American Thanksgiving is coming up, which means that Black Friday, the annual giddyup for Christmas shopping madness, is two weeks from today. Ergo, it’s another crazy week for new releases. These five are my picks.
1. Taylor Swift, Reputation
Let’s get this right out of the way: Tay-Tay will have the number one album at this time next Friday. I spoke with her manager in Nashville this week and there are predictions that Reputation will sell two million copies in the US alone in the next seven days. And since she’s keeping the record off streaming music services for a week, anyone who wants it will have to buy it. It’s a strategy that’s working before, so we’ll see if it works again. Expect to hear from Kayne fans, too. Here’s why.
2. Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Live at Red Rocks
Nate and Co. need to buy a little more time so they can record a new studio record so they’ve issued an 18-song set recorded at the famous Red Rocks amphitheatre in Colorado on August 21, 2016. The main release is a two-disc vinyl collection on 180-gram vinyl, but it comes with a code for a digital download.
3. Evanescence, Synthesis
Amy Lee has returned with an orchestral piece (okay, “orchestra and electronica”) that was arranged in part by David Campbell (Beck’s dad). It includes a remake of “Bring Me to Life.”
4. Sting, Live at the Olympia Paris
Sting. Paris. That is all.
5. Greta Van Fleet, From the Fires
This four-piece from small-town Michigan (three brothers and a friend) started attracting attention earlier this year with an EP entitled Black Smoke Rising. They now have what they’re calling a double EP which features the four best songs from Black Smoke Rising and four brand new tracks. Close your eyes and you’ll swear you’re listening to a new Zeppelin track.