Carrie Underwood Tries To Overcome Coheed And Cambria, Serj Tankian, Cobra Starship And More, In New Releases

Also due Tuesday: Hurricane Chris, Seether, Rob Zombie, Relient K, Babyshambles, Prefuse 73, Black Dice.

Carrie 2: Carrie Underwood doesn’t really need to put out a new album — after all, her 2005 debut, Some Hearts, has sold more than 1 million copies this year alone — but the former “American Idol” winner is jumping on her Carnival Ride anyway. Underwood gives the album-title theme a whirl on songs like “Wheel of the World,” but the entire effort isn’t all fun and games — she gets heavier on “Just a Dream,” which revolves around a woman coping with the death of her soldier fiance. The country crock pot also contains a cover of “I Told You So,” one of Randy Travis‘ earliest hits. Underwood said in a press release that the album title is apt because “it describes the wonderful craziness that I’ve been through over the past couple years.”

‘Round the World: Big things have also been happening to Coheed and Cambria, a band that deals with big concepts: In 2006, they went through lineup shifts and the death of frontman Claudio Sanchez‘s mother. But the group is going for a sense of finality with No World for Tomorrow, which concludes its long-running conceptual sci-fi saga. “I certainly feel a great weight has been lifted off my shoulders,” Sanchez told MTV News over the summer. Fans will be on a quest for the deluxe edition, which has a bonus disc featuring animated projections the group used on tour, plus a video about the making of No World for Tomorrow, a deluxe booklet and more.

Serjical Procedure: While Coheed and Cambria‘s saga is ending, System of a Down singer Serj Tankian‘s adventure is only beginning. Elect the Dead, the first album he’s stitched together — rather literally in some cases, as the limited-edition version comes wrapped in linen — features “humor, political stuff, ecological stuff, personal pain, transcending personal pain, transcending the material and physical — there’s a lot of things, whatever I felt at the moment and whatever came through,” Tankian told MTV News. If you’re looking for an even more intimate side to Tankian, be sure to grab the limited version — it has acoustic versions of two tracks, artwork, poetry and codes to unlock exclusive content online.

Cobra Style: While Tankian is singing about the Dead, Cobra Starship are coming alive with Viva la Cobra!, the dance-punk act’s second album. With songs like “World Has Its Shine (But I Would Drop It on a Dime)” and “Prostitution Is the World’s Oldest Profession (And I, Dear Madame, Am a Professional),” frontman Gabe Saporta surely got goofy song-titling tips from their pals in Fall Out Boy — in no little coincidence, Cobra Starship penned their entire new effort while touring with FOB. In their defense, though, Saporta did recently tell MTV News, “You’re damn right we’re not serious.”

Relying on Puns: Up for more cringe-inducing titular jokery? Look no further than Relient K‘s Let It Snow Baby … Let It Reindeer, which is actually a resurrected version of the Christian rockers’ Deck the Halls, Bruise Your Hand, an album that came as part of a combo pack with copies of 2006′s Two Lefts Don’t Make a Right… but Three Do. The Christian rockers wrap seven new songs — including “I’m Gettin’ Nuttin’ For Christmas” and the hidden song “Good King Wenceslas” — plus a reworked version of “Auld Lang Syne” onto the Christmas release. If that doesn’t sound like a holiday treat to you, maybe you should give Larry the Cable Guy a call.

Story of the Hurricane: Speaking of calling on others, you know a rookie is destined for big things when he’s able to rope in Game, E-40, Baby and Jadakiss onto his first release — and Hurricane Chris has done just that. Said players appear on the “Rachet Remix” of “A Bay Bay,” the 51/50 Ratchet debut single that has brought the 18-year-old to the rap foreground. Chris is hoping his new single, “The Hand Clap,” can match the success of “A Bay Bay,” which reached #7 on Billboard‘s Hot 100, but if not, he can always resort to “Playas Rock,” “Doin’ My Thang” or “Walk Like That.”

