Clark Collis rounds up albums hitting stores this week and next


Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stadium Arcadium (Warner)
The quartet managed to prune their ninth album, originally designed to be three single CD releases, down to a ”mere” 122 minute-long double.

Gnarls Barkley, St. Elsewhere (Downtown/Atlantic)
Debut release from the already-huge-in-the-U.K. team-up of producer Danger Mouse and Goodie Mob rapper Cee-Lo.

Paul Simon, Surprise (Warner)
Brian Eno and Herbie Hancock lend a hand on the legendary songsmith’s first album in six years.

Art Brut, Bang Bang Rock & Roll (Downtown)
Appropriately bizarre collection from British indie-rockers and all-around silly people.

Nick Lachey, What’s Left of Me (Jive)
Breaking up is hard to do. How hard can be discovered on Lachey’s first post-Jessica CD (cover art, sadly, does not feature him looking mournfully at a can of tuna).

Neil Young, Living With War (Reprise)
The onetime Ronald Reagan booster goes after George W. Bush’s jugular with a set that includes the unambiguous ”Impeach the President.” Just as long as he isn’t hoping to follow the Dixie Chicks’ lead by appearing naked on the cover of EW…

The Stills,, Without Feathers (Vice)
The Canadian miserabilists have lost guitarist Greg Paquet since the release of 2003’s Logic Will Break Your Heart, but found their funky side in time for this sophomore collection.

Grandaddy, Just Like the Fambly Cat (V2)
Idiosyncratic California art-rockers release feline-themed and, according to band leader Jason Lytle, final album.

Snow Patrol, Eyes Open (Interscope)
Choir- and strings-enhanced fourth CD from the Northern Irish quartet.

Matmos, The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast (Matador)
Björk guests on this release by the experimental dance duo, as does ”the embalmed reproductive tract of a cow,” although in what capacity we really wouldn’t like to say.


The Raconteurs, Broken Boy Soldiers (Third Man/V2)
Having failed so miserably at finding any kind of success with his White Stripes combo, Jack White has another crack at the fame game by teaming up with old friend Brendan Benson for this debut Raconteurs CD.

Christina Milian, So Amazing (Island)
The Cuban-American chanteuse’s third album features contributons from Young Jeezy and Lil Wayne.

Hoobastank, Every Man for Himself (Island)
The Californian pop-metallers follow up their 2003 CD The Reason — which featured the megahit of the same name — with another set of hook-heavy boisterousness.

Various artists, Over the Hedge (Epic)
When the Clash recorded London Calling‘s ”Lost in the Supermarket,” did they think it would one day be covered by Ben Folds and featured on the soundtrack to an animated movie about a mischevious Bruce Willis-voiced racoon? No. But that hasn’t stopped it happening!

Ashley Parker Angel, Soundtrack of Your Life (Blackground/Universal)
The former O-Town-er attempts to launch a solo career off the back of his reality-show fame. Well, fame-ishness.