Featured New Releases:

Bruno MarsUnorthodox Jukebox

It’s hard to believe that this is only the 2nd album from Bruno Mars, an ever-present fixture on the radio and in his behind the scenes work as a songwriter and guest vocalist. You’d be hard pressed to walk inside a shopping mall and not hear hits like “Just the Way You Are,” “It Will Rain,” or the current single, “Locked Out of Heaven.”  It’s clear that his influences in front of a microphone and behind a soundboard have played a role in the evolution of his sound, as his signature vocals carry over very Michael Jackson circa 1980s song structures after the soaring kick off, “Young Girls.” Make no mistake – these are HITS.

If You Like: Michael Jackson, Usher, Justin Timberlake
Recommended Track: “Young Girls”

Green DayTre!

This final  album of the Green Day album trilogy dropped earlier than expected as a peace offering following the cancellation of a fall tour in order to allow Billie Joe Armstrong to enter rehab. Green Day has now released a staggering 37 new songs since late September, a sort of confusing, yet not-that-surprising move by a band that has the freedom to push boundaries. While mostly polished pop-punk, this third effort includes a few curve balls, including guitarist Mike Dirnt on vocals and a somber, piano-driven ballad closing out the album. After the year they’ve had, it will be interesting what direction they’ll take musically and lyrically, but “promise [us] no dead end streets and [they’ll] guarantee we’ll have the road.”

If You Like: Blink 182, NOFX, The Offspring
Recommended Track: “Amanda”

Other Featured Albums Available This Week [12/11/12]:

Game - Jesus Piece
Big Boi  Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors
Boys Like GirlsCrazy World
Steve AokiIt’s the End of the World As We Know It EP
Plies - You Need People Like Me 1
Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye Complete Albums
Masta KillaSelling My Soul
Prozak Nocturnal
Voz De MandoY Ahora Resulta
Various - BET Sunday Best Season 5
Buddha-BarBuddha-Bar Classical, Zenfonia


Coming Up Next Week [12/18/12]:

T.I.Trouble Man
The-DreamTerius Nash : 1977
Chief Keef  – Finally Rich
Buddy GuyLive at Legends
B.B. KingThere Must Be A Better World Somewhere
Eric ClaptonSlowhand [35th Anniversary Remaster]
Office RomanceI Love the Holidays – EP
Slum VillageB Sides

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