The best new music of the week: Carrie Underwood, Take That, The Kinks and more

By Nicholas Jennings

As music columnist for hellomagazine.ca, each week I’ll bring you my selections for the best and most notable new music, albums you’re going to want to add to your collection plus a five-song playlist to try out. Happy listening!

TOP ALBUMS

Carrie Underwood - Greatest Hits: Decade #1
Carrie’s 10-year career to date has been marked by a slew of crossover hits that have made her the reigning queen of country music. They’re all included here, as well as two new songs: the inspiring “Something in the Water” and the emotional “Little Toy Guns,” a cautionary tale about the damage that parents’ harsh words can have on children.


Take That - III
Skeptics assumed the English pop group would be a bust without the charismatic Robbie Williams. But Take That, now a trio, has proven naysayers wrong with a seventh album that features hits like the infectious “These Days” and such quirkier tracks as the swaggering electropop of “I Like It” and the charming confessional piano ballad “Flaws.”

OTHER NOTABLE ALBUMS

Demi Lovato - Demi (Deluxe)
The new edition of her hit album includes seven extra tracks, highlighted by a duet with X Factor star Olly Murs and Demi’s acoustic cover of Ed Sheeran’s “Give Me Love.”

The Kinks - The Anthology 1964-1971
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the legendary Brit rockers issue a five-CD box set featuring timeless favourites like “You Really Got Me” and “Waterloo Sunset.”

Tears for Fears - Songs from the Big Chair
The English duo’s biggest selling album, featuring “Shout” and other hits, is back in deluxe form with remixes and rarities and ready to once again rule the world.

Willie Nelson & Sister Bobbie - December Day: Willie’s Stash Vol. 1
This bears all the hallmarks of great sibling pairings, with Bobbie providing instinctive piano accompaniment for Willie on surprising covers and his own country classics.

Smashing Pumpkins - Monuments to an Elegy
Billy Corgan may be the only remaining original member but, together with Motley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, still manages to summon up the alt-rock band’s infinite sadness.

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