November 30, 2009
The first release day of the last month of the year brings slim pickings to music fans, which is probably a blessing for those of us putting together our year-end lists of albums and singles.
Of this short list, a couple of digital releases stand out.
Daniel, Fred & Julie is the debut album from Daniel Romano of Attack in Black, Fred Squire of Shotgun and Jaybird, and Julie Doiron, and is a collection of folk standards and original songs from the three well-respected songwriters.
Tristeza's Fate Unfolds also is highly recommended, one of the year's finest instrumental albums.
Manu Chao's live album Baionarena is probably the only other new album I will buy this week.
What new music can you recommend this week? What's on your shopping list? What music are you giving as gifts this year?
This week's interesting CD releases:
Ash: D (vinyl)
Biz Markie: Diabolical: The Biz's Greatest Hits
The Bravery: Stir the Blood (vinyl LP & CD)
Britney Spears: The Singles Collection (Special Edition) (CD & DVD)
Cunninlynguists: Southernunderground (reissue)
Daniel, Fred & Julie: Daniel, Fred & Julie
Edith Piaf: Best of the Best
Enya: The Very Best Of Enya (CD & DVD)
A History of: Action in the North Atlantic
The Holy Modal Rounders: The Holy Modal Rounders, Vol. 2 (vinyl reissue)
John Mayer: Battle Studies (vinyl)
Juvenile: Cocky and Confident
Manu Chao: Baionarena (CD & DVD)
Morningbell: Sincerely, Severely
Natural Elements: 1999: 10 Year Anniversary
Norah Jones: Fall (2-CD edition)
Olaf Arnalds: Vio og Vio (reissue)
R. Kelly: Untitled
Rasmus: Best of Rasmus 2001-2009
Souls Of Mischief: Montezuma's Revenge
Sun Ra: Of Mythic Worlds (vinyl reissue)
Thalia: Thalia en Primera Fila
Tristeza: Fate Unfolds
Various Artists: NME: The Album 2009
Various Artists: Up In The Air (soundtrack)
Various Artists: Whip It (soundtrack) (vinyl)
Vetiver: More of This (vinyl)
White Door: Windows (remastered)
Yes: Keys to Ascension, Vol. 2 (reissue)
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