New Releases: Kurupt, Kylie Minogue, Macy Gray, Matthew Sweet & More

Arriving in stores this week are new releases from Kurupt, Kylie Minogue, Macy Gray, Matthew Sweet and more.

A Death Row rapper, a tiny Aussie pop star and a wild-maned songstress lead the pack of new releases this week.

Kurupt made his rap debut on Dr. Dre’s 1992 album, The Chronic, and guested on a smattering of Death Row releases, including Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle, which led to his collaboration with Snoop in Tha Dogg Pound. While his three solo albums have met with middling success, the persistent rapper is going for the gold again this week with Against the Grain.

Locomotion-ing into stores is “Body Language Live,” a concert DVD from pint-sized Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue. The show was filmed at London’s Hammersmith Apollo in November 2003 and features the singer performing hits like “Love at First Sight” and “Can’t Get You Out of My Head.”

Helium-voiced R&B singer Macy Gray releases her first greatest-hits album, The Very Best of Macy Gray, which includes tracks from her three studio albums as well as her most recent single, a cover of Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way.”

Silkk the Shocker, brother of Master P and C-Murder, released his debut, The Shocker, in 1996 and has appeared on numerous albums by No Limit artists. Based on a True Story, the rapper’s fourth solo record, hits stores this week.

Power-pop revivalist Matthew Sweet releases his ninth album, Living Things, this week, while Jill Sobule, best known for her 1995 hit “I Kissed a Girl,” unleashes Underdog Victorious. Smooth-voiced R&B singer Anita Baker, who hasn’t released an album since 1994’s Rhythm of Love gets back into the game with My Everything.

Two-man rock band the Black Keys release their third effort, Rubber Factory, while indie-rockers Radio 4 deliver their third as well, Stealing of a Nation.

Also out this week are albums by veteran metal outfit Dio (Master of the Moon), DJ Paul van Dyk (Perfect Remixes Vol. 2), jamming jazzers Medeski Martin & Wood (End of the World Party [Just in Case]), former Replacements leader Paul Westerberg (Folker), and rockers Senses Fail, who release their debut full-length, Let It Enfold You.

Out Tuesday, September 7:

  • Amon Amath – Fate of Norns (Metal Blade)
  • Anita Baker – My Everything (Blue Note)
  • Patricia Barber – Live: A Fortnight in France (Blue Note)
  • The Black Keys – Rubber Factory (Fat Possum/ Epitaph)
  • The Break – Handbook for the Hopeless (Ferret)
  • Greg Brown – In the Hills of California (Red House)
  • John Cale – HoboSapiens (Or Music)
  • Bob Carpenter – The Sun, the Moon & the Stars (Favored Nations)
  • Roger Creager – Live Across Texas (DualTone)
  • D.O.A. – Live Free or Die (Sudden Death)
  • Krishna Das – Greatest Hits of the Kali Yuga (Karuna)
  • Ram Dass – Meditations on the Gita (Karuna)
  • Daz – I Got Love in These Streetz (Red Urban)
  • Dio – Master of the Moon (Sanctuary)
  • DJ Krush – Jaku (Red Ink)
  • Julie Doiron – Goodnight Nobody (Jagjaguwar)
  • Big Joe Duskin – Big Joe Jumps Again! (Yellow Dog)
  • The Exit – Home for an Island (Some)
  • Ustad Faiyaz/ Kahn Sahib – Golden Shadows (Dunya)
  • Fear Before the March of Flames – Art Damage (Equal Vision)
  • Gabriel & Dresden – Bloom (Nettwerk)
  • Bade Ghulan/ Ali Khan – Regal Resonance (Dunya)
  • Girlyman – Remember Who I Am (Daemon)
  • Macy Gray – The Very Best of Macy Gray (Epic)
  • Hanalei – We’re All Natural Disasters (Thick)
  • Hi-5 – Jump & Jive with Hi-5 (Koch)
  • Seth Horan – Conduit (Benchmark)
  • Jack Irons – Attention Dimension (Breaching Whale)
  • Alan Jackson – What I Do (Arista Nashville)
  • David Jacobs-Strain – Ocean or a Teardrop (Northern Blues)
  • Will Johnson – Vultures Await (Misra)
  • Vic Juris – Blue Horizon (Zoho)
  • Mike Keneally and Metropole Orkest – The Universe Will Provide (Favored Nations)
  • Kill Radio – Raised on Whipped Cream (Columbia)
  • Kurupt – Against the Grain (Death Row)
  • Tim Lee – No Discretion (Paisley Pop)
  • Jens Lekman – When I Said I Wanted to Be Your Dog (Secretly Canadian)
  • Janiva Magness – Bury Him at the Crossroads (Northern Blues)
  • Christine McVie – In the Meantime (Koch)
  • Medeski Martin & Wood – End of the World Party (Just in Case) (Blue Note)
  • Jane Monheit – Taking a Chance on Love (Sony Classical)
  • Jean-Michel Pilc – Follow Me (Dreyfus)
  • Chuck Prophet – The Age of Miracles (New West)
  • Radio 4 – Stealing of a Nation (Astralwerks)
  • Jason Ringenberg – Empire Builders (Yep Roc)
  • Riptyde – Sonic Undertow (Alternity)
  • Senses Fail – Let It Enfold You (Vagrant)
  • Kierra Kiki Sheard – I Owe You (Chordant)
  • Silkk the Shocker – Based on a True Story (Koch)
  • Jill Sobule – Underdog Victorious (Artemis)
  • Bill Staines – Journey Home (Red House)
  • Matthew Sweet – Living Things (Racm)
  • This Day & Age – Always Leave the Ground (One Eleven)
  • Artie Traum – Acoustic Jazz Guitar (Roaring Stream)
  • Trio Mundo – Rides Again (Zoho)
  • Truth Enola – 6 O’Clock Straight (Solid)
  • Underminded – Hail Unamerican! (Kung Fu)
  • Paul van Dyk – Perfect Remixes Vol. 2 (Warlock)
  • Dr. Allean Verando – I’m a Whosoever (Gar)
  • Claudia Villela and Kenny Werner – Dreamtales (Adventure)
  • Vollmar – 13 or So People Who Need Chances (Bluesanct)
  • Paul Westerberg – Folker (Vagrant)
  • Jesse Colin Young – Living in Paradise (Artemis)
  • Various artists – Code of the Streets, Vol. 1 (Koch)
  • Various artists – Judgement Day: Songs of Robert Johnson (Warlock)
  • Various artists – Vancouver Complication (Sudden Death)
  • Various artists – Who’s America (System)
  • DVD: Kylie Minogue – “Body Language Live” (Capitol)
  • DVD: Various artists – “Peepshow III” (Fat Wreck)

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September 28:

  • Brian Wilson – Smile (Nonesuch)
  • Joss Stone – Mind, Body & Soul (S-Curve)
  • Hilary Duff – Hilary Duff (Hollywood)
  • Queen Latifah – The Dana Owens Album (Interscope)