It”s a small but mighty release week as several platinum acts, led by Bon Jovi, return with new collections. The rush to capitalize on the holiday shopping season is in full effect and won”t slow down until Santa”s sleigh arrives. Time was when the Tuesday before Thanksgiving was the last significant release date, but now expect titles from heavy hitters all the way through Dec. 22, when Mary J. Blige”s “Hip Hop Soul” comes out. In the meantime, here are some of Nov. 10″s top offerings.
Tori Amos, “Midwinter Grace” (Universal Republic): The Cornflake Girl puts her own spin on the holidays on this, her first seasonal CD. Amos takes classics and adds her own interpretation, plus throws in a few originals for good cheer.
Bon Jovi, “The Circle” (Island Def Jam): First single, “We Weren”t Born to Follow” is the type of stadium anthem upon which Bon Jovi has built its 25-plus-year career. There”s more of the same on “The Circle,” plus the accompanying DVD, “When We Were Beautiful,” which looks at the band”s 2007 tour from the stage and behind the scenes.
Dashboard Confessional, “After the Ending” (Interscope): Chris Carrabba-led emo band supreme delivers “After the Ending,” its first album of new material in three years, any way you want it– The set comes as a 2-CD pack: one disc is the full-band electric version of the songs, while disc two is all acoustic renditions of the same songs.
Flyleaf, “Memento Mori” (A&M/Octone): Female-fronted Texas quintet returns with its second searing collection of hard rock tunes.
Wyclef Jean, “DJ Drama Presents Wyclef Jean-Toussaint St. Jean: From the Hut, To the Projects, To the Mansion (Carnival House/Megaforce): On this concept album, Jean takes on the persona of Toussaint St. Jean, who is based on a Haitian revolutionary hero. Are you with me so far? The hip-hop album, delivered as a mixtape of sorts, also features Eve, Timbaland, Maino and Cyndi Lauper.
Switchfoot, “Hello Hurricane” (lowercase people/Atlantic): Switchfoot has a new label-their own– and a harder sound on its seventh studio album, the first of four new sets recorded at their new home studio.
Wale, “Attention: Deficit” (Allido/Interscope): After a series of well conceived-and received-mix tapes, DC-based rapper releases his first full-length album. And he”s brought plenty of famous friends, including Lady GaGa, Pharrell, Gucci Mane, Bun B and Jazmine Sullivan.