Tuesdays are big in entertainment-ville: Not only do all the new DVD releases hit Netflix, but new music also pours into stores, including iTunes. So I take a spin through each week's iTunes music releases and pick out some albums and tracks worthy of a download. Here are today's selections:
Just in time for summer: I've been excitedly anticipating the release of this new Death Cab for Cutie album for a while now. From what I've heard so far I'm really loving it. Tracks like I Will Possess Your Heart have that jam-band quality we got a peek at a little while ago, but I'm finding other songs on the album are equally as unexpected like You Can Do Better Than Me for example. Personally, I'm downloading the entire thing.
Raise your hand if you like pretty songs: Jason Mraz's new album We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. is finally here and there is even a special bonus track version you can pick up at iTunes. I think Jason Mraz is a little like John Mayer — you either dig the singer-songwriter's pop style or you don't. One thing I'll say about this new album is it is far more intimate and laid back than his previous poppy coffee house tunes. One bonus track, I'm Yours is already a bit of an Internet phenomenon and for good reason. It's really sweet!
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British invasion: There's got to be something in the water across the pond because here comes another gritty, bluesy voice out of the UK, a la Amy Winehouse. The LA Times calls Duffy's soulful album a "very early-'60s retro sound" and I'm really digging it. I think most people will love her sassy up-tempo tunes like Mercy but I really like her voice slowed down and bluesy in Warwick Avenue.
They've got the right stuff: Are you ready for the first single from the reunited NKOTB?! It's called Summertime and it's, you know, boy band-ish. But it's fun and nostalgic and you'll probably giggle a little.