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 : Kate Bush
RELEASE: 50 Words for Snow
BACKSTORY: The reclusive singer this week releases her first new studio album in six years, a 65-minute collection featuring “seven brand new tracks set against a background of falling snow.” The collection is Bush’s first new material since 2005′s Aerial, and only her second new studio album in 18 years (see full tracklist here).
BUY: Amazon.com (CD, vinyl, digital)
ARTIST : Talking Heads
BACKSTORY: Eagle Rock Entertainment this week releases a DVD compiling live performances from across the band’s career, an 18-track set that spans the years 1975 to 1983 — and includes the quartet performing “Life During Wartime” during its brief reunion at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002” (see full tracklist here).
BUY: Amazon.com (DVD)
ARTIST : U2
RELEASE: “From the Sky Down”
BACKSTORY: The 84-minute documentary about the making of Achtung Baby — directed by Oscar-winner Davis Guggenheim (“An Inconvenient Truth”) — that appears on the expanded reissue of the Irish band’s classic 1991 album gets a standalone DVD (PAL format) and Blu-ray release this week in the U.K.
BUY: Amazon.co.uk (DVD, Blu-ray)
ARTIST : Erasure
RELEASE: “Be With You”
BACKSTORY: The classic synthpop duo this week releases the second single off its new Tomorrow’s World album, a seven-track CD single and download bundle featuring a new B-side (“Never Let Me Down”) plus six different versions of the title tracks, including an acoustic take and remixes by Gareth Jones, Moto Blanco and Starshapes.
BUY: Amazon.co.uk (CD), Amazon.com (Digital)
ARTIST : Magazine
RELEASE: No Thyself
BACKSTORY: Howard Devoto’s post-Buzzocks band returns this week with its first new album in 30 years (the record was released in the U.K. last month), a 10-track collection featuring songs such as “Holy Dotage,” “Hello Mister Curtis (With Apologies)” and “Of Course Howard (1979)” (see full tracklist and hear samples here).
BUY: Amazon.com (CD)