Just as David Bowie's new Heathen disc is out to remind us of the artist's remarkable vitality, EMI reissues the first landmark installment in his peerlessly chameleonic career of genre-defining albums.
After a brief flirtation with electric, aggressive rock on 2001's Everyday, Matthews and his compadres return to the acoustic-based sound that's made them the object of rabid fan affection previously reserved for such bands as the Grateful Dead and Phish.
Because of its penchant for raw, post-punk songbursts, as evidenced on the single "Get Free," this Australian "it"-band will likely draw comparisons to the Strokes and the White Stripes—even though its debut owes as much to the classic alt-rock album archetypes established by U2, Blur, Radiohead, and Nirvana as it does to the current garage rock craze.
This sophomore set by the maritime-obsessed band Cousteau contains several aquatic metaphors that border on corny; but, overall, Sirena plays as a lush pop album driven by sincere songwriting and catchy melodies.
Former New Kid Joey McIntyre gives his grown-up, grade-A chops a workout on this loose, live boutique album, which features 16 songs from his April appearances at Joe's Pub in New York during a 20-city tour.
Recorded in concert at Lincoln Center a few months after the release of the duo's third album, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, this immaculately produced disc harks back to a time when Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel still performed as an acoustic duo and when their work still typified the folk-rock genre they helped pioneer.