There's something for every music fan to reap from this week's crop of new releases, including albums from pop stars, metal bands, an American Idol, hip-hop artists and a long-gone girl group.
Avril Lavigne tries to Let Go of the bubblegum pop-punk sound of her last album and let you know the real Avril with Under My Skin. The first single, "Don't Tell Me," and its accompanying video are already getting heavy rotation on radio and TV.
Meanwhile, Slipknot keep it heavy on the follow-up to 2001's Iowa, with Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses). On the lighter side of things, former "American Idol" contestant Tamyra Gray, who once dreamed of winning the highly successful reality show, releases her debut album, The Dreamer, this week.
No stranger to referencing his image in his album titles, Everlast releases White Trash Beautiful this week, his first album since 2000's Eat at Whitey's.
Remember when Wilson Phillips asked you to "hold on for one more day"? That was 14 years ago, and the trio are back with their first album since 1992. California features the group covering the likes of Joni Mitchell, the Beach Boys and Linda Ronstadt, among others.
Out Tuesday, May 25:
- Ben Allison - Buzz (Palmetto)
- Amber Pacific - Fading Days (Hopeless)
- Ayreon - The Human Equation (Inside Out)
- Dave Brubeck - Private Brubeck Remembers (Telarc Jazz)
- Bumblebeez 81 - The Printz (Geffen)
Buy Now: The Printz (Geffen)
- Tony C. and the Truth - Demonphonic Blues (Lava/Atlantic)
- Candido & Graciela - Inolvidable (Chesky)
- The Cardigans - Long Gone Before Daylight (Koch)
Buy Now: Long Gone Before Daylight (Koch)
- The Clinton Administration - Take You Higher (Magnatude)
- Danny Cohen - Dannyland (Anti)
- Graham Colton Band - Drive (Universal)
- Cormega - Legal Hustle 1 (Koch)
- Tim Eriksen - Every Sound Below (Appleseed)
- Everlast - White Trash Beautiful (Island)
- Philipp Fankhauser - Talk to Me (Memphis International)
- Felix Da Housecat - Devin Dazzle & the Neon Fever (Emperor Norton)
Buy Now: Devin Dazzle & the Neon Fever (Emperor Norton)
- Holly Golightly - Down Gina's at 3 (Sympathy for the Record Industry)
- Tamyra Gray - The Dreamer (19)
- Hiromi - Brain (Telarc Jazz)
- Jinxed - Beyond the Obvious (One Eleven)
- Keane - Hopes and Fears (Interscope)
- LaShell Griffin - Free (Epic)
- Avril Lavigne - Under My Skin (RCA)
Read: "Avril Lavigne: No Looking Back"
Buy Now: Under My Skin (RCA)
- Lonestar - Let's Be Us Again (BNA)
- Sandra Luna - Tango Varon (Times Square)
- Torcuato Mariano - Diary (215 Music)
- Mulgrew Miller - Live at Yoshi's 1 (MAXJAZZ)
- Monster Magnet - Monolithic Baby (Sanctuary)
- PC Munoz and the Amen Corner - California (Beevine)
- Renee Olstead - Renee Olstead (143/Reprise)
- Pedro the Lion - Achilles Heel (Jade Tree)
- Julie Roberts - Julie Roberts (Mercury Nashville)
- Scatter the Ashes - Devout/ The Modern Hymn (Epitaph)
- Sharkey - Sharkey's Machine (Babygrande)
- Skillet - Collide (Lava/ Atlantic)
- Skinny Puppy - The Greater Wrong of the Right (SPV)
- Slipknot - Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) (Roadrunner)
Read: "Slipknot Album Preview: More Structured, But Still Programmed To Kill"
Buy Now: Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses (Roadrunner)
- Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra - Tribute to a Generation: A Salute to the Big Bands of the WWII Era (Smithsonian Folkways)
- Spyro Gyra - The Deep End (Heads Up)
- John Stetch - Exponentially Monk (Justin Time)
- Tiles - Window Dressing (Inside Out)
- Toc - Loss Angeles (Inside Out)
- Wilson Phillips - California (Columbia)
- Rachel Z - Everlasting (Tone Center)
- Denny Zeitlin - Slickrock (MAXJAZZ)
- Various artists - Crunk'd (hosted by Greg Street) (Koch)
- Various artists - Nuevo Latino (Putumayo)
- Various artists - Tha Pac Album (Thump)
- DVD: Cyndi Lauper - Live at Town Hall (Epic)
- DVD: Matchbox Twenty - Show: A Night in the Life Of (Rounder)
- DVD: Troy Myth or Reality? (Eagle Rock)
- 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)