Thursday, June 2, 2011

Usher - 8701

R&B mack daddy Usher puts a lot of himself into 8701; that's apparent even from the title itself, which represents the year Usher began exploring the world of music ('87) and the place where music brought him by the time of this recording ('01). He starts thing out in grand style with the romantic "U Remind Me." "I Don't Know" takes a hip-hop turn with a contribution from P. Diddy (that's Puff Daddy for those of you arriving late), but Usher is quick to point out that he's strictly about partying and loving, not about thug life. While there are some amped-up, percolating tunes that make good use of Usher's high energy ("I Can't Let U Go"), he really hits his stride when he falls into the familiar position of heartthrob/crooner. His sensual cooing, breathy tone, and smooth-as-silk delivery on the likes of "Can U Help Me" (Usher seems to have graduated from the Prince school of song titles) and "How Do I Say" play to this charmer's strengths and are sure to keep the sizable female quotient of his audience sufficiently entranced.

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Track Listing
1. Intro-Lude 8701
2. U Remind Me
3. I Don't Know - (featuring P. Diddy)
4. Twork It Out
5. U Got It Bad
6. If I Want To
7. I Can't Let U Go
8. U Don't Have to Call
9. Without U (Interlude) - (interlude)
10. Can U Help Me
11. How Do I Say
12. Hottest Thing
13. Good Ol' Ghetto
14. U-Turn
15. U R the One

Best Thing I Ever Had (2011) - Beyonce

Saturday, April 9, 2011

RoBoDIC - Bobble Head (2011)

Check out the debut single from Dance-pop artist Bobble Head.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Lula Lee Project (2009) Ann Nesby

New album from Gospel Icon.

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Track Listing
1. I Found A Place
2. Too Late
3. Sky Is The Limit
4. Praises (Go Up)
5. I Trust You Lord
6. Pressure Makes Diamonds
7. Say Jesus
8. Went Through Hell
9. Higher
10. Thinkin' About You
11. Sow Love
12. So Much Joy

Bird on a Wire (2009) Toby Lightman

The sophomore album by singer-songwriter Toby Lightman advances the gentle, soulful popcraft the artist introduced on her 2004 debut, LITTLE THINGS. Lightman combines folk intimacy with R&B flavors and electronic textures to arrive at a sound that is contemporary yet somehow familiar. Shining through it all is Lightman's rich, expressive voice; it conveys the power of her lyrics and her melodies beautifully, sounding equally sure-footed on uptempo tunes and ballads. A more assured effort than her first outing, BIRD ON A WIRE is a fresh, accessible album.

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Track Listing
1. Don't Wake Me
2. Don't Let Go
3. Better
4. Slippin'
5. Round & Round
6. My Sweet Song
7. Alone
8. One Sure Thing
9. Overflowing
10. Weight of the World
11. Holding Me Down
12. I'd Be Lost
13. Good Finds

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Roots (2009) Flo Rida (R.O.O.T.S.)

It's easy to see Florida-native MC Flo Rida emerging as a divisive figure. He embraces the modern cornerstones of hip-hop/R&B (Akon cameos, samples of popular dance songs from different decades), but is also an unabashedly corny throwback to the days of booty bass and 2 Live Crew. That being said, R.O.O.T.S. doesn't require analysis. Instead, it commands attention with its unending emphasis on uproarious catchiness. There are moments of unintentional awkwardness, as when the macho mic-ripper lifts '80s icons Dead Or Alive's "Right Round" for the album's lead single. But tracks like "Jump" and "Touch Me" are so absurdly infectious, straddling the line between underground electro and commercial rap, that it's easy to give Rida a pass on his way to broad, radio-driven acceptance.

Discovering new talent is often a daunting task; however, when the formula is complete, all parts synergetic, the sky is the limit. With a noted machine behind him, coupled with his distinct originality, Flo Rida has captured the attention of many while simultaneously making a significant impact early in the game.

Flo Rida has already garnered more accolades than most artists see in their entire career. Months before his Poe Boy/Atlantic Records debut, Mail on Sunday, was even released, his explosive first single, "Low," shot to the top of nearly every chart--Top 40 radio, Billboard's Hot 100 chart and Hot RingMasters chart, Soundscan's Digital Song chart, iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody, MySpace, MTV's TRL, BET's 106 & Park. And that was only the beginning!

