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!
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The Dead Weather – Dodge and Burn
The third album from the supergroup led by Jack White on drums and featuring singer Alison Mosshart (The Kills), guitarist Dean Fertita (Queens of the Stone Age) and bassist Jack Lawrence (City and Colour) takes the blues-punk outfit into dark and electrifying new territory. First singles “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)” and “Cop and Go” have a thrillingly raw and edgy sound, while “Rough Detective” and “Three Dollar Hat” boast a delirious, unhinged quality that will ensure the band gets maximum rotation from fans and newcomers alike.
Ryan Adams – 1989
He’s a 40-year-old, Grammy-nominated indie-rocker; she’s a 25-year-old pop superstar. But Ryan is a huge admirer of Taylor Swift’s debut pop recording, so much so that he covered the entire album in a style - as he calls it, “as played by the Smiths." There’s certainly a sad-bastard quality to songs like the string quartet-laden rendition of “Blank Space” (Taylor’s favorite) and the deliciously melancholic “Welcome to New York.” In fact, Ryan exaggerates Taylor’s bruised love songs like “Bad Blood” and “I Wish You Would” so well that you’d almost think he wrote them himself.
OTHER NOTABLE RELEASES:
Don Henley – Cass Country
Featuring stellar duets with Dolly Parton on “When I Stop Dreaming” and Mick Jagger on “Bramble Rose,” this strong comeback album finds the Eagles’ frontman flying high.
New Order – Music Complete
Despite appearances from Iggy Pop and Brandon Flowers, the highlights are those tracks that feature La Roux’s Elly Jackson and restore New Order’s dance-floor supremacy.
Silversun Pickups - Better Nature
The L.A. band's fourth studio album (and first in over three years) doesn’t provide any earth-shattering changes to the group’s sound, just solid rock numbers like “Nightlight.”
Baio – The Names
On his solo debut, the Vampire Weekend bassist conjures up a blippy, beat-laden collection of songs like “Sister of Pearl” and “Endless Rhythm” well suited to dancing.