FOXLight – Music Releases: Week of 4-2-2012

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Nicki Minaj returns to lead off this week’s music releases in the FOXLight, with Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – the sorta sequel to her platinum selling 2010 debut…

Change is good according to Rascal Flatts, who took over the production reins for what they hope to be their 8th consecutive album to debut at #1, Changed

‘90s vocal group Wilson Phillips saw a bit of a resurgence after being featured in the hit film Bridesmaids, and they’ve regrouped to salute the music of their parents – Brian Wilson and the Mamas & The Papas – on Dedicated

Dr. John returns to his “Night Tripper” persona on the Dan Auerbach-produced Locked Down

Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson returns to his past for an unexpected sequel, Thick As A Brick 2, which checks back in on the child protagonist of the original album 40 years on…

My Head Is An Animal is the intriguing title of the debut from Icelandic folk-pop sextet Of Monsters and Men

Candlebox came around at the tail end of the grunge era, and now they return with nine new tracks plus five re-recorded favorites on Love Stories & Other Musings

Like A Man features more intimate and reflective voice plus guitar from Adam Cohen, son of folk legend Leonard Cohen

Eminem, Dr. Dre and The Neptunes lend a hand to Obie Trice’s first after a five-year break, Bottoms Up

Gospel smash Marvin Sapp returns after the recent death of his wife with the personal and life-affirming I Win.

On the Reissue Front

Johnny Cash’s Bootleg Vol. IV: The Soul of Truth collects 51 spiritual performances from the ‘70s and ‘80s, including an entirely unreleased album from 1975, plus 15 additional never-before-heard tracks…

The less expensive version of the previously released Elvis Costello & The Imposters live collection The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook pares down to a 2 CD, 35 track set plus a DVD of a May 2011 show featuring a guest appearance by The Bangles

With A Smile and a Song is a newly remastered 2 CD collection of ’50s and ’60s movie and pop hits by the incomparable Doris Day

lowFLOWS: the Columbia anthology tracks two very active years in the musical life of fIREHOSE in 45 tracks spread over 2 CDs…

And Steven Curtis Chapman‘s #1’s: Volume 1 is a tight-but-right 13-track collection from the beloved Christian music artist.

The FREE FOXLight Podcast is available here, with all the week’s big DVD and music releases in one place, as always!

In New York…I’m Rob Maurer, FOX News Talk!