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Johnny Cash- American VI: Ain’t No Grave at werd.com
Johnny Cash- American VI: Ain’t No Grave

The Man in Black sings to us from the grave on the last of his American Recordings series, American VI: Ain’t No Grave. Produced by Rick Rubin, Cash’s wavering baritone voice and choice of songs remind us he wasn’t haunted, he was ready to go.

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Plastic Beach by Gorillaz at werd.com
Plastic Beach by Gorillaz

Gorillaz’s Plastic Beach is as eclectic as the album’s guest list – Snoop Dogg, Lou Reed, Mos Def, members of The Clash, Bobby Womack, the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, De La Soul, Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals and The Lebanese National Orchestra for Oriental Arabic Music. Ironically, Womack originally declined the offer until his daughter stated “you got to do this – they’re awesome.” She’s right – it is awesome.

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Jimi Hendrix – Valleys of Neptune at werd.com
Jimi Hendrix – Valleys of Neptune

Jimi Hendrix may be more symbolic now than at the time of his death 40 years ago. As one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, he pioneered the explosive possibilities of the electric guitar. Valleys of Neptune is a complete studio album featuring 12 previously unreleased recordings totaling 60+ minutes of unheard legend.

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Scratch My Back by Peter Gabriel at werd.com
Scratch My Back by Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel’s 40+ year career has passed a variety of musical signposts – from prog-rock radical to international pop superstar to world-beat saviour. His latest return features his own interpretation of classic tracks by Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Lou Reed, Bon Iver and more. As the singer/songwriter reveals, Scratch My Back is “a very personal” record.

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Heligoland by Massive Attack at werd.com
Heligoland by Massive Attack

The wait is over…and man was it worth it.  Massive Attack awakens from a 7 year slumber with 10 amazing tracks on Heligoland.  Reminiscent of their organic dub roots, the album trips the senses with guest artists Tunde Adebimpe of TV On the Radio, Damon Albarn of Gorillaz, Hope Sandaval of Mazzy Star and Adrian Utley of Portishead. Like a psychedelic drug, Heligoland takes awhile to hit, but when it does – it’s an exhilarating ride.

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The Colossus by RJD2 at werd.com
The Colossus by RJD2

With the release of The Colossus, innovative RJD2 takes you on a hip hop voyage you won’t want to return from. Each track unfolds beautifully with the beat smith’s mad sampling skills, multi-instrumentalist talents, and sick turntablism – not to mention, the soulful guest vocalists.

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Xenophanes by Omar Rodriguez-Lopez at werd.com
Xenophanes by Omar Rodriguez-Lopez

Greek Philosopher, Xenophanes wrote “one god is greatest among men.” Perhaps today he would write, “Omar Rodriguez-Lopez is greatest among guitarists.” The Mars Volta axeman takes his imaginative work to a new level on his thirteenth solo effort.

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Tricky’s Maxinquaye Deluxe Edition at werd.com
Tricky’s Maxinquaye Deluxe Edition

You and your better half won’t be leaving the bedroom as long as Tricky’s Maxinquaye spins in the background. The trip hop classic’s two-disc deluxe edition includes digitally remastered original tracks, B-sides and previously unreleased material. Though great for late night romps, its sonic production is experienced best through a nice pair of phones.

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Radiolarians: The Evolutionary Box Set by MMW at werd.com
Radiolarians: The Evolutionary Box Set by MMW

If you’re a jazz newbie, Medeski, Martin, & Wood’s Radiolarians: The Evolutionary is your gateway. Rooted in improvisational jazz, the 3-disc recording branches off into segments of rock, folk and funk. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever heard before.  Once you hear it, you’ll be a jazz junky forever.

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Them Crooked Vultures at werd.com
Them Crooked Vultures

Supergroup, Them Crooked Vultures – Dave Grohl, on skins; Zep’s, John Paul Jones, on bass; and Queens of the Stone Age’s, Josh Homme, offering his pipes and guitar riffage. This power trio exceeds expectations with their melodic hooks, deep grooves, tight passages and imaginative song writing on their debut self titled album.

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