Let's jump into this week's new release paydirt with Foo Fighters, whose fourth album, One by One, lands in stores heralded by the powerhouse single and ironic video that we've come to expect from these guys.
One-third of Destiny's Child and the second member of the group to release a solo project, Kelly Rowland, unveils her debut LP, Simply Deep alongside another embattled girl group's latest: 3LW's A Girl Can Mack.
Punk rawk pussycats the Donnas invite you to Spend the Night as they celebrate their first major-label release, while the Books -- a guitar and cello duo -- begin their journey into pop culture's consciousness with Thought for Food.
Indie faves Rocket From the Crypt and Death Cab for Cutie issue Live from Camp X-Ray and You Can Play These Songs With Chords, respectively, while Carlos Santana releases Shaman, which includes a gang of collaborations with the likes of P.O.D., Macy Gray and Michelle Branch.
Last but not least, just one short week before his solo debut showcases his more mature sound, Nick Carter unleashes Nick Carter: Before the Backstreet Boys 1989 – 1993, an album featuring the blondest Boy's prepubescent interpretations of classics such as "Uptown Girl," "Runaround Sue" and "Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody." Need we say more?
3LW - A Girl Can Mack (Sony)
Read: "Remaining 3LW Pair Too Busy To Hold Auditions For New Member"
Buy Now: A Girl Can Mack (Sony)
Adema - Insomniac's Dream (EP, Arista) Airlock - Drystar (Surge) Steve Almaas & Ali Smith - Steve Almaas & Ali Smith (Parasol) Assemblage 23 - Defiance (Metropolis) Big Doowopper - Feel the Spirit: A Tribute to Mahalia (Delmark) Bikeride - Morning Macumba (Hidden Agenda/Parasol) Blues Traveler - Live: What You and I Have Been Through (iMusic) The Books - Thought for Food (Tomlab) Chris Botti - December (Columbia) David Bowie - Best of Bowie (EMI) Ray Brown, Monty Alexander and Russell Malone - Ray Brown, Monty Alexander and Russell Malone (Telarc Jazz) BWB - Groovin' (Warner Bros.) Cadillac Todd - Great White Pimp (Koch) The Carpenters - Essential Collection: 1965 – 1997 (Universal) Nick Carter - Nick Carter: Before the Backstreet Boys 1989 – 1993 (Dyenamic Discs)
Read: "Nick Carter Was 'Just A Gigolo' Before Joining Backstreet Boys"
Roger Creager - Having Fun All Wrong (DualTone) Rodney Crowell - Ain't Living Long Like This (Audium Ent.) Danny the Wild Child - Fully Sorted (Surge) Death Cab for Cutie - You Can Play These Songs With Chords (Barsuk) Demon Hunter - Demon Hunter (Solid State) The Donnas - Spend the Night (Atlantic)
Read: "Donnas Wanna Spend The Night, Have Their Way With Groupies"
Buy Now: Spend the Night (Atlantic)
Field Mob - From Tha Roota to Tha Toota (MCA) The Flaming Sideburns - Save Rock 'n' Roll (Jetset) Foo Fighters - One by One (RCA)
Read: "Foo Fighters Cross The Rock Line On One By One
Buy Now: One by One (RCA Records)
