'N Sync's new album, "Celebrity," doesn't come out until July 24, but you can pre-order your copy today, and we'll ship it to you the day it is released.
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The throwback romanticism of Rufus Wainwright's debut was a startlingly fresh counterpoint to the slick pop music world. The neo-baroque piano man with the nasal vocals and impressive musical pedigree (Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle are dad and mom) continues down the same path on "Poses," a more reserved, calculated follow-up.
(Check out his sister Martha's CD, too.)
We tend to set our expectations higher for bar-raising bands like Tool, and "Lateralus" doesn't disappoint. It's perhaps their best album to date, with the production on their artful, truly progressive metal tighter and more articulate than ever.
On "Inside Out" singer Trisha Yearwood walks up to the pop border but keeps her feet squarely in country territory with the help of guest artists Vince Gill, Rosanne Cash, and Buddy Miller, all of whom complement her powerful vocals.
"Take Off Your Pants & Jacket [EXPLICIT LYRICS]"
In the noble tradition of Weezer and the Dead Milkmen, punk-pop's biggest wiseacres deliver another set of irreverence packaged in irresistible, head-slamming hooks on "Take Off Your Pants & Jacket." We fear it may be true: amid all the sarcasm and occasional gross-out lyrics, Blink 182 might actually be making a poignant statement.
AND THE AWARD(S!) GO TO...
"The Producers (2001 Original Broadway Cast) [CAST RECORDING]"
Mel Brooks, et al
Mel Brooks has become the new Emperor of Broadway with his unprecedented smash musical, "The Producers"--racking up a record total of 12 awards at the 2001 Tonys. With tickets scarcer than ever, be sure to check out the excellent original cast recording starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick.
"Moulin Rouge [SOUNDTRACK]"
Moulin Rouge, Various Artists
Director Baz Luhrmann dreamed of returning musicals to the big screen, and in the process of creating "Moulin Rouge," he reinvented the genre entirely! The film's stunning, supersaturated vibrance is equally matched by the era-blending soundtrack. From the utterly funky "Lady Marmalade" remake featuring Christina Aguilera, 'Lil Kim, Mya, and Pink to the dizzying love song snippets in "Elephant Love Medley" to "Because I Can," which gives the classic can-can a pounding treatment the way only Fatboy Slim, er, can, "Moulin Rouge" proves to be an instant classic.
Sometimes labeled "Kid B" in critical circles, Radiohead's "Amnesiac" doesn't quite make good on the rumored promise to return entirely to the more standard song structures of their earlier albums, but that is hardly a detraction. Instead, the band finds a middle ground between pre- and post-"OK Computer," and at the same time continues to explore unchartered waters with their uncompromising musical directive.
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"Weezer" (2001), Weezer
"Exciter," Depeche Mode
ON THE HORIZON
Spearhead, Michael Franti
Who is this generation's Marvin Gaye? It may well be Spearhead leader Michael Franti. He sings and raps from the heart, haunted by hollow words and hypocrisy. "Stay Human" is Franti's "What's Going On," a risky, gorgeous album that dissects our society's sicknesses and posits soul music as a cure. This music is equal parts hip-hop attitude, R&B grooves, and poetic intelligence. A must-have.
At one point recently, Eva Cassidy's albums held five spots (including the top 4) on our charts, and her albums continue to dominate our top 20. Never before in Amazon.com's three-year history has an artist captured so many top spots at once; she is truly a phenomenon. Cassidy's posthumous fame continues to be fueled by the media, introducing her soulful, eclectic music to legions of new fans.
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