New Releases — March 23, 2015 at 12:01 am

New releases: Robin Guthrie and Mark Gardener, James, Blancmange, Lloyd Cole, The La’s

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Record Rack: A round-up of the week’s new albums, expanded reissues and/or box sets, appearing each Monday on Slicing Up Eyeballs.


Robin Guthrie and Mark GardenerRobin Guthrie and Mark Gardener

RELEASE: Universal Road
BACKSTORY: The long-awaited album from the former Cocteau Twins guitarist and the frontman of the reunited Ride is released this week. Features 10 songs, including “Amnesia,” “Old Friend” and “Yesterday’s News.”



RELEASE: Laid/Wah Wah: Super Deluxe Edition
BACKSTORY: James this week reissues Laid and its companion album Wah Wah in a 4CD box set featuring 20 unreleased tracks including rehearsals, outtakes, jams, B-sides, radio sessions and live tracks.



RELEASE: Semi Detached
BACKSTORY: The reunited synthpop group returns with its fifth album, and first in four years, a 10-song collection featuring “I Want More,” “It Didn’t Take Long,” “Bloody Hell Fire,” “Deep in the Mine” and more.


Lloyd ColeLloyd Cole

RELEASE: Don’t Look Back: An Introduction to Lloyd Cole and Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
BACKSTORY: Lloyd Cole this week is the subject of a new low-cost compilation in the U.K,, featuring “Brand New Friend,” “Perfect Skin” and more.


The La'sThe La’s

RELEASE: There She Goes: The Collection
BACKSTORY: The La’s are also the subject of a new low-cost compilation in the U.K., a 16-song set mixing tracks from the band’s iconic debut plus “memorable BBC session.” Includes two version of “There She Goes.”




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