Tuesday, 10 September 2013

HIGH VOLUME: Six hot new albums feature veteran acts at the top of their game

Artist: John Mayer
Album: Paradise Valley
A follow-up to John Mayer's widely praised 2012 effort, Born and Raised, Paradise Valley features the musician-vocalist's signature blend of alt-pop, heartland melodies and soft-rock tunes anchored in alternately spiky and smooth guitar-infused rhythms.

Artist: Bob Dylan
Album: Another Self-Portrait
The tenth entry in the esteemed legend's Bootleg Series reveals, according to critics, "a different side of his persona and songs," including an eclectic suite of unreleased recordings and demos. A master at work.

Artist: Jaheim
Album: Appreciation Day
Dubbed The Teddy Pendergrass of the hip-hop generation, the R&B crooner returns with his sixth studio album, led by the groovy first single "Age Ain't A Factor," which has already hit the top of the urban charts.

Artist: Sheryl Crow
Album: Feels Like Home
The iconic American singer-songwriter shows some versatility on her first country album (her eighth overall) that mixes pop influences with classic rock, folk and even R&B.

Artist: John Legend
Album: Love in The Future
Hard to believe, but it's been all of five years since the multiple Grammy winner dropped his critically acclaimed Evolver. Now he's back with his fourth effort (already garnering glowing reviews on Metacritic) that sums up his artistic mission and features guest appearances by Rick Ross and Stacy Barthe and production work from Dave Sozer and longtime collaborator Kanye West.

Artist: Albarosie
Album: Paradise Valley
Greensleeves/VP Records The reggae hitmaker will continue his musical mission with the US/Caribbean release of this self-produced, landmark album and vinyl LP that is "filled with Alborosie's signature thought-provoking lyrics, satisfying vocals and classic contemporary sound."

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