DC November 6 New Release Recap

The first week in November turns out to offer a surprisingly sparse slate of new releases as Georgia-born singer Kristina Train's sophomore album Dark Black heads our picks. Plush, soulful pop featuring Train's fine voice is the calling card as it is for the long-overdue CD release of Boy's Don't Cry, the eclectic mix of nostalgia and some remarkably obscure covers by the Karen Carpenter-sounding British singer Rumer. Mike Doughty is also on the trail of some odd covers with The Flip Is Another Honey which includes some crazy inspired versions of songs by the likes of John Denver and Cheap Trick and legendary Aussie songwriter Paul Kelly is back with his first new studio album in five years. The film of Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi performing acoustic versions of songs from his album Go arrives as a separate DVD this week with Go Quiet (previously available only in a pricey Go box set) and we get a taste of Matt Costa's upcoming February album with his Sacred Hills EP. And we tip you to new tunes from the rather twee Brit folk/pop outfit Joyce The Librarian and Brooklyn songwriter Eddi Front. Also up this week: new music from Aerosmith, Ne-Yo, Denison Witmer, Imani Coppola and Joshua James. More below...

We first discovered Georgia-raised singer and songwriter Kristina Train playing before a small crowd at a club on New York's Lower East Side in 2006. Signed to the prestigious Blue Note label, Train ultimately headed to London where she found kindred music souls in tunesmith Ed Harcourt and producer Jimmy Hogarth (Duffy, Sia). Months after the release of her shamefully ignored 2009 debut Spilt Milk, Train toured the world with jazz legend Herbie Hancock as part of his recent Imagine Project and then decided to move back to London. Teamed up once again with co-writer Harcourt and producer Martin Craft, Train now delivers Dark Black, a sumptuous and seductive collection of vintage-sounding pop...more DC

London-based singer Rumer - aka Sarah Joyce -- possesses one of those effortlessly and indescribably lovely voices that simply transcends whatever song she might happen to be singing. Some may find her completely relaxed, honey-dipped sound leaning a little too far into the area of ultra-mellow, Xanax-induced somnambulence -- and it's true she can at times make Norah Jones or even the legendary Karen Carpenter sound positively energized by comparison. But for those who revel in the plush, velvety textures of a voice that's steeped in the swaying standards of a modern cabaret approach -- and her fans include Burt Bacharach and Elton John --  it's hard to beat...more DC

The gentle folk melodies of Joyce The Librarian -- aka Bristol, U.K. singing songwriter Martin Callingham and band -- are so light and airy as to nearly drift off in their own weightlessness. The tones are measured, the chord progressions simple but effective, the softly beating pulse as understated as can be. But there's also a subtle beauty in the resulting songs as Callingham's wisp of a voice is backed up by the pickings of an acoustic guitar, a sweep of cello, the occasional plush comfort of muted brass...more DC

New York songwriter Eddi Front keeps the production on her songs as raw and bare as her softly sung, cathartic and brutal lyrics. We've only heard a couple of tracks from the mercurial siren, eerie piano backed confessions with spectral vocals that seem to be echoing in from some other dimension. Listen closely and you realize that the particular breakup she's laying out on the examination table was as injurious as an emotional carpet bombing. Tori Amos' "Crucify" sounds like a jaunty pop ditty by comparison...more DC

or those of us who don't call Australia home, it's difficult to comprehend the power and the glory of the singer, songwriter and national treasure known as Paul Kelly. When he published his biography, famed Down Under actors the likes of Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman contributed readings to the audiobook. Alt-country star Kasey Chambers says “If I was only allowed to listen to one artist for the rest of my life, I would choose Paul Kelly.” His 19th studio album in a career spanning three decades -- and first collection of new songs in five years --  Spring and Fall arrives stateside with little fanfare...more DC

Aerosmith - Music From Another Dimension!
Amy Wadge & Pete Riley - Afterglow
B. Fleischmann - I'm Not Ready for the Grave Yet
Denison Witmer - The Ones Who Wait II (EP)
Iain Morrison - To The Horizon Sir (11/5 UK)
Imani Coppola - The Glass Wall
Jethro Tull - Thick As A Brick (40th Anniv. Edition)
Jonsi - Go Quiet (Acoustic) (Ltd.Ed. DVD)
Joshua James - From the Top of Willamette Mountain
Kylie Minogue - Abbey Road Sessions
Matt Costa - Sacred Hills EP
Mike Doughty - The Flip Is Another Honey
Ne-Yo - R.E.D.
Robbie Williams - Take The Crown (U.K.)
Rolo Tomassi - Astraea
Simon Townshend - Looking Out Looking In
Sylver Tongue (Charlotte Hatherly) - Something Big EP
The Casket Lottery - Real Fear
The Who - Live at Hull/1970
Toy - S/T (U.S.)