While Amerie gave her fans All I Have as her debut, she's opting to let them Touch a more mature side of her this time around.
The R&B songstress worked again with Rich Harrison, who produced 2002's All I Have, though this time Amerie took more control over her album. She co-wrote all of the tracks on Touch, including the go-go-infused first single, "1 Thing." Amerie got a hand from big-name producers, including Lil Jon, Dre & Vidal, Red Spyda and others, but distanced herself from other mainstream R&B artists by featuring only one guest MC, Eve, who appears on one verse of the "1 Thing" remix.
Another artist keeping things simple on his new album is the Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen. His 13th studio album, Devils & Dust, a series of Springsteen's characteristic narrative songs, finds the artist working with only select members of his E Street Band, including violinist Soozie Tyrell and wife Patti Scialfa.
It's been four years since we heard from New Order, but that's nothing considering fans had to wait eight long years for 2001's Get Ready. With so many new bands drawing upon New Order for inspiration (Interpol, the Killers), it was high time the influential group released its new album, Waiting for the Sirens' Call.
Bay Area rapper Lyrics Born releases an album full of remixes of his 2003 debut, Later That Day ... , aptly titled Same !@#$ Different Day. The new release features eight remixes from the first album and five new tracks. Goth-inspired punk cabaret duo the Dresden Dolls, meanwhile, reissue their self-titled debut, this time with the backing of a bigger label.
Also out this week are albums by the Eels (Blinking Lights and Other Revelations), Feist (Let It Die), Ben Folds (Songs for Silverman), Porcupine Tree (Dead Wing), No Address (Time Doesn't Notice) and Johnathan Rice (Trouble Is Real).
Out Tuesday, April 26:
- Acceptance - Phantoms (Columbia/RED Ink)
- Amerie - Touch (Sony)
Read: "Amerie Shoots Down Goody-Goody Image, Says 'I'm Not A Prude' "
- Cheryl Bentyne - Let Me Off Uptown (Telarc)
- Debby Boone - Reflections of Rosemary (Concord)
- Brain Failure - American Dreamer (Thorp)
- Tim Burgess - I Believe (Koch)
- Caesars - Paper Tigers (Astralwerks)
- Charivari - A Trip to the Holiday Lounge (Rounder)
- Jordan Chassan - East of Bristol, West of Knoxville (Strong)
- Coastline Band - Sweet N Ripe (Landslide)
- Steve Cole - Spin (Narada)
- Jack DeJohnette - Music in the Key of Om (Golden Beams/Kindred Rhythm)
- Jack DeJohnette and Foday Musa Suso - Music From the Hearts of the Masters (Golden Beams/Kindred Rhythm)
- Discover America - Psychology (Tooth & Nail)
- DJ Spooky Vs. Dave Lombardo - Drums of Death (Thirsty Ear)
- Dresden Dolls - The Dresden Dolls (Roadrunner)
Read: "Dresden Dolls Making The World Safe For Punk Cabaret"
- Eels - Blinking Lights and Other Revelations (Vagrant)
- Feist - Let It Die (Interscope)
- Fisher - The Lovely Years (Iris)
- Ben Folds - Songs for Silverman (Epic)
- Tracy Grammer - Flower of Avalon (Signature)
- Brian Haas - The Truth About Hollywood (Sin-Drome)
- Hater - The 2nd (Burn Burn Burn)
- Eric Heatherly - The Lower East Side of Life (Koch)
- Hiroshima - Obon (Heads Up)
- Hot Snakes - Peel Sessions EP (Swami)
- Buddy Jewell - Times Like These (Columbia)
- Jim and Jennie and the Pinetops - Rivers Roll on By (Bloodshot)
- John Brown's Body - Pressure Points (Easy Star)
- Love as Laughter - Laughter's Fifth (Sub Pop)
- Luciano - Jah Words (Sanctuary)
- Lyrics Born - Same !@#$ Different Day (Quannum/Epitaph)
- Jo Dee Messina - Delicious Surprise (Curb)
- Mountain Goats - The Sunset Tree (Beggars Group)
- Oliver Mtukudzi - Nhava (Heads Up)
- New Order - Waiting for the Sirens' Call (Warner Bros.)
- No Address - Time Doesn't Notice (Atlantic)
- Oz Noy - Ha! (Magna Carta)
- Porcupine Tree - Dead Wing (Lava/Atlantic)
- John Prine - Fair and Square (Oh Boy)
- Joel Rafael Band - Woodyboye: Songs of Woody Guthrie (and Tales Worth Telling) Volume II (Appleseed)
- Red Stick Ramblers - Right Key, Wrong Keyhole (Memphis International)
- Johnathan Rice - Trouble Is Real (Warner Bros.)
- Peggy Seeger - Love Call Me Home (Appleseed)
- Settlefish - The Plural of the Choir (Deep Elm)
- Frank Sinatra - Live From Las Vegas (Capitol)
- Bruce Springsteen - Devils & Dust (Columbia)
- Susie Suh - Susie Suh (Epic)
- Jimmy Thackery - Healin' Ground (Telarc)
- Emiliana Torrini - Fisherman's Woman (Rough Trade/Sanctuary)
- Us3 - Questions (Us3)
- Bobby Valentino - Disturbing Tha Peace Presents (Def Jam)
Read: "Launching Bobby Valentino's Career Is All In A Day's Work For Ludacris"
- Jim Verraros - Rollercoaster (Koch)
- Various artists - Africa Remix (Milan)
- Various artists - Broadway Today: Broadway 1992-Now (Decca/Universal Classics)
- Various artists - Family Guy Live in Las Vegas (Geffen)
- Various artists - "Fever Pitch" soundtrack (Ryko)
- Various artists - Golden Slumbers: A Father's Love (Rendezvous)
- Various artists - "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" soundtrack (Hollywood)
- Various artists - "King's Ransom" soundtrack (Ryko)
- Various artists - "Layer Cake" soundtrack (Virgin)
- Ryan Adams & the Cardinals - Cold Roses (Lost Highway)
- Nine Inch Nails - With Teeth (Interscope)
Read: "New Nine Inch Nails LP Takes Risks — By Being Accessible"
- Stevie Wonder - A Time to Love (Motown)
- Dave Matthews Band - Stand Up (RCA)
- Spoon - Gimme Fiction (Merge)
- Weezer - Make Believe (Geffen)
Read: "Weezer Album Preview: Wailing Guitars And New-Wave Ballads"
- Def Leppard - Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection (Mercury/Universal)
- System of a Down - Mezmerize (Sony)
Read: "System Of A Down Album Preview: Band Pulls No Punches With The Pummeling Mezmerize"
- Various artists - American Idol Season 4: The Album (RCA)