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!
Shania Twain – Still the One: Live from Vegas
Fans of Canada’s country-pop superstar have been waiting for new music since 2002’s Up! Until that new album comes along ("exciting news" is on the way!), this CD-DVD souvenir of her two-year Vegas residency will have to suffice. The 19-track CD boasts the hits and some acoustic numbers, while the DVD features all the flash you’d expect from the Caesars Palace show, including a 13-piece live band, dancers, trained horses and a flying motorcycle.
Emile Haynie – We Fall
The New York hit maker is best known as the producer of tracks like Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven.” On his solo debut, a post-breakup album, Haynie is joined by other artists he’s produced, including Lana Del Rey on the woozy “Wait for Life” and Fun.’s Nate Ruess on the cautionary “Fool Me Too.” He also boasts such stellar guests as Lykke Li, Randy Newman and Father John Misty.
OTHER NOTABLE RELEASES:
Will Butler – Policy
Taking a break from his Arcade Fire duties, Butler releases a promising solo debut, featuring edgy indie rockers (“Take My Side”) and dreamy piano ballads (“Sing to Me”).
The Skints – FM
UK’s The Skints offer up an infectious portrait of London, mixing Britpop with ska on tasty tracks like “This Town,” featuring reggae legends Tippa Irie and Horseman.
Olly Murs – Never Been Better
The British, folky pop singer’s fourth album features duets with Demi Lovato, Travie McCoy and “Let Me In,” a cool ballad co-write with the Modfather, Paul Weller.
Playlist of the week: JUNO Edition