Zombie Lives: Like Hurricane Chris, Rob Zombie is making his album debut this week — his live-album debut, that is. Zombie captures highlights from his 2006 Educated Horses tour — reaching all the way back to White Zombie‘s “Thunder Kiss ’65″ and “Black Sunshine” — on Live, which also folds in the title tracks to his flicks “Devil’s Rejects” and “House of 1000 Corpses.” (Horror-movie fans should also take note of the “Saw IV” soundtrack, which features Avenged Sevenfold, Drowning Pool, Ministry, Sixx: A.M. and more.)

Still Seething: Seether put out a concert album last year — the acoustic One Cold Night — but are already back with a new studio LP, their third. “We’ve adopted an ‘anything goes’ attitude for this album,” Shaun Morgan said in a statement. But the frontman, who went to rehab last year, added that, “This is not by any stretch of the imagination a concept album, nor is it a ‘Woe is me, I’m sober’ album.”

Not in Shambles?: Pete Doherty, who also knows a thing or two about rehab, you could say, is back with his band Babyshambles, who are birthing their second effort this week. Shotter’s Nation, which the band recorded in London with producer Stephen Street (Blur, Morrissey), boasts a guest appearance by Scottish folk legend Bert Jansch — on the final track, “The Lost Art of Murder” — and also includes “Crumb Begging,” “French Dog Blues” and “Baddies Boogie.”

Fallen “Idols”?: We can hear enough about “American Idol” contenders when they’re on TV, but when it comes time for them to release material, some of them are actually making their albums hard to find. Elliott Yamin put out his NBC Sounds of the Season: The Elliott Yamin Holiday Collection in Target stores only last week, and now Bo Bice is delivering his new album, See the Light, exclusively to Wal-Mart. Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman and ex-Allman Brothers Band keyboardist Chuck Leavell helped make sure Bice’s second effort had a Southern touch.

Song Title of the Week:

“Manager and Coordinator of Prostitutes” by Les Georges Leningrad (on the Worried Noodles compilation)

Album Cover of the Week:

The “Barbie as the Island Princess” soundtrack

Other Notables:

Black Dice‘s Load Blown
Given the number of releases the red-hot experimental band from Brooklyn, New York, has put out in recent years, it’s no surprise this collection got the name it did. This disc culls tracks that can be found on three of the group’s 12-inch vinyl EPs — although, unusually, the third EP is actually dropping Tuesday (October 22) as well. The result is an overview of the output Black Dice have put out the last 18 months, and the disc includes “Kokomo,” “Cowboy Soundcheck,” “Toka Toka” and more.

Prefuse 73‘s Preparations
Guillermo Scott Herren goes by many names, but of all his music projects, this glitchy one has been catching on the most. Prefuse 73′s fourth release follows 2005′s Surrounded by Silence, and while the earlier effort featured a ton of outside artists — Ghostface, GZA and Blonde Redhead among them — this one only has a few guest spots, most notably one by Battles drummer John Stanier. But it also comes with a bonus disc, the 15-track Interrugnums, although it only comes with purchases of the physical release.

CastanetsIn the Vines
On the topic of aliases, this act is also centered around one man: Raymond Raposa, the only constant member of the project. Born in San Diego but living in Brooklyn, Raposa regularly mixes up his cast of collaborators, sometimes amid a tour. This album features the likes of Jana Hunter, Nonhorse of Vanishing Voice and Phosphorescent‘s Matthew Houck, who come together to tell a story partially based on a Hindu fable about being trapped in an unavoidable fate. It also integrates stories of Raposa’s adventures as a teen pro surfer and beyond.

