Fall entertainment previews: Pop music

We interrupt our usual Reviews section to bring you a round up of this fall's arts menu.




Beyoncé, B'day
(Columbia) Why settle for balloons and cake when
you can celebrate turning 25 by dropping a new album
instead? The Dreamgirls star wrote, arranged,
and coproduced the whole shebang, assisted by the
Neptunes, Swizz Beatz, and others. (Sept. 5)

Justin Timberlake, FutureSex/LoveSounds
(Jive) The hotly touted follow-up to Justified
spans the gamut of hip-hop and polished pop-soul
flavas; Timbaland and Three 6 Mafia guest, but Justin still
slips into that to-die-for falsetto too. (Sept. 12)

Brazilian Girls, Talk to La Bomb
(Verve Forecast) Second set from New
York’s kookiest multiculti export since Deee-Lite
features lyrics in five languages. Ric Ocasek,
formerly of the Cars, oversaw recording of the
sensuous “Last Call.” (Sept. 12)

John Mayer, Continuum
(Columbia) He can hang with Common and Kanye as
comfortably as B.B. King and Clapton, so no surprise that
the latest from this cutie-pie guitar wunderkind fuses his
Grammy Award–winning pop chops with legit blues
influences. (Sept. 12)

Citizen Cope, Every Waking Moment
(RCA) After blindsiding the biz with the 2004
sleeper hit The Clarence Greenwood Recordings,
Citizen Cope returns with 11 tracks of distinctive
folk–rock–hip-hop fusion. Want more? Official
Web site preorders come autographed, with a bonus EP.
(Sept. 12)

Indigo Girls, Despite Our Differences

(Hollywood) Different record label, same
invigorating mix of personal and political sentiments.
New pal Pink pops up on “Rock and Roll
Heaven’s Gate”; rising star Brandi
Carlile guests too. (Sept. 19)

Fergie, The Duchess
(will.i.am/Interscope) Former Kids Incorporated
star Stacy Ferguson and her lovely lady lumps grace the
first release for Black Eyed Peas cohort will.i.am’s
new vanity imprint. (Sept. 19)

Scissor Sisters (pictured),

(Universal Motown) A song about cross-dressing
pirates? Another featuring Elton John? No, it’s
not Johnny Depp’s next film…it’s the
sophomore full-length from glitzy, queer-as-fuck
disco-glam quintet Scissor Sisters. Voilà! (Sept.

Janet Jackson, 20 Y.O.
(Virgin) Two decades after Control, the
slimmed-down Miss Jackson delivers dance tracks (“So
Excited,” featuring Khia) and trademark slow jams,
with production by boyfriend Jermaine Dupri and
longtime stalwarts Jam and Lewis. (Sept. 26)

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