Saturday, July 05, 2008

July new album releases

The second half of the year commences...with a snooze. This has to be the most boring month of new releases yet. Only Delta Goodrem really interests me, perhaps Sharleen Spiteri.

July 7/8

Beck - Modern Guilt. Midnight Vultures (2000) and Odelay (1996) were Grammy Album of th the Year Nominees; Sea Change (2002) received a 5-star review from Rolling Stone, but his last album, The Information (2006), wasn't a big hit. Will his 8th studio album change that?

July 14/15

Delta Goodrem - Delta. Australia's most popular new artist this decade (she's had eight #1 hits since 2003) finally releases an album in the U.S. Word is that Delta, her third album, is better than her last outing, Mistaken Identity, and more polished than her first, Innocent Eyes. Features first single "In This Life."

Sharleen Spiteri - Melody. The Texas lead singer tries a solo disc. First single "All The Times I Cried" is pretty decent, but doesn't sound that much different than what the band would do.

John Mellencamp - Life, Death, Love and Freedom. John Mellencamp releases a disc of folk rock distributed in the new CODE format, which is supposed to be high-definition and virtually indistinguishable from the recording tapes.

Basshunter - Now You're Gone. After scoring a massive UK #1 wth "Now You're Gone," the Swedish dance act has a whole album of such similar wonders, including new single "All I Ever Wanted."

July 21/22

Miley Cyrus - Breakout. The 15 year-old Disney megastar--one of the hardest working people in the biz--releases her second solo album, featuring first single "7 Things."

July 28/29

Young Jeezy - The Recession. The guy who appears on Usher's "Love in This Club Part 1" puts out another album.

Erykah Badu - New Amyrkah Part Two (Return of the Ankh). She's got a new one too.

August looks a little better with new releases from Ne-Yo, Nelly (finally), The Streets, and The Verve.

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