Michael Endelman rounds up 15 albums hitting stores this week and next

By Michael Endelman
Updated April 04, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT
Pink: Fernando Leon / Retna

APRIL 4

Pink, I’m Not Dead (LaFace)
She’s not stupid, either: The Philly tough girl is back with another album of brash, ballsy (and seriously catchy) pop.

The Flaming Lips, At War With the Mystics (Warner Bros.)
Everyone’s favorite Oklahoma freak-rockers return with their 11th studio album of mind-bending psych-rock.

Morrissey, Ringleader of the Tormentors (Attack/Sanctuary)
A collaboration with David Bowie’s producer Tony Visconti, Morrissey’s latest is proof that wounded romanticism never goes out of style.

Rascal Flatts, Me and My Gang (Lyric Street)
The twangy trio behind ”Bless the Broken Road” owe their massive success to a certain TV show, and since said show is still ruling the ratings, this new disc should be bigger than Simon Cowell’s ego. Or is that even possible?

Bubba Sparxxx, The Charm (Virgin)
Since Sparxxx’s last disc of bluegrass-infused hick-hop was a bit too challenging for CD buyers, this third album recenters the virtuosic MC around Southern rap’s holy trinity: bass, beats, and booty.

Various artists, NOW That’s What I Call Music! 21 (Universal)
Twenty songs. All megahits. Resistance is futile.

José González, Veneer (Mute)
The Swedish folksinger is best known from this exquisite commercial, but hopefully this reissue of his 2005 debut will bring his stunning, Nick Drake-style folk to a wider audience.

The Concretes, In Colour (Astralwerks)
Winsome Swedish indie-pop collective the Concretes definitely sound much more chipper on their latest album. Maybe someone had a bit too much grog?

The Vines, Vision Valley (Capitol)
The Aussie rockers had a bad case of the sophomore slumps with 2004’s Winning Days, but could their third album bring them back to the charts? Does anyone even care anymore?

World Party, Private Revolution and Goodbye Jumbo (Seaview)
The underrated Brit-pop singer Karl Wallinger has regained control of his catalog and is reissuing these two out-of-print classics.

APRIL 11

The Beatles, The Capitol Albums Vol. 2 (Capitol/EMI)
Don’t get too excited, Beatlemaniacs: This is just a repackaging of four 1965 releases — The Early Beatles, Beatles VI, the Help! soundtrack, and Rubber Soul — in a unwieldy longbox.

Daniel Powter, Daniel Powter (Warner Bros.)
Think of him as the next James Blunt, but Canadian.

Built to Spill, You in Reverse (Warner Bros.)
Another album of long-winded but fierce jam-rock from Doug Martsch & Co.

Saves the Day, Sound the Alarm (Vagrant)
After a flop on Dreamworks, the New Jersey emo fellas are back on pop-punk indie Vagrant for their fifth album.

Toby Keith, White Trash With Money (Show Dog/Big Machine)
Nice title, Toby. We were thinking that, but we’re too polite to say it.

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