Artists creep into minds of impressionable students

Artists creep into minds of impressionable students
The fall is a prime time for artists to release their new CDs. As students determine what's hot and what's not, the artists have a chance to creep into the minds of these impressionable pupils.

There are several CDs coming out this fall that can attract a wide variety of listeners.

An indie favorite, Sufjan Stevens, will release a five-disc Christmas CD set this fall. The songs will include original and standard Christmas favorites. Stevens has stated that the songs and CD were dedicated to his friends and family.


Country star Keith Urban released a new album titled Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing on Nov. 7. Urban, who recently married actress Nicole Kidman, checked himself into rehab this fall for alcohol abuse. This country favorite's new album includes hits such as Once in a Lifetime.

Rock band ?And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead released their sixth album, So Divided, on Nov. 14. Junior Maggie Green is a big fan of …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead. "I really like the lyrics of all their songs, especially How Near How Far. They just have an overall good sound."

One of VHS's better-known bands is Brand New. This alternative rock group became popular after their VANS Warped Tour spot and their song, The Quiet Things That No One Hears. Their latest album, The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me, was released on Nov. 21. One can hear some Brand New songs being covered at student council's Coffee House on Thursday mornings.

Radio and dance favorite Ciara is releasing her latest album, Ciara: The Evolution, on Dec. 5. One might recognize one of her top-10 songs, Goodies, One Two Step, or Oh.

Former band member turned solo singer, Gwen Stefani, released her sophomore album as a solo artist, The Sweet Escape, on Dec. 5. The first single off her CD will be Wind It Up.

As these upcoming CDs are released, be sure to check them out. Maybe you could even try some music that isn't in your usual genre. If one is a hard-core rocker, maybe they could try a country tune.

This story is published thanks to a joint agreement between the Plain Talk and the Vermillion High School journalism class.

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