Freeing herself from saccharine, one-word album titles like Daydream, Butterfly, Rainbow and the critically panned Glitter, Mariah Carey has The Emancipation of Mimi set for release Tuesday (April 12).
Named after her childhood nickname, Mariah Carey's eighth studio album is a predominantly pop and R&B effort. The album is tinged with hip-hop inflections thanks to collaborations with Jermaine Dupri, the Neptunes, Snoop Dogg, Kanye West and Twista. Featuring mostly ballads and a few up-tempo dance tracks, The Emancipation of Mimi lands on shelves on the heels of its first single, "It's Like That."
After four years and an almost-permanent breakup, Garbage will release Bleed Like Me, their fourth studio album and the follow-up to 2001's Beautiful Garbage. The band, which came close to silencing its stylish, brash rock sound in early 2003, is back with a sped-up, grizzled rock album led by the single "Why Don't You Love Me" and featuring Dave Grohl on the track "Bad Boyfriend."
While Garbage stick to a tried-and-true sound on their new album, Mudvayne shake things up a bit on their new release, Lost and Found, turning down the screaming and adding in more melody. Though the band loses its heavy makeup for this album, it also manages to find its metal sound within more intricate orchestration.
Scandinavian punk group Millencolin and New York electro-punk outfit Mindless Self-Indulgence keep things heavy with their new projects, Kingwood and You'll Rebel to Anything, respectively. Slipknot, meanwhile, release a deluxe edition of their latest album, Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses).
Alt-rockers American Hi-Fi release Hearts on Parade, the follow up to their 2003 album, The Art of Losing, while the DVD of "DiG!," the documentary about Portland, Oregon-bred bands the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre, will also hit shelves this week.
Also due are albums by Better Than Ezra (Before the Robots), the Indigo Girls' Amy Ray (Prom), Goldie Lookin Chain (Straight Outta Newport), The National (Alligator) and Martha Wainwright (Martha Wainwright).
Out Tuesday, April 12:
- American Hi-Fi - Hearts on Parade (Maverick)
- Architecture in Helsinki - In Case We Die (Bar/None)
- Etta Baker - Railroad Bill (Music Maker)
- Better Than Ezra - Before the Robots (Artemis)
- Bills - Let 'Em Run (Red House)
- Mariah Carey - The Emancipation of Mimi (Island)
Read: "Mariah Carey: Is Mariah Carey Free At Last?"
- Diplomats of Solid Sound - Destination ... Get Down! (Estrus)
- Dutch Dub - Dutch Dub (Record Collection)
- Garbage - Bleed Like Me (Interscope)
Read: "Garbage Breakup Ends With New LP — If They Did Actually Break Up"
- Gatsby's American Dream - Volcano (Fearless)
- Harmony Street - Doo Wop and More (Collectables)
- Micah P. Hinson and the Gospel of Progress - Micah P. Hinson (Overcoat)
- Ryan Holladay - New Kid in Town (Skaggs Family)
- Isis - Oceanic: Remixes/Reinterpretations (Hydra Head)
- Ashley Jade - Dreaming (Water Music)
- Kane Hodder - The Pleasure to Remain So Heartless (Fueled by Ramen)
- Maktub - Say What You Mean (Velour)
- Millencolin - Kingwood (Burning Heart/Epitaph)
Buy Now: Kingwood (Burning Heart/Epitaph)
- Mindless Self-Indulgence - You'll Rebel to Anything (Metropolis)
- Marcus Miller - Silver Rain (Koch)
- Mudvayne - Lost and Found (Epic)
Read: "Mudvayne Lose The Makeup, Find Inspiration In Isolation"
- The National - Alligator (Beggars Banquet)
- Willie Nelson - Songs for Tsunami Relief: Austin to South Asia (Lost Highway)
- Christopher O'Riley - Hold Me to This: Plays Radiohead (Harmonia Mundi/World Village)
- Of Montreal - The Sunlandic Twins (Polyvinyl)
- Old Haunts - Fallow Field (Kill Rock Stars)
- David Olney - Migration (Loud House)
- Ozone Cocktail - Magnetic (Le Maquis/Dreyfus)
- David Pack - Unborn (Oglio)
- Amy Ray - Prom (Daemon)
- Rova: Orkestra - Electric Ascension (Atavistic)
- Shurman - Jubilee (Vanguard)
- Sights - The Sights (New Line)
- Slipknot - Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) Special Edition (Roadrunner)
- Keely Smith - Vegas '58 - Today: Recorded Live at Feinstein's at the Regency (Concord)
- Starflyer 59 - Talking Voice Vs. Singing Voice (Tooth & Nail)
- Supersystem - Always Never Again (Touch and Go)
- Ian Tyson - Songs from the Gravel Road (Vanguard)
- VNV Nation - Matter + Form (Metropolis)
- Martha Wainwright - Martha Wainwright (Zöe/Rounder)
- Wednesday 13 - Transylvania 90210 (Roadrunner)
- Victor Wooten - Soul Circus (Vanguard)
- Zincs - Dimmer. (Thrill Jockey)
- Various artists - Gangsta Rap Instrumentals (Thump)
- Various artists - "A Lot Like Love" soundtrack (Columbia)
- Various artists - "Sprout" soundtrack (Record Collection)
- DVD: "DiG!" (Palm Pictures)
- DVD: Howard Hewett - "Intimate: Greatest Hits Live" (Shout! Factory)
- Mike Jones - Who Is Mike Jones? (Atlantic)
- Flaming Lips - Late Night Tales (Azuli)
- Rob Thomas - Something to Be (Atlantic)
Read: "Rob Thomas Ready For The Gravy After Testing Himself With Solo LP"
- Amerie - Touch (Sony)
- New Order - Waiting for the Sirens' Call (Warner Bros.)
- Bruce Springsteen - Devils & Dust (Columbia)
- Ryan Adams - Cold Roses (Lost Highway)
- Nine Inch Nails - With Teeth (Interscope)
- Stevie Wonder - A Time to Love (Motown)