John Mayer and Norah Jones smooth out this week's FOXLight Music Release roundup. Mayer's Battle Studies, while nothing new, certainly won't disappoint his fanbase. But Norah Jones' The Fall is a departure, veering away from piano-jazz toward guitar-based alt-country.
Foo Fighter Dave Grohl, Queen of the Stone Age Josh Homme and legendary Led Zep bassist John Paul Jones form the supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, whose self-titled debut rocks like you'd think it would.
Sir Paul McCartney's opening act at New York's new site of Mets' losses, Citi Field, is chronicled on the 2 CD/1 DVD Good Evening, New York City.
50 Cent's much delayed Before I Self Destruct finally gets released, with help from, say it with me now, Eminem and Dr. Dre.
Also out this week...
American Idol winner Kris Allen drops a self-titled debut to hold your interest till runner-up Adam Lambert drops his.
Leona Lewis returns with her second effort titled Echo.
Waking Up is the latest from Timbaland protégés OneRepublic.
My World is the debut from 15-year-old Usher protégé Justin Bieber.
Katy Perry: MTV Unplugged covers her stint on the relaunched series.
Janet Jackson's Number Ones collects all her chart-toppers, plus a couple of future ones, on 2 CDs.
Tuesday Night Music Club, the album that launched the career of Sheryl Crow, gets a Deluxe Edition upgrade adding a second CD of B-sides, rarities and outtakes and a DVD with a documentary and music videos.
David Bowie's Space Oddity also gets tricked out in a 40th Anniversary Edition adding a disc of demos, alternate mixes and BBC sessions.
Rush must be on course to release as many live albums as studio ones, and their latest is called Working Men.
The Doors already have more live albums than studio output and they too add another: Live In New York, a six disc document of their 1970 stand at the Felt Forum.
And Atlantic Records: The Time Capsule is a mammoth limited edition 9 CD/1 DVD/1 Vinyl 45 set that covers the history of the house that Ahmet Ertegun built in 168 tracks.
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