New Releases:

· The 69 Eyes – Angels/Devils (two CDs; Caroline)
· Ryan Adams & the Cardinals – Follow the Lights (EP; Lost Highway) [Buy Now]
· The Agony Scene – Get Damned (Century Media)
· Gary Allan – Living Hard (MCA Nashville)
· Audio Caviar – Transoceanic (Machine Productions)
· Avenger of Blood – Death Brigade (Heavy Artillery)
· Babyshambles – Shotter’s Nation (limited edition comes with DVD; Astralwerks) [Buy Now]
· The Besnard Lakes – Vol. 1 (Jagjaguwar)
· Bo Bice – See the Light (available exclusively at Wal-Mart; StartArt) [Buy Now]
· Bizarre – Blue Cheese & Coney Island (Koch)
· Blue Sky Black Death – Hell Razah (Babygrande)
· The Bridge – The Bridge (Hyena)
· Tom Brosseau – Cavalier (Fat Cat)
· Carla Bruni – No Promises (enhanced; Downtown)
· Grayson Capps – Songbones (Hyena)
· Carbon/Silicon – The Last Post (Caroline)
· Cassius – 15 Again (Astralwerks)
· Castanets – In the Vines (Asthmatic Kitty)
· Steven Curtis Chapman – This Moment (Sparrow)
· The Cinematic Orchestra – Breathe (EP; Domino)
· Circle – Sunrise (No Quarter) [Buy Now]
· Cobra Starship – Viva La Cobra! (Fueled by Ramen) [Buy Now]
Read: “Cobra Starship Take Aim At Their Sudden Fame With Viva La Cobra!
· Coheed and Cambria – No World for Tomorrow (Columbia) [Buy Now]
Read: “Coheed And Cambria Saga Comes To An End On No World For Tomorrow
· Crime in Stereo – Crime in Stereo Is Dead (Bridge Nine)
· Justin Currie – What Is Love For (Rykodisc)
· Einstürzende Neubauten – Alles Wieder Offen (Potomac/Ryko)
· Euros Child – Miracle Inn (Wichita)
· Famouz – Ghetto Passport (World Jam)
· Far-Less – A Toast to Bad Taste (Tooth & Nail)
· The Forms – The Forms (Threespheres)
· Dave Gahan – Hourglass (also available with bonus DVD; Mute/Virgin)
· Ghost – Overture: Live in Nippon Yusen Soko (with DVD; Drag City)
· Hangar 18 – Sweep the Leg (Definitive Jux)
· Heart – Dreamboat Annie – Legendary Albums Live (Shout! Factory) [Buy Now]
· Helloween – Gambling With the Devil (SPV)
· Ty Herndon – A Ty Herndon Christmas (Pyramid)
· Daniel Higgs – Metempsychotic Melodies (Holy Mountain)
· Holy F— – LP (Young Turks)
· Hurricane Chris – 51/50 Ratchet (J)
· I Like Trains – Elegies to Lessons Learnt (Beggars)
· Shooter Jennings – The Wolf (Universal South)
· Jesu – Lifeline (EP; Hydra Head)
· Juanes – La Vida Es un Ratico (live; limited-edition version comes with DVD; Universal Latino)
· Junk Science – Gran’Dad’s Nerve Tonic (Definitive Jux)
· Karate – 595 (Southern)
· Knights of the Abyss – Juggernaut (Candlelight)
· Layo & Bushwacka – GU33: Rio (Global Underground)
· Lazarus – Hawk Medicine (Temporary Residence) [Buy Now]
· Little Brother – Get Back (ABB)
· Loop 2.4.3 – Batterie (Music Starts From Silence)
· Megan McCauley – Better Than Blood (Wind-Up)
· Moonspell – Under Satanæ (SPV)
· Mötley Crüe – Carnival of Sins Live (two CDs; Eleven Seven)
· Mountain Heart – Road That Never Ends: The Live Album (Rural Rhythm)
· The New Rivals – The New Rivals (SoBe)
