New Music Tuesday: T.I., Duffy and Tron Legacy
Tuesday is a day of music and today we have new releases from TI, Duffy and Tron Legacy.
This week in new music we have kind of a diverse and interesting collection of new music (T.I., Duffy, Tron Legacy) along with some cool reissues (John Lennon and Bob Dylan).
Starting it out is the new album from T.I. called “No Mercy.” If you have been following the drama, TI served time in jail then was released and wasn’t out long before he was arrested with his wife and had drugs in his possession. That was a violation of his parole and he got sent back to jail. This album, apparently, was recorded after the first stint in jail and before the second. It has a few notable guests including Kanye West and Kid Cudi on the opening track, “Welcome to the World” as well as Pharrell on “Amazing” and even Christina Aguilera on the closing track “Castle Walls.” The album plays a little bit like a thank you letter to his fans for sticking with him. T.I.’s songs always have an honesty to them that is refreshing and that trend continues here. If you are a fan of his, you will probably enjoy this album.
Duffy’s new album “Endlessly” also hits stores this week. It has been nearly two years since Duffy burst onto the scene with her debut “RockFerry “ and this new album offers a little more of the same feel as the first, but with a more mature, less pop feel. This time Duffy brings in such people as The Roots and Albert Hammond as collaborators and the result finds her with an album that has a little more soul and a little more emotion. Her songs seem a little more personal on this record than her last, but she still tries to make some of it fun and upbeat. It is a nice juxtaposition of happy sounds and sad words. With Duffy it really comes down to her voice. Some people love it, others hate it. If you like her and enjoy her singing, this is an album you should really like. If you don’t like her voice, it is on full display here so steer clear.
One of the more interesting releases this week is the soundtrack to the movie Tron Legacy. While most soundtracks feature multiple artists, this one is complete done by the French electronic duo Daft Punk. This is a true soundtrack in that they wrote the music directly for the movie, but it also works well as a standalone album. With 22 different tracks you get a lot of bang for your buck here. The bottom line on this one is simply. If you like Daft Punk, you will love this record. If you are a Tron fan you will probably like this record. If you are wondering what the hell I’m talking about, you probably won’t.
There are some hot new reissues this week as well. Lennon NYC is actually a documentary that covers John Lennon and his music during the years he lived in New York City with Yoko. There is also a new box set “The Original Mono Recordings” by Bob Dylan. This is actually a collection of the mono versions of Dylan’s first eight studio albums. The mono versions give some of the classics a whole different feel. These are on 12 inch vinyl and the box is expensive so it is really aimed at only the most hardcore fans.
In other releases we have a new album from Natasha Bedingfield called “Strip Me.” In it we find her doing what she does which is creating heartfelt, upbeat pop. Hard Rock band Hinder has a new album out called “All American Nightmare.” I like these guys because they are a straight forward, hard driving, melodic rock band that is almost a throwback to the glory days of hard rock. The album is dark, driven and intense.
In Christmas music news we have the release of Northern Light Orchestra’s “Celebrate Christmas.” NLO is an orchestra with a rock edge so these songs are done with a little attitude and a little louder than most. They hit some of the classics, but also do some more obscure songs as well. It is an interesting alternative to the normal Christmas fare.
That about wraps it up for this week in new music. Happy listening.
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