – Eddie Vedder and a ukelele. I suppose it’s mildly interesting as a novelty, but I’m not hearing much in the way of SONGS in this, but for a couple of covers. Vedder’s hero Pete Townshend did a song or two with ukelele, so what the hell. I’m all in favor of ukeleles and pretty much any unusual instrumental cover, but Vedder’s using JUST the ukelele. On one hand, he does have a strong voice which is emphasized in this, but it makes for very thin arrangement. I might care more about that if it involved more memorable songs.

Also, there’s a new record from Jordan Knight. He’s notable as the lead singer for New Kids On The Block, which in fairness have been about the longest last boy band ever or something. The samples I’m hearing here sound like utterly contrived modern commercial radio fodder, except that they absolutely lack any hooks. Maybe this would do you some nostalgic good if you’re a girl who use to get funny feelings down there when you were 10 years old and listening to NKOTB. Otherwise, I completely don’t see the point.

Here’s the complete list of this week’s major new CD album releases:
Death Cab for Cutie
Codes and Keys
Atlantic
Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Jordan Knight
Unfinished
eOne Music
Urban, Dance-Pop

My Morning Jacket
Circuital
ATO
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Country-Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Neo-Psychedelia

Robert Pollard
Lord of the Birdcage
Guided by Voices
Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Eddie Vedder
Ukulele Songs
Republic

Alcest
Le Secret
Black Metal, Heavy Metal

Jane Archibald
Haydn: Arias
ATMA Classique
Classical Vocal Music

BT
These Re-Imagined Machines
Nettwerk
Progressive Trance, Trance, House

Black Stone Cherry
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Roadrunner
Post-Grunge, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Southern Rock

The Black Swans
Don’t Blame the Stars
Misra
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alt-Country, Alternative Country-Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

The Blasters
Live 1986
S’more
Roots Rock, Rock & Roll

Wayne Brady
Radio Wayne
Walt Disney
Childen’s Pop, Sing-Alongs, Children’s Rock

The Undergods (Canibus & Keith Murray)
Undergods: In Gods We Trust – Crush Microphones To Dust
RBC
Hardcore Rap, East Coast Rap

Nick Cannon
Mr. Showbiz
Ingrooves
Comedy

Chino
Chino…the Autobiography of Daniel McGregor
VP
Contemporary Reggae, Dancehall

Duo d’Accord
Ritual Obessions
Genuin
Arrangements for Piano Duo and Percussion

Eliane Elias
Light My Fire
Concord
Brazilian Traditions, Brazilian Jazz, Latin Jazz, Contemporary Jazz

Frank Fairfield
Out on the Open West
Tompkins Square
Neo-Traditional Folk, Acoustic Blues

Flogging Molly
Speed Of Darkness
Punk Revival, Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk-Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock

Marvin Gaye
What’s Going On
Motown
Motown, Soul, Psychedelic Soul, Smooth Soul, Pop-Soul, AM Pop

Larry Goldings
In My Room
Varese Fontana
Piano Jazz, Straight-Ahead Jazz, Mainstream Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Jazz Instrument

Tom Harrell
The Time of the Sun
Highnote
Post-Bop, Straight-Ahead Jazz, Trumpet Jazz, Jazz Instrument

Kids on a Crime Spree
We Love You So Bad
Slumberland
Noise Pop, Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Kool G Rap
Riches, Royalty & Respect
Fatbeats
Underground Rap, Hardcore Rap, East Coast Rap

Emmanuel Krivine
Beethoven: Complete Symphonies
Naïve
19th Century Orchestral Music

Madlib
Medicine Show, Vol. 9: NittyVille
Left-Field Hip-Hop

Mando Diao
Give Me Fire!
Militia
Swedish Pop/Rock, Garage Punk, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Dave Matthews Band
Live at Wrigley Field
RCA
Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Jam Bands, American Trad Rock

Melvins
Sugar Daddy Live
Ipecac
Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Alternative/Indie Rock, Grunge, Alternative Pop/Rock

Chrissy Murderbot
Women’s Studies
Planet Mu
Techno Bass, Bass Music, Chicago House, Club/Dance, Techno, House

My Dying Bride
Evinta
Peaceville/Snapper
Neo-Classical, Doom Metal, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal

Anna Netrebko
Stabat Mater: A Tribute to Pergolesi
Deutsche Grammophon
Baroque Vocal Music

Jennifer Pike
Jennifer Pike Plays Franck, Debussy & Ravel
Chandos
Modern Chamber Music

Ozzy Osbourne
Blizzard of Ozz
Epic
Album Rock, Neo-Classical Metal, British Metal, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock

Ozzy Osbourne
Diary of a Madman
Epic
Album Rock, Neo-Classical Metal, British Metal, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock

Frankie Paul
Most Wanted
Greensleeves
Dancehall

Ray Price
Songs of Inspiration
Varese Sarabande
Gospel, Country Gospel

Reatards
Teenage Hate/Fuck Elvis Here’s the Reatards
Goner
Punk Revival, Indie Rock, Garage Punk, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Seapony
Go With Me
Hardly Art
Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

JD Souther
A Natural History
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Jazz-Rock, Soft Rock

Alex Turner
Submarine
Domino
Alternative/Indie Rock, Soundtracks, Alternative Pop/Rock

Tommy Tutone
A Long Time Ago
Yellow

The Vaccines
What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?
Sony Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Various Artists
Red Hot + Rio 2

Vast Aire
OX 2010: A Street Odyssey
Fatbeats
Underground Rap, East Coast Rap

Billy Vera
The Billy Vera Story
S’more
Blue-Eyed Soul, Soul

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