Well 2007 is over, done and almost forgotten. So stop looking back on the year that's past and take a look at what you have to look forward to from the music world in just the first couple months of 2008. Here's a look at some of the first albums to drop this year ...
Ringo Starr – The Liverpool 8 – Jan. 15 - The former Beatles drummer’s latest album was originally produced by Starr and Mark Hudson, but the two parted ways (not amicably) and Dave Stewart took over as producer. We will always be left wondering what Hudson and Starr fought about.
Cat Power – Jukebox – Jan. 22 - It must be hard for Cat Power to capture her ever-changing stage performance style on CD. I wonder if she’ll be able to do it with this new release of old songs.
The Mars Volta – The Bedlam in Goliath – Jan. 29 - The rock group is also releasing a game based on the events inspired by the events which are laid out in the upcoming CD. The story in the album is said to have come from the Ouija board the band uses. That should make for some interesting music.
Louis XIV – Slick Dogs and Ponies – Jan. 29 - The band, known for their double entendres, is releasing their second album. You’ve got to wonder what kind of sexual innuendos they’ll be packing in this time.
Michael Jackson – Thriller 25th Anniversary Re-Release – Feb. 12 - Despite the fact that Mike looks more like the Crypt Keeper from Tales from the Crypt than a regular human being, he was a normal looking person 25 years ago. With the anniversary of Thriller coming up, Mike is re-releasing a collector’s edition featuring remixes by Kanye, Akon, and will.i.am. It will be a nice reminder of how far Michael is from the days when he could actually sing and dance.
Rick Ross – Trilla – Feb. 19 - The Miami-based rapper is releasing his sophmore album two years after his debut. If you’re wondering where the rapper got his name from, he took it from a drug trafficker named “Freeway Ricky” Ross. “Freeway” was an early cocaine distributor.
Del the Funky Homosapien – The 11th Hour – Feb. 26 - The alternative hip-hop artist is releasing his first album in four years. Perhaps taking this long between albums is his tactic to keep fans hooked, or maybe he’s just stoned out of his mind most of the time, whichever it is it works. -- Elvis Ramirez