Freddy Fresh - B-Boy Stance: Original Old Skool Party Rockers (Strut) Kenny G - Wishes: A Holiday Album (Arista) Adam Green - Garfield (Sanctuary/Rough Trade) Howard Hewett - The Journey: Live From the Heart (Eagle's Wings/Red Ink) Hobex - U Ready Man? (Tone-Cool) Humble Pie - Back on Track (Sanctuary) Mark Hummel - Golden State Blues (Electro-Fi) Andy Hunter - Exodus (Nettwerk) Jackyl - Relentless (Humidity) Pieter K. - Everything All the Time (Breakbeat Science) Gregg Karukas - Heatwave (N-Coded) Ke'Noe - My Life as a Mack Vol. 1 (Koch) K-Os - Exit (Astralwerks) Koufax - Social Life (Vagrant) James Last - Gentleman of Music (Eagle/Red Ink) Lemon Jelly - Lost Horizons (XL/Beggars Group) Lost & Found - It's About Time (Rebel) Luc Duc - In My Own World (Iconz) Ludus - Pickpocket: Danger Came Smiling (LTM) Johnny Mathis - The Christmas Album (Columbia) Menthol - Danger: Rock Science! (Hidden Agenda) Metro Area - Metro Area (Environ) Frank Morey - The Delmark Sessions (Delmark) Mr. Shadow and Trick Nastee - Mayhem Clique 2 (Familia) Naked Eyes - Everything and More (One Way Records) New York Dolls - Great Big Kiss (Sanctuary) Northstar - Is This Thing Loaded? (TCR) The Oranges Band - On TV (EP, Lookout!) Kotara Oshio - Starting Point (Narada) Paris Combo - Live (Ark 21) Tom Paxton - Looking for the Moon (Appleseed Recordings) Phantom 45 - Fully Sorted (Surge) PIG - Genuine American Monster (Metropolis) John Secada - Amanecer (Sony) Snooky Pryor - And His Mississippi Wrecking Crew (Electro-Fi) RA - From One (Universal) Rappin' 4-Tay - 4-Tay Is Back (Get Low) Rappin' 4-Tay - Bigga Than Da Game (Get Low) Rappin' 4-Tay - Off Parole (Get Low) The Reunion Show - Kill Your Television (Victory) Chris Robinson - New Earth Mud (Redline) Rocket From the Crypt - Live from Camp X-Ray (Vagrant) Kelly Rowland - Simply Deep (Columbia)
Read: "Kelly Rowland Moves Into 'Leave It To Beaver' House"
Saint Etienne - Finisterre (Mantra/Beggars Group) Santana - Shaman (Arista)
Read: "Michelle Branch Plays Romantic 'Game' With Santana"
Scarface - Mr. Scarface: Greatest Hits (Virgin)
Read: "Scarface Finin' To Record Next LP, Says No Faith In New Video"
Brian Setzer Orchestra - Boogie Woogie Santa (Surfdog/Warner Bros.) Michael J. Sheehy - No Longer My Concern (Beggars Banquet) Keely Smith - Swings Basie Style (Concord) The Specials - Best of (EMI) Spinecast - Go Forth and Mutilate (Crash)
Read: "SR-71 Spy A Better Day 'Tomorrow' "
Rod Stewart - The Great American Songbook (J) Thursday - Five Stories Falling (Victory) The Toadies - The Best of: Live from Paradise (Liquid 8) Toy Dolls - Absurd Ditties (Captain Oi!) Toy Dolls - Fat Bob's Feet (Captain Oi!) Transplants - Transplants (Hellcat)
Read: "Travis Barker Gets Busy With Transplants, New Blink-182 LP"
Tribe of Judah - Exit Elvis (Spitfire) Shania Twain - Complete Set (Griffin) Steve Tyrell - This Time of Year (Columbia) Various artists - Cafe Roma (Water) Various artists - Fattest Jams 2 (Cavvy R) Various artists – "Frida" soundtrack (Universal Classics) Various artists - Give It Up (Razor & Tie) Various artists - Metal Blade 20th Anniversary (Box Set, Metal Blade) Various artists - MTV2 Handpicked Vol. 2 (Capitol) Various artists - Parade (Decca U.S.) Various artists - Radio Waves of the '90s: Alternative Rock Hits (MCA) Various artists - Radio Waves of the '90s: Pop Hits (MCA) Various artists - Radio Waves of the '90s: Urban Hits (MCA) Various artists - Rat Pack Christmas (Capitol) The Waco Brothers - New Deal (Bloodshot) Jason Yates - Angelenos (Vapor/Sanctuary) Yukmouth - United Ghettos of America (Virgin) Christina Aguilera - Stripped (RCA)
