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. In addition to my picks below, you can also download the Watchmen soundtrack and Neko Case's album Middle Cyclone (check out my thoughts on all her new tracks here). Here are today's selections:
Bono's back: When I first saw the cover for the new U2 album, No Line on the Horizon, I hoped it wasn't an indication of the music. Because? Snooze. Now that it's out, we have our answer. It's not boring at all, but it's also not altogether unexpected. One reviewer summed up the album as a "well-crafted, classically-sturdy rock album with a modicum of invention and a good deal of familiar-sounding material that will appeal to the faithful." Standout tracks include "Magnificent" and "Unknown Caller."
A little jazzy, alt-country something-something: Fun fact time! Jesse Harris, a fellow with a new album out today, has worked with many a talented individual — including Bright Eyes — and even won a Grammy for writing the sweet Norah Jones hit "Don't Know Why." His music may be a little too mellow yellow for some, but I've enjoyed his work before and am eager to give his new tracks a spin. I'm digging the easy melody of "Watching the Sky,", and I think "The Fool" is really pretty.
More music to talk about, so
You Had Me At "Oh": This new album from Seattle indie band Say Hi, aka Eric Ellbogen, might be one of the most interesting albums to hit my ears so far this year. If your iPod track rotation is feeling a bit stale, I urge you to work the following tunes into the fold: "Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh," "November Was White, December Was Grey," and "Elouise." Me? I've downloaded the entire thing.