Record Rack: A round-up of the week’s new albums, expanded reissues and/or box sets, appearing each Monday on Slicing Up Eyeballs.
ARTIST: The Cure
RELEASE: Disintegration: Deluxe Edition
BACKSTORY: It came out two weeks ago in the U.K. and via iTunes in the U.S., but North American fans on Tuesday finally can buy the long-awaited 3CD reissue of Robert Smith and Co.’s 1989 masterwork. The new set features a disc of demos and an expanded version of the Entreat live album (see tracklist here and review here).
BUY IT: Disintegration via Amazon.com or Rhino.com
ARTIST: Andy Bell
BACKSTORY: The Erasure frontman this week releases his second solo album, the follow-up to 2005’s Electric Blue. The new record was co-written and co-produced by Pascal Gabriel, and features the singles “Running Out,” “Will You Be There?” and “Call on Me,” plus “Honey If You Love Him (That’s All That Matters),” a duet with Perry Farrell.
BUY IT: Non-Stop via Amazon.com
ARTIST: Marc Almond
BACKSTORY: The former Soft Cell singer this week releases, in his native U.K., his first new album of “self-written songs” in a decade — and one that he’s hinted may possibly be his last, at least for some time. The first 3,000 copies of the 16-track disc will include a bonus CD with seven acoustic tracks recorded during the same sessions.
BUY IT: Variete via Amazon.co.uk
ARTIST: Brendan Perry
BACKSTORY: The long-in-the-works second solo album from Perry, one-half of Dead Can Dance, finally arrives this week. The follow-up to 1999’s Eye of the Hunter is being billed as “more reminiscent of the music Brendan has written for Dead Can Dance than his previous solo work.” The disc is 100-percent Perry: He played every instrument on the album.
BUY IT: Ark via Amazon.com
ARTIST: Kristin Hersh
RELEASE: Cats and Mice
BACKSTORY: The Throwing Muses singer checks in this week with a new 18-track live album recorded recently at the famed Yoshi’s jazz club in San Francisco. The set includes a number of traditional Appalachian folks songs and murder ballads, as well as some solo tunes both new and old, and some vintage Muses material.
BUY IT: Cats and Mice via Amazon.com