Sunday, October 9, 2016

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending October 8)

I'll admit to being somewhat old-fashioned and have been stubbornly attempting to continue using my iPod two years after it has been discontinued. I discovered this week that Apple has made it incredibly difficult to organize and maintain my music the way that I want to. Oh well, I will be re-evaluating my music listening methods over the coming months, which will impact how I listen to some of the new music coming out soon. {Hold for shameless plug}, check out some of that new music over at my Upcoming Releases page!

This week, Dawn Richard (aka D∆WN) announced her third studio album, Redemption.

It took me a little while to come around to Dawn's music. She got her start on the third season of Making the Band, eventually becoming a member of the loathsome Danity Kane. When I started hearing about her solo career about three years ago, I figured it had to be more of the same.

But, I kept hearing praise for her work. Her debut, Goldenheart earned rave reviews from some of my most trusted resources and that praise continued through her sophomore effort, Blackheart. When I finally did check her out, which admittedly wasn't until earlier this year, I was blown away by her music. Her style is more fitting in with a newer class of R&B, that makes use of experimentation and incorporates disparate genres, rather than simply representing the status quo of the genre.

Redemption completes a trilogy which started with Goldenheart, one that covers love, loss, and redemption. Yesterday's announcement of the record was accompanied by a new song, "Renegades."

Also announced this week:

Alicia Keys - Here (November 4)
D.R.A.M. - Big Baby D.R.A.M. (October 21)
Gone Is Gone - Echolocation (January 6)
Pink Floyd - Animals Reissue (November 18)
The Rolling Stones - Blue & Lonesome (December 2)
Thee Oh Sees - A Strange Entrances (November 18)
Uniform - Ghosthouse (October 28)

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