The 2011 box set rounds up Blondie's three latter-day comeback albums: No Exit, Livid, and The Curse of Blondie. This may not be Blondie's prime, but they had a strong comeback, and this is a good, wallet-friendly way to hear it all at once…
“Alive” is the upcoming second studio album by English singer-songwriter Jessie J. The album is scheduled for release on 23 September via Island and Lava Records. It comes preceded by the lead single “Wild” and the second single “It’s My Party“. Her hotly anticipated sophomore LP features Big Sean, Brandy, Dizzee Rascal and Becky G. Deluxe edition includes 4 bonus tracks.
Passaggio, Lavinia Meijer's first release on Sony, is an album of the crossover music of Ludovico Einaudi, an Italian composer and pianist who encouraged the Dutch harpist to record some of his most popular pieces. The playing on this 2013 album is highly polished and appealing, and Meijer demonstrates considerable powers of concentration and precision in performances of her harp transcriptions of Einaudi's keyboard music. Some will find Meijer's renditions emotionally communicative and mood enhancing, and most of the credit for their effectiveness belongs to her, because Einaudi's modal harmonies and conventional patterns tend toward a bland prettiness, or pretty blandness, that's all of a piece. Simple melodies and repeated arpeggiated chords have the instant attraction of minimalist music, and simplicity is often a virtue in the proper context. Sony's recording is clear and close-up, and Meijer has presence in a fairly resonant studio space.
Straight No Chaser's 2013 album, Under the Influence, features more of the acclaimed a cappella group's takes of tunes that they love. Produced by Take 6's Mark Kibble, the album features many guest performances by the artists whose songs appear here, including Jason Mraz, Phil Collins, Dolly Parton, Seal, and more. Also included are the vocal ensemble's reworkings of such hit songs as Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" and Fun's "Some Nights/We Are Young."
2013 album from the AOR/Melodic Rock vocalist best known for his work with Toto. After surviving a diagnosis of inoperable liver cancer in 2010, American singer Dennis Fergie Frederiksen has been busy re-establishing his confidence in his solo career. This time, Fergie collaborated with Italian producer Alessandro Del Vecchio and with the help of his songwriting, along with contributions from such musicians as Bruce Gaitsch (Richard Marx) and Robert Sall (Work of Art, W.E.T.) on guitars among others, Fergie put his mark on another true Melodic Rock gem of an album! Some special surprises are also included such as the superb duet with Issa and a brand new version of Toto's classic song 'Angel Don't Cry', originally included on the Isolation album.