Fall To Yield Harvest Of Albums From NIN, ODB, Chris Cornell.
Artists releasing LPs in September also include Barbra Streisand, Sting, Iggy Pop, Gomez.
Anticipating the Christmas retail rush, the record industry is
scheduled to unleash a flood of new albums from major artists such as
industrial-rockers Nine Inch Nails, rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard, former
Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell and punk icon Iggy Pop.
And that's just in September.
But many retailers said there were a few early entries from rock, rap
and pop heavyweights that they expected would be contenders through
the new year and beyond. (For a list of September's major albums,
Among the most eagerly awaited offerings are the first new studio
album in five years from industrial-rock band Nine Inch Nails, The
Fragile, due Sept. 21, and a new studio effort from actress/singer
Barbra Streisand, A Love Like Ours.
"I don't see why [The Fragile] wouldn't be one of the biggest
fall releases," said Howard Krumholtz, a rock buyer for the Tower
Records on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. The NIN project is a
23-track, two-CD album, which features the new single "We're in This
"But I think the biggest album of the fall for us will be Barbra
Streisand," Krumholtz said. "We move a lot of her albums here."
September also will be a season of firsts for some veteran artists.
Blues Traveler singer John Popper will debut his more-introspective
side with a solo album, Zygote, Tuesday, preceded by the moody
rock single "Miserable Bastard" (RealAudio
Cornell's solo debut, Euphoria Morning, coming Sept. 21, is an
eclectic brew of rock, R&B, psychedelia and balladry that largely
steps away from his former band's bombastic rock sound. The album
features the single "Can't Change Me" (RealAudio
Rapper Eve, part of DMX's Ruff Ryders crew, will release her first
solo album, Ruff Ryder First Lady Sept. 14. Two weeks later
country superstar Garth Brooks will release Garth Brooks in ... the
Life of Chris Gaines, a so-called greatest-hits album by his fictional,
rock-inspired alter ego.
Also releasing debut albums in September: The Madd Rapper
a.k.a. Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, a member of Sean "Puffy" Combs' Hit
Men production team with Tell 'Em Why U Mad (Sept. 21),
and the Long Beach Dub Allstars a project of the surviving
members of dub-punk band Sublime with the reggae-inflected
Right Back (Sept. 28).
For rocker Iggy Pop, Avenue B (Sept. 21) is a first of
sorts a surprising mix of spoken-word material and sedate
Embattled Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard will take a break
from court appearances to offer his second solo disc,
N***a Please (Sept. 14), featuring production work from Wu-Tang
mastermind RZA. Method Man breaks out of the Wu-Tang lineup Sept. 28,
teaming with pal Redman for their first joint effort, Black Out!
For some hip-hop record stores, the gold rush has already happened.
"We had the biggest release of our year already," said Eclipse
(born Eric Winn), manager of New York hip-hop store Fat Beats.
Eclipse said As the World Burns, the recently released debut by
old-school-style New York rap crew the Arsonists, and Home Field
Advantage, an album by the Rawkus Records act High and Mighty,
were his shop's biggest hopes for a holiday bonanza.
A number of veteran stars also will rise again in September.
A re-release of the Beatles' classic 1969 psychedelic album
Yellow Submarine (Sept. 14) is on the way, as is Brand New
Day (Sept. 28), the first album of new material in three years
from ex-Police frontman Sting. Singer/songwriter Tori Amos' two-CD set
to venus and back, which consists of a live album and an album
of new material, will bow Sept. 21.
Also on the release schedule for this month is Liquid
Skin (Sept. 21), the sophomore effort from English rockers Gomez.
On Sept. 21, folk duo the Indigo Girls will return with their seventh
album, Come On Now Social, scheduled to include cameos from
singers Me'Shell NdegeOcello, Sheryl Crow and Joan Osborne. On the
same day, Saturday Night Live: The Musical Performances
a two-CD compilation celebrating 25 years of musical performances on
the NBC sketch-comedy program will hit stores; it will feature
songs by Nirvana, Oasis, Beck, Neil Young and Hole.
Indie rock also gets its share of significant releases in September
with a handful of albums that have Other Music's Josh Madell excited.
"Stereolab will be really big for us," said Madell, the offbeat New
York record store's co-owner, referring to the electronic pop band's
Cobra and Phases Group Play 'Voltage' in the Milky Night
(Sept. 21). Madell also said his store expects to do well with the
limited-edition triple-CD and individually available set
69 Love Songs from eccentric synth band Magnetic Fields
Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan will release I'll Take Care of
You Sept. 21, an album of covers featuring his take on
traditional folk, country and gospel tunes. British electronica duo
Death in Vegas will return with their sophomore album, The Contino
Sessions, Sept. 14; it's expected to feature the single "Aisha,"
with vocals by Iggy Pop.
Rounding out the month's releases Sept. 28 are Burn to Shine,
an album from guitarist Ben Harper; Amen, the third album from
singer Paula Cole; and Temperamental, a new album from
electronic folk act Everything But the Girl. Also, expect
Human Clay, the sophomore album from hard-rockers Creed, whose
4 million-selling 1997 album featured the hit "My Own Prison"
And, nearly a year after its UK release, the U.S. finally will hear
Irish pop group Ash's second effort, Nu-Clear Sounds.
The forthcoming second segment of SonicNet Music News'
fall albums preview will include advance word on releases from
David Bowie, Melissa Etheridge, the Foo Fighters, Bush, Rage Against
the Machine, Mel C, Alice in Chains, Eurythmics, Michael Hutchence and
the Notorious B.I.G.
Senior Writer Gil Kaufman
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