We're over halfway through 2009 and there has only been a couple outstanding releases--notably from India.Arie, Dave Matthews Band and Little Boots. We've seen great releases from Green Day, Lily Allen and Kelly Clarkson too. This year has also been my most experimental; I've enjoyed releases from alternative rock band, 311 and electronica newcomer, Owl City. Here's what August has to offer:
Enochian Theory - Evolution: Creatio Ex Nihilio. Progressive rock band, Enochian Theory, releases their first full length album which has already been getting positive reviews from assigned rock critics. It follows their their first 2 EPs, which I suppose gained the band a solid fan base.
Bap Kennedy - Hold On. Country singler, Bap Kennedy returns with his fourth solo album. The album album featurs a remake of The Leaves 1960 classic "Hey Joe."
Wizards of Waverly Place (soundtrack) - Various Artists. I'll be the first to admit I do love music from Disney. The Wizards of Waverly Place is a fantastic show, therefore the soundtrack should be too--I'm expecting a lot of sugary pop. It features the rock styled "Magic" performed by Seleena Gomez.
Phineas & Ferb (soundtrack) - Various Artists. More from Disney, Phineas & Ferb has to be the best cartoon I've watched in a long time (this excludes, South Park, Family Guy and Simpsons) more of a kiddish genre. Almost every episode includes a catchy pop song, hopefully the soundtrack features the fan favorite "Gitchi Ghitci Goo (Means that I Love You)."
Calvin Harris - Ready for the Weekend. A release I'm really excited for. Calvin Harris releases his second album. It has so far spawned the #1 hit "I'm Not Alone" and second single and title track "Read for the Weekend" is being poised for release. Harris' last album, I Created Disco, was a fantastic album spawning the hit single "Acceptable In the '80s." This should be good.
Sean Paul - Imperial Blaze. I wasn't too interested in Sean Paul's last album, The Trinity, although I did like the single "Temperature" which became a third US #1 for the rapper. It seems the new album will acquire the same Jamaican dance hall blueprint as most of Paul's stuff--the single "So Fine" is working its way to becoming a top 40 hit in the US.
Cascada - Evacuate the Dancefloor. The third album from German dance act, Cascada find their US release date. The UK #1 title track has yet to become a hit overseas.
LeToya Luckett - Lady Love. Former Destiny's Child memeber, LeToya Luckett preps her second solo album. Her first album became a US #1 and spawned the hit "Torn" but overall was a bit disappointing aside from a couple notable tracks. Hopefully the new album will be better.
Skillet - Awake. Christian rock band, Skillet prep their eighth album. Lead single "Hero" became a moderate active rock hit.