Here’s a quick rundown of some major releases hitting shelves today in music stores:
Alright, I’ll get this one out of the way first because TWM’s good friend Ben has been raving about it. The latest album from The Vaccines — What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? — is out today and up to stream for free as well! The rest of my day will now be spent laughing at the mental image of “The Vaccines record dropping flying elbows on everything else that comes out today” (in Ben’s own words).
Death Cab For Cutie‘s new record Codes & Keys is out today, and is said to have a more electronic lean than any of their previous records. I know it’s an indie rock cliche to say you liked their earlier stuff, but I really dropped off on this band in recent years. I loved their first 2 or 3 records and then kinda drifted away from their music. I still think they get unfair judgment from their detractors though, and I’m actually quite interested to hear what this one sounds like.
The new My Morning Jacket album Circuital is their first since the lukewarmly received Evil Urges. I wouldn’t say I hated Evil Urges but I definitely didn’t love it. It was alright. The new record is a move back in the right direction in my opinion, without succumbing to the pitfalls of a “back to our roots” kind of album. It has a good balance of new and old sounds that should please most fans.
Kate Bush releases Director’s Cut today, which features re-recorded — and re-worked — versions of her songs off 1989’s The Sensual World and 1993’s The Red Shoes albums. On paper that might not sound so great, when an artist goes back to their old stuff it can sometimes end horribly. But fear not, because Director’s Cut is sitting pretty at 81 on Metacritic and has received favorable reviews from NOW, Uncut, NME, and Pitchfork.
Last but not least, The Melvins release their live record Sugar Daddy Live, featuring songs from their 2008 tour.