These are the new albums that I think are worth purchasing this week. “Poor men wanna be rich, rich men wanna be king”* edition.
The Very Best of Don Henley – Don Henley
I have never been a huge Eagles fan. Their brand of soft country rock just never did it for me. That being said I am a fan of Don Henley solo & so I was quite excited to see he was coming out with a Best of album. I love greatest hits/best of albums because it’s like instant gratification. All the hits, all the classic songs right there with out having to listen to some nominal track made as filler. Unlike last week, when we saw two relatively modern bands release greatest hits albums to revive somewhat dormant careers, Don Henley has been in the game since the 70’s & it’s about time he released a comprehensive Greatest Hits album that is worth purchasing.
Don Henley – Boys of Summer
Back & Forth – Pete Yorn
Starting with musicforthemorningafter I have been a huge fan of his brand of Springsteen inspired Jersey Rock. I’m pretty excited about this new album based on the first single “Don’t Wanna Cry For You”. Recorded in Omaha, Nebraska of all places & produced by Mike Mogis Back & Forth is his fourth album (no pun intended on my part). This is a must buy for any Pete Yorn fan & if you for some reason have yet to discover Pete Yorn, go to Amoeba find Musicforthemorningafter used & enjoy all that Mr. Yorn has to offer. Listen to him cover Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark”.
Pete Yorn – Don’t Wanna Cry For You
Pete Yorn – Dancing in the Dark
Started out in Punk Rock Bands in Vancouver, sang with the New Pornographers & now is a country singer? Not quite. Labeling Neko Case as merely a Country music singer is doing her quite the disservice. Labeling her period is diminishing her talent as a female force of nature. Her voice is reminiscent of Emmylou Harris & along with Kathleen Edwards is providing a resurgence of extremely talented female alt-country artists (there I go labeling her) .
Neko Case – People Got Alot of Nerve
This may be the most highly anticipated album for me all year. I love Drive-By Truckers & Patterson Hood, being the lead singer, is the main reason with that distinct Alabama Twang in his voice. They toured with Booker T of Booker T & The MG’s as his backing band this summer, but this is all Patterson. His second album does not disappoint while being different from DBT’s it is still a fantastic album with a different edge to it than his group stuff. Considering he said, “I was 14 years old when, ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town‘ came out & it changed my life.” That’s a man who knows what good music sounds like. So I’ll give you two songs from Senor Hood. The first is from his new album & the second is a killer live cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Badlands”. So good!
Patterson Hood – Pride of the Yankees
Patterson Hood – Badlands (Bruce Springsten Cover)