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: Laurie Anderson
BACKSTORY: The avant garde performance artist this week releases her seventh album, and first in nine years. She’s actually been touring the disc, co-produced by her husband Lou Reed, since 2007, and originally was set to release it in 2008. The CD comes with a DVD featuring a 41-minute documentary about the project.
BUY IT: Homeland via Amazon.com
ARTIST: Front Line Assembly
RELEASE: Improvised Electronic Device
BACKSTORY: The long-running electro-industrial act — formed by Skinny Puppy’s Bill Leeb in the mid-’80s — returns with its first new album in four years. The 10-track album is available in a deluxe edition with two extra tracks, and also features the song “Stupidity,” with vocals by fromer Ministry mastermind Al Jourgensen.
BUY IT: Improvised Electronic Device via Amazon.com
ARTIST: Spandau Ballet
RELEASES: True: Special Edition, Parade: Special Edition
BACKSTORY: The New Romantic act’s third and fourth albums this week are reissued in the U.K. in expanded form. True (1983) includes a second disc of remixes and live cuts, plus a DVD featuring a May 1, 1983 live concert and documentary. Parade (1984) features a bonus disc, but no DVD.
BUY IT: True: Special Edition, Parade: Special Edition via Amazon.co.uk
ARTIST: A Flock of Seagulls
BACKSTORY: The synthpop act’s long-out-of-print second album, originally released in 1983 and breaking the Top 20 in the U.K., is reissued this week with five bonus tracks appended to the record’s original 10 songs. They include the 12-inch versions of “Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You)” and “Nightmares.”
BUY IT: Listen via Amazon.co.uk