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Little HoneyLucinda Williams, CD 781.642 WIL 2008
Lucinda Williams has always been adept at painting landscapes of the soul, illuminating the spirit’s shadowy nooks and shimmering crannies — but she’s never captured the sun breaking through the clouds as purely as on her new Lost Highway release, Little Honey. The album features a duet with Elvis Costello “Jailhouse Tears” Other guest vocalists include Matthew Sweet, Susanna Hoffs, Jim Lauderdale, Tim Easton and Charlie Louvin.
13th Hour Midnight Syndicate, CD 781.66 MID 2005
Over the past eight years, Midnight Syndicate has defined the gothic/horror soundscape genre and redefined the Halloween music industry. Their unique blend of dark orchestral movie-style instrumental music and carefully crafted sound effects make their “soundtracks for the imagination” truly interactive listening experiences, earning them a diverse worldwide following in the gothic music, Halloween, horror music, haunted attraction, and gaming industries.
Learn to Live Darius Rucker, CD 781.642 RUC 2008
As the front man of Hootie & The Blowfish, Darius Rucker has already experienced success – earning 2 Grammy awards and selling over 25 million albums worldwide. Now, embracing his country roots and a music he has always wanted to make, Darius is attracting the attention of country fans who are discovering his voice for the first time, and rewarding Hootie fans with new music featuring one of the most unique voices across any genre of music. Featuring his debut country single, “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It”, Learn to Live features 12 undeniable country hits and a voice that is unarguably Darius Rucker. “I have always written country songs…for me, this is really just part of the natural evolution of my career. I plan to be doing this for a long time. This isn’t a one album deal – it’s a career thing,” explains Rucker.
Broken China Robert Wright, CD 781.66 WRI 1996
Brand new solo album by the Pink Floyd keyboardist, with Sinead O’Connor appearing as guest lead vocalist on the tracks ‘Reaching For The Rail’ and ‘Breakthrough’. The album has a Floyd sound and look throughout, thanks to their designer Storm Thorgerson.
Some Mad HopeMatt Nathanson, CD 781.63 NAT 2007
With rapturous romanticism and over-the-top, heart-on-sleeve emotion, Matt Nathanson can’t decide whether he wants to be U2’s Bono (particularly on the opening “Car Crash”) or John Mayer (with whom he’s toured as an opening act). Though his roots are in the folk coffeehouse, he plainly has his ears aimed toward the rock arena, as the propulsive “To the Beat of Our Noisy Hearts” and “Detroit Waves” attest. “Wedding Dress” sounds like it’s aspiring to become a first-dance standard, while the sensuality of “Come On Get Higher” suggests more stripped-down delights. A couple of lines here compete for the album’s cheesiest: “C’mon let’s make this dream that’s barely half-awake come true” (from “Heartbreak World”) and “What happened to feeling cheap radio songs?” (from “Bulletproof Weeks”).
Love & Life Eric Benet, CD 781.643 BEN 2008
Eric Benet has recaptured the essence of his roots as he journeyed back to Milwaukee on his fourth solo effort, Love & Life, a strong, good-feeling record reminiscent of yesteryears when R&B was rooted in gospel, a dash of jazz and the feeling of social awareness. This album reflects a journey that magnifies the abundance of familiar experiences both personal and social that transpires, represents sheer honesty, allowing you to discover truth, and be moved and connected by music.
Hello Love Chris Tomlin, CD 781.7 TOM 2008
Following his 2006 RIAA Gold-certified record, See the Morning, Chris Tomlin’s fifth studio release, Hello Love, communicates what he describes as the “need to introduce ourselves to love again.” Produced by Ed Cash (Steven Curtis Chapman, Amy Grant, Bebo Norman), the record endeavors to give voice to the Church to worship their Creator.
Gift of ScrewsLindsey Buckingham, CD 781.66 BUC 2008
Primarily recorded and self-produced at his home studio and on the road during the ‘Under The Skin’ tour, the album also features two songs co-produced by Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance). Mixing the immediacy of the best of his contributions to Fleetwood Mac with experimental production flourishes, highlights of the set include ‘Bel Air Rain’, ‘Time Precious Time’, ‘Underground, ‘Love Runs Deeper’ and ‘Treason’. “You could certainly say this album is a distillation of a number periods of time, some false starts to make albums, certainly some songs that go back a number of years, that took a while to find a home here, combined with brand-new songs and a whole other outlook,” explains Buckingham. “And the fact that there was a kind of tenacity and focus to want to bring all of this together in one place. The fact that as an artist I’m still, for better or worse, clinging to my idealism and to my sense that there is still yet much to be said. This is a culmination of that.”
That Lonesome Song Jamey Johnson, CD 781.642 JOH 2008
He could be basking in his songwriting accolades, but Jamey Johnson remains a restlessly creative maverick. Jamey is the co-writer of the CMA and ACM 2007 Song of the Year “Give It Away,” recorded by George Strait. Trace Adkins, George Jones and Joe Nichols have also recorded his songs. But instead of sitting at home counting his royalty checks, Jamey Johnson recorded more than 40 songs during the past year. Not content with providing hits for others, the singer-songwriter has a powerful drive to sing, record and perform. “Writing is not enough for me,” says this intense artist. “I did not come here to just be a writer. I live to play….I’m not here to take a stab at it. I am going to DO it.” Following a deep period of isolation and introspection, Jamey Johnson entered the recording studio in April 2007. Within months, Jamey emerged with That Lonesome Song, a collection of extraordinary compositions that is equally noteworthy for its lyrical craftsmanship and its strikingly original sound.
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons Joshua Bell, CD 787.2 BEL 2008
Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell, who has enchanted audiences for two decades with his breathtaking playing and tone of rare opulence, has recorded Antonio Vivaldi’s concertos The Four Seasons. Widely considered as one of the premiere violinists of his generation, Bell is joined on this studio release by the celebrated musicians of the Academy of St.Martin in the Fields, who toured the work with him prior to the recording sessions. This recording of The Four Seasons is coupled with another masterpiece of Baroque virtuosity, Giuseppe Tartini’s The Devil’s Trill. The liner notes by Linda Kobler explain the curious genesis of Tartini’s piece and the indisputable place of Vivaldi’s concertos in the history of sonata composition.
Act Two Celtic Thunder, CD 781.629 CEL 2008
Celtic Thunder Act Two, the companion to Celtic Thunder (which sold over 150,00 CDs and DVDs combined) musically completes the collection of songs that have been included in one of the most successful PBS programs ever. Celtic Thunder Two includes an eclectic mix of songs ranging from the Moody Blues classic Nights In White Satin, Paul McCartney’s Mull Of Kintyre to the classic Danny Boy. The ensemble numbers on Celtic Thunder Two reflect the power of the vocalists, who range in age from 14 to 40, and feature songs that celebrate a common Celtic heritage.