Here are some cool new album releases to check out in January:
“The Boy Named If”Elvis Costello is back with a new album, which – for those who are keeping track – is the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s 32nd full-length offering in an impressive recording catalog that stretches back to such late ’70s classics as “My Aim Is True” and “This Year’s Model.” The singer-songwriter leads his Imposters backing band on the 13-track “The Boy Named If,” which follows 2020’s “Hey Clockface.”
The album is available in multiple formats, including one that is accompanied with an 88-page hardback storybook edition – each one numbered and signed by Costello himself. The book features 13 illustrated short stories that share the same titles with the songs on the record.
“Whatever you take out of these tales, I wrote them for you and to make the life of these songs a little less lonely, if you should care to dive in a little deeper,” Costello says on his website.
“Dominion”Skillet has managed quite an impressive career over the years, having released such platinum-plus-selling albums as 2006’s “Comatose” as well as scored several hit singles. These Grammy-nominated Memphis rockers, known for such songs as “Whispers in the Dark,” “Hero” and “Awake and Alive,” are looking for more success with the release of their 11th studio effort. “Dominion” follows “Victorious,” the 2019 effort that delivered the singles “Save Me,” “Anchor,” “Terrify the Dark” and “Legendary.”
“Breakthrough: The Exodus”After spending some time working on the Chicago house music scene in the late ’80s, Ricky Dillard went back to his musical roots and started a gospel choir. He’d then lead the choir – dubbed Ricky Dillard’s New Generation Chorale – on the 1990 debut “Promise,” which cracked the top 20 on the Billboard Gospel Albums chart and ended up being nominated for a Grammy Award for best contemporary R&B gospel album. Dillard has continued to have success through the years, earning a second Grammy nomination for 2014’s chart-topping gospel effort “Amazing.” His latest release, “Breakthrough: The Exodus,” is due out Jan. 21.