A musical roadmap for early 2014
By SCOTT MERVIS January 2, 2014 5:02PM
Bruce Springsteen has a new album out in January. | AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill
Updated: January 3, 2014 1:57PM
If you’re looking for some new tunes to ease you down the road as you start on those resolutions, here’s an early look at what’s coming in the first few months of the new year (dates are subject to change):
Peter Gabriel, “And I’ll Scratch Yours”: The follow-up to 2010’s “Scratch My Back” features Lou Reed, David Byrne, Arcade Fire, Regina Spektor, Feist and others covering classic Gabriel songs.
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, “Wig Out at Jagbags”: Sixth album from the Pavement leader was recorded in Germany.
Bruce Springsteen, “High Hopes”: Collection of covers and outtakes from the past decade with guest spot from Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello and contributions from the late Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici.
Jennifer Nettles, “That Girl”: Debut album from the big-voiced Sugarland singer produced by Rick Rubin with songwriting assistance from Butch Walker, Sara Bareilles and Richard Marx.
Roseanne Cash, “The River and the Thread”: Blue Note Records debut is her first album in four years and features appearances by Kris Kristofferson, Allison Moorer, John Prine, Derek Trucks, John Paul White (The Civil Wars), Tony Joe White and Gabe Witcher (The Punch Brothers).
Against Me!, “Transgender Dysphoria Blues”: Folk punk band’s first album since 2010’s “White Crosses” is also the first full-length since frontman Tom Gabel became Laura Jane Grace.
Mogwai, “Rave Tapes”: Eighth studio album from the Scottish post-rock band was recorded over the summer in the band’s Castle of Doom studio in Glasgow and reunites Mogwai with Paul Savage, who co-produced “Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will.”
David Crosby, “Croz”: First solo album in 20 years from the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (Byrds/CSN) features guest spots from Wynton Marsalis, Mark Knopfler and Leland Sklar. He co-wrote many of the songs with his son, James Raymond.
Dum Dum Girls, “Too True”: Third album from the New York/L.A. indie pop band was produced by Richard Gottehrer (Blondie, the Go-Go’s) and the Raveonettes’ Sune Rose Wagner.
Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang, “Four Foot Shack”: Primus frontman teams with guitarist Bryan Kehoe to go on the Americana/rootsy side of things.
Paul Rodgers, “The Royal Sessions”: A collection of classic R&B and soul songs re-imagined by the Bad Company singer features tracks from Otis Redding, Albert King, Ann Peebles and more.
Otis Redding, “The King of Soul” and Aretha Franklin, “The Queen of Soul”: Rhino celebrates Black History Month with a pair of collections that honor the soul legends with more than 85 tracks each.
Eric Church, “The Outsiders”: The country rocker from North Carolina describes his new album as a cross between Waylon Jennings and Metallica.
Band of Horses, “Acoustic at the Ryman”: A 10-song “greatest hits” from the indie band recorded at historic Nashville venue in April.
Benmont Tench, “You Should Be So Lucky”: Solo debut from the Heartbreakers keyboardist was produced by Glyn Johns and features a core band of Don Was, Ethan Johns, Blake Mills and Jeremy Stacey, plus contributions by Ryan Adams, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Joel Jerome, Tom Petty and Ringo Starr.
Candice Glover, “Music Speaks”: Debut album from the season 12 winner of “American Idol,” the first woman to win since Jordin Sparks in 2007.
Xiu Xiu, “Angel Guts: Red Classroom”: Following on the heels of “Nina,” a collection of Nina Simone covers, the avant-garde band promises a dark album that is “the sound of Xiu Xiu’s death.”
The Fray, “Helios”: Fourth album from the Denver-based quartet was produced by Stuart Price (The Killers, Madonna, Keane) and Ryan Tedder (Adele, One Republic).
Johnny Winter, “True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story”: Texas blues-rock legend celebrates his 70th birthday with a four-CD box set that includes 56 tracks spanning his major label career from 1968 until his most recent album of 2011.
Bob Mould, “Workbook 25”: Debut solo album from the Husker Du frontman is reissued on its 25th anniversary with the new track “All Those People Know” and a second disc featuring his complete 1989 performance at Chicago’s Cabaret Metro.
Christina Perri, “Head or Heart”: The Philly singer-songwriter who broke out in 2010 with the single “Jar of Hearts” returns with a second album produced by Martin Johnson (Avril Lavigne, Gavin DeGraw), Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran, One Direction), John Hill (Pink, Mayer Hawthorne), and Butch Walker (Taylor Swift, Fall Out Boy).
Martina McBride, “Everlasting”: The four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, working with producer Don Was, takes on classics from Elvis, The Supremes, Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes and more
The War on Drugs, “Lost in the Dream”: Third full-length album from Philadelphia-based indie-rocker Adam Granduciel follows almost two years of nonstop touring in support of 2011’s excellent “Slave Ambient.”
Black Lips, “Underneath the Rainbow”: Seventh album from the Atlanta indie-garage band, recorded with Tommy Brenneck (Budos Band) and Black Keys’ drummer Patrick Carney, promises to have more of a Southern rock/country vibe.
Johnny Cash, “Out Among the Stars”: A new album comprising 12 recently discovered studio recordings from 1981 and 1984, produced by Billy Sherrill, the architect of the “countrypolitan” sound.
Scripps Howard News Service