New CD Album Releases, 7-19-2011: They Might Be Giants, Ricky Skaggs

They Might Be GiantsThere’s a very good new album out this week from They Might Be Giants. Join Us shows basic skills in hook making and pop tune manufacturing undiminished after 25 years of making albums. This won’t likely make you forget Flood or No! That is to say that there’s no song here with quite the transcendent soul of “Birdhouse in Your Soul” or “Lazyhead and Sleepybones”. But there’s no denying the basic pop songwriting skills of the Johns.

This has perhaps an even higher than average TMBG batting average of memorable songs. I was a little disappointed on the first listening, but the hooks started kicking in on that second listen. That’s generally a sign of an album that will stick with me. Soon I was walking the streets singing “Can’t Keep Johnny Down” and waiting for the reluctant singing raindrop in “Cloissone”. My favorite at this point is “The Lady and the Tiger” for the sake of the horn parts (whether they’re real or keyboard horns). This is one of the catchier songs they’ve ever written, which is saying something. I’m also somewhat haunted by the image of the narrator smothering his older, wiser self with a pillow in “2082.”

Looking forward to…
The Mack Lyrics
Headlines Lyrics
Au Revoir Lyrics
Flowers Lyrics
Wiz Khalifa
Uncle Otis Lyrics
Weed Brownies Lyrics
Wiz Khalifa
Dark Side Lyrics
Kelly Clarkson
Lay You Down Lyrics
Suavemente Lyrics
Down For Whatever Lyrics
Kelly Rowland

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Here’s the complete list of this week’s major new CD album releases:
3 Doors Down
Time of My Life
Post-Grunge, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal

Imelda May
Alternative/Indie Rock, Rockabilly Revival, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Rahsaan Patterson
Artistry Music
Adult Contemporary R&B

They Might Be Giants
Join Us
Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Universal Pulse
Rap-Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Heavy Metal, Alternative Pop/Rock

40 Watt Sun
The Inside Room
Metal Blade
Doom Metal, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal

Martha Argerich
Martha Argerich Edition: Concertos
EMI Classics
Romantic & Modern Piano Concertos

Big Talk
Big Talk
New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Alternative/Indie Rock

Brilliant Colors
Again and Again
Noise Pop, Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Khatia Buniatishvili
Franz Liszt [Limited Edition]
Sony Classical
19th Century Piano Music

The John Butler Trio
Live at Red Rocks
Jam Bands, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock

Terri Lyne Carrington
The Mosaic Project
M-Base, Crossover Jazz, Post-Bop, Modern Creative

Chelsea Grin
My Damnation
Razor & Tie
Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Death Metal

Eleven Seven Music
Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal

Crystal Antlers
Two-Way Mirror
Experimental Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Death Infernal
Metal Blade
Death Metal, Heavy Metal, Scandinavian Metal

DJ Khaled
We the Best Forever
Hardcore Rap, Pop-Rap, Southern Rap

Horse Meat Disco
Horse Meat Disco III
Post-Disco, Club/Dance, Disco

Carol Kleyn
Love Has Made Me Stronger
Drag City
Acid Folk, Folk-Rock, Psychedelic

Gidon Kremer
Peter I. Tchaikovsky, Victor Kissine: Piano Trios
Romantic Chamber Music

Lost Sounds
Blac Static
Fat Possum
Garage Punk, Indie Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Malfunkshun: The Andrew Wood Story
Hip-O Select

Tom Morello/The Nightwatchman
Union Town
New West
Protest Songs, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Political Folk

Theophilus London
Timez Are Weird These Days
Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Alternative Rap

Lawrence Zazzo
Lunarcy: Songs of Madness and the Moon
Renaissance to Modern Songs with Lute

Original Soundtrack
Captain America: The First Avenger
Buena Vista
Original Score, Film Music, Soundtracks

Eternal Tapestry/Sun Araw
Night Gallery
Thrill Jockey
Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Space Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Portugal. The Man
In the Mountain in the Cloud
Neo-Psychedelia, Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

REO Speedwagon
Hi Infidelity: 30th Anniversary Edition
Sony Legacy
Album Rock, Arena Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Soft Rock, Adult Contemporary, Hard Rock

Rodrigo y Gabriela
Live in France
Finger-Picked Guitar, Instrumental Rock, Western European Traditions, Mexican Traditions, Guitar Virtuoso, Andalus Classical, Contemporary Flamenco, Flamenco

Ricky Skaggs
Country Hits: Bluegrass Style
Skaggs Family
Bluegrass-Gospel, Bluegrass, Traditional Bluegrass, Contemporary Bluegrass

Sole and the Skyrider Band
Hello Cruel World
Fake Four
Left-Field Hip-Hop, Alternative Rap

Strung Out
Top Contenders: The Best of Strung Out
Fat Wreck Chords
Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk-Pop, Punk Revival, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Metal

The Summer Set
Everything’s Fine
Razor & Tie
Emo-Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Unwritten Law
Blue Room
Skatepunk, Punk/New Wave, Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk-Pop, Post-Grunge, Alternative Pop/Rock

Cedar Walton
The Bouncer
Piano Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Straight-Ahead Jazz

100% Publishing
Big Dada
Garage Rap/Grime, Garage


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