Lots of great new albums are dropping today to get us rockin’ through this holiday weekend! All of these albums and more are now streaming on Apple Music and Spotify.
Kellyoke – Kelly Clarkson
Per American Songwriter:
The six-track collection features songs like Billie Eilish’s “Happier Than Ever” and Whitney Houston’s “Queen Of The Night,” which you can check out below. “I may not have performed Whitney’s ‘Queen Of The Night’ on my show yet, but little known fact is I covered that song on my very first demo tape… you could say it’s the Kellyoke that started it all!” said Clarkson of the EP in a press statement. Since the premiere of Clarkson’s talk show in 2019, her “Kellyoke” series (i.e. Kelly’s Karaoke) has been a fan favorite, with over 500 songs covered by Clarkson to date. Added Clarkson, “Music is in the DNA of everything I do, so when ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’ started we knew it was the perfect way to kick off every episode. Over 500 songs later, and we’re still not running out of amazing artists to pay tribute to. Picking just six was near-impossible, but these songs have been some of my favorites. Thanks for singing along with me y’all!”
Denim & Rhinestones – Carrie Underwood
Per Riff Magazine:
The album is more garish than anything she’s released before, and the sound truly integrates the imagery of flashy jean jackets and dripping jewlery. On “Poor Everybody Else,” the guitars grind harder than ever before as she sings with almost a growl about a girl who’s “a wrecking ball looking for a wall to break.” This one could be the new encore for Reflection, her Vegas residency. With the whole band playing, sparks flying and the fringe from her coat thrashing, Underwood will undoubtedly leave a mark on the crowd, just like the song’s subject.
Shaking Hands With Elvis – Allison Ponthier
Per Consequence of Sound:
At the core of Allison Ponthier’s mission is embracing herself as a queer artist in an otherwise limiting space. Now, with Shaking Hands With Elvis, she’s expanded her sound a great deal, incorporating some fuzzy indie rock guitars, flexible song structures, and ambitious production choices. “Autopilot” is the most rock-forward song she’s ever released, and “Late Bloomer” seems to live in a Fleetwood Mac-style alternate universe.
Scoring The End of The World – Motionless in White
Per Ghost Cult Magazine:
Scoring The End of The World shows Motionless in White performing a balancing act, one one side is the more accessible, stadium rock songs that fans have grown to love in songs like ‘Another Life’ and on the other side is the rawer, more harsh side that their earlier material reflects.
Skin of my Teeth (single) Demi Lovato
The guitar-heavy track, which bears some sonic resemblance to Hole’s “Celebrity Skin,” gives a grunge twist to the new era of pop-punk that has bubbled up in recent years, with Lovato’s powerhouse vocals urgently conveying their most upfront lyricism yet. “I’m alive by the skin of my teeth/ I survived but it got harder to breathe/ Asking why doesn’t make it easier/ Go easier on me,” Lovato sings in the track’s high-voltage chorus. “God damn it I just want to be free/ But I can’t ’cause it’s a fucking disease.”
Come back next week for a fresh batch of new music picks only on the HipsterZOMBIEJoint Experience!