Featured New Releases

Mumford & SonsBabel

It’s easy to try and speak to a “sophomore slump,” or some variation therein, especially for a band like Mumford and Sons. Their rise to fame was at 100mph and with all the attention to the speed, one may ignore the road the Mumfords have been travelling. They have long been pounding the pavement both in both their home country of England and other parts of the world and much of this new album has been on their set lists since the release of their last album, “Sigh No More.” However, make no mistake: “Babel” as a whole tells a more cohesive story of the band’s road, drivers and passengers with an even stronger attention to the story and the songs as one unit. The dirt under their fingernails runs deep and this 2nd effort matches the caliber of many band’s 4th or 5th as far as quality, wisdom and strength.

If You Like: The Avett Brothers, Bon Iver, Of Monsters and Men
Recommended Track:  “Lover of the Light”

No DoubtPush And Shove

Since the release of “Tragic Kingdom” in 1996, No Doubt has remained omnipresent in popular culture, even in spite of an 11 year absence from both recording and touring. Because of the gap and “Push and Shove” being only the 5th album under their belt, the distance between their breakout album and now seems to skew the perception of what a 2012 No Doubt would sound like. For those wanting another “Tragic Kingdom,” this may not be the place for you as the band evolved to the more electronic, reggae and dub influence sound several albums ago. However, Gwen’s undeniable voice and presence have been a trademark of this band and this sound reflects moreso to the sound of her solo work than the punk influence of mid 90’s No Doubt.

If You Like: P!NK, Carly Rae Jepsen, Lady Gaga
Recommended Track: “Sparkle”

Lupe FiascoFood & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1

After a creative tug of war and a steady drip of new material over the course of time, the first part of Lupe Fiasco’s “Great American Rap Album,” has finally been released as a whole. The singles, “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free), and “Bitch Bad,” have kickstarted the excitement for the album and even the eventual bonus track, “Go to Sleep,” has created significant buzz. Although the title implies an impending continuation and rumors of another completed album on top of “Pt. 2,” have been swirling, Fiasco has been vocal about a possible retirement or recording under a different name, but rest assured there is more to come.

If You Like: Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Talib Kweli
Recommended Track: “Lamborghini Angels”

Other Featured Albums Available This Week 9/25/12

Green Day - ¡UNO!
Jake OwenEndless Summer EP
Gerardo OrtizEl Primer Ministro
Donna SummerWalk Away – Collector’s Edition (The Best Of 1977-1980)
Ricky Skaggs - Music To My Ears
Frightened RabbitState Hospital EP
Madeon - The City
Lavender DiamondIncorruptible Heart
Dara MacleanYou Got My Attention: Deluxe Edition
BlackburnerPlanet Earth Attack

Coming Up Next Week 10/2/12

Muse – The 2nd Law
Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream
Three Days Grace – Transit Of Venus
Matt & Kim – Lightning
Tori Amos – Gold Dust
Chris Rene – I’m Right Here
KISS- Monster
Jerrod Niemann - Free The Music
The Vaccines – Come of Age
The Wallflowers – Glad All Over
Jackie Evancho – Songs From the Silver Screen
A Rocket To The Moon – That Old Feeling EP
Blake Shelton –  Cheers It’s Christmas
The Mountain Goats – Transcendental Youth
The Hood Internet – FEAT
Frank Turner - Last Minutes and Lost Evenings
Van Morrison – Born to Sing: No Plan B
Tristan Prettyman – Cedar + Gold
Prince Paul and DJ P. Forreal – Negroes On Ice
MGK – Lace Up: The Prelude

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