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Caution (CD)

Mariah Carey

Pop divas don’t get much larger-than-life than Mariah Carey. That’s a rarified stratum in pop culture that is accessed only through a combination of world class talent, coupled with peak MTV-era overexposure (as well as the resulting hangover), and having your very own immortal Christmas standard to boot. Caution is her fifteenth album overall, which is certainly indicative of a workaholic career, yet more importantly it’s only her second collection of all original material released this decade. No longer beholden to the insatiable pace of a meat grinder industry, Mariah Carey has time to create and release the albums she wants to make. As a result, there is an unmistakable quality to her recent works that had been missing in her mid-to-late '00s marathon. Caution is no different, however, unlike the statement-making length of The Elusive Chanteuse , it runs a brisk 38 minutes and is largely composed of Mariah embracing her role as the R&B slow jam queen. Songs such as “GTFO” and “With You” sound like a sultry, smoky update on her many '90s ballads, with only the production hinting that it's 2018. But when she does liven up the pace it just goes to show the depths of her pop acumen: Mariah can still crank out bangers with the best of ‘em. On what is undoubtedly the album’s highlight, “The Distance” manages to deftly combine a deep, deep groove with diva-sized vocal acrobatics. Skrillex, who produced the track, does his best impression of retro-futurist funk lords Benedek, Sasac, and Dam Funk, mixing '90s R&B synth flourishes with a comically fat bassline. It’s as groovy a production as you’ll hear all year, hell; it would even sound great as an instrumental. Add Mariah Carey (along with a well-timed Ty Dolla $ign verse) to the mix? You’re gonna need to cool off after this one.

Red Rose Speedway (CD)

Paul McCartney & Wings

Red Rose Speedway , with its classic No. 1 hit “My Love,” makes its entry into Paul McCartney's Archive Collection with a splash: a two-disc CD edition. Features newly remastered audio from Abbey Road Studios, plus unreleased tracks, singles, and b-sides.

Chris Cornell (CD)

Chris Cornell

With the music world still processing the untimely loss of former Soundgarden/Audioslave leader Chris Cornell, the beloved rocker is given his first official career retrospective. Put together by Cornell's widow Vicky "for his fans," the set covers all periods of his career and includes previously unreleased tracks taken from the archives. Available as a single CD, two LP, four CD deluxe and CD/LP/DVD super deluxe box sets, Chris Cornell serves as a fitting tribute to a performer whose "voice was his vision, and his words were his peace."

Whole New Life (CD)

Reverend Horton Heat

Don’t let that title fool you, this is the same ‘ol psychobilly freakout that you know and love. Whole New Life is the Reverend Horton Heat’s 12th studio album, and yet after all these years the good Reverend only knows one speed: frantic. He’s just as dependable as ever, to boot, as here’s 11 more tracks of double bass slappin’, Gretch guitar shreddin’, drenched-in-reverb rockabilly glory.

Merrie Land (CD)

The Good, the Bad & the Queen

Using Britain's referendum on exiting from the European Union as the reformative spark, supergroup The Good, The Bad & The Queen have returned over a decade later with their second release, Merrie Land . Damon Albarn, Clash bassist Paul Simonon, Verve guitarist Simon Tong, and Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen are back to muse on the state of being British in 2018, this time with legendary Tony Visconti in the producer's chair. Fans of Albarn's particular brand of electro-melancholia will find more to enjoy here.

Guide Me Back Home (CD)

City And Colour

Dallas Green AKA City and Colour (and formerly of Alexisonfire) went on a stripped-down acoustic tour across Canada in 2017 and this double CD, Guide Me Back Home , is the recorded companion to those intimate shows. The album, which marks the debut of Green's new label Still Records, includes his interactions with the crowd between the emotional folk-rock songs and shows off his songwriting chops. Among the highlights are older numbers like “Comin' Home” and the soulful “If I Should Go Before You.”

Wild Life (CD)

Wings

The debut album from Paul McCartney's Wings, Wild Life was originally recorded in a week which gave the songs a famously fresh and raw feel. Now it's joining McCartney's Grammy-winning Archive Collection in remastered glory. This two-disc CD edition features newly remastered audio from Abbey Road Studios, plus unreleased tracks, singles, and b-sides.

Christmas In Valhalla (CD)

Thor

Muscle-metal hero THOR dropped a Christmas album this year, featuring all original songs with titles like (the hilarious) “Slay Rider” and “Not So Little Drummer Boy.” Recorded with the same band from Beyond the Pain Barrier , these upbeat, straightforward rockers will lighten up many a home this holiday season, whether or not they're familiar with Mr. Jon Mikl Thor. Highlights include the catchy “Gonna Have a Rockin' Christmas” and the pseudo ballad “It's Christmas Time Again.”

Christmas (Take A Ride) (CD)

Mitch Ryder

Good Golly Miss Claus! Mitch Ryder may be without his Detroit Wheels, but at 73 years old the blue-eyed soul legend is still going strong. It’s not that we haven’t heard enough Christmas albums in our life, but being a living legend without one to his name, the man has earned it, dammit! These days his voice is a bit more subdued; more soulful rasp than wild shriek, but he knows how to play to his strengths: Christmas (Take A Ride)  features covers of Christmas standards new and old all done in an energetic ‘60s R&B fashion, which means plenty of bright horns, brittle guitars, and a stomping backbeat. Hell, the lead single is a cover of raucous garage rock legends The Sonics’ very own “Santa Claus,” cavernous reverb and fuzz guitars intact. He even manages to make “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” somehow sound a little less stupid. In fact, his take on the most annoying of novelty songs is downright listenable, which is a feat unto itself. The only knock on Christmas (Take A Ride) is the lack of a song titled “Devil With A Red Dress,” which seems like an egregious missed opportunity, though Ryder has left the door open to the possibility of a Christmas sequel. Don’t leave us hanging, Mitch.

Warm (CD)

Jeff Tweedy

Jeff Tweedy gets vulnerable on his first proper solo LP, Warm . The melodies are immediately likable, the tone of the album confiding, open, and direct. Tweedy eschews Wilco’s more rollicking moments for an introspective, familiar tone; the album title is fitting. He approaches epic thematic elements — death, love, pain — with grace and intelligence. It’s a richly moving work of art that’ll give even longtime fans a new light in which to see the indie legend.

All The Things That I Did & All The Things That I Didn't Do (CD)

The Milk Carton Kids

The Milk Carton Kids' fourth album is a departure from the duo's sparse Americana of acoustic guitars and vocal harmonies. Joined this time by artists like Pat Sansone of Wilco, the arrangements include strings, drums, and piano, painting a richer background for the crooning vocals. The songs revisit themes from previous albums: “You Break My Heart” is a lovely but sad ballad with a delicate twang; “One More For The Road” is the slow-burning single with a nod toward painful endings. “Nothing Is Real” is a playful rant against technology that croons regardless, “But I don't mind, I don't mind.”

Next Of Kin (CD)

Distant Cousins

LA trio Distant Cousins seem poised on the edge of something big, thanks to the release of their immensely enjoyable Next of Kin . Filled with infectious hooks and floor-stompin’ riffs, the album feels familiar, warm, and alive with excitement. It’s the sound of backroads and big dreams. It’s the sound of sing-a-long-ready choruses, the type of knees up indie-meets-country jamboree that keeps folks who love the Lumineers and Mumford & Sons coming back for more. Basically, it’s the sound of your new favorite band.

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