BJORK Greatest Hits and Family Tree (Elektra) Get ready for a lot of swan songs. Hits offers 15 tracks voted on by fans, while Tree includes six mini-CDs featuring, among other material, classical takes on Bjork tunes by the Brodsky Quartet.
BADLY DRAWN BOY Have You Fed the Fish? (ARTISTdirect) The Brit rocker, a.k.a. Damon Gough, follows his About a Boy soundtrack with his most eclectic disc yet.
THE WALLFLOWERS Red Letter Days (Interscope) Jakob Dylan & Co. hope these bright tunes will return them to the success of 1996’s Bringing Down the Horse.
DAVID GRAY A New Day at Midnight (ATO/RCA) Anticipation is high for Gray’s first CD since 1999’s platinum White Ladder landed him on Dave Matthews’ label.
IF YOU LIKE…
Madcap rockabilly slightly to the left of JERRY LEE LEWIS, try West Virginia maverick HASIL ADKINS’ recent compilation album Out to Hunch (Norton).
Catchy, female-fronted new-wave bands like BLONDIE, you might savor the flavor of CANDYPANTS’ self-titled debut (Sympathy for the Record Industry).
The crazed sounds of Swedish hepcats THE HIVES, fire up Jennie Bomb (Jetset), the newie from their distaff counterparts SAHARA HOTNIGHTS.
Lush, organic old-school pop in the tradition of THE RASPBERRIES, slip on Soft Sounds (Action Musik), the latest from THE VELVET CRUSH.
Acid-tongued singer-songwriters of the sort that’s in short supply these days, pick up WARREN ZEVON’s new Genius: The Best of Warren Zevon (Rhino).