BY Advocate.com Editors
October 23 2009 2:35 PM ET
Sainthood by Tegan and Sara – The inventive queer sisters from Canada release their sixth album on Tuesday. Produced by Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla (the guy behind their last album, The Con) and Howard Redekopp (who produced their breakthrough 2004 release, So Jealous), Sainthood "addresses secular themes of devotion, delusion, and exemplary behavior in the pursuit of love and relationships," according to their label, Warner Bros. Judging from the rocking lead single, "Hell," Sainthood will be another impressive notch in the Quinns' musical belt.
Lungs by Florence + the Machine – This British group, led by the vocally blessed Florence Welch, was a sensation in their native isle this summer, and next week their debut album reaches our shores. Each cut is a gem, with standouts being "Rabbit Heart" and "Howl." If you need a reference before downloading, think smart, tortured, and soulful songbirds like Fiona Apple and Regina Spektor. Watch them perform "Rabbit Heart" below.
This Is It by Michael Jackson – This two-disc set comes out Tuesday and coincides with the concert film (or concert rehearsal film) that comes out the same day. The first disc is a 16-track set including original album masters of hits like "Human Nature" and "Smooth Criminal" as well as two versions of the controversial single "This Is It" (Paul Anka claims it's his original song). The second disc comprises new versions of three tunes -- "She's Out of My Life," "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'," and "Beat It" -- and a spoken-word poem called "Planet Earth."
Home by Dave Ford – Dave Ford had left
music behind for a career in journalism, but the suicide of a close friend compelled him to
return to the studio to pour his feelings into this personal, lyrical, and moving collection
of songs he says he hopes will provide a safe “home” for those who have lost
loved ones to suicide.
Also coming out next week: R.E.M. releases Live at the Olympia, the jazz troupe Pink Martini delivers Splendor in the Grass, Carly Simon offers Never Been Gone -- a CD featuring reworked versions of 10 of her greatest hits plus two new songs -- Brian McKnight drops his new album Evolution of a Man, and Chita Rivera's And Now I Swing is still available...