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New Records To Be Excited About (Beck, Peter Gabriel, Disturbed) Print E-mail
Monday, 16 September 2002
It has been a long time – certainly years – since I was actually looking forward a release date for new CDs. Normally, I am busy writing stories that bitch about how lousy recording sound or how talentless boy bands are. Consumers along with the best and most powerful music execs know how bad things have gotten with new pop music in terms of both sales and creativity but getting great new music on the street quickly is not as easy as waving a magic wand. In today’s consolidated, overly corporate music business it is more like flipping a U-Turn in a battleship. Just in time to get momentum for the upcoming holiday season come highly anticipated new albums on September 24, 2002 from Beck and Peter Gabriel. Beck’s last effort, Midnite Vultures, was a creative breakthrough for the Dork-Rocker who took cues from old-school Prince jams coupled with the funniest lyrics since Ween’s Chocolate and Cheese (also a must have record) to create one of the best pop albums in of the last 5 years. The new Beck record, Sea Change, is produced by Nigel Godrich who is best known for his work on RadioHead’s last album.

Peter Gabriel is back with a solo record for the first time in over 11 years with his new record, UP. During his sabbatical, Gabriel has signed, recorded and produced the most diverse group of world music artists ever on his Real World Records. But with the exception of his soundtrack for London’s Millennium Celebration, entitled OVO, Gabriel has been commercially silent. His last record, US, was very downbeat and introspective covering topics relating to his divorce. UP (keeping with the tradition of two letter album titles that use one of the last album’s letters) is reportedly and appropriately more upbeat.

Other new records that might command your attention on store shelves include a new effort from 80’s Bohemian popstress, Edie Brickell. On September 17, 2002, Disturbed’s controversial album Believe is hitting the streets complete with the banned from MTV music video from their second single.

Much like my weekly trips during college, I will be at Tower Records on Sunset next Monday night at Midnight to pick up the new Beck and Peter Gabriel. Maybe I’ll see you there?

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