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In a week of reissues and extended editions, some cream rose to the top in this week’s new releases as the dust from Reflektor settles, topping the sales charts last week according to Soundscan. Let’s let it rip!
Along with fellow rapper Eminem, eternal provocateur M.I.A. released her fourth album Matangi this past week to rave reviews and excitement from listeners, who haven’t seen a new release from the rapper since 2010′s Maya. With a punny opener and closer, “Karmaggedon” and “Sexodus” (featuring upcoming artist The Weekend) sparkles with the innovative production the artist is known for, using effects as creative as the Photobooth countdown to lead up to a beat dropping. The album itself is incredible and leads to the eternal question, “Can the live performance be as great?” M.I.A. has spent eight years in the limelight now, and we trust her to make it work.
David Bowie, The Next Day Extra (extended edition)
The Next Day, Bowie’s first album in ten years, gets spoiled rotten (in a good way) complete with a whole disc of additional tracks, a behind-the-scenes pamphlet, and an exclusive DVD to celebrate the artists’ triumph, released last March. Bowie was in the studio working on this record for two years. The Next Day was produced by Tony Visconti and the two have been working together since Space Oddity in 1969.
Bright Eyes, A Christmas Album (re-issue)
The second the clocks are set back, the music industry jumps forward almost a full two months to the Christmas season, leading with indie darlings Bright Eyes and the re-issue of their 2002 release A Christmas Album. Originally released by Saddle Creek Records as a way to raise money for the Nebraska AIDS project, Bright eyes bring their sometime emo, sometimes indie, always Conor Oberst-ian flair to the Christmas classics. Tracks “Blue Christmas” and “Silent Night” are whispered in an acoustic setting for a solitary, stirring experience.