Lots of great new albums are dropping today to get us rockin’ through the weekend! All of these albums and more are now streaming on Apple Music and Spotify.
Father of All – Green Day
At just 26 minutes, it’s the band’s briefest album ever—a full five minutes shorter than even 39/Smooth—and it pointedly resists political commentary on the times, as prime for comment as the times may be. It’s as if the band imagined what shape an American Idiot: Trump Edition might take, then made the exact opposite of it.
In its early stretch, Father of All… is sometimes barely even recognizable as Green Day. On the title track, a bluesy retro-stomper in the Black Keys mold, Billie Joe Armstrong trades his lippy sneer for a Jack White falsetto, while the Hives-esque “Fire, Ready, Aim” imagines the kind of rock-revival makeover Green Day might have attempted in the mid-’00s if their rock-opera muse never struck.
Perdida – Stone Temple Pilots
What a strange trip it’s been for fans of Stone Temple Pilots. Two decades ago, they gave us the grunge masterpiece “Plush.” Now they are offering folk songs with flute solos.
That’s not a knock, just a gentle warning. Bands evolve and the Pilots have moved so beyond their sonic beginnings that they’ve followed their muse into a completely different genre. They deserve credit — and listeners.
“Perdida” finds the band in an acoustic frame of mind. No, they’re not making stripped-down covers of their hits (they’ve done that), but 10 brand new songs using no or very little juice. There are cellos, violins, alto sax and something called a Marxophone, a fretless zither.
Texas Sun – Khruangbin & Leon Bridges
Per Paste Magazine:
Khruangbin & Leon Bridges’ collaborative EP, Texas Sun, starts out taking it easy, then shifts gears and takes things slow, slower, then slower still. The four-track release is in no hurry to get where it’s going, and it doesn’t appear to have a destination in mind, either: Texan highways comprise the journey and the destination at the same time. Given that Texas is large enough to be broken down into five microstates; with their own unique identities, Texas Sun’s conception of the road trip as a harbor unto itself makes sense.
Bird of Prey Soundtrack
Like the film, the “Birds of Prey” soundtrack is one incredible needle drop after incredible needle drop, bursting with the energy, freedom and sometimes chaotic sounds reflected in what’s on screen. The soundtrack, released on Atlantic Records as part of the label’s partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures, is a blend of colorful covers and original songs.
Night – Ola Gjeilo
Per Presto Classical
Ola Gjeilo presents a stunning collection of brand new original works for solo piano, composed and performed by Gjeilo himself.
An intimate and meditative collection of peaceful piano music, inspired by Gjeilo’s experience of the Night in the place he calls home, New York City.
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