Each Tuesday we welcome new additions and contributions to the world of contemporary music. Here are the handful of new album releases that need to be on your radar this week…
Taylor Swift – Red: Have you been living under a rock? If so, welcome to the Internet, I’m assuming this is your first time here. Even people who don’t like Taylor Swift know there’s a new album out by Taylor Swift. It’s the singer’s fourth studio record that has already sold 262,000 copies since it was released just yesterday. It’s also already sold a staggering 4.5 million individual tracks from Red, which includes various un-country sounding singles like “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “State of Grace,” and “I Knew You Were Trouble.”
Lady Antebellum – On This Winter’s Night: If you want to listen to more not country music from a country act, Lady Antebellum’s latest Christmas offerings should complement your T-Swizzle fix. It’s the band’s first Christmas album that gives twangy twists on traditional carols like “The First Noel” and “Silent Night” and more modern pop tunes like “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” and Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”
Colbie Caillat – Christmas in the Sand: On the sunnier side of the holidays is Malibu-born singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat who releases her first album of Christmas music also. It’s got the venerable classics, of course, but more noteworthy in a sea of redone X-mas tracks, Christmas in the Sand has four original holiday songs, including one written by Colbie, Jason Reeves, and Kara DioGuardi.
Kendrick Lamar – good kid, mAAd city: Hip-hop and rap heads are probably already tuned in to the major label debut that is “Swimming Pools (Drank)”’s Kendrick Lamar. Compton’s K-Dot lyrical abilities shine all over what critics are already calling a moody and instant classic—naked, honest rhymes and mature production value. Interesting trivia: the song “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” was supposed to feature Lady Gaga, but that didn’t pan out due to deadline pressures.
Swedish House Mafia – Until Now: The electro dance group has a new compilation disc and it collects their unapologetically accessible and commercial EDM sound. The big and blissful tracks and remixes are laid out in this 11-track album (or in the more comprehensive and probably worth it 23-track deluxe album).