A few noteworthy veterans appear in this week’s new releases: Country icon Alan Jackson has a new album, Paul Simon’s influential Graceland gets a deluxe reissue, and the Beach Boys make their emphatic return with their first new material for over 15 years. Rappers Big K.R.I.T. and Curren$y both release anticipated albums, and indie-punk shouters The Hives return with their first full-length since 2007.
Emeli Sandé - Our Version of Events
Without having released an album, Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé already supported Coldplay on their Mylo Xyloto tour, was featured on a top ten single, and has written songs for a number of performers, including Susan Boyle. Now that her debut has hit, who knows what’s next?
Japandroids - Celebration Rock
The Vancouver punk-rock duo upped their sophistication without losing any of their edge on their new sophomore album. This is one not to miss.
Temper Trap - Temper Trap
Aussie indie rockers Temper Trap return with their first album since their 2009 debut. If the bombast of first single “Need Your Love” is anything to go by, their self-titled album was worth the wait.
Rhett Miller - The Dreamer
Old 97s frontman Rhett Miller releases his fifth album today. The self-produced The Dreamer features guest spots from Rosanne Cash, Rachael Yamagata, and Peter Gabriel percussionist Jerry Marotta.
Wilco - “Me Avivé”
The folk-rock indie troupe recorded a live, Spanish version of the song “Dawned on Me,” from last year’s The Whole Love.