White Lilies Island (RCA/BMG)
If this Aussie was torn before, she seems to be on the mend with her newest studio release. The sophomore effort follows the 1998 7-million selling Left of the Middle (featuring the smash hit “I’m Torn”) and improves upon the girl-with-guitar-sings-with-great-voice vibe that got her noticed. One of Imbruglia’s attractions (besides her looks) is her open and honest lyrics that appear in heartfelt tunes like "That Day," "Wrong Impression," and "Goodbye." The purest pop rock never sounded so sweet.
Are You Passionate? (Reprise)
For his 29th effort, Young put together a top-notch backup band that includes Donald “Duck” Dunn on bass, Booker T. Jones on keyboards, and Crazy Horse’s Poncho Sampedro on guitar. The 11 new tracks from the godfather of grunge contain a great mix of rock and soul influences that will appeal to old and new fans alike. Catch up with Young on the road throughout the month with the “little-known” outfit Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and look for his own tour to start later this summer.
What in Samhill? (Epic)
The debut album from this all-American rock quintet out of New Jersey will undoubtedly appeal to many an attentive ear. The sounds of the Eagles come through in “Between Your Eyes and Mine” and “Yesterday Came Out All Wrong,” and a bit of Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen can be heard in the verses of “Sadly” and “Break.” Blended in with all of these familiar sounds is a sound all their own. Check out this up-and-coming act for yourself by turning your airline headsets to Channel 7 and turning up “The Buzz” program that features two of the numbers from this upcoming May release. Enjoy. — J.E.M.