New albums from R&B singer/songwriter Pink, pop-rock group Chumbawamba and boy band Westlife highlight this week's new releases.
On Pink's hit single "There You Go" (RealAudio excerpt), she sings and briefly raps in a TLC-like R&B style over a lush track of funky stop-start beats, Spanish guitar and salsa-influenced horns.
According to the 19-year-old singer, her debut album, Can't Take Me Home, is the product of a life lived at various cultural extremes.
"From skateboarder to hip-hopper to rave child to lead singer of a rock band I did it all, and all at the same time," Pink said in a statement.
British singing group Westlife, which in traditional boy-band fashion comprises five photogenic young men, will release its self-titled debut this week. The album features the single "Swear It Again."
Also this week, a very different British group, Chumbawamba, who had a pop hit in 1997 with "Tubthumping" (RealAudio excerpt), will release their first album since then, WYSIWYG.
The album continues in the pop vein of its predecessor, Tubthumper, particularly on its first single, "She's Got All the Friends That Money Can Buy."
Roots-rock band Cracker, who had a 1993 hit with "Low" (RealAudio excerpt), include that single and other hits and obscurities on Garage D'Or, a retrospective set to be released this week.
Arty British pop-rockers Travis will release their second album, The Man Who, this week. The album is a more coherent work than the band's 1997 debut, Good Feeling, according to the band's bassist, Dougie Payne.
"The last album was recorded in four days with no trickery, and it became this supposedly schizophrenic record," Payne said in a statement. "This time we recorded it in six months in six different studios using more instrumentation, and it's turned into this weirdly cohesive piece of work."