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September 20, 2012 | 12:00 a.m. CST
The “Honky Tonk Man” is back with a new twist. Dwight Yoakam’s new album, 3 Pears, will be the Grammy Award-winner’s 26th studio album since his career began in 1986. The record contains 12 tracks, including two co-produced by Beck. Yoakam imbues his natural twang with a more alternative, ’60s sound on “A Heart Like Mine,” one of the Beck-produced tracks. “Trying,” the fourth track on the album, uses a subtle approach but still showcases Yoakam’s passion for country music. After developing a loyal following through his music and part time acting career, Yoakam is able to combine a little rock and soul to complete a cohesive record that stays true to his roots.
Since getting back together in 2005, Dinosaur Jr. has been breaking the standard of most reunited bands by getting along and releasing tracks that fans still want to hear. The group is preparing to release I Bet on Sky, its 10th album since 1985. The band doesn’t sound the same as it did back then, but it’s not trying to. By honoring its ’80s sound while combining “funk” with the group’s typical slacker demeanor, the band is seeing success in its Round 2 effort. Lead single “Watch the Corners” incorporates the relaxed vocals of frontman J Mascis and the resounding guitar that distinguish Dinosaur Jr. from other indie rockers. The album’s release will be followed by an international tour ending in December.