The leaves aren’t the only ones falling this fall.
Great Jersey musicians also release albums and singles.
It’s a busy season after Labor Day for Jersey talent. Here’s a recap of recently released records, and what’s coming too.
Charlie Puth’s new albums
In the fall of 1991, Nirvana released their classic song “Smells Like Teen Spirit”.
On Friday, October 7, Rumson native Charlie Puth will release “Smells Like Me”, off his long-awaited third album, “Charlie.”
“Maybe a clichéd statement for an artist to sit on that white couch and say, ‘Oh, this is my most personal work,’ but it’s for me because I’ve never had a whole work that was my personality with a melody attached to it,” Puth recently told Billboard.
The tracks, judging by the early singles, run the gamut from fun pop (“Light Switch”) to confessional ballads (“That’s Hilarious”). Yes, “Left And Right”, featuring BTS’s Jung Kook, is on the new album.
Puth will kick off his “One Night Only” tour with a show on Sunday, October 23 at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, followed by a concert on Tuesday, October 25 at the Beacon Theater in New York City.
Release date: Friday, October 7; charlieputh.com/onenightonly
Bruce Springsteen’s new soul cover album
A new album from Bruce Springsteen, “Only the strong survive,” is due out on Friday, November 11 and will feature the classics and rarities of Boss soul music.
“I decided to do something that I had never done before – make music that was centered around singing, about challenging my voice,” Springsteen said in a recent video message. “In my own memoir, I give my voice a bit of a hard time saying I didn’t think I had much. But once I started this project, after listening to some of the stuff we cut, I thought my voice was badass! I am 73 years old. I kick ass. I’m a good old man! Of course, the music that led to this epiphany and gave me this idea was soul music!
Release date: Friday November 11; brucespringsteen.net
The new Isley Brothers album with Beyonce and other great guests
Jersey legends Ronald and Ernie Isley are back with “Make me say it again, girl,” a 14-track LP full of Quiet Storm jams, easy R&B flows and relaxing tropical excursions.
This is the kind of “great escape” we need today.
Who is that lady on the title track? It’s Beyonce, who tops a long guest list on the album. El DeBarge, Earth, Wind & Fire, Trey Songz, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Quavo, Takeoff and Snoop Dogg all contribute.
Smithereen’s “Lost Album”
The Smithereens recorded “The Lost Album” almost 30 years ago in 1993.
Finally, on September 23, he came out.
“It was the first time we had come in with the intention of producing a full album on our own,” said band drummer Dennis Diken of “The Lost Album.”
However, the machinations of major label interaction intervened and the Smithereens went ahead and released their first post-Capitol Records RCA album, “A Date with the Smithereens” in 1994, bypassing “The Lost Album”. It has been set aside but not forgotten. It’s now a critical acclaim, and we feel the album’s hard rockers, moody melodies, pop gems and rave-ups rank among the best work the band has ever recorded.
Ahead, the Smithereens’ hometown holiday show is scheduled for Saturday, December 3 at the Carteret Performing Arts and Events Center.
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Fletcher’s debut album explodes
“girl of my dreams‘, newcomer Fletcher’s debut album is a hit, peaking at No. 15 on the Billboard 200 last month.
“I have a hard time grasping reality because it feels like a dream,” Fletcher said on his social media.
“Girl of My Dreams” features pop vibes, alt-rock twists, expansive ballads and more. And yes, her hit “Becky’s So Hot” is included. She performed it at the recent Sea.Hear.Now festival in Asbury Park. Did you notice that there were a lot of “Fletcher” shirts in the crowd? We were doing.
Upcoming shows in the area include Sunday, October 23 and Monday, October 24 at the Theater of Living Arts in Philadelphia, and Sunday, October 30 and Monday, October 31 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York.
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Coi Leray’s new album and Nicki Minaj’s feature film
Life is good for rising hip-hop star Coi Leray.
“Close the mall, get what I want; ten racks for a fit, only wear this (virgin) once,” Leray rhymes on his new single, “Fly (empty)”, released on September 9. The track has a cheerfully bouncy cadence and a melodious flute riff that is undeniably catchy.
2022 has been a big year for Leray so far, thanks to his hit album “Trendsetter” and his #1 collab with Niki Minaj, “Blick Blick.”
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Jersey Shore native Chris Jordan covers music and entertainment for USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; [email protected]