· Of Hearts and Chainsaws – Touching Base With a Chainsaw (Tyburn)
· Lisa O’Kane – It Didn’t Hurt (digipak; New Light Entertainment/ Universal)
· Orgone – The Killing Floor (Ubiquity)
· Oscar G – Nervous Nitelife: Space Miami (Nervous)
· Phosphorescent – Pride (Dead Oceans)
· Robert Plant and Alison Krauss – Raising Sand (Rounder)
· Power Pill Fist – Kongmanivong (digipak; Graveface)
· Prefuse 73 – Preparations (two CDs; Warp)
· Realistic – Perpetual Memory Loss (Illegal Art)
· The Redwalls – The Redwalls (Mad Dragon)
· Saturday Looks Good to Me – Fill Up the Room (K)
· Say Anything – In Defense of the Genre (two CDs; J) [Buy Now]
· Scotland Yard Gospel Choir – Scotland Yard Gospel Choir (Bloodshot)
· Scum of the Earth – Sleaze Freak (with DVD; Eclipse)
· Jon Secada – A Christmas Fiesta (Big3)
· Seether – Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces (Wind-Up) [Buy Now]
Read: “Seether Frontman Won’t Respond To Amy Lee’s Attack: ‘I Just Refuse To Lower Myself To That Level’ “
· Shaman – Reason (Locomotive)
· Siberian – With Me (Sonic Boom)
· Sick City – Nightlife (Trustkill)
· Skindred – Roots Rock Riot (Bieler Bros.)
· Smif N Wesson – The Album (Duck Down)
· Soft – Gone Faded (Academy Fight Songs) [Buy Now]
· Sole and the Skyrider Band – Sole and the Skyrider Band (Anticon)
· Stare Into the Sun – Whispers Turn to Howls (Reformer)
· Subtle – Yell & Ice (Lex)
· Serj Tankian – Elect the Dead (Serjical Strike/ Reprise) [Buy Now]
Read: “System Of A Down Frontman Serj Tankian On Intimate Solo LP: ‘I Believe In It’ “
· The Temptations – Back to Front (New Door/ UMe)
· These Are Powers – Terrific Seasons (Hoss)
· Thy Will Be Done – Was and Is to Come (Stillborn)
· Toolroom Knights – Mixed by Gabriel & Dresden (Toolroom)
· Tullycraft – Every Scene Needs a Center (Magic Marker)
· Tunng – Comments of the Inner Chorus (Thrill Jockey)
· Carrie Underwood – Carnival Ride (Arista) [Buy Now]
· Victory Pill – Victory Pill (Corporate Punishment)
· Seth Walker – Seth Walker (Hyena)
· The Warlocks – Heavy Deavy Skull Lover (Tee Pee)
· Ween – La Cucaracha (Rounder)
· West Indian Girl – 4th & Wall (Milan)
· Witchcraft – The Alchemist (Candlelight)
· Yea Kid + Kid Static – Yea Kid + Kid Static (Jib Door)
· Yeasayer – All Hour Cymbals (We Are Free)
· Dwight Yoakam – Dwight Sings Buck (New West)
· Neil Young – Chrome Dreams II (collector’s edition comes with DVD; Reprise) [Buy Now]
· Rob Zombie – Zombie Live (Geffen) [Buy Now]
· Various artists – DJ Rekha Presents: Basement Bhangra (Koch)
· Various artists – Downtown San Francisco – Mixed by New Mondo (two CDs; Swank)
· Various artists – Free Yr Radio (Free Yr Radio/ Urban Outfitters; available through UO stores only)
· Various artists – Steve Aoki: Pillowface and His Airplane Chronicles (Thrive)
· Various artists – Worried Noodles (two-CD box set with book by David Shrigley; Tomlab)
· Various artists – “Saw IV” soundtrack (Artists’ Addiction)
· Various artists – “Barbie as the Island Princess” soundtrack (Koch)

