Irish singer Sinead O'Connor and
pre-grunge rockers Bon Jovi and
Poison are among the old lions to
come roaring back with new albums on Tuesday.
O'Connor's Faith and Courage is her first studio album in six
years. Featuring a variety of guest appearances, the album is poppier
than her previous work.
"Wyclef [Jean] and She'kspere and [the Eurythmics'] Dave Stewart were very mischievous characters, so they were great in terms of pulling out that side of me on this record. There's more of a poppy, lighthearted kind of thing," O'Connor said last week.
The first single on the album, "No Man's Woman" (RealAudio excerpt), features her familiar themes of feminism, combined with a hip-hop-influenced beat.
Late-'80s rockers Bon Jovi and Poison return with albums after long
breaks from recording. Bon Jovi's Crush marks their first album
in five years and picks up where they left off, with big guitar riffs
and lyrics shifting from brash to sentimental. Meanwhile, big-haired
rockers Poison will release Power to the People on their own
record label, Cyanide. The LP features five new tracks as well as live
songs recorded last year on their summer tour.
Blues-rock guitarist Eric Clapton
and one of his major influences, blues-guitar legend
COLOR="#003163">B.B. King, team up for their own returns, in
the collaborative album Ridin' With the King.
Not all the artists releasing albums are veteran performers, though.
Uncle Kracker, who serves as DJ for
Kid Rock's Twisted Brown Trucker Band, will take center
stage for his debut album, Double Wide. With a guest appearance
from Kid Rock on "Heaven," the album follows the Detroit singer's lead,
blending hard rock and hip-hop.
Northwestern rockers Modest Mouse
release their first major-label album, on Epic, after gaining a cult
following through the '90s for releases on independent labels K and Up.
The trio delve into dark themes throughout the 15-song album.
The soundtrack to the Jim Carrey comedy "Me Myself and Irene" also comes out Tuesday, featuring the Foo
Fighters' "Breakout," as well as new material from
Setzer Orchestra, Wilco
and others. Seven of the album's tracks are covers of songs by
jazz-rockers Steely Dan, including
pop-rockers Smashmouth's version of
"Do It Again" (Realaudio excerpt).
Another compilation, MTV's Return of the Rock, features new
material from hard-rockers Korn,
Kid Rock, Static-X and previously released songs from new bands Slipknot, Staind, P.O.D.,
Chamber and Powerman 5000. (Sonicnet.com's parent company, Viacom, also owns MTV.)
Words for Living, an eclectic debut from singer/songwriter
PJ Olsson, and a new album from
political punk-rockers NOFX, Pump Up the Valuum, will hit stores, as well as Subsonic 9, a split album from Sebadoh frontman
Lou Barlow and ex-