Metallica – Hardwired to Self-Destruct
The thrash-metal legends return from an eight-year recording break (their previous album, Death Magnetic, was released in 2008) to melt faces and blow minds with their tenth album, Hardwired to Self-Destruct. What is there to say about Metallica that hasn’t already been said about a giant ball of lead…. but I digress. Hardwired to Self-Destruct is quite the undertaking as an album – spanning two LP’s and lasting 77 minutes – and Metallica try to make the most of it, filling all open space with riffs that lean heavily towards early albums like Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets. Die-hard fans are sure to be pleased by the vitality exhibited in this album, and if nothing else, be relieved that the biggest metal band in the world is finally back.
Justice – Woman
French electro duo Justice have built their reputation by mining the past in an attempt to paint the future, much like their fellow countrymen Daft Punk. Their breakthrough 2007 album Cross (stylized as † ) incorporated elements of rock into their unique remembrance of disco, creating swaggering dance tracks with a bite. Now Justice is back with their third full length, Woman, a welcome companion to their previous catalog and a continuation of the more straightforward disco techniques deployed on 2011’s Audio, Video, Disco. Clocking in at just under an hour, Woman spreads its ten tracks out in a technicolor display, working in warm live instrumentation and vocals to accompany Justice’s signature buzzing basslines.
The Dean Ween Group – The Deaner Album
Known best as one half of the iconic lo-fi duo Ween, Dean Ween (aka Mickey Melchiondo) had his hand in nine full length albums with his former musical partner Gene Ween (aka Aaron Freeman) before his first solo release with the Dean Ween Group. Following the 2012 dissolution of Ween – a musical partnership and friendship that spanned three decades – Dean Ween continued to write and record music, eventually forming the basis of what would become the Deaner Album. True to the erratic and bizarro form that he so perfected in Ween, the Deaner Album finds Dean Ween retreading familiar territory with a surrealistic blend of punk, funk, hard rock, and psychedelia. While it remains a pleasurable listen, the Deaner Album is likely to leave Ween fans wanting the old band back – due in no small part to Dean Ween’s continued prowess in songwriting and recording.
New releases (cont.)
Broken Social Scene – Feel Good Lost [Reissue/2001] LP (Arts & Crafts)
Tim Buckley – Wings: The Complete Singles 1966-1974 CD (Omnivore)
Andra Day – Merry Christmas From Andra Day CDEP (WB)
The Dean Ween Group – The Deaner Album 2xLP (ATO)
Highly Suspect – The Boy That Died Wolf CD/Cassette (300 Entertainment)
Justice – Woman CD/2xLP+CD (Because Music)
Miranda Lambert – The Weight Of These Wings 2xCD/3xLP (RCA)
Disc One: The Nerve. Disc Two: The Heart. A 24-song collection of all songs she helped write.
Bruno Mars – 24K Magic CD/LP+MP3 (Atlantic)
Metallica – Hardwired… To Self Destruct 2xCD/3xCD/2xLP+MP3/3xLP+MP3 (Blackened)
Moby & The Void Pacific Choir – These Systems Are Failing LP (Mute)
Lou Reed – The RCA & Arista Vinyl Collection Vol. 1 6xLP (Sony Legacy)
Rush – Time Stand Still DVD/Blu-ray (Zoe)
Sixx: A.M. – Prayers For The Blessed Vol. 2 CD/LP (Eleven Seven Music)
Dee Snider – We Are The Ones LP (Twisted Sister/Red River Entertainment)
Solange – A Seat At The Table CD (Columbia)
Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger [Reissue/1991] CD/2xCD/4xCD+2xDVD+Blu-ray/2xLP (A&M)
Soundtrack – Moana CD (Walt Disney)
Touché Amoré – Stage Four LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Umphrey’s McGee – ZONKEY CD (Nothing Too Fancy Music)
Various Artists – Let All The Children Boogie: A Tribute To David Bowie CD (Virtual Label Group)
Zayn – Mind Of Mine 2xLP+MP3 (RCA)