Published Dec 17, 2013There are many holidays during the month of December: Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanza, New Year's Eve, etc., etc. But do you know which holiday remains absent on most shoppers' calendars? New Release Tuesday. It's that special day that only comes (roughly) 53 times a year in which new albums are unveiled to the record-purchasing public. In honour of this day of days, we here at Exclaim! have taken a gander at a few of the albums hitting shelves across the country, but don't forget to visit our Recently Reviewed section everyday for even more album reviews of new releases.
Starting things off is Live at the Cellar Door, the new live album from Canadian songwriting legend Neil Young. Recorded at the Washington, DC nightclub of the same name weeks before his historic performance at Toronto's Massey Hall, this 13-track collection finds the 25-year-old troubadour performing an intimate set of After the Goldrush-era hits. But is this the ideal stocking stuffer, or better left back in Young's archives? Read on to find out.
Next, Christmas came early for pop fans, as soul-singer Beyoncé has released a new album just in the time for the holidays. According to our reviewer, this stealthily dropped self-titled record is "better than good," combining forward-minded R&B with trap-era hip-hop to create "a postmodern mash of hubris, sincerity and gloss."
On the dance & electronic front, progressive dubstep progenitor Burial delivers distant drums and brooding bass on his anti-bullying EP, Rival Dealer, while Boxcutter's Gnosis E.P. "only hints at the genius of his earlier work."
Finally, After the Burial unleash fretboard-abusing ferocity on their new LP, Wolves Within. But is it the "triumphdjent" return to form expected from these melodic-metalheads following their nightmarish 2010 LP, In Dreams? Click through to find out.
Hear some of our favourite songs from these albums and many more in our Rdio Genre Playlists:
Folk & Country
Pop & Rock
Dance & Electronic