Happy endings

By MATT ASHARE  |  September 12, 2007

Some of the singers Lennox wasn’t able to nab for her disc were busy making their own albums. As things stand now, the big labels will begin pulling out their big female guns on October 9, with the release of the new JENNIFER LOPEZ disc Brave (Epic). That’ll be followed November 6 by the ALICIA KEYS disc As I Am (J), which will feature guest spots by Timbaland and John Mayer. Then, as long as she’s not brought up on charges or doesn’t go off for a stint in rehab, the inimitable BRITNEY SPEARS will weigh in November 13 with an as-yet untitled disc featuring the lead single “Gimme More,” an anthem for spoiled teen stars everywhere. And the cavalcade of tabloid stars continues November 20 with Long Island queen MARIAH CAREY releasing an album that may be called Illusions: The Butterfly Within (Def Jam). Let’s hope someone’s working overtime to talk her out of that title.

Having utterly ruined the entire idea of “emo,” Christopher Carrabba, who’s really not a bad guy, is back with yet another DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL disc, the poetically titled The Shade of Poison Trees (Vagrant). But the real king of emo — if you’re talking about emotionally driven rock and roll — will be giving Carrabba a run for his money on October 2 when he — BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, that is — returns from his Woody Guthrie hiatus to join forces with the trusty E Street Band on Magic (Columbia). What more is there to say?

Maybe nothing; but there are at least a few more discs to anticipate this fall. On October 9, look for new ones by the HIVES, DEBORAH HARRY, and SHE WANTS REVENGE. October 16 has the new JIMMY EAT WORLD disc Chase This Light (Interscope) on the schedule, as well as NEIL YOUNG’s Chrome Dreams II (Reprise), an album that was shelved in ’76 but is apparently back in production, with an entire batch of new songs.

On a similarly rootsy note, ROBERT PLANT has hooked up with ALISON KRAUSS for Raising Sand (Rounder), an album of covers that does not, I’m sorry to say, include “Bron-y-uar Stomp.” Two suspect albums share October 30 as a release date: you’ve got the BACKSTREET BOYS, who can’t hardly be boys anymore, releasing Unbreakable on Jive, and the EAGLES (no, not the Eagles of Death Metal, the Eagles) putting out a double album titled Long Road out of Eden (Eagles Recording). And while we’re on the subject of ill-advised reunion albums: DURAN DURAN are back (did they ever really go away) with Red Carpet Massacre (Epic) on November 6. Fortunately, on November 20, DAFT PUNK drop their first live album, Daft Punk Alive in 2007 (Virgin), a disc that ought to make us all feel a bit better about the whole concept of new wave.

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