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First Look: 03.29.05 (Beck, The Bravery, Beanie Sigel)

Heading to the record store? Here's what's new this week.



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Ever since he sidestepped the one-hit-wonder graveyard that could've been "Loser," Beck has never stayed too long in one place, though he's been known to revisit familiar territory. On Guero, his eighth album, he makes a funky return to form a la Odelay (1996) and Midnite Vultures (1999) while keeping intact the warmth and sincerity of Mutations (1998) and Sea Change (2002). Early listens point to another musical junkyard spilling over with grand treasures.


The Bravery

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Quick pop quiz, hipsters: The Bravery (a) call New York home, even if the five members only recently moved there; (b) have a name that begins with an article; (c) have post-punk electro-new-wave influences (especially New Order); or (d) appeared on the cover of British tastemaker rag NME. If you guessed all four, I probably can't tell you anything else you don't already know; you're obviously a big, big fan who is well aware that the Bravery's self-titled debut comes out this week and is quite promising. The question, as is always the case with any band from the last five years that calls itself a plural noun, is this: Are they really good, or do they just sound like they're really good?


Beanie Sigel
The B. Coming
Def Jam

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No other genre of music has had such a penchant for life imitating art, and vice versa, than hip-hop, and no other rapper makes a better spokesperson for that theory than Philadelphia emcee Beanie Sigel. In November 2004, Beans began a one-year prison term for federal gun charges. The B. Coming, his third solo album, was recorded before he went to jail, and it feels dark, atmospheric and paranoid (think "Mind Playing Tricks on Me"). A recent New York Times article hinted that the record could potentially flop, given the absence of crossover pop hits and club tracks. Don't know about you, but that backfired comment is enough to make me want to grab this record ASAP.


Live at Earls Court

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The cover of Morrissey's new live album is a perfectly frightening summary of his solo career: cheeky, uncomfortably revealing and appealing only to core fans. But check out the track listing and you'll find a juicy back catalog of Moz's best, both on his own ("The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get") and with the Smiths ("How Soon Is Now?") pieced from his world tour this past winter.


112: Pleasure and Pain (Def Soul Classics)
Aaron Neville: Tell It Like It Is (V.I. Music)
Afro Soul: Black Heritage (United One)
American Hi-Fi: Hearts on Parade (Reprise)
Arthur Russell: World of Echo (Audika)
Athlete: Tourist (EMI)
Beanie Sigel: B.Coming (Def Jam)
Beck: Guero (Geffen)
Beelow/Juvenile/Boosie: Beelow Presents: Louisiana's Sickest (Bungalo)
Bjork: Triumph of the Heart [UK CD #2] (One Little Indian)
Blueprint: 1988 (Rhymesayers)
The Bravery: Bravery (Island)
Bushwick Bill: Gutta Mixx (Lightyear)
Cellski: Cellski Presents Block Music and Turf Hitters (Inner City 2000)
Charlie Hunter: Steady Groovin' (Blu)
Chubby Checker: All the Best (Teec Recording Co.)
David Banner: Down In The Dirty (BCD Music)
Delfonics: Best Of Delfonics (CUR)
Diamond Nights: Once We Were Diamonds (Kemado)
Dissociatives: Dissociatives (Astralwerks)
Dix: Art Of Picking Up Women, The (with DVD) (Smacks)
Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra: Jivin' In Be-Bop (Storyville)
Do or Die: Greatest Hits (Chopped & Screwed) (WEA)
Duke Ellington: Ellington '65 (Collectables)
Duke Ellington: Symphonic Ellington (Collectables)
Duran Duran: Greatest [Deluxe Edition] (Capitol)
Edan:Beauty and the Beat (Lewis Recordings)
Feeder: Pushing the Senses (Echo UK)
Feller Quentin: I Am Not a Monster (Echelon)
Fingers Cut Megamachine: Fingers Cut Megamachine (Thick)
Five Blind Boys Of Alabama : God Will Bless You (Liquid 8)
Gangsta Dre: Gang Banging Poetry: The Sequel, Vol. 2 (Black Armor)
Human Eye: Human Eye (In the Red)
Isley Brothers: Old School Cruzin' With The Isley Brothers (Thump)
Lil Flip & Z-Ro: Kings of the South Mixtape (Payday)
Lou Rawls: When You Hear Lou, You've Heard It All (Edsel)
Loved Ones: Loved Ones (Jade Tree)
Lovejoy: Everybody Hates Lovejoy (Matinee Recordings)
Mac Dre/Mac Mall: U.S. Open (Thizz)
Mae: Everglow (Tooth & Nail)
Marbles: Expo (Spin Art)
Morrissey: Live at Earl's Court (Sanctuary)
The Mountain Goats: Nothing for Juice (3 Beads of Sweat)
Murder One: Southern Foundation (Overlooked Rec.)
Ocean Colour Scene: Hyperactive Workout for the Flying Squad (Sanctuary)
Oslo: Oslo (Majestic / Mri )
Pak Man: Chow Time (Mia Mind Music)
Paul Wall and Chamillionaire: Controversy Sells [Chopped and Screwed] (Paid in Full)
Rachael Yamagata: Live at the Loft (BMG International)
Ray Charles: Genius Anthology (Master Classics)
Reggie & The Full Effect: Songs Not to Get Married To (Vagrant)
Scarface: Last Of A Dying Breed, The (Chopped & Screwed) (WEA)
Scarface: Mr. Scarface Is Back (Chopped & Screwed) (WEA)
Scarface: The World Is Yours (Chopped & Screwed) (WEA)
Stereophonics: Language. Sex. Violence. Other? (V2)
Summer at Shattercreek: All the Answers (Badman)
Ted Nugent: Ted Nugent/Mountain (Collectables)
Thrice: If We Could Only See Us Now [CD & DVD] (Island)
T-Rex: Inside T-Rex a Critical Review 1970-1973 DVD (Classic Rock Legends)
Various Artists: Down South Compilation: Down in Tha Dirty - Sliced (South Mouth Music)
Various Artists: Guitar Tribute to Eagles Hotel California (Tribute Sounds)
Will Smith: Lost and Found (Interscope)
*Release dates may change. E-mail brandon@prefixmag.com with correction or additions.

If you're anything like us (and we think you are), you can't wait for Tuesdays, when you frivolously trade your hard-earned cash for a stack of new albums. That it happens every week is one of life's great gifts, though we know it can be hard to keep up. 

That's where we come in: Each week we'll look at a handful of highly anticipated, newly released albums, as well as a list of the rest of the stuff that's supposed to be coming out. It's a service we'll try to provide each week, for as long as they keep releasing albums. 



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