New albums hit shelves this week and it’s an interesting mix with appearances from across the pond and down under—the U.K. and Australia, respectively. Ne-Yo is about the only radio-friendly release this week, with some niche markets filled in by the likes of TV’s “Glee” and Kylie Minogue diehards who want to hear the Aussie give it to them acoustic.
Music From Another Dimension by Aerosmith – the classic American rockers is a return to form for the Steven Tyler fronted band, marking their 15th studio album and their first in 11 years. Some fun surprises include a duet with Carrie Underwood and a track that has Johnny Depp on the backing vocals.
Now 44: That’s What I Call Music by Various Artists – I’m still not clear on who actually buy these albums, but it’s currently sitting in the number two spot on Amazon, so let’s file this in Things I Will Never Completely Understand (quantum physics, Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger’s relationship, Now music releases) and just go with it. Either because it wants to keep you in the current Top 40 loop or just make you feel super old, Now is in its 44th incarnation and features current hits by Katy Perry, Flo Rida, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Usher, and of course, Psy.
Skyfall by Thomas Newman – Original score music perfect for some epic drives whatever your zip code or difficult mission (post office and almond butter runs included), though important detail to note: it doesn’t include the Adele theme, you just have to purchase the single on its own
Glee: The Music Presents Grease by Glee Cast – more of the same from everyone’s favorite high school musical archetypes, this time taking on the unforgettable showtunes from classic musical “Grease”
R.E.D. by Ne-Yo – an acronym for “Realizing Every Dream,” this fifth album from the hardworking R&B singer-songwriter is another solid effort that includes a mix of mid-tempo introspective lyricism (“Cracks in Mr. Perfect”), sweet baby-makin’ music (“Lazy Love”), and Euro-techno/disco dance songs (“Let Me Love You”)
The Abbey Road Sessions by Kylie Minogue – Where most artists would just put out a “greatest hits” album with a couple disposable remixes on it to celebrate 25 years in the music industry, Kylie wants to prove she’s still in it with recordings of her greatest hits reworked to reflect her thoughtfulness and vocal prowess