Spring has sprung and so has the bounty of new releases. March 22 features a wellspring of new titles including fresh sets from The Strokes, Chris Brown, Green Day and Jennifer Hudson.
Richard Ashcroft, “United Nations of Sound” (Razor & Tie): The Verve frontman’s first solo album in four years, and first since the band officially parted ways in 2009, has a little bit of everything from live orchestration to major beats, but probably no Rolling Stones samples. We kid.
Chris Brown, “F.A.M.E.” (Jive): Latest from Brown includes “Deuces,” which was originally from his mixtape with Tyga, as well as first official single, “Yeah 3X.” Justin Bieber (everybody SCREAM!) and Lil Wayne also show up.
Solomon Burke, “Hold On Tight” (Verve): “Hold on Tight” is the iconic R&B singer’s last album recorded prior to his October passing. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer recorded here with Dutch band De Dijk.
Kirk Frankin, “Hello Fear” (Gospo Centric): Gospel superstar’s latest is a sure thing to come in at No. 1 on Billboard’s Gospel chart, as have his last nine albums. The burning question is how high can it go on the Billboard 200.
Green Day, “Awesome as Fuck” (Reprise): New live album and DVD capture the best of the trio’s 2009-2010 world tour. See review here.
Gucci Mane, “The Return of Mr. Zone 6” (Warner): The rapper has called this album a return to “the streets,” hence the title. It features collaborations with Wale, Master P, Birdman and Waka Flocka Flame, as well as Rocko and Webbie, who appear in the video for first single, “I Don’t Love Her.”
Jennifer Hudson, “I Remember Me” (Arista): Oscar winner and weight loser shows why she could be the next Whitney Houston (without the crazy) on her gorgeous sophomore set.
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