It's the Tuesday before Black Friday and we've got some big names and great albums with new music out this week. We'll begin with the great albums before discussing the big names.
I've been looking forward to this day for months because two of this year's best are finally getting their full-scale release to the world. I've been listening to Nick Moss' Here I Am and Kilborn Alley Blues Band's Four for weeks now. Both Moss and Kilborn have been damn good for a damn long time so it's difficult to say they've reached new heights and done their best work yet without sounding like you're dismissing the great work of the past. It's also easy to get caught up in the excitement of the new at the expense of the great records that led to this moment. I won't proclaim these records their best ever... yet. They are as good as anything either award-winning act has ever done. If you love blues, rock, blues-rock, and staggering guitar leads, you owe it to yourself to get a copy of Here I Am. If you like gritty, sweaty blues with a little soul and funk, Andrew Duncanson and the Kilborn Alley lads have served up the goods on Four. I had the profound honor of contributing liner notes for both these records. I'm humbled they allowed my words and name to be associated with their art. I'm unabashedly cheerleading these records because I believe in the music, the bands (having seen both live), their talent, and these records. I think you'll be a believer if you roll the dice on them.
Other records out this week include new albums from ex-American Idol runners-up Chris Daughtry, Adam Lambert, and James Durbin. Heather loved James during American Idol Season 10, excoriating voters before and after he was eliminated from the competition. She looked forward to this record and today published her review.
Former Soundgarden/Audioslave singer Chris Cornell has released a live, solo acoustic disc that offers up performances of songs from throughout his career with those bands as well as his solo years. I'm casually curious about this, having been a huge Soundgarden fan and managing to like just a couple songs from his post-Soundgarden output.
Also on the list this week are new records from Kate Bush, Drake, and a host of re-issues of varrying degrees of interest. So... anything on this list gonna drag you out at an ungodly hour on Black Friday?