Seven days came and gone since last time a lot of albums became available, which suggests – you guessed it! – it’s another New Music Friday! Please your ears using these new releases, all the way today, October 23rd.
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Today’s biggest release is Sounds Good Feels Good, the 2nd album from Australian pop-punk phenoms 5 Seconds of Summer. Jon Dolan writes about precisely how they’re going larger than ever and continuing to explode the boy-band formula in 2010.
Singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom returns with Divers, her first album in several years. As always, it is just a multi-layered thing of beauty full of complex lyrical turns, but Will Hermes writes that she’s distilled her ambitious vision into an impressively focused number of songs about love, loss and memory. Check Jet Black Heart sheet music.
Country music juggernaut Carrie Underwood continues her unstoppable run using Storyteller, by incorporating smart nods on the rootsier feel of her earlier work.
Rod Stewart is one of his best years ever – but Another Country, his new album, has no the songs to check his still-impressive voice, writes Will Hermes.
Thirteen years after “A Thousand Miles,” Vanessa Carlton has refined her voice as being a songwriter. Liberman is her fifth studio album, and turning heads.
Long Beard, a.k.a. New Jersey singer Leslie Bear, is constructing a word-of-mouth fanbase with Sleepwalker, the act’s debut LP. More Black Heart sheet music.
That Would Be Me, says crooner Harry Connick Jr. on his fifth album, recorded in London and Nashville with pro pop producers Eg White and Butch Walker.
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Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan returns to his fruitful collaboration together with the U.K. production duo Soulsavers for the second album, Angels & Ghosts, and it is even better compared to album they made together in 2012.
Judith Hill has become featured on The Voice as well as in Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom, and he or she was set to perform as being a background singer on Michael Jackson’s This Is It shows before his death. Now she’s finally releasing her debut album, Back In Time, made by Prince at Paisley Park.
Dreamy synth-pop act Pure Bathing Culture made their second album, Pray For Rain, with producer John Congleton (who’s worked St. Vincent, Angel Olsen and much more).
Shawn Mullins, the singer-songwriter well known for his 1998 hit “Lullaby,” includes a new album out today too: My Stupid Heart, which, you may have guessed from your title, is around romantic failure.