the Buzz for July 28th, 2010



Slim pickin’s on the new release wall this week, there’s no two ways around it. Let’s be careful out there:


  • The legendary Tom Jones returns to his gospel roots
    on his latest record, Praise and Blame.

  • Recording under the moniker of Owl City, a kid called Adam Young created a sensation at pop radio earlier in the year with his monster left-field smash “Fireflies,” and while we patiently await the next OC record, Young satiates our burning curiosity in the meantime with
    An Airplane Carried Me to Bed, a collection of tunes he composed and recorded four years ago under the name of Sky Sailing.

  • That woeful fool Clay Aiken supplements his latest covers record
    with a companion DVD entitled Tried and True Live!.

  • The fabulous Natalie Merchant pops up this week
    with an exclusive iTunes session, which features an
    amazing acoustic reading of her 1998 hit “Break Your Heart,”
    as well as a fun rendition of The Wizard of Oz‘s classic standard
    “If I Only Had a Brain.”

  • Finally, my single favorite pop culture wordsmith ever — Rolling Stone‘s blisteringly brilliant music critic Rob Sheffield — follows up his shattering 2008 memoir Love is a Mix Tape with a hilarious new chronicle of having spent his adolescence selling his soul to FM radio, Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man’s Quest
    for True Love and a Cooler Haircut


Sugarland — “Stuck Like Glue” (from The Incredible Machine) — Stuck

Well, won’t this be the litmus test of the summer: their last album, 2008’s middling Love on the Inside, was a wondrous disappointment, and they’ve watched a non-trivial measure of their crossover thunder get pilfered outright by those sneaky Petes known as Lady Antebellum. So those magnificent mavericks Sugarland have responded the only way they know how: by putting their not-so-secret weapon — tha’d be Jennifer Nettles’ knockout pipes (and her inimitably infallible way of vocally surfing the crests of her melodies) — on full, glorious display in the wickedly catchy lead single from their forthcoming fourth album (due in October). But is country radio gonna take the bait on a song that is not at all country? (Wait ’til you get a load of Nettles’ Rastafarian-style rap, which comprises Glue‘s bridge; it’ll freakin’ blow yer mine!)
Time will tell.