Fall 2005 music previews

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Originally published on Advocate.com August 28 2005 11:00 PM ET

September

A Bigger Bang The Rolling Stones (Virgin):
Aging rockers’ first studio disc in eight years
bashes hypocrite patriots on new tune “Sweet
Neo Con.” (Sept. 6)

Home To You The Peasall Sisters
(Dualtone): Sweet-voiced, classic country harmonies from
teenage siblings showcased in film O Brother,
Where Art Thou? (Sept. 6)

Hopeless Romantics Michael Feinstein
(Concord): Out cabaret crooner honors Academy
Award–winning composer Harry Warren, with
pianist George Shearing. (Sept. 27)

Naked Truth Lil’ Kim (Queen
Bee/Atlantic): Six days before heading to prison,
risqué rapper drops her latest, featuring guest
producer Kanye West. (Sept. 13)

Souls Alike Bonnie Raitt (Capitol):
Nine-time Grammy winner eschews blues licks in favor of
feting her favorite underrated songwriters. (Sept. 13)

Takk Sigur Rós (Geffen):
Iceland’s queer-inclusive answer to Radiohead offers
up more moody sound collages and unpronounceable song
titles. (Sept. 13)

Where You Live Tracy Chapman (Atlantic):
Chapman’s seventh studio album reflects on home,
place, love, and memory. (Sept. 13)

Wildflower Sheryl Crow (Interscope):
Singer-songwriter draws inspiration from relationship with
champion cyclist–cancer survivor Lance Armstrong and
family. (Sept. 27)

Also in September:
VH1 Storytellers, Bruce Springsteen (Columbia);
Life in Slow Motion, David Gray (RCA); Shadows
and Dust,
Lene Lovich (The Stereo Society);
Desperate Housewives OST (Hollywood); Title
TBA, Barbra Streisand (Sony)

October

Catching Tales Jamie Cullum (Verve):
Youthful U.K. jazz pianist returns, collaborates with Dan
“the Automator” Nakamura, and covers
“Our Day Will Come.” (Oct. 11)

Electric Blue Andy Bell (Sanctuary):
Erasure singer’s solo debut, with guests Jake Shears
(Scissor Sisters) and Claudia Brücken (Propaganda)
(Oct. 4)

Life Ricky Martin (Columbia): First
English-language outing in five years, with cameos from
Fat Joe and R&B singer Amerie. (Oct. 11)

Pretty Little Head Nellie McKay
(Columbia): Madcap second album by theatrical young
singer-songwriter. Cyndi Lauper duets on “Bee
Charmer.” (Oct. 18)

The Road Less Traveled Melissa Etheridge
(Island): Greatest hits set includes Grammy duet with Joss
Stone, along with Tom Petty’s
“Refugee.” (Oct. 18)

Those Were the Days Dolly Parton (Sugar
Hill): A star-studded cast (Norah Jones, Keith Urban) helps
Dolly reinvent folk-rock classics by Dylan, Lennon,
and more. (Oct. 11)

Throw Down Your Arms Sinéad O’Connor
(Chocolate And Vanilla): Sinéad comes out of retirement
with a 12-song set of updated reggae classics. (Oct.
4)

You Could Have it So Much Better Franz Ferdinand
(Sony/Domino): Scottish quartet issues sophomore set of
urgent postpunk dance-rock, peppered with brooding
ballads. (Oct. 4)

Also in October:
Playing the Angel, Depeche Mode (Reprise);
Title TBA, Kate Bush (Columbia); Somebody’s
Miracle,
Liz Phair (Capitol); Return the
Gift,
Gang of Four (Virgin)

November

All That I Am Santana (Arista)
Guitarist’s latest all-star outing, with Outkast,
Mary J. Blige, Black Eyed Peas, and many others. (Nov.
1)

And the Band Played On Jessica Simpson
(Columbia) More country and dance-floor mash-ups, à la
her recent “These Boots Are Made For
Walkin’ ” update. (Nov. 15)

Christmas Songs Diana Krall (Verve) Hot
jazz chanteuse and pianist puts unique spin on seasonal
classics. (Nov. 1)

Confessions on a Dancefloor Madonna
(Warner Bros.) All club fare. “No message. No
ballads. All fun,” report insiders. No more
raps about lattes? Yippee! (Nov. 15)

Also in November:
Greatest Hits, Savage Garden (Columbia);
as-yet-untitled Peggy Lee tribute, Bette Midler (Columbia);
title TBA, the Darkness (Atlantic); Horses: The
Legacy Edition,
Patti Smith (Arista/Legacy);
#1’s, Reba McEntire (MCA)

—Kurt B.
Reighley

classical music

October

Doctor Atomic (San Francisco Opera, San Francisco):
Composer John Adams and librettist Peter Sellars team
on an operatic exploration of the life and fateful
creation of A-bomb inventor J. Robert Oppenheimer. (Oct.
1)

Orpheus and Eurydice (Lincoln Center, New York): A
new theatrical song cycle written by out composer
Ricky Ian Gordon in collaboration with out
choreographer Doug Varone. (Oct. 5–8)

Aaron Copland and His World (Bard College,
Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.): The music and life of
America’s great gay composer are celebrated at
the Bard Music Festival, including performances by the
American Symphony Orchestra. (Oct. 21–23)

The Mines of Sulfur (Lincoln Center, New York): The
New York City Opera performs out composer Richard
Rodney Bennett’s masterful opera combining a
sexy ghost story and a frightening drag show. This haunting
work was also just released on Chandos. (Oct. 23–Nov.
5)

November

Percussion Concerto (Kimmel Center, Philadelphia):
Top American composer and out lesbian Jennifer Higdon
delivers her latest creation, performed by soloist
Colin Currie and the Philadelphia Orchestra. (Nov.
25–Dec. 6)

—Joseph
Dalton