The best new music of the week: Bob Dylan, 'Fifty Shades of Grey' and more

By Nicholas Jennings

As music columnist for, each week I’ll bring you my selections for the best and most notable new music, albums you’re going to want to add to your collection plus a five-song playlist to try out. Happy listening!


Bob Dylan
Shadows in the Night
Dylan doing Sinatra? Turns out, the legendary singer-songwriter is a huge fan, stating that Ol’ Blue Eyes “had this ability to get inside of the song in a conversational way. Frank sang to you—not at you.” Now Bob does the same, with surprisingly good results on Sinatra standards like “Stay With Me” and “Full Moon and Empty Arms.”

Various artists
Fifty Shades of Grey
The soundtrack for the upcoming movie adaptation is as steamy as the purple prose that inspired it. From Beyoncé and Ellie Goulding to the Stones and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, it sizzles with sensual grooves and seductive beats. But for sheer sexiness, nothing tops the super sultry “Earned It,” by Toronto’s r&b sensation the Weeknd.

David Wiffen
Songs from the Lost & Found
The veteran Canadian singer-songwriter makes a welcome return with stellar, previously unreleased numbers from the ’70s like “California Song” and “Rocking Chair World.”

The Dodos
Now a decade old, the San Francisco indie rock duo continues to craft compelling psych-folk epics, especially with “Competition,” “Precipitation” and “Goodbyes and Endings.”

James Murphy
Remixes Made With Tennis Data
The former LCD Soundsystems frontman recorded an adventurous album made from the tennis-match sounds of the U.S. Open, now available in hypnotic remix form.

Punch Brothers
The Phosphorescent Blues
Wildly eclectic, the Punch Brothers’ latest features everything from classical covers of Debussy to the bluegrass gospel of “My Oh My,” and the pop-rock of “I Blew It Off.”

Diana Krall
Canada’s jazz queen opts to cover her favorite pop songs from the ’60s to the present, showcasing her smoky vocals on classics by Bob Dylan, Randy Newman and Elton John.


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