Fresh Music – May, 2011

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Eric Himan, Supposed UnknownThe Tulsa based folk-rocker returns with his seventh solo studio recording; a work filled with powerful emotion, yearning and self-discovery. It’s clearly a very personal album, yet the sentiments are those anyone can relate to. It’s also Himan’s most musically diverse effort to date, sampling genres from Motown to rockabilly, blues to pop and points in between. May 2.

Fleet Foxes, Helplessness BluesThe Seattle-based indie folk trio (now apparently a quartet) became darlings of the indie music scene and critic favorites with their EP Sun Giant and their self-titled debut album, both in 2008. The band intended to release their follow up in late 2009, but touring schedules kept them out of the studio. Early tracks from Helplessness Blues should have fans thinking it was worth the wait. May 3.

Stevie Nicks, In Your DreamsThe legendary solo artist and Fleetwood Mac frontwoman unveils her seventh studio album, her first in a decade. The album ranges from its debut single “Secret Love,” which Nicks says she wrote around 1975, to seven new songs penned with her co-producer, Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart. May 3.

Lady Gaga, Born This Way With her meteoric rise to fame and domination of the charts, it’s hard to fathom this is only Gaga’s second studio album. Is she in for a sophomore slump? Not likely. The title track is already a huge hit, and fans and critics alike have easily made this the most anticipated release of the year. A tremendous job has been done of keeping this album under wraps, but Gaga has set the bar, telling one concert audience Born This Way will be the album of the decade. May 23.
 

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