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New This Week: Marilyn Manson, Liam Gallagher, Dhani Harrison, and more

Wendy Geller
Writer, Yahoo Entertainment

Searching for something to listen to this weekend? Yahoo Music has you covered with a rundown of some of this week’s biggest and buzzing releases, including Marilyn Manson, Liam Gallagher, Dhani Harrison, and more. Check back every Friday for a fresh list of albums to help fuel your weekend playlists.

Marilyn Manson: Heaven Upside Down (Hell Etc./Loma Vista Recordings). If there is one thing to say about Manson, it is that he is consistent, which is something that he may not consider to be a compliment. However, on his latest album, the shock-rocker continues his legacy seamlessly as that of a bombastic, in-your-face entity. Whether this is surprising or not (it probably should not be) is entirely up to you.

Liam Gallagher: As You Were (Warner). Gallagher is spending much of his time in interviews talking about his desire to reform Oasis. Until then, his solo debut is likely the closest thing you’ll get, at least until the next set from his estranged brother, Noel, drops (it’s scheduled for next month).

Dhani Harrison: In///Parallel (BMG Rights Management). The debut album for the son of George Harrison — he’s been involved with various musical projects, but this is the first under his own name — is a brooding, absorbing project that serves to solidify his own voice aside from his famous lineage.

The Darkness: Pinewood Smile (Cooking Vinyl). Justin Hawkins and his merry men are back to rock everyone’s world. Lead single “All the Pretty Girls” ushered in what turns out to be a rollicking good time, filled with power chords, falsetto vocals, and a few dog barks and howls for good measure. Rufus Taylor, son of Queen’s Roger Taylor, is the band’s new drummer.

Gwen Stefani: You Make It Feel Like Christmas (Interscope). It’s been 20 years since Stefani covered the Vandals’ “Oi to the World” with her band No Doubt. Here she takes her first solo turn at holiday music, curating a collection of Christmas classics such as “Santa Baby,” “Jingle Bells,” etc. Adding a touch of romance, she debuts with beau Blake Shelton on the title track.

Fantasia: Christmas After Midnight (Concord). The vocalist decided to release her first Christmas album in honor of her grandparents (one of her grandmothers was born on Christmas Day). She puts her pipes to such holiday favorites as “This Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” a duet with CeeLo Green.

Carla Bruni: French Touch (Verve). The Italian-French singer-songwriter and former French first lady offers up an English-language collection of cover songs; highlights include a guest appearance from Willie Nelson and a cover of Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence.”

Richard Thompson: Acoustic Rarities (Beeswing). As the title suggests, the British folk-rock icon serves up a selection of acoustic renderings of classic songs from his catalog.

Jerrod Niemann: This Ride (Curb). On his fourth major album and first for Curb Records, Niemann continues to display his remarkable ability to experiment with the boundaries of country. Guests Lee Brice and Diamond Rio pop in to lend a hand.

Benjamin Clementine: I Tell a Fly (Virgin). Clementine won the U.K.’s Mercury Music Prize in 2015 and has been attracting more than a fly’s worth of attention since. His sophomore album is stylistically scattered, taking listeners on a theatrical, and occasionally somewhat disturbing, sonic trip.

The Church: Man Woman Life Death Infinity (Unorthodox Recordings). This marks the 26th album from the beloved Australian alt-rock band; their second with a rejuvenated lineup featuring Steve Kilbey, Peter Koppes, Tim Powles, and Ian Haug. Kilbey notes that this is a water-themed album, detailing his fascination with rain, rivers, and the sea.

Cults: Offering (Sinderlyn). The New York duo return with their first full-length effort since 2013’s Static. During the break, they returned to working their day jobs, but haven’t lost a step. Madeline Follin sounds as sweet as ever on the title track.

Alabama: American Christmas (BMG Rights Management). Christmas doesn’t get a whole lot more American than it does on this disc from the country stalwarts. The track list includes a variety of lighthearted secular holiday compositions, plus several tried-and-true holier classics, such as “Silent Night” and “Away in a Manger.”

Kelela: Take Me Apart (Warp). The singer’s debut album explores all nooks and crannies of soul/R&B, bringing things together with an avant-garde thread and an emotional intensity. This is a sharp, well-crafted, and well-thought-out debut.

Ane Brun: Leave Me Breathless (Balloon Ranger). The album features an impressive range of covers of artists including Foreigner, Bob Dylan, Radiohead, Elvis Presley, the Righteous Brothers, Mariah Carey, Nick Cave, Tom Petty, Joni Mitchell, Sade, Mariah Carey, and more.

Jeremy Camp: The Answer (Stolen Pride/Sparrow). Camp continues his journey as one of the strongest and most successful artists in contemporary Christian music. This album focuses on the concept of Jesus being the answer to everything, telling stories of those who have found light out of darkness.

The Rasmus: Dark Matters (Playground Music). Finnish rockers the Rasmus have been around since 1994 and have been on hiatus for a few years now. Their return to the studio is a catchy triumph sure to please old fans — and likely make a few new ones as well.

Sharon Needles: Battle Axe (Producer Entertainment Group). RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Needles charges along on her third full-length album with a full-steam progression toward dance music and a take-no-BS approach. As she herself says, “It is my most aggressive project yet.”