Weekly US music releases: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Barry Manilow and Pat Metheny

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Music releases in the US for January 26 feature a Charlotte Gainsbourg collaboration with Beck, a couple of new albums from venerated jazz musicians and singer-songwriters, and Barry Manilow love songs.

Charlotte Gainsbourg, IRM
The actress/singer's brand of folky electronica is produced by alt-rocker Beck, who co-wrote songs on the album. IRM is her fourth recording since her debut at age 13 singing songs written by her legendary father Serge Gainsbourg.
Genre: electronic pop
Label: Because/Eleckra
Website: www.charlottegainsbourg.com

Pat Metheny, Orchestrion
This unique solo production involves acoustic sound-producing devices that inventors and technicians were commissioned by Metheny to create for a "new kind of orchestrion" or large array of instruments. The jazz guitarist plays them all. His upcoming tour starts in Champagne, France, February 1 and visits Scandinavia, the UK, and Europe through March 22, before heading to the North America.
Genre: jazz
Label: Nonesuch
Website: www.patmetheny.com

David Sanborn, Only Everything
From jazz to blues, Sanborn's saxophone sound is instantly recognizable. With this album, he pays homage to Ray Charles with classics like "Blues In the Night" featuring Joss Stone's vocals on "Let the Good Times Roll" and James Taylor on a rendition of "Hallelujah I Love Her So." Produced by Phil Ramone who's worked with everyone from Pavarotti to Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Ray Charles.
Genre: jazz
Label: Decca
Website: www.davidsanborn.com/

Barry Manilow, The Greatest Love Songs of All Time
A new collection of old standards from the crooner, known for "I Write the Songs" and disco ditty "Copacabana," with 75 million records sold over four decades. Thirteen romantic tunes such as the theme from Love Story "Where Do I Begin" to The Carpenters "We've Only Just Begun."
Genre: pop standards
Label: Arista
Website: www.manilow.com

Corinne Bailey Rae, The Sea
The sophomore recording of the British singer-songwriter, whose 2006 debut song "Put Your Records On" sold four million copies worldwide. Her soulful set of songs leads with the first single, "I'd Do It All Again."
Genre: soul/pop
Label: Capitol
Website: www.corinnebaileyrae.net/

Patty Griffin, Downtown Church
With guest performers Emmylou Harris and Shawn Colvin, this respected singer-songwriter releases her seventh CD, a gospel-inspired album, featuring traditional songs and originals. Her songs are recorded by Bette Midler, Kelly Clarkson, and Solomon Burke.
Genre: folk-pop
Label: Credential Recordings
Website: www.pattygriffin.net