City and Colour, Queens of the Stone Age ,Camera Obscura and the Goo Goo Dolls top this week’s new album releases
City And Colour
The Hurry and the Harm
Dine Alone Records/Cooking Vinyl/Shock
Singer-songwriter Dallas Green – who got his musical start as guitarist and vocalist of hardcore band Alexisonfire, just in case you forgot – is back with his fourth album of acoustic, folksy music... who would’ve thunk it?
Completely different from his music with Alexisonfire, it seems Dallas has found and settled into his true calling with the softer side of things, as all the positive critical acclaim he’s received as City and Colour since the 2005 debut Sometimes can attest to.
What should you expect of the 12 new tracks? Well, we’ll let Dallas do the talking: “I don’t have a lot of faith in myself, so it is hard for me to have a lot of faith in something I have created, but I’ve never been happier or prouder about something that I have done.”
Queens of the Stone Age
The sixth album from rockers Queens of the Stone Age, ...Like Clockwork is proof that Josh Homme – who is also part of Them Crooked Vultures and Eagles of Death Metal – has still got it. If you needed proof, that is.
The founding and only continuous member of Queens, Josh does it all, singing, playing guitar and being the primary songwriter and he does it pretty darn well. Although the album went through a rocky recording period, which included the departure of the band’s longtime drummer, the resulting ...Like Clockwork is the perfect Queens album, which Josh has described as "documenting the journey of moving forward... It was a tough time and I thought, 'I can run away from this, or I can run into it.'”
If you’re in the market for awesome rock, you won’t find much better.
This 12-track offering from Scottish indie pop band Camera Obscura is the band’s fifth album since their formation back in 1996. Currently made up of five members and featuring a harmonica – which always makes us excited because, really, how many bands do you know who are rockin’ a harmonica nowadays? – Camera Obscura’s latest full-length record is the follow-up to 2009's My Maudlin Career and although a long period of uncertainty filled the break between the two albums, the band is back and as strong as ever, as well as more focused and meticulous.
Finely crafted, Desire Lines was recorded Stateside and features guest vocals from Neko Case and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and, as frontwoman Tracyanne Campbell said, “Working in the U.S. with southern gentleman Tucker Martine was a positive experience. He brought a certain calmness to recording that wasn't there before."