There is something for everyone in this week's set of top new pop albums.
This is an album of covers for people who love 60's pop music. Sweet and Hoffs (formerly of the Bangles) obviously feel very affectionate toward this music and see no necessity to move it outside of its original genre. The album is simply the sound of people who love pop music making pop music.
Kearney kicked off his recording career in the Contemporary Christian music arena, but this album is his effort to move into the pop mainstream. If you like Jack Johnson and John Mayer, you should listen to this album by Mat Kearney.
Is southern rap becoming too crowded? These guys don't think so.
NOFX have been around longer, 20 years +, than most current punk bands. This album kicks off the anticipation of their headlining role in the 2006 Warped Tour.
Alt-rock meets cabaret in the music of Dresden Dolls.
Rootsy rock doesn't get much better than the Drive-By Truckers, and they continue on a roll.
The first-ever solo album by the lead vocalist of Psychedelic Furs. Here Butler sounds revitalized well beyond the past several outings by the Furs.
Erasure takes a detour from their synth-heavy dance pop to acoustic versions of some of their classic album tracks and B-sides.
Brother and sister Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger, aka Fiery Furnaces, make some of the most idiosyncratic, but catchy, pop music in the business.
This is an introduction to the far left-field music of Daniel Johnston, cited as a major influence on such major popular music luminaries as Nirvana's Kurt Cobain.