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    New Releases: Cat Power And Richard Ashcroft Lead Stampede

    ashcroft1.jpgIt's been far too long since we've had any real new releases to talk about, but that all changes this week. In fact, if anything, there are too many new records to talk about.


    The list begins with Cat Power's newest effort, The Greatest. Clearly inspired by Feist's Let It Die and Smog's A River Ain't Too Much To Love, the new Chan Marshall disc isn't as biting as You Are Free, but the indie queen's new direction is a solid one.


    Richard Ashcroft [pictured] is back with Keys To The World. Those of you hoping the lanky former Verve frontman would go back in the direction of his drug-soaked former life are in for some disappointment. This is upbeat, piano-driven pop that makes it fairly obvious that Ashcroft has been hanging with Coldplay’s Chris Martin pretty frequently of late.Brit-pop survivors Starsailor are making a return with On The Outside. The droney rockers are a little less miserable than in their previous incarnations. Possibly looking at the dance-y state of affairs in the U.K. has led them to stop moping.


    Surprise, surprise, Bob Pollard is back. Bet you thought it was going to take the former Guided By Voices frontman years to assemble his first post-band solo record. Well, probably not. From A Compound Eye has been finished since early last year, but between finding a new label (Merge) and purging every last bit of GBV material from the vault in 2005, it was held until this week.


    Not one, but two Rilo Kiley members have solo projects out this week. Jenny Lewis' Rabbit Fur Coat sees the singer moving in an alt.country direction with help from Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard, M. Ward and Conor Oberst from Bright Eyes. Blake Sennett, meanwhile, is back with the sophomore effort from The Elected, Sun, Sun, Sun.


    Other Tuesday releases include Marty Casey And The Lovehammers' self-titled debut, Saint Etienne's Tales From Turnpike House, Duncan Sheik's White Limousine and Yellowcard's Lights And Sounds.


    Source: http://www.chartattack.com

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