New Music Releases: Week of April 1, 2013

The Band Perry's "Pioneer" is one of the better country records of the year. (Album cover property of Republic Nashville)

The Band Perry’s “Pioneer” is one of the better country records of the year. (Album cover property of Republic Nashville)

By: Jacob Elyachar

This week’s edition of New Music Releases focuses on The Band Perry’s latest studio album, Josh Krajcik’s debut and new singles from Chris Brown, Florida Georgia Line and 98 Degrees.    Plus, I will introduce you to this week’s Artist to Watch: Arabella Jones.

Pioneer by The Band Perry

The Band Perry’s sophomore album is filled with a mix of hard-core country rock songs and soft ballads that show off the Perry family’s various talents.  From the trio’s superb harmonization to their brilliant lyrics that they have sprinkled throughout the album, Pioneer is a country album that has strong potential to win several major awards in the future.   A-

Songs to Download: “Better Dig Two,” “I Saw a Light,” “Forever Mine Nevermind,” & “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely.”  

Blindly, Lonely, Lovely by Josh Krajcik

X Factor USA: Season One finalist Josh Krajcik finally dropped his debut album.  Josh shined with each song that he sang and his production team successfully merged the Blues/R&B world with the rock world.  Keep an ear out for the excellent song arrangements that are peppered throughout the album.    I strongly believe that Josh is not a one-hit wonder and he has a great career ahead of him.  B+

Songs to Download: “The Remedy,” “When You Go,” “Nothing” & “Back Where We Belong

Fine China” by Chris Brown

The controversial R&B singer released his latest single: “Fine China” that has a lot of classic MJ and Stevie Wonder vibes surrounding the song.   This is one of Chris’s strongest R&B tracks to date and this author hopes that Chris will be recording this type of song for his sixth studio album.  A-

 

Florida Georgia Line's remix of "Cruise" features an awesome cameo from Nelly. (Album cover property of Republic Nashville)

Florida Georgia Line’s remix of “Cruise” features an awesome cameo from Nelly. (Album cover property of Republic Nashville)

“Cruise (Remix)” by Florida Georgia Line feat. Nelly

A couple of decades ago, country artists would not be willing to collaborate with rappers.  However, it was not until Nelly collaborated with Tim McGraw for their hit “Over and Over” that artists from both genres a little more frequently.  Fast forward nine years later and Nelly successfully helped Florida Georgia Line turn an unnecessary remix into a fantastic one.  B+

Microphone” by 98 Degrees

For the first time in 11 years, 98 Degrees released a new single! The Pop-R&B group’s “Microphone” is very catchy and will definitely reignite Top 40 radios across the country.    A-

 

 

Viral country star Arabella Jones is my Artist to Watch for this week's edition of "New Music Releases."  (Photo property of Arabella Jones)

Viral country star Arabella Jones is my Artist to Watch for this week’s edition of “New Music Releases.” (Photo property of Arabella Jones)

Artist to Watch: Arabella Jones

This week’s artist is the lovely Arabella Jones.   The 17-year-old Houston native has a darling voice that will make music lovers fall in love with her intriguing vocals.   In addition, Arabella is a fantastic arranger that perfectly weaves in her passion for country music.    I strongly predict that Arabella will be at the forefront of the next generation of country artists.

Covers to Listen to: “Better Dig Two,” “Titanium,” “Blown Away” & “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

I do not own the clips that were featured in this article. They belong to the artists and their respective labels.

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