New Releases — May 14, 2012 at 6:03 am

New releases: a-ha’s Morten Harket, The Tubes, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Erasure

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 :  Morten Harket
RELEASE: Out of My Hands
 Two years after the break-up of Norwegian pop trio a-ha, the group’s frontman is back with his third English-language solo album and fifth overall, which, while released in Norway and elsewhere already, arrives this week in the U.K. The album includes lead single “Lightning” and the ballad “Listening,” written by Pet Shop Boys.


ARTIST : The Tubes
 Outside Inside
 The New Wave rockers’ 1983 album is reissued this week in a new digitally remastered edition with five bonus tracks. The set includes the band’s biggest hit, “She’s a Beauty,” the record’s opening track, plus “Wild Women of Wongo,” “Tip of My Tongue” and “The Monkey Time,” the latter of which features Martha Davis.


ARTIST :  Red Hot Chili Peppers
RELEASE: One Hot Minute
 Warner Bros. this week releases a newly remastered edition of the Peppers’ sixth studio album — and the only one recorded during Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro’s short tenure with the band — on limited-edition red vinyl, with a ” beautiful lenticular 3-D cover.” The album features “Warped,” “My Friends” and “Aeroplane.”
BUY: (Vinyl)


ARTIST : Erasure
RELEASE: Essential
BACKSTORY: The new EMI best-of released in the U.K. this past March arrives in the U.S. this week as a digital-only release. The 16-track set features such favorites as “Who Needs Love (Like That),” “The Circus,” “Chorus,” “Always,” “Sometimes” and “Ship of Fools” — but somehow omits “A Little Respect” and “Chains of Love.”
BUY: (Digital)





  1. Erasure, back to their old tricks again, when the new stuff bombs, roll out the hits!

  2. Yeah, Erasure sounds fairly uninspired over the last couple of albums; the first time as a fan I haven’t purchased their latest releases. It’s now all sounding banal and too similar to their other work.

    Glad to hear Morten is getting out there. I hope his album’s good…

  3. Well i actually did buy the previous album, Light At The End Of The World, it was ok nothing special. The new one is awful though. I dont think they should bother spending all that money on recording new stuff anymore, no one cares about it or buys it.

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