Born the youngest boy amongst seven girls, the 28-year-old Carol City, FL native (born Tramar Dillard) learned the value of patience at a young age. Although his parents split when he was young, Flo's father, a multi-talented musician, inspired his son to express himself through music. Several of his sisters also formed a local gospel group. But tragedy struck when one of his sisters died from complications due to bronchitis. "When my sister passed away, I woke up and realized what I had to do," says Flo Rida. "I was the only boy of seven siblings, all sisters, and growing up without my father. I realized that I needed to make the most of my time on earth. I want to utilize all of my God-given talents and give back in a way that others can benefit. My mother is so strong and I always admired her for her strength and showing me that by sacrifice and being level-headed that anything is possible."

When Flo was in ninth grade, he began rapping with a group called the Groundhoggz. To this day, he still considers himself part of the group. As to the group's name, Flo Rida says, "Without being grounded, you have nothing to stand on. Nothing lasts long if you don't start from the ground up."

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1. Finally Here
2. Jump (Ft. Nelly Furtado)
3. Gotta Get It (Dancer)
4. Shone (Ft. Pleasure P)
5. Right Round
6. R.O.O.T.S.
7. Be On You (Ft. Ne-Yo)
8. Mind On My Money
9. Available (Ft. Akon)
10. Touch Me
11. Never
12. Sugar (Ft. Wynter)
13. Rewind (Ft. Wyclef Jean)

Walk This Way (2009) The White Tie Affair

Chicago alt-rockers the White Tie Affair make their major label debut with WALK THIS WAY, a brisk, efficient set of electronic-influenced pop songs. Danceable debut single "Allow Me To Introduce Myself. Mr. Right" bears a strong resemblance to contemporary U.K. bands like Franz Ferdinand and Arctic Monkeys, while "Candle (Sick and Tired)" is a straightforward emo-pop rocker. Singer Chris Wallace and his bandmates fuse most of the dominant alternative rock trends of 2008 on their debut album, without sounding like derivative bandwagon jumpers.
Chicago alt-rockers the White Tie Affair make their major label debut with WALK THIS WAY, a brisk, efficient set of electronic-influenced pop songs. Danceable debut single "Allow Me To Introduce Myself.Mr. Right" bears a strong resemblance to contemporary U.K. bands like Franz Ferdinand and Arctic Monkeys, while "Candle (Sick and Tired)" is a straightforward emo-pop rocker. Singer Chris Wallace and his bandmates fuse most of the dominant alternative rock trends of 2008 on their debut album without sounding like derivative bandwagon jumpers.

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1. "Allow Me to Introduce Myself... Mr. Right" 2:59
2. "The Letdown" 3:39
3. "Candle (Sick and Tired)" 3:50
4. "Scene Change" 3:35
5. "Watching You" 3:23
6. "The Enemy" 2:50
7. "Take It Home" 3:20
8. "Price of Company" 3:42
9. "If I Fall" 3:36
10. "The Way Down" 4:25

We Need a Resolution (2001) Aaliyah [iPod Video]

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

David Hernandez enlisted Eric West to work on debut LP.

Season seven’s David Hernandez has taken full advantage of the exposure he received on American Idol in order to catapult his career. He is not only embarking on a holiday tour with fellow AI alums Diana DeGarmo, Kimberley Locke, and Chikezie, but he has also recently solidified a great contact in the industry to help him on his album. Actor and singer Eric West, who was named as one of US Weekly’s “One’s To Watch” and’s “Top Fresh Faces,” is expanding his already impressive resume by assisting David with his debut CD. The as-yet-untitled album is scheduled to drop next year.

Essential: Best of (2003) Shawn Mullins

Best of collection from Shawn Mullins.

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1. Lullaby
2. Lately
3. This Time/Last Time
4. Canyons & Caverns
5. Gulf of Mexico, The
6. Anchored in You
7. Shimmer
8. Everywhere I Go
9. Somethin' to Believe In
10. Santa Fe
11. I Know
12. Joy Terell Brown - (previously unreleased, solo acoustic version)
13. Lonesome I Know You Too Well - (previously unreleased, live)
14. Border Song - (previously unreleased, with Elton John)
15. Lullaby - (solo acoustic version)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Gone (2009) Eric West featuring Kanye West

First single from Eric West's album Ascendancy out early 2010.

