Backstreet Boys – In A World Like This CD (K-Bahn LLC)
Eighth studio album from the teen boy-band turned vocal harmony group.
Alpha Blondy – Mystic Power CD (VP)
New album from the reggae veteran. Alpha Blondy, who is from the Ivory Coast, sings mostly in his native language of Dioula, French, English, sometimes Arabic or Hebrew. His lyrics convey serious political attitudes and a sense of humor.
Ken Camden – Space Mirror CD/LP (Kranky)
Ken Camden (Implodes) travels to space while still grounded on terra firma. His vessel of choice is a guitar and some effects with which he journeys on fantastical expeditions and surveys the biggest territory of all, the one between your ears. The album forms a gravity-free environment in which the listener is suspended, enhancing an aural excursion to the outer reaches of the musical Kosmos.
Chimaira – Crown Of Phantoms CD (E1)
“After what was a rather massive lineup change, Chimaira is back with their latest effort Crown Of Phantoms. This pounding album is in many ways a revival for the band, yet doesn’t stray away from the sound people have come to know and love over the past decade.” – Mindequalsblown.com
Alela Diane – About Farewell CD (Rusted Blue)
Alela Diane’s fourth album serves as an eloquent goodbye to lovers from years past, coupled with some poignant last walks down memory lane. While the lyrics deal most directly with Alela’s recent divorce, About Farewell explores her entire last decade of relationships with tremendous honesty and nuanced insight. The entirety of the album was built around her voice and simple guitar arrangements.