Me’Shell Ndegeocello – The World Has Made Me the Man of My Dreams (jazz)
I don’t know how I missed this when it first came out about six weeks ago. An extremely inventive album by a woman who remains a musical mystery. I’d file this under jazz fusion, specifically the jazz of Sun Ra and the funk/rock/soul of Stevie Wonder. This one won’t be getting mainstream radio airplay anytime soon, but if you want to hear a mad genius at work, check this out.
Sones de México – Esta Tierra es Tuya (Latin)
This one was beat out for the Latin Grammy, but is still a great listen. You can hear about the band from NPR’s Morning Edition story this morning by clicking here. The head-turner on this album is a version of Led Zeppelin’s “Four Sticks.”
The Eagles – Long Road Out of
This release is a Wal-Mart exclusive. Wal-Mart can do their own tip sheet if they want you to know about it.