New Music Tuesday: Foo Fighters, Alison Krauss, Paul Simon
Tons of new music hit the stands today (April 12, 2011).
There are some big new releases by Foo Fighters, Alison Krauss, Paul Simon this week (April 12, 2011) so let’s jump right into it and see what hot new music is on the shelves today.
The Foo Fighters kick things off this week with their seventh album titled Wasting Light. The Foo Fighters don’t make bad records, it is just a matter of how good they are and this one is great. It is easily the best album they have made since 1997’s the Colour and the Shape. In reality this is the album Foo Fighter fans have been waiting for Dave Grohl to make since the inception of the band. After 16 years Grohl seems to finally open up about Kurt Cobain’s death, his time with Nirvana and the feelings of loss that surrounded that time in his life. While he doesn’t speak of it outright, there are hints of it all over the album and that lends a lot of emotion to the songs. The albums is heavy, hard driving rock that finds the Foo’s doing what they do best which is cranking up the amps and blowing the doors off the garage. These guys don’t need any fancy pro-tools or harmonizers. Foo Fighters roll the tape and play like a band should. The result is amazing. It is good to see them back in form and showing why they are one of the best bands in the world.
On the other end of the spectrum are Alison Krauss and her new release Paper Airplane. Alison’s voice is pure honey and magic here as she makes her way through this album that tells a variety of stories from Depression era children to immigrants searching for a better life to relationships ending. Alison has infused her signature bluegrass sounds with some great jazz inflections and brought to life a musical style here that paints a picture around her voice and story filled lyrics. There is a reason millions of people love Alison. If you are one of them you should love this record. If you are new to Alison Krauss, give it a listen, it is a good place to start.
Also out this week is the new album by legend Paul Simon titled So Beautiful or So What. It has been 47 years since Simon released his first album with Garfunkel. What is amazing is that he has only released a total of 10 albums since 1965. Paul doesn’t just crank music out to make money off his fans, he waits for inspiration. His voice is still in perfect form and So Beautiful or So What is filled with great songs. Simon is truly one of the great songwriters of his generation and here he shows that after 50 years he still has something to say. For those new to Paul Simon this isn’t a bad place to start, but you might also check out Graceland and Bridge Over Troubled Water.
As other mentions this week there are new releases from K.D. Lang and Bob Dylan. K.D. Lang’s album is called Sing It Loud. This album finds Lang fronting a band and showing off her big voice in some very emotional songs. The Dylan record is Bob Dylan in Concert: Brandeis University 1963. This album catches Dylan at the height of his power live in front of a loving audience. The sound is great, but the album is a little short with only seven tracks. It is mostly for the hardcore fans, but should make those who love Dylan happy.
That is about it for new music this week. Happy listening.
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