So I read this story about music releases coming out this fall. There's a surprising number of releases that I might actually consider getting. I really didn't have high hopes for the fall and Christmas, but there's a few here I'm going to get.
Here are the highlights. And, well, some stuff I feel like mocking.
Hot Hot Heat -- Happiness Ltd. : I loved their last record Elevator. Give me more high energy, insanely catchy pop and I'm there.
The Proclaimers -- Life With You : I'm curious, that's all.
James Blunt -- All the Lost Souls : Because we can always use more whiny British pop music.
The Donnas -- Bitchin : Their last record, Gold Medal, was a kick-ass rock album. I'm hoping they can keep it up.
Dropkick Murphys -- The Meanest of Times : I'm hit and miss on these guys. But the song they had in The Departed was a highlight of the movie.
Mark Knopfler -- Kill to Get Crimson : Knopfler's solo stuff has been very hit and miss. So here's wondering.
KT Tunstall -- Drastic Fantastic : I cam late to her first record, but kind of like it. I'll give her follow-up a try.
Tony Bennett -- Ultimate American Songbook : Tony's always worth a listen. I'm curious as to what this will be like.
Blue Rodeo -- Small Miracles : Their last record didn't do much for me. I'm hoping for a change of pace.
The Doors -- The Very Best of : Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't there already a 100 Greatest Hits CDs of The Doors out there already?
Foo Fighters -- Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace : The first single is one of the better things I've heard from them in years. I'll give it a whirl.
Frank Sinatra -- A Voice in Time (1939 - 1952) (Box) : This might be waaaay more Sinatra than I need, but I might look up the song list to see what's on it.
Stars -- In Our Bedroom After the War : Thanks the the miracle of releasing albums on the internet before they come out on CD, I already have this. Not bad, not as good as their last one.
The Beatles -- Unseen Beatles (DVD) : Because it wouldn't be a fall without a Beatles release. I also given good money that the band's catelogue comes out on iTunes as well.
Celine Dion -- These are Special Times (Collector's Edition) : On the upside I know what to get my mom for Christmas. On the downside, the gates of hell are opening once more.
Mick Jagger -- The Very Best of : Has Jagger released any solo stuff that anyone has enjoyed, let alone enough for a greatest hits?
Annie Lennox -- Songs of Mass Destruction : I don't think I need the album, but it has the fall's best title.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Magic : Duh...
Jennifer Lopez -- Brave : Once again, somewhere in New York, there is a studio musician getting paid good money to pretend to be Lopez.
Toby Keith -- A Classic Christmas : Would prefer to band my head on a wall for an hour instead.
Neil Young -- Chrome Dreams II : Neil Young automatically gets a try with me.
Robert Plant + Alison Krauss -- Raising Sand : Surely God, this fall's strangest release. And yet, I'm insanely curious about it. And in a twist, I'm a much bigger fan of Krauss than Plant.
Backstreet Boys -- Unbreakable : Just die already. Where's my stake, silver and garlic?
The Eagles -- Long Road Out of Eden : And now I know what to get my dad for Christmas.
Garth Brooks -- The Ultimate Hits : Has Brooks actually put out a record since his last greatest hits collection? I don't think that should be allowed.
Duran Duran -- Red Carpet Massacre : One could only hope they're the ones being massacred on the red carpet.
Spice Girls -- Greatest Hits : This is being released the day after Guy Fawkes night, but I have no problem giving a penny to burn the band. Or at least all copies of the record.
Celine Dion -- The Woman in Me : Twice in a matter of months? Now that's evil.
And that's it...so far. I'm sure there will be a few surprises. Hopefully good ones, unlike two Celine Dion records. That's just mean.