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Kat Deluna, Eric West and Katrina Bowden Appear at Hot List Party 2009

Singer and actor Eric West reappeared with a new look at Conde Nast's 2009 Hot List Party which also included appearances by Kat Deluna and Katrina Bowden. West and Deluna both spoke on the red carpet about upcoming albums coming out at the end of the year.

Soundtrack Of My Life (2009) Deemi

Debut single from R&B singer Deemi.

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Conor Oberst (2008) Conor Oberst

Conor Oberst is a solo-album by Conor Oberst, of the band Bright Eyes, scheduled to be released on August 5, 2008 by Merge Records

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Track list:

1. "Cape Canaveral" - 4:04
2. "Sausalito" - 3:10
3. "Get-Well-Cards" - 3:33
4. "Lenders in the Temple" - 4:35
5. "Danny Callahan" - 3:58
6. "I Don’t Want to Die (In the Hospital)" - 3:32
7. "Eagle on a Pole" - 4:42
8. "NYC - Gone, Gone" - 1:11
9. "Moab" - 3:36
10. "Valle Místico (Ruben’s Song)" - 0:49
11. "Souled Out!!!" - 3:32
12. "Milk Thistle" - 5:21

Thursday, March 26, 2009

War Child - Heroes Vol.1 (2009) Various Artists

War Child is a unique charity. It is the only child protection agency operating in south Iraq, the only agency to have separated children from adults in Afghanistan prisons and the only international organisation working with ex-child soldiers in northern Democratic Republic of Congo. War Child is only able to work in these locations through a unique combination of security management and private funding. War Child - Heroes vol 1 is a product of War Child working with the ultimate living legends of modern music and asking them to select their personal favourite track from all those they have recorded and then nominate the current recording artist they would most trust to record a new version of that track.

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1. Beck - "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat" (Bob Dylan)
2. The Kooks - "Victoria" (The Kinks)
3. The Hold Steady - "Atlantic City" (Bruce Springsteen)
4. Hot Chip - "Transmission" (Joy Division)
5. Lily Allen and Mick Jones - "Straight to Hell" (The Clash)
6. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker" (The Ramones)
7. Franz Ferdinand - "Call Me" (Live) (Blondie)
8. Duffy - "Live and Let Die" (Sir Paul McCartney)
9. Estelle - "Superstition" (Stevie Wonder)
10. Rufus Wainwright - "Wonderful/Song For Children" (Brian Wilson)
11. Scissor Sisters - "Do the Strand" (Roxy Music)
12. Peaches - "Search and Destroy" (The Stooges)
13. Adam Cohen - "Take This Waltz" (Leonard Cohen)
14. Elbow - "Running to Stand Still" (U2)
15. The Like - "You Belong to Me" (Elvis Costello)
16. TV on the Radio - "Heroes" (David Bowie)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Thrivemix05 (2008) (Various Artists)

Remix dance compilation featuring huge pop hits.

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01. Usher Ft. Young Jeezy - Love In This Club (Stonebridge Remix) 5:54
02. Britney Spears - Break The Ice (Kaskade Remix) 3:57
03. Jesse McCartney - Leavin (The Bimbo Jones Downhill Special) 5:06
04. Moby - I Love To Move In Here (Seamus Haji Remix) 4:36
05. Bob Sinclair - I Feel For You (Axwell Club Remix) 5:38
06. Natasha Bedingfield - Pocketful Of Subshine (Johnny Vicious Club Mix) 5:32
07. Cascada - Faded (Wideboys Electro Club Mix) 4:08
08. Kelly Rowland - Work (Freemasons Club Mix) 5:50
09. Buzz Junkies Ft. Elesha Moses - If You Love Me (Thomas Gold Remix) 3:54
10. Kirsty Hawkshaw Vs Kinky Rowland - Fine Day 08 (Future Freakz Remix) 4:08
11. Kylie Minogue - Wow (Fuck Me I'm Famous Remix By David Guetta & Joachim Garraud) 3:20
12. Metro Station - Shake It (Lenny B Club Mix) 5:20
13. Sam Sparro - Black And Gold (Sanna And Pitron Mix) 5:15
14. Paul Oakenfold Ft. Ryan Tedder - Not Over (Club Mix) 5:29
15. Paradise - See The Light (Andre Pascal Mix) