Music albums: People still make them! Here’s a list of what’s coming out this week.
Glee: The Music presents
Glee cast rivals the Dalton Academy Warblers debuted on the show this season with their version of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” which became the fastest selling single in the series’ history. The Warblers, a male a capella group starring Darren Criss and Chris Colfer, now have their own release. Never seen the show, but I bet Darren Criss and Chris Colfer are sooooo fuckin’ dreamy.
Steve Miller Band
Let Your Hair Down
Some people call him Maurice. The Joker is back with his the second edition companion piece to 2010’s Bingo, his first album in 15 years. Both were recorded on the orchestral sound stage of George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch. Hair is packed with 10 songs that don’t even begin to approach the greatness that is “Fly Like an Eagle.” To that, we say, “Tick tock, Boo Boo Boo Boo Boo.”
Don’t you just really, really wish this was an album by the Fall titled Gorillaz instead of the other way around?
This Austin, Texas, legend-in-his-own mind plays country-tinged rock with dirty words. And, true story, he used to date Sandra Bullock back in the day. She went on to marry to some tatted-up motorcycle building daredevil with a Nazi fetish. Wonder how that turned out?
Duff McKagan’s Loaded
Former Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan has had a long history with drug and alcohol abuse. A few near-death experiences sobered him up. His latest band is called Duff McKagan’s Loaded, and their new album is titled Taking. I think he’s trying to tell us something.
James Newton Howard
Water For Elephants
“I read the book and then I saw the movie and then I bought the soundtrack!” If you’re the type of person who’d say something like this, chances are we run in different circles.
PW's Music Issue 2014