Record Time 2-26-08

Record Time 2-26-08 Check out new releases from Erykah Badu, Cowboy Junkies, Goldfrapp, and Janet Jackson.

Universal Motown's singer/songwriter Erykah Badu returns to the music scene with her new album New Amerykah. Laced with Erykah's bluesy grit and MC style vocals, the album features some of the most talented, groundbreaking underground producers and engineers in the hip-hop game, including producer 9th Wonder (Jay-Z, Nas, Mary J. Blige), Madlib, Mike "Chav" Chavarria and R&B singer Bilal.

In 1987 the Cowboy Junkies set up a single microphone inside The Church of the Holy Trinity and recorded The “Trinity Session.” Twenty years later, the Cowboy Junkies have returned to the church to re-record their most famous work with the help of special guests Ryan Adams, Natalie Merchant, Vic Chesnutt and Jeff Bird. Trinity Revisited is a two-disc set that also features a making-of documentary.

Acoustic guitars and slower tempos distinguish this fourth album from Goldfrapp's previous work. However, the achingly beautiful melodies, hermetic and glossy production values, and Alison Goldfrapp's luscious vocals persist. Seventh Tree features the lovely hit single "A&E."

For Janet Jackson's tenth studio effort entitled Discipline, she ventured into new creative waters and worked with producers such as long-time boyfriend, Jermaine Dupri, Rodney Jerkins and Ne-Yo. The album was executive produced by Island Def Jam chairman L.A. Reid and Jackson herself and features guest appearances by Missy Elliott and Ne-Yo.