It’s new release Tuesday, so it’s time to take the latest tunes for a spin. This week, we listen to The Sounds, get a little bit country with Elvis Costello, band together with Dave Matthews, stick to our guns with Taking Back Sunday, and get snazzy with jazzy Iggy Pop.
The Sounds, Crossing the Rubicon
Swedish indie outfit, The Sounds, have just released their third record, yet it feels like it could have come out in 1985. It’s core is blazing keyboard FX symphonies, arena style guitar licks, kickin’ drums, and vocals that are part Debbie Harry, part Metric. Crotch flashing frontwoman Maja Ivarsson’s rap in “Beatbox” might as well be Blondie in “Heart of Glass.” So, if you’re feeling nostalgic for beautiful bleached hotties and new wave euphoria, spin this disc right ‘round. Or just get “The Wedding Singer” soundtrack.
Elvis Costello, Secret, Profane and Sugarcane
Elvis Costello, who has been lending his voice to awesome interviews on his show “Spectacle,” has found the time to also record yet another ridiculously genius record. How does he do it? Sweet country loss-of-love songs, like “I Felt The Chill”, which he wrote with Loretta Lynn, will have you swooning. Meanwhile “My All Time Doll” snaps with bass and iconic strained vocals. And when it comes to a hootinany, Elvis isn’t afraid to go there, either. It’s hard to believe this authetic blue grass record comes from a Brit. But here it is, another plucky Elvis Costello must-have.
Dave Matthews Band, Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King
Dave Matthews has always written songs to make out to. But now, according to “Shake Me Like A Monkey,” it seems like he likes it hard, fast, and brassy. The hippie kings are back, wearing a suit in the promo photo, and tooting his own horns. This is the band’s first studio record since saxophonist LeRoi Moore died, and it’s a tribute to his life. You almost feel like the band realizes they don’t have time to waste just jammin’ out. This record moves and will pump beer swillin’ frat concert-goers up. Yet, it still maintains the jazzy soul of the sound that originally made them successful.
Taking Back Sunday, New Again
Taking Back Sunday says they’re “ready to be new again,” but it’s business as usual on this record. The foursome, with a new guitarist in their line up, is still doing emo anthems on their fourth record. While even they seem to tire of their own style, it works. Pop rock jams like “Sink Into Me” are perfect for rolling down your car windows and pumping your fist in the air along to the “heys.” After all, pulsing guitars and crashing drums that still afford discernable lyrics are a rare find.
Iggy Pop, Preliminaries
The godfather of punk’s music has gone soft, but unlike wussy fading rockers like Rod Stewart, 60-year-old Iggy’s sound is still fresh, even though he’s had a rough year. After finally reuniting with his ‘70s band and putting out The Weirdness, guitarist Ron Asheton suddenly died. It’s no wonder Iggy wants to lament with Serge Gainsborg-esque French tracks like “Les Feuilles Mortes.” His deep, hardened voice breathes new life into these old timey jazz tracks. And of course, he still performs shirtless, in jeans.