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New Music Today: Diane Birch, Dave Matthews Band, Eels

What to Download: New Music Today

Tuesdays are big in entertainmentville: not only do all the new DVD releases hit Netflix, but new music also pours into stores. So I take a spin through each week's music releases and pick out some albums and tracks worthy of a download.


Channeling the soul: Diane Birch's new album, Bible Belt, is so cute and catchy, I'm going to download the whole thing. I have a huge soft spot for the folk and soul singers of the '60s and '70s like Aretha Franklin and Carole King, and Birch flawlessly channels those greats on this aptly named album (she's a preacher's daughter). Check out "Valentino," "Fools," and "Nothing But a Miracle" for a taste of the goodness.


Bittersweet: I still get sad thinking about Dave Matthews Band working on this new album, Big Whiskey & The GrooGrux King, in the wake of saxophonist LeRoi Moore's death. I can definitely detect sadness in some of these songs, but there is also a hint of triumph and renewal. I've already recommended you sample "Funny the Way It Is," and make sure to listen to "You and Me," a very touching, very simple love song.

One more up next, so read more.


Wanting something: I made the new Eels album one of my Must Haves for this month, and now — poof! — it's here. The album's tracks are all about longing and desire, and singer/songwriter Mark Oliver Everett's lyrics are heartfelt and potent. The down-tempo ballads are among the strongest songs on the album. Check out the heart-wrenching "That Look You Give That Guy" and "Ordinary Man."

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