Read: "Christina Aguilera: Not Your Puppet"
Tori Amos - Scarlet's Walk (Epic)
Read: "Tori Amos Writes Scarlet Letters, Draws Tour Map"
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Thug World Order (Epic) Nick Carter - Now or Never (Jive)
Read: "Nick Carter Album A Trip Back To The '80s"
Nirvana - Nirvana (Geffen) Sigur Ros - Untitled (MCA) Too Short - What's My Favorite Word? (Jive) Various artists - "8 Mile" soundtrack (Shady/Aftermath) Various artists - Irv Gotti Presents ... The Remixes (Murder Inc./Def Jam)
Read: "Irv Gotti Shooting Ja Rule, Bobby Brown, Charli; Reveals Remixes List"
Badly Drawn Boy - Have You Fed the Fish? (Artistdirect) Björk - Björk's Greatest Hits (Elektra) Björk - Family Tree (Elektra) David Cross - Shut Up, You F---ing Baby! (Sub Pop) David Gray - A New Day at Midnight (ATO) Ms. Jade - Girl Interrupted (Beat Club/Interscope)
Read: "Ms. Jade, Nelly Furtado Battle Timbaland On Video Set"
Jaheim - Still Ghetto (Divine Mill/Warner Bros.) Jay-Z - The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)
Read: "Jay-Z Album Preview: Hova Ups The Ante With Blueprint 2"
Third Eye Blind - Crystal Baller (Elektra)
Read: "Third Eye Blind Recruit Fred Durst, Andrew W.K. For Third Album"
Justin Timberlake - Justified (Jive)
Read: "Dirty South Pop: Timberlake Teams Up With Bubba Sparxxx"
Twista - Kamikaze (Atlantic)
Read: "Twista Finishing His Kamikaze, Playing Mickey And Mallory With Lil' Kim"
U2 - U2 - The Best of 1990-2000 (Interscope) The Wallflowers - Red Letter Days (Interscope) 3 Doors Down - Away From the Sun (Universal) Crazy Town - Darkhorse (Columbia) Fat Joe - Loyalty (Atlantic) Kool G Rap - The Giancana Story (Rawkus/Koch) Pearl Jam - Riot Act (Epic)
Read: "Pearl Jam Finalize Riot Act, Plan More Live Albums"
Saliva - Back Into Your System (Island)
Read: "Saliva Shoot Down Domestic Abuse On New Single 'Always' "
Read: "TLC Album Preview: 3D Tributes Left Eye With Sass, Spunk, Silence"
Various artists - "Die Another Day" soundtrack (Warner Bros.) WC - Ghetto Heisman (Def Jam) Audioslave - Audioslave (Epic)
Read: "Rage/Cornell Project To Release Album In November"
Toni Braxton - More Than a Woman (Arista) Foxy Brown - Ill Na Na 2: The Fever (Def Jam) Craig David - Slicker Than Your Average (Atlantic) George Harrison - Brainwashed (Dark Horse/Capitol) Ja Rule - The Last Temptation (Murder Inc./Def Jam) Matchbox Twenty - More Than You Think You Are (Atlantic) Mudvayne - The End of All Things to Come (Epic) Baby - The Birdman (Cash Money) DJ Envy - Block Party (Epic) Jennifer Lopez - This Is Me ... Then (Epic) Sum 41 - Does This Look Infected? (Island)
Read: "Sum 41 Ask, Does This Look Infected?"
Various artists - "Chicago" soundtrack (Epic) Various artists - "Paid in Full" soundtrack (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) Charli Baltimore - The Diary (You Think You Know) Dashboard Confessional - Unplugged 2.0 (Vagrant) Mariah Carey - Charmbracelet (MonarC/Island/Def Jam) Nas - God's Son (Columbia)
Read: "Nas Sets Release For God's Son, Pooh-Poohs Jay-Z's Challenge"