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ISSUE 116 VOL 3 PUBLISHED 9/27/2002

Anticipation eased with fall music releases

By Byron Vierk
Staff Writer


Friday, September 27, 2002

Kicking off the fall music scene was the excellent new CD from British alt-rockers Coldplay. Lead singer Chris Martin likened the recording process for the new album A Rush of Blood to the Head to being knocked down in a fight, picking yourself up, and trying again until you get it right. Coldplay puts all fears of a sophomore slump to rest with Rush, a track filled with earnest lyrics and wondrous melody; this truly is the first magical album of fall. Beck also hopes to create a melodic album, but not one filled with the hope heard on Coldplays release. Becks newest effort, titled Sea Change, was written and recorded not long after he had gone through an emotional and rather messy breakup. The new album, produced by Nigel Goodrich of Radiohead fame, is said to be more acoustic than anything Beck has ever done. Sea Change is more in the vein of Becks 1998 release Mutations than Becks 1996 hip-hop and funkified breakthrough album, Odelay. Its not all gloom and doom, as former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl will release a new Foo Fighters album, titled One By One. Grohl said in an interview, "I wanted this album to be perfect - Steely Dan perfect." Expect high levels of production and immense energy from a revitalized and renewed Foo Fighters. With guest stars like Brian May, the virtuoso guitar player formerly of Queen, this album is sure to be a hit. Tom Petty and Peter Gabriel represent the older generation with two long-awaited albums. Gabriel, who has not had a proper solo release since 1992s artistic and diverse US, recorded his new album over the course of 3 years. His newest album, Up reflects the worldbeat influences that have been so prevalent on Gabriels albums since the early 80s. Recorded in London, Senegal, France, and a riverboat on the Amazon, expect lavish production and thoughtful lyrics from one of the most influential singer-songwriters of that generation. Petty will release his first new album with the Heartbreakers since 1999s moving and eloquent Echo. On the new album, Last DJ, Petty finds himself in familiar territory weaving tales of alcohol imbued sorrow and rock star sellouts. Watch for a guest vocal from Fleetwood Macs Lindsey Buckingham on the introspective and bitter The Man who Loves Women. For those wishing to try a new flavor this fall, look no further than Jurassic Five and Icelandic space rockers Sigur Ros. Jurassic Five, fresh off the Smokin Grooves tour, spent most of their off-time this summer recording the follow-up to 2000s much praised Quality Control. Nelly Furtado lends her vocals to the new album, tentatively titled Power in Numbers. Sigur Ros, Iceland's top-selling band, will either put you to sleep or make you trip out with their new, as yet untitled, album. On 2000s Agaetis Byrjun, Sigur Ros garnered rapturous critical praise and the attention of Radiohead and Peter Gabriel, who helped Sigur Ros record their album at his Real World Studios. This is one album any alternative rock fan will not want to miss. So whether big beats, crushing riffs, moving lyrics, or haunting melodies, fits the musical forte, this fall has something to fit anyones personality. Music is the soundtrack of life, and just maybe an album released this fall will become a soundtrack to autumn on the Hill.





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