Notable Reissues and Archival Material:

· The Abyssinians – Satta Massagana (Heartbeat)
· At Vance – Chained (Locomotive)
· Gato Barbieri – Bahia (Fania)
· Ray Barretto – Greatest Hits (Fania)
· Black Dice – Load Blown (EP; Paw Tracks)
· Black Moth Super Rainbow – Falling Through a Field and Starting a People (digipaks; Graveface/ 70′s Gymnastics Recording Co.)
· The Briefs – Greatest Story Ever Told (with DVD; BYO)
· Can – Anthology (two CDs; Mute) [Buy Now]
· Karen Dalton – Cotton Eyed Joe: The Loop Tapes – Live in Boulder 1962 (two CDs and one DVD; Delmore)
· Jermaine Dupri – Y’All Know What This Is … the Hits (So So Def/ Island Urban) [Buy Now]
· Jacques Loussier – Jacques Loussier Plays Bach – Encore! (two CDs; Telarc)
· John Mellencamp – 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection (Island/UMe) [Buy Now]
· Jacob Miller and Ray I – Natty Christmas (VP)
· Charles Mingus – 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection (Verve)
· Relient K – Let It Snow Baby … Let It Reindeer (Capitol) [Buy Now]
· Shadows Fall – Seeking the Way: Greatest Hits (Century Media)
· The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Jukebox Explosion (In the Red)
· T. Rex – Electric Jewels (Get Back)
· Paul Oakenfold – Greatest Hits & Remixes (two CDs; Ultra)
· Of Montreal – If He Is Protecting Our Nation … Who Is Protecting Big Oil, Our Children? (EP; Polyvinyl)
· The Owls – Daughters and Suns (two CDs; Magic Marker) [Buy Now]
· Tamia – Between Friends/ A Gift Between Friends (two CDs; Plus 1 Llc)
· Various artists – The Christmas Spirit: The World’s Favourite Hymns and Carols (two CDs; Decca)
· Various artists – A Holly Jolly Kids Christmas (Hip-O)
· Various artists – Putumayo Presents: New Orleans Brass (enhanced; Putumayo World Music)

Music DVDs:

· Heart – “Dreamboat Annie – Legendary Albums Live” (Shout! Factory) [Buy Now]
· Yusuf Islam – “Yusuf’s Café Session” (Hip-O)
· Carole King – “Welcome to My Living Room” (Rockingale)
· Ringo Starr – “Ringo Starr Live at Soundstage” (Koch) [Buy Now]
· Steeleye Span – “The 35th Anniversary World Tour 2004″ (Park)

Digital Releases:

· Leigh Marble – Red Tornado (Laughing Stock)
· Arthur Russell – Four Songs by Arthur Russell (EP; Beggars Banquet)

Coming Attractions:

October 30:
· Avenged Sevenfold – Avenged Sevenfold (MVI also available; Warner Bros.) [Preorder]
· Backstreet Boys – Unbreakable (deluxe digipak also available; Jive) [Preorder]
· Mario – Go (J) [Preorder]
Read: “Mario Gets Back To Making Music With Akon, Timbaland, Neptunes”

November 6:
· Angels & Airwaves – I-Empire (Geffen)
Read: “Angels & Airwaves’ Revolution Has Begun – Just Wait 29 Years, Tom DeLonge Insists”
· Chris Brown – Exclusive (deluxe edition comes with DVD; Jive) [Preorder]
Read: “Pharrell, Will.I.Am Joining Chris Brown’s Exclusive Club

· Jay-Z – American Gangster (Roc-A-Fella) [Preorder]
Read: “Jay-Z’s American Gangster: A Guided Tour By Jigga, Jermaine Dupri, Pharrell And Others”

November 13:
· Alicia Keys – As I Am (J) [Preorder]
· The Killers – Sawdust (Island) [Preorder]
· Ja Rule – The Mirror (Murder Inc./ Universal) [Preorder]
Read: “Ja Rule Leaves Bitterness — And 50 Cent Beef — Behind On New Album”