For Jane's Addiction's first studio album in 13 years, the godfathers of alt-rock deliver moody melodies on Strays. Celebrating a collective, newfound sobriety and generosity of spirit on songs like the disc's lead single, "Just Because," Perry Farrell and company have transitioned into a band just as focused on achieving a harmonious society as on making music.
Meanwhile, Mya's Moodring indicates she's feeling randy. On her latest album, the former good girl focuses on her sexuality, as seen on songs like the lead single, "My Love is Like ... Wo," and "Anatomy One-on-One."
Kiss' bigger-is-better ethos is evident on The Kiss Symphony: Alive IV, which finds the rockers backed by the Melbourne Symphony on most of the tracks. As for the rest of them, Kiss stripped down to their regular rock and even included some acoustic versions of their classics.
Bob Dylan not only stars as a troubadour alongside Jeff Bridges and John Goodman in "Masked and Anonymous" but his music comprises the soundtrack as well. Also this week, the Super Furry Animals show their Phantom Power, Canibus introduces us to Rip the Jacker and the 13th volume of Now That's What I Call Music! delivers the compilation's usual mix of popular songs. In this case, that includes Justin Timberlake's "Rock Your Body," Jennifer Lopez's "I'm Glad," Sum 41's "The Hell Song," Coldplay's "Clocks" and Jay-Z's "Excuse Me Miss."
Finally, two old-school pop stars re-rear their Stiff Stuff-sprayed heads: Vanilla Ice releases the CD/DVD Hot Sex, with special guests the Insane Clown Posse, and former New Kid on the Block Danny Wood shows his Second Face. Does this one have a braided rattail on the back of it, too?
311 - Evolver (Volcano/Jive)
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Muriel Anderson - New Classics for Guitar and Cello (Valley Entertainment) The Appleseed Cast - Two Conversations (Tiger Style) Armik - Amor de Guitarra (Bolero) C-BO - The Mobfather (Return of the Bald Headed Nut) (West Coast Mafia) Victor Calderone - Resonate (Statra) Canibus - Rip the Jacker (Babygrande) Cheap Trick - Special One (Big 3) Dane Cook - Harmful if Swallowed (Comedy Central) Larry Coryell, John Abercrombie and Badi Assad - Three Guitars (Chesky) Marshall Crenshaw - What's in the Bag? (Razor & Tie) Guy Davis - Chocolate to the Bone (Red House) Deep Dish - Global Underground Toronto: Sharam Afterclub Mix (Global Und) Gavin DeGraw - Chariot (J) Dungeon - A Rise to Power (SPV) Mark Eitzel - The Ugly American (Thirsty Ear) Kurt Elling - Man in the Air (Blue Note) Chris Emerson - Chris Emerson (Empire Musicwerks) Endo - Songs for the Restless (DV8/Columbia) Eve 6 - It's All in Your Head (RCA)
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F.E. - What We Do (Up Rise) FM Static - What Are You Waiting For? (Tooth & Nail) Fu Manchu - Go for It ... Live! (SPV) Adam Green - Friends of Mine (Rough Trade) Haujobb - Vertical Theory (Metropolis) Danny Howells - 24:7 (Global Underground) Indigenous - Indigenous (Silvertone) Ken Ishii - Future in Light (: run) J-Zone - $ick of Being Rich (Fat Beats) Jane's Addiction - Strays (Capitol)
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Jay Tee - High Caliber (40 Ounce/West 80) Judge D - Judgement Time: From the Mouth of the Judged (Suburban Noize) Kiss- The Kiss Symphony: Alive IV(Sanctuary/Kiss) Kreator - Live Kreation - Revisioned Glory (SPV) Chris LeDoux - Horsepower (Capitol) Gary LeMel - The Best of Times (Concord Jazz) Ramsey Lewis Featuring Nancy Wilson - Simple Pleasures (Narada Jazz) Carrie Lyn and Michael Bannett - Friends Forever (Music for Little People) Mack 10 - Ghetto, Gutter, and Gangster (Ark 21) Brian McComas - Brian McComas (Lyric Street) Mt. Egypt - Battening the Hatches (Record Collection) Mya - Moodring (Interscope)
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Brad Paisley - Mud on the Tires (Arista) Queensrÿche - Tribe (Sanctuary) Cassandra Reed - Cassandra Reed (Peak) Renee Rosnes - Renee Rosnes with the Danish Radio Big Band (Blue Note) Sense Field - Living Outside (Nettwerk) Sonny Smith - This Is My Story, This Is My Song (Jackpine Social Club) Chris Smither - Train Home (HighTone) Smooth Africa II - Exploring the Soul (Heads Up) Stigmato, Inc. - Reality Check (Utensil) Stunt Monkey - Self-Titled (UTR) Supagroup - Supagroup (Foodchain) Super Furry Animals - Phantom Power (XL/Beggars Banquet) Superjoint Ritual - A Lethal Dose of American Hatred (Sanctuary) Teitur - Poetry & Aeroplanes (Universal) Three Days Grace - Three Days Grace (Jive) Thrice - The Artist in the Ambulance (Island) Tsunami Bros. - King's Harbor (Suburban Noize) Vanilla Ice - Hot Sex (Liquid 8) Danny Wood - Second Face (Empire Musicwerks) Yellowcard - Ocean Avenue (Capitol) Zero Hour - Metamorphosis (Sensory) Various artists – "American Wedding" soundtrack (Universal)
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Various artists - "Baby Galileo" soundtrack (Walt Disney) Various artists - Back in Baroque: The String Tribute to AC/DC (Vitamin) Various artists - Bad Scene, Everyone’s Fault (Dying Wish) Various artists - Bluegrass for Beginners (CMH) Various artists - "Camp" soundtrack (Decca) Various artists - Chilling You... Out (Valley Entertainment) Various artists - Dancehall Hits 2003 (Jamdown) Various artists - "Kim Possible" soundtrack (Walt Disney) Various artists - "The Last Minute" soundtrack (Palm Pictures) Various artists - "Masked and Anonymous" soundtrack (Sony Music Soundtrax) Various artists - Now That's What I Call Music! Vol. 13 (UTV) Various artists - Pickin' on the Rolling Stones -- A Bluegrass Tribute Vol. 2 (CMH) Various artists - Pickin' on U2 Vol. 2 (CMH) Various artists - "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" soundtrack (Walt Disney) Various artists - "Seabiscuit" soundtrack (Decca) Various artists - "Spy Kids 3" soundtrack (Milan) Various artists - The String Quartet Tribute to No Doubt (Vitamin) Various artists - "Tomb Raider 2 - The Cradle of Life" soundtrack (Hollywood) Various artists - A Tribute to Terri Clark (also Good Charlotte, Matchbox 20 and Puddle of Mudd) (Big Eye) DVD Chuck D - Hip Hop Hall of Fame Vol. 1 (Music Video Distributors/Cult) DVD Siouxsie & the Banshees - Seven Year Itch (Sanctuary) Various artists - The Neptunes Present: Clones (Arista)
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Mariah Carey - Remixes (Sony)