Queer Fall Albums
By Jason Lamphier
Knowle West Boy
(September 9, Domino)
Tricky shows he has moved beyond the overcooked trip-hop trend on his latest, an eclectic mix of reggae, blues, post-punk, and hip-hop. Always a sucker for silky-voiced divas, he even includes a snarling cover of Kylie Minogue's 'Slow.'
(September 16, Decca)
Stadium-size tracks dominate on the U.K. indie band's first album in seven years. Front man Tim Booth (most famous for his yodeling falsetto on 1993's gender-twisting radio hit 'Laid') supplies impressive vocals to spiritual and political songs steeped in intricate guitar work, trumpet fanfare, and rousing melodies.
(September 30, Arista)
The Oscar winner and former American Idol powerhouse finally delivers her much-anticipated debut. She teams up with Timbaland, Ne-Yo, Robin Thicke, and the Underdogs for a genre-spanning collection of soulful pop tracks.