The race for #1 on the next Billboard 200 chart will be a tough one to handicap, as the platinum pack of New Found Glory, Method Man, Lenny Kravitz and Alanis Morissette all have new horses shooting from the gate Tuesday.
New Found Glory's latest, Catalyst, already has some momentum from the single "All Downhill From Here," and they'll be touring on the Vans Warped Tour this summer.
Meanwhile, Method Man enlists the aid of performers Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg and RZA for Tical 0: The Prequel, his first studio album since 1999's Blackout!
Lenny Kravitz also returns after a lengthy absence, as the sensual soul-rocker's Baptism marks his first album since 2001's Lenny.
Two tormented singers with somewhat similar names also release albums this week. The heavily hyped Morrissey album You Are the Quarry is the brooding singer's first studio LP since 1997's Maladjusted. And Alanis Morissette's new So-Called Chaos finds the singer equally thoughtful, if somewhat less angst-ridden.
The Streets' A Grand Don't Come for Free follows up 2002's Original Pirate Material. George Michael gets his faith back with Patience, his first album since 1999's Songs From the Last Century, and Tori Amos releases a DVD called "Welcome to Sunny Florida," which includes the bonus CD Scarlett's Hidden Treasures.
Out Tuesday, May 18:
- Alice Donut - Three Sisters (Howler)
- Amen - Death Before Musick (EatURMusic)
- Athlete - Vehicles & Animals (Astralwerks)
- Beyond the Embrace - Insect Song (Metal Blade)
- Johnny Budz - Hit Factory (Tommy Boy)
- Joey Cape and Tony Sly - Acoustic (Fat Wreck Chords)
- Catheters - Howling ... It Grows and Grows!!! (Sub Pop)
- Delays - Faded Seaside Glamour (Rough Trade)
- Dieselboy - The Dungeonmaster's Guide (System)
- André Ethier - Andre Ethier With Christopher Sandes Featuring Pickles & Price (Sonic Unyon)
- The Fever - Red Bedroom (Kemado)
- Fulanito - La Verdad (Cutting)
- Gomez - Split the Difference (Virgin)
- The Good Life - Lovers Need Lawyers (Saddle Creek)
- Guster - Guster On Ice: Live From Portland, Maine (CD/DVD combo, Palm/Reprise)
- Juliana Hatfield - In Exile Deo (Zoe/Rounder)
- Kees Hazevoet - Pleasure (Atavistic/UMS)
- Heavils - Heavilution (Metal Blade)
- Doug Hilsinger with Caroleen Beatty - Brian Eno's Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy (DBK Works)
- Gregory Isaacs - Open the Door (Ras)
- Sean Jones - Eternal Journey (Mack Avenue)
- JW-Jones Blues Band - My Kind of Evil (NorthernBlues)
- Lenny Kravitz - Baptism (Virgin)
Read: "Lenny Kravitz Ditches Funk, Feels Reborn On Baptism"
Buy Now: Baptism (Virgin)
- Jim Lauderdale - Headed for the Hills (DualTone)
- Alvin Lee - In Tennessee (Rainman)
- Michael Lington - Stay With Me (Rendezvous)
- Charlie Mars - Charlie Mars (V2)
- Harvey Mason - With All My Heart (Bluebird)
- McLusky - The Difference Between Me and You Is That I'm Not on Fire (Beggars Banquet)
- Mekons - Honky Tonkin' (Quarterstick)
- Method Man - Tical 0: The Prequel (Def Jam)
- George Michael - Patience (Epic)
- Monofader - Frost (Metropolis)
- Montgomery Gentry - You Do Your Thing (Columbia)
- Alanis Morissette - So-Called Chaos (Maverick)
Buy Now: So-Called Chaos (Maverick)
- Morrissey - You Are the Quarry (Sanctuary/Attack)
Buy Now: You Are the Quarry (Sanctuary/Attack)
- Sam Myers - Coming From the Old School (Electro-Fi)
- New Found Glory - Catalyst (Drive Thru/Geffen)
Read: "New Found Glory Keep It Real In The Face Of Success"
Buy Now: Catalyst (Drive Thru/Geffen)
- The New Year - The End Is Near (Touch and Go)
- Ocean Size - Effloresce (Beggars Banquet)
- OCS - Two (Narnack)
- Paul Oscher - Alone With the Blues (Electro-Fi)
- Paco - This Is Where We Live (Unfiltered)
- Evalyn Parry - Unreasonable (Borealis)
- Piebald - All Ears, All Eyes, All the Time (SideOneDummy)
- Raising the Fawn - The North Sea (Sonic Unyon)
- Rival - State of Mind (Metal Blade)
- Mario Schiano - On the Waiting List (Atavistic/UMS)
- Secret Machines - Now Here Is Nowhere (Sire/Reprise)
- Sixtoo - Chewing on Glass and Other Miracle Cures (Ninja Tune)
- Sleep Station - After the War (Eyeball)
- Slick and the Shock Mob - Product of My Environment (First Kut)
- Sly & Robbie - Riddim — The Best of Sly & Robbie in Dub: 1978 to 1985 (Sanctuary/Trojan)
- Darden Smith - Circo (DualTone)
- The Streets - A Grand Don't Come for Free (Atlantic)
- Thermals - F---in A (Sub Pop)
- To Rococo Rot - Hotel Morgen (Domino)
- Twiztid - Cryptic Collection 3 (Psychopathic)
- Two Dollar Pistols - Hands Up! (Yep Roc)
- White Boy - No Gray Area (Icee/Big Daddy)
- White Magic - Through the Sun Door (Drag City)
- Various artists - Modern Day Troubadours (Nettwerk)
- Various artists - True Notes Vol. 1 (Okayplayer)
- Various artists - Queer for the Ear: Extreme Makeovers for Disco Dance Classics (VI Music)
- DVD: Tori Amos - "Welcome to Sunny Florida" (includes CD, Epic)
- DVD: Project Pitchfork - "Live 2003" (Metropolis)
- DVD: Busta Rhymes - "Everything Remains Raw" (Eagle Vision)
- Everlast - White Trash Beautiful (Island)
- Avril Lavigne - Under My Skin (Arista)
Read: "Avril Lavigne: No Looking Back"
- Slipknot-Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses (Roadrunner)
Read: "Slipknot Album Preview: More Structured, But Still Programmed To Kill"
- Auf Der Maur - Auf Der Maur (Capitol)
Read: "Ex-Hole Bassist Follows Orders From The Aliens In Her Head"
- Truth Hurts - Ready Now (Pookie)
- The Calling - Two (RCA)
Read: "The Calling Returning With New LP, New Hired Hands"
- Corrs - Borrowed Heaven (Atlantic)
- Gene Simmons - A--hole (Sanctuary)
- Velvet Revolver - Contraband (RCA)
Read: "Velvet Revolver Album Preview: GN'R + STP = Uphill Battle"
- Mobb Deep - Amerikaz Nightmare (Jive)
- Stevie Wonder - A Time 2 Love (Motown)