New Music Tuesday: 9-9-08

It’s a busy week for slow songs as singer-songwriters dominate the release schedule. The artists featured today are all very familiar but with some new tracks (and for some, a new sound), but they’ll most likely be finding some new fans.

Dar WilliamsPromised Land (Razor & Tie)

The long-time folk songstress has been rumored to be bisexual, but even after she “came out” as straight, lesbian fans remain drawn to her autobiographical storytelling style. Promised Land is more of the same, but with more mature lyrical content.

Catie CurtisSweet Life (Compass Records)

A cover of Death Cab for Cutie’s “Soul Meets Body” gives the country-tinged singer a small edge on her new album, otherwise, it’s going to be pleasantly familiar music to fans ears (especially if you’re a fan of her newer work like her previous album, Long Night Moon).

Kimya DawsonAlphabutt (K Records)

Those who discovered Dawson from the Juno soundtrack will be surprised if they pick up her new album and expect it to offer similar folk-pop tunes. Alphabutt is an album for kids. Song titles include “Pee Pee in the Potty.” If you’re a mom or know someone expecting, this might be more fun than Baby Einstein or Kidz Bop.

Joan OsborneLittle Wild One (Womanly Hips/Plum)

On this rock album with lots of soul, the bisexual singer has written songs for the one she loves: New York City. Her first single, “Bury Me on the Battery,” is yet another testament to the fact that she has more in her than her ’90s hit, “One of Us.”

Jessica SimpsonDo You Know (Columbia Nashville)

By now you’ve probably heard Simpson singing in her newly adopted style. If you like it (and like her), Do You Know might be worth the $20. If you are a fan of contemporary country-pop blondes, I’d suggest Carrie Underwood over Simpson any day.