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    [New Album Releases] Paul Simon, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young

    It's a rare day of special promise: a brand spanking new Paul Simon album, Surprise. All cool people obviously must hear this. Partly, this is a collaboration with Brian Eno. What sweet wonders await us?


    The Red Hot Chili Peppers release their two CD set Stadium Arcadium. The single "Dani California" doesn't sound like much to me — it's barely better than the crappy Pearl Jam. It is, however, a hit single already. Curious though for a band with a new double album that they only played one new song for their big Saturday Night Live showcase last week. For a second number, they went all the way back to "Give It Away." What, there wasn't another new song worth playing?Nick Lachey, the ex-Mr. Jessica Simpson has a new album. I didn't know that he was even a singer. Is there no end to his talent? Anyway, What's Left of Me is apparently about the breakup of his marriage. Thus, the AMG reviewer describes it as something of a boy band Blood on the Tracks. Kind of a Back Street Boys thing — with a little bit of Coldplay in the mix. Ouch.


    Saving the cheesiest for last, Neil Young has a new album about Living With War. He brags on whipping up a whole album from scratch in a couple of days, but frankly it SOUNDS like it was thrown together in a couple of days. It's not like he spent any time thinking up these formulaic guitar blues. On the other hand, sometimes he manages to squeeze maximum effect out of plain generic elements.


    Specifically, the centerpiece track "Let's Impeach the President" at least halfway works. There is, let us say, minimal melodic development, but it is kinda catchy in a dumb way. It has a certain brash boyish charm. By accident of my mix programming, I put this on a car CD followed immediately by some classic Judas Priest. Given the theme of the Neil Young sillyfest, the self-defense of the one "Breaking the Law" plays like a musically complimentary and intellectually appropriate answer from the president. Image W screaming, "You don't know what it's liiiiiiiiiiiiiike!"


    Here's the complete list of this week's major new album releases, courtesy AMG:


    Paul Simon Surprise Warner Bros.

    Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Pop/Rock


    Gnarls Barkley St. Elsewhere Downtown

    Neo-Soul, Alternative Rap, Underground Rap, Alternative Pop/Rock, Hip-Hop


    Nick Lachey What's Left of Me Jive/Zomba

    Adult Contemporary, Dance-Pop


    Matmos The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast Matador

    Electronica, Experimental Techno


    Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium Warner Bros.

    Funk Metal, Alternative Pop/Rock


    Art Brut Bang Bang Rock & Roll

    Banana/Fierce Panda

    Indie Rock


    Susana Baca Travesías Luaka Bop

    Latin Folk, Afro Peruvian


    The Black Heart Procession The Spell Touch & Go

    Indie Rock


    Jirí Barta Moscheles, Hummel: Cello Sonatas Hyperion

    Classical and Romantic Chamber Music


    C.J. Chenier The Desperate Kingdom of Love World Village

    Zydeco, Creole


    Popa Chubby Stealing the Devil's Guitar Blind Pig

    Contemporary Blues, Modern Electric Blues


    Harry Connick, Jr. Harry on Broadway, Act 1 Sony

    Traditional Pop, American Popular Song


    Alan Curtis Vivaldi: Motezuma Deutsche Grammophon

    Baroque Opera


    Daedelus Daedelus Denies the Day's Demise Mush

    Electronica, Indie Electronic, Ambient Techno, Experimental Techno


    Kimya Dawson Remember That I Love You K

    Anti-Folk, Indie Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Folk, Lo-Fi


    Diamond Rio Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 Arista

    Contemporary Country


    The Eighteenth Day of May The Eighteenth Day of May Hannibal

    Indie Pop


    The Everyothers Pink Sticky Lies Kill Rock Stars

    Garage Rock Revival, Indie Rock


    Extra Golden OK-Oyot System Thrill Jockey

    Afro-Pop, Worldbeat, Indie Rock


    Fairport Convention The Fairport Companion Castle

    British Folk-Rock, Progressive Folk, British Folk, Folk-Rock, Singer/Songwriter


    Grandaddy Just Like the Fambly Cat V2

    Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia


    Lynn Harrell Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 2; Prokofiev: Symphony-Concerto Avie

    Modern Orchestral Music


    Jolie Holland Springtime Can Kill You Anti-

    Neo-Traditional Folk, Folk-Jazz, Singer/Songwriter, Lo-Fi, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter


    Chris Isaak Best of Chris Isaak [CD/DVD] Wicked Game/Reprise

    Pop/Rock, Roots Rock, College Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock


    The Isley Brothers Baby Makin' Music Def Soul Classics/Def Jam

    Contemporary R&B, Urban


    Jagged Edge Jagged Edge Sony Urban Music/Columbia

    Urban, Contemporary R&B


    Korn Live and Rare Sony

    Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Post-Grunge, Rap-Metal


    Teena Marie Sapphire Cash Money

    Contemporary R&B, Urban


    McFly Just My Luck Universal

    Pop/Rock, Punk-Pop


    NOMO New Tones Ubiquity

    Deep Funk Revival, Afro-Beat, Soul-Jazz, Jazz-Funk


    Old Haunts Fuel on Fire Kill Rocks Stars

    Indie Rock, Garage Rock Revival


    Omar & The Howlers Bamboozled: Live in Germany Ruf

    Modern Electric Texas Blues, Electric Texas Blues, Blues-Rock


    Jordi Savall Boccherini: Fandango, Sinfonie & La Musica Notturna di Madrid [Hybrid SACD] Alia Vox

    Classical Chamber Music


    Dawn Upshaw Osvaldo Golijov: Ainadamar Deutsche Grammophon

    Contemporary Opera


    Original Soundtrack The Da Vinci Code [Original Movie Soundtrack] Decca

    Original Score, Soundtracks


    Stephen Pearcy Stripped Sidewinder Music

    Hard Rock


    Pony Up! Make Love to the Judges with Your Eyes Dim Mak

    Indie Pop, Indie Rock


    Snow Patrol Eyes Open A&M

    Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock


    The Stills

    Without Feathers


    Indie Rock, Post-Rock/Experimental


    Suga Free Just Add Water [CD/DVD] Laneway/Bungalo

    West Coast Rap, G-Funk, Gangsta Rap


    Marlo Thomas Free to Be You and Me Arista/Legacy

    Sing-Along, Educational, Children's Stories


    Trivium Ascendancy [CD/DVD] Roadrunner

    Alternative Metal


    Various Artists The Sound the Hare Heard Kill Rock Stars

    Singer/Songwriter, Indie Rock


    Willie & the Poor Boys Poor Boy Boogie Castle

    Retro-Rock, Roots Rock


    Neil Young Living with War Reprise

    Album Rock, Folk-Rock, Hard Rock, Singer/Songwriter


    Source: blogcritics.org

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