It’s new release Tuesday, so it’s time to take the latest tunes for a spin. This week Pearl Jam gets de-grunged, Basement Jaxx bring down the house, Sean Kingston burns it on the dance floor, and David Gray belts out some tunes, just for you. So, let’s get into the groove, after the jump.
Pearl Jam, Backspacer
He may not seem quite as dreamy as he did back in the ’90s when his posters lined your bedroom walls and you longed to run your fingers through his greasy hair, but Eddie Vedder still sounds great. This album feels like a serious return to form, with great rock songs and a gorgeous ballad, “The End.”
Basement Jaxx, Scars
Brits Felix Burton and Simon Ratcliffe of Basement Jaxx are still pumping out the kind of house tunes that put a wiggle in your backside. “Raindrops” might be enough to finally get “You used to be my Romeo” out of your head. Notice how I used the word “might.” Another highlight of the album—tracks with Kelis, Santigold, and Yoko Ono.
And now it’s time for a little Canadian indie rock. The third album from Islands is being called their most accessible yet, which in their case is a good thing. These songs will remind you of Nick Diamonds’ original band, The Unicorns.
Sean Kingston, Tomorrow
Can we talk for a second about how Jamaican reggae-rapper Sean Kingston is only 19? He bust onto the scene with “Beautiful Girls” two years ago, and now he’s back with his sophomore album. If you’ve been to a club any time in the past four months, you’ve probably already danced to “Fire Burning.”
David Gray, Draw the Line
Why, oh why, do lyrics sounds soooo much better when sung through the mouth of a British hottie? Singer, songwriter, piano pounder, and guitar strummer David Gray knows how to break your heart and he’ll do it over and over again on his new album.