But as the authoritative logo next to the stylish Stephen King photo above proclaims, this blog is entitled New This Week! And I don't want to let the entire Internet down!
So consider this week's posting something of a cheat: two new releases mixed with other "newish" albums issued sometime in the past few months or so, albums I didn't write about because I didn't yet have them or, more likely, because reviews of albums featuring Timbaland or Kanye West actually score me 3 cents per unique user, and I don't even have to listen to those!
You should see my new TV!
Alicia Keys: The Element Of Freedom (MBK/J) Certainly the week's hottest new release, Ms. Keys' fourth studio album is much anticipated by many and likely to scamper up the charts rapidly--as she's quite talented, musically proficient, and rather attractive to boot! Featuring her recent singles "Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart" and "Doesn't Mean Anything," as well as a guest appearance by Beyonce--imagine that!--this album will appeal to anyone looking for the new Alicia Keys album as well as those puzzled by Keys' apparent inside info regarding next year's edition of the periodic table! The best artist ever? Could be!
Robin Thicke: Sex Therapy: The Session (Star Trak/Interscope) Here just in time for young teenage girls to implore their parents to get them Sex Therapy for Christmas, Thicke's fourth album is everything you'd expect from a guy whose entire career has been spent singing in falsetto! Anonymous female hands claw hungrily at the man, who stares from his album cover slyly--knowing full well that had actually gone through with it and changed his last name to "Meager," that cover's impact might have a significantly lesser effect! He's simply that good! Word is that How To Properly Set The Dinner Table is waiting in the wings should some parents take exception to his marketing strategy!
Spearmint : A Week Away (Remastered 24trk Edition) (hitBACK UK import) Released in the UK last month, this extended version of 1999's classic album by Spearmint--flukeishly mentioned here in Rob O'Connor's superbly edited List Of The Day blog--now contains 11 additional tracks and is that much better for it! Yes, even now, with a few drinks in me, I will maintain that this band--who emerged in the so-called "Britpop" "explosion" of the '90s--is far superior to Oasis, Blur, and others whose names I have now forgotten, and A Week Away is their very best album ever! That said, with even more drinks in me, I will start naming the actual given names of the Legion Of Superheroes! Get this album here and realize you've been living a lie!
The Postmarks: Memoirs At The End Of The World (Unfiltered) A thoroughly great band whose memorable performance at the Y! Music studios can be seen here, South Florida's Postmarks released one of the year's best albums with Memoirs! A lush, melodic collection that's cinematic in scope, topped by the subtle, somewhat icey vocals of Tim Yehezkely, the album grows more impressive with each listening yet remarkably stays the same size! In all, I'm inclined to agree with Postmarks blog commenter "Rocknui," who, perhaps presciently, noted "fong cach ko hop ji het"! Get them before their rates are raised!
The Bats: The Guilty Office (Hidden Agenda) Here's another album that slipped through the cracks: the seventh from New Zealand's Bats, who've been making this sort of appealing, moody strum-noise for years and still sound great doing it! Fans of the similarly obscure New Zealand dudes the Clean already know what major Bat-man Robert Scott brings to the party--as some would write--since he's a member of both bands, but personally, I have always leaned Bat-ward, and The Guilty Office hasn't let me down in the slightest! Nor has this record!
Irmin Schmidt: Filmmusik Anthology Vol. 4 & 5 (Spoon/Mute) Keyboardist and co-founder of Germany's long-lived legends Can, Schmidt has taken on a parallel career that neatly fits aside that work: providing atmospheric soundtracks to films and television projects! His latest collection of the stuff features eight tracks from director Wim Wenders' recent film The Palermo Shooting as well as additional material extending back to 1998; serious fans should note that an additional two hours of music from the films represented here can also be found at http://www.irminschmidt.com/! As in all things, it helps if you can read German!
Beat Circus: Boy From Black Mountain (Cuneiform) Since we're getting eclectic-all-over, let's put in a plug for this very nifty third album from Boston's Beat Circus--who manage to merge tubas, banjos, strings, accordions and more into a weird mixture of Gothic Americana that's all over the place musically, wonderfully arranged, and--like most great records--lacking only a cameo appearance by Soulja Boy Tellem to be completely perfect! But why does this band's name seem so oddly reassuring?
David Bowie: Space Oddity (40th Anniversary Edition) (EMI) This may be the zillionth repacking of this album, but it comes at the right time: "Space Oddity" has never gone away, and the inherent charms of Bowie's earlier, lesser played-out tracks like "Letter To Hermione" and "Cygnet Committee" are inescapable with a 2009 listening! Great graphics and notes, some excellent previously-unreleased material on the second disc, and about time for the dude to make a new record about now, wouldn't you say?