There’s an interesting mix of music this week from a trio of stars young AND old. The trio on the fresh side starts with:
John Mayer, Battle Studies: Don’t let his good looks and the parade of high-profile girlfriends blur the reality that he’s a strong songwriter and a terrific guitar player.
Norah Jones, The Fall: Change is a good thing if you’re Norah Jones, who is a good candidate to shake up a sound that’s comfortable but not that compelling anymore. Her new CD offers different sounds and new collaborators, including Ryan Adams.
Leona Lewis, Echo: The British vocalist has some work to do with this new album, since her debut, Spirit, sold over six million albums worldwide and earned her the Grammy Award for best new artist of 2008.
And then the oldies threesome would be:
Paul McCartney, Good Evening New York City: This hits collection comes from the ex-Beatle’s (can he ever really be an EX Beatle?) three-night christening of New York’s Citi Field in July of this year.
Doors, Live in New York: A six-disc set showcasing four shows played at The Felt Forum in NYC during the ’70s. You’ll get everything from Crawling King Snake to Back Door Man and even Gloria.
David Bowie, Space Oddity: If you remember the debut of this album, then you have a good memory, since this is a special 40th anniversary two-CD edition of the 1969 album. In addition to the usual booklet and rare photos, disc one is a remastered version of the album while disc two features 15 bonus tracks, of which eight are previously unreleased.
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