New Releases: Linkin Park, Diplomats, Aphex Twin, Celine Dion, NOFX, Josh Wink & More

Linkin Park’s Meteora is poised for a meteoric rise to the top of the Billboard chart. Following up Hybrid Theory, the biggest selling album of 2001, the boys have refined their angsty rock-rap for the new album, which features the single “Somewhere I Belong.”

French duo Air release City Reading (Tre Storie Western), an instrumental interpretation of the Italian writer Alessandro Baricco’s novel City, about a young math genius and his vivid fantasy life. Produced by Nigel Godrich (Radiohead), the hour-long CD contains just three tracks.

Meanwhile, Aphex Twin’s 26 Mixes for Cash features, you guessed it, 26 tracks. The double-disc set features ambient remixes of David Bowie, Philip Glass and Saint Etienne on the first CD, and a more deconstructed, driving sound working with Nine Inch Nails and Meat Beat Manifesto songs on the second.

The indomitable Celine Dion is back again to deliver her signature power ballads and inspirational adult contemporary on One Heart. Plus she even tries her hand at some “dance” tracks like “I Drove All Night.”

The Diplomats — Cam’ron and pals Jimmy Jones and Juelz Santana — drop their debut album, Diplomatic Immunity, which finds the crew taking on September 11 on the track “Ground Zero,” and an unlikely quasi-cover of Jefferson Starship’s “We Built This City.”

Les Nubians, the French lovelies who gave us 1998′s Princesses Nubiennes, have finally taken One Step Forward, while the D4, a New Zealand garage band, release their 6Twenty alongside Cradle of Filth’s Damnation & a Day and Vic Chesnutt’s Silver Lake, featuring the love story “Band Camp” and the Brian Wilson homage “Fa-La-La.”

Finally, you know the drill about this compilation: all hit songs all the time. Now That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 12 is no exception. Just to name a few, there’s Justin Timberlake’s “Like I Love You,” “Jenny From the Block” by Jennifer Lopez, and B2K’s “Bump, Bump, Bump.”

Now let’s see what else we’ll be bumping this week.

Out Tuesday, March 25:


  • 702 – Star (Motown)
  • 9th Creation – Bubble Gum (P-Vine)
  • Acid Ape – Fleshspa (Abstract Sounds)
  • The Adventures of Jet – Muscle (Suburban Home)
  • Afro Celts – Seed (Real World)
  • Air – City Reading (Tre Storie Western) (Astralwerks)
  • All Systems Go – Fascination Unknown (Bad Taste)
  • Tony Allen – Home Cooking (Shakti)
  • Antimatter – Antimatter Vs. Antimatter (Asphodel)
  • Aphex Twin – 26 Mixes for Cash (two CDs, Warp)
    Buy Now: 26 Mixes for Cash (Warp)
  • Appalachian Express – I’ll Meet You in the Morning (Rebel)
  • Apple Thieves – Lads Will be Lads (Crazy Love)
  • Appliance – Are You Earthed? (Mute)
  • Joan Armatrading – Lovers Speak (Denon)
  • Dave Audé – Mixed Live Club Velvet St. Louis (Moonshine Music)
  • Big Mountain – Cool Breeze (Rebel Ink)
  • Boulevard Knights – Boulevard Knights (Familia)
  • Brave Saint Saturn – Light of Things Hoped For (Tooth & Nail)
  • Garth Brooks – Complete Set (CD and Book, Lake Shore)
  • Dave Brubeck – Park Avenue South: Live at Starbucks (Telarc Jazz)
  • Call Me Ishmael – Effervescing (Americans Are Coming)
  • Rosanne Cash – Rules of Travel (Capitol)
  • Vic Chesnutt – Silver Lake (New West)
  • Christian Death – Ashes (Cleopatra)
  • Codec & Flexor – Tubed (Emperor Norton)
  • Freddy Cole – In the Name of Love (Telarc Jazz)
  • Steve Cole – Ny La (Warner Bros.)
  • Copeland – Beneath Medicine Tree (The Militia Group)
  • Cradle of Filth – Damnation and a Day (Red Ink)
  • Cream – BBC Sessions (Universal)
  • D4 – 6Twenty (Hollywood)
    Buy Now: 6Twenty (Hollywood)
  • Chico DeBarge – Free (Koch)
  • Derailers – Genuine (Lucky Dog)
  • Celine Dion – One Heart(Epic)
  • Diplomats – Diplomatic Immunity (two CDs, Diplomat/Roc-a-fella/Def Jam)
    Buy Now: Diplomatic Immunity (Diplomat/Roc-a-fella/Def Jam)
  • DJ Cam – Soulshine (Koch/In the Paint)
  • Dream Evil – Evilized (Century Media)
  • Even in Blackouts – Myths & Imaginary Magicians (Lookout!)
  • Experience Unlimited – Experience Unlimited (P-Vine Japan)
  • The Exploited – F**k the System (Spitfire)
  • F-Minus – Wake Up Screaming (Hellcat)
  • Fine Arts Militia – We Are Gathered Here (Koch)
  • Fox – For Fox Sake (Cherry Red)
  • Jerry Garcia – Complete Set (CD and Book, Lake Shore)
  • Gardeweg – All I Want (Radikal)
  • God Dethroned – Into the Lungs of Hell(Metal Blade)
  • Heavils – Heavils (Metal Blade)
  • Hot Boys – Let ‘Em Burn (Universal)
  • Idlewild – The Remote Part(Capitol)
    Buy Now: The Remote Part (Capitol)
  • Iguanas – Plastic Silver 9 Volt Heart (Yep Roc)
  • Wanda Jackson – The Wanda Jackson Show (DCN)
  • Daniel Johnston – Fear Yourself (Gammon)
  • Joy Electric – The Tick Tock Treasury (Tooth & Nail)
  • Sammy Kershaw – I Want My Money Back (Audium)
  • Kindred the Family Soul – Surrender to the Love (Epic)
  • Greg Koch – Radio Free Gristle (Favored Nations)
  • Toshinori Kondo – Death is Our Eternal Friend (Diw)
  • James Last – A World of Music (two CDs, Eagle)
  • Tom Lellis – And in This Corner (P-Vine Japan)
  • Les Nubians – One Step Forward (OmTown)
  • Les Sans Culottes – Live at Arlene Grocery (DCN)
  • Linkin Park – Meteora (Warner Bros.)

    Read: “Linkin Park Expand Meteora‘s Musical Horizons … In 40 Minutes Or Less”
    Buy Now: Meteora (Warner Bros.)
  • Los Hombres Calientes – Volume Four: Vodou Dance(Basin Street)
  • Madonna – Complete Set (CD and Book, Lake Shore)
  • Brian McKnight – U Turn (Motown)
  • Miss Kittin – Radio Caroline 1 (Emperor Norton)
  • Monsters – Hunch (Crazy Love)
  • Motorbass – Pansoul (Astralwerks)
  • Maria Muldaur – A Woman Alone with the Blues (Telarc)
  • Nataraj XT – Ocean Birds (Nutone)
  • Willie Nelson – Broken Promises (Proper Pairs)
  • NOFX – Regaining Unconsciousness (EP, Fat Wreck Chords)
  • Oasis – Complete Set (CD and Book, Lake Shore)
  • Old Man’s Child – In Defiance of Existence (Century Media)
  • Stacie Orrico – Stacie Orrico (ForeFront/Virgin)
  • Ozzy Osbourne – Complete Set (CD and Book, Lake Shore)
  • Overkill – Killbox 13 (Spitfire)
  • Pearls Before Swine – Jewels Were the Stars (Water)
  • Perpetuous Dreamer – Dust.Wav (Radikal)
  • Plumb – Beautiful Lumps of Coal (Curb)
  • Doc Powell – 97th and Columbus (Heads Up)
  • Rage Against the Machine – Complete Set (CD and Book, Lake Shore)
  • Dave Ralph – Resident Alien (two CDs, System)
  • Royal Beat Conspiracy – Dig It (Bad Afro)
  • Ray Ruff – Buddy Holly Sound (Hydra)
  • Dino Saluzzi Trio – Responsorium (ECM)
  • Sea of Green – Chemical Vacation (The Music Cartel)
  • Scars of Tomorrow – Design Your Fate (Thorp)
  • Severed Savior – Brutality Is Law (Unique Leader)
  • Sharks – Live in Japan (Crazy Love)
  • Wayne Shorter – Alegria (Verve)
  • Sixty Stories – Anthem Red (Smallman)
  • Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder – Live From the Charleston
  • Music Hall (Skaggs Family)
  • Slowpho – Hotel Sleep (Water)
  • Stage – Stage (Maverick)
  • Stairwell – The Sounds of Change (Hopeless)
  • Kay Starr – For Real (Perfect Pairs)
  • Ringo Starr – Ringorama (Koch)
  • John Stewart – Havana (Appleseed)
  • Sugar Ray & the Bluetones – Sugar Ray & the Bluetones (Severn)
  • Trent Summar and the New Row Mob – Live at 12th and Porter (DCN)
  • Sunday Driver – A Letter to Bryson City (Doghouse)
  • Supernatural – The Lost Freestyle Files (Babygrande/Koch)
  • Sworn Enemy – As Real as It Gets (Elektra)
  • T-Love – Long Way Back (Astralwerks)
  • Larry Tee – The Electroclash Mix (Moonshine Music)
  • George Thorogood – Ride Til I Die (Eagle)
  • Tourniquet – Where Moth and Rust Destroy (Metal Blade)
  • Waterdown – The Files You Have on Me (Victory)
  • Josh Wink – Herehear (System)
  • Erica Wylie – Stoop (Artemis)
  • Savina Yannatou – Terra Nostra (ECM)
  • Youngster – Firme Oldies (Familia)
  • Various artists – Best of Narada World (Narada)
  • Various artists – Best of Return of the DJ (Bomb Hip Hop)
  • Various artists – Black Flag Tribute – Black on Black (Initial)
  • Various artists – Euro Lounge (Putumayo)
  • Various artists – Gotta Serve Somebody: A Gospel Tribute to Bob Dylan (Columbia/Legacy)
  • Various artists – “Hellraiser” Chronicles (Silva America)
  • Various artists – Inside Deep Note: Music of 1970s Adult Cinema (Ost)
  • Various artists – New Latin Noveau (Shakti)
  • Various artists – Now That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 12 (Virgin)
  • Various artists – Smoking Popes: Tribute (Double Zero)
  • DVD: Jane Bunnett – Cuban Odyssey (Blue Note)
  • DVD: Various artists – Straight From the Projects (Image Entertainment)

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