Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: June 16, 2017

New Release Friday, Top 5 New Releases, New Release Reviews

Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: June 16, 2017

It’s New Music Friday and you know what that means – the Biggest and Best New Releases of the Week can be found Right Here. So, sit back, relax and peruse Today’s Top 5 New Releases. Scroll down and you can read 3-Sentence Reviews, you can check out the First Listen Favorites, and you can Press Play on each Selected Song so you can Hear what all the Buzz is about. Sometimes there are Singles among the pack, because they are a part of New Release Day, too.

So, get comfortable, whether at home, at the office, or on the go out in the world somewhere, and have a Listen to these Top 5 Best New Releases. If you like what you hear, go now go and support the art and the artists, buy an Album, or a Single, and go see some of these New Releases played live.

I would love to hear what you think of the selected songs, and album titles. Is there a New Music Release that you feel should be on this list? Add to the buzz and comment below.


1. Melodrama :: Lorde

Lorde Melodrama, New Release Friday, Top 5 New Releases

Three-Sentence Review: It feels like its been a long time waiting for Lorde’s Latest Album to be Released, though there has been a number of Pre-Album Singles Released to tease us and have us wanting more. I know there is the Sophomore Slump syndrome, especially when an Artist or Band’s Debut was as bit as Lorde’s was, but I think that if anything she has grown and evolved in a way that should have this Album well-received. I’m enjoying the more grown-up Lyrics, the reminders of Kate Bush, Florence Welch, and at times, Madonna and Robyn – Melodic Dance Music with Edge, that’s what I think I’d nickname this Album.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Green Light”, “Hard Feelings/Loveless”, and “Writer in the Dark”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“Writer in the Dark”

2. Tomorrow Forever :: Matthew Sweet

Matthew Sweet Tomorrow Forever, New Release Friday, Top 5 New Releases

Three-Sentence Review: 90’s Power Pop King has a New Album out and I am so ready for it. Everything I Loved about 90’s Sweet has shown up for this, along with some Fleetwood Mac, some Britpop, some Glam, and a heavy dose of 60’s sensibilities (and guitar sounds).

Initial Favorite Track(s):  “Trick”, “Off the Farm”, and “Hello”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5


3. The Nashville Sound :: Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit The Nashville Sound, New Release Friday, Top 5 New Releases

Three-Sentence Review: Last year I discovered the Music of Jason Isbell, and I’ve delved into his work, both Solo and with Drive-By Truckers, ever since. I have my Favorites, and I definitely prefer his Solo stuff (with the 400 Unit), and this New Album is no exception. The Storytelling is so Vivid and Rich, Literate and almost Visual, which is exactly what attracted me to Jason’s Music in the first place.

Initial Favorite Track(s):  “Tupelo”, “If We Were Vampires”, and “Chaos & Clothes”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“If We Were Vampires”

4. How Did We Get So Dark? :: Royal Blood

Royal Blood How Did We Get So Dark?, New Release Friday, Top 5 New Releases

Three-Sentence Review: In some ways I think this Album is my Favorite of Royal Blood’s 2 Releases (this must be a good day for Sophomore Albums – See Lorde above), even though their Debut did blow me away. The Album has been described as Sonically falling somewhere between Queens Of The Stone Age and Muse, but I hear something older here – thinking a Post-Modern Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, 70’s Rolling Stones, and other 70’s Classic Rock Rock – updated, but still sharing the sensibilities. I dig the thin layer of Electric/Electronica that is all over this Rock Album, it makes for quite the addicting Mix.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “I Only Lie When I Love You”, “She’s Creeping”, and “Hole In Your Heart”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“I Only Lie When I Love You”

5. Weather Diaries :: Ride

Ride Weather Diaries, New Release Friday, Top 5 New Releases

Three-Sentence Review: Beyond the occasional run in with Ride’s Quintessential Hit, Vapour Trail, I very rarely Listen to the Band. This is about to change with the arrival of this New Album, which I can already tell will be heavily played this Summer Season. From the First Track, “Lannoy Point”, and onward, I am hooked on Weather Diaries, and I think you all might be, too.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Lannoy Point”, “All I Want”, and “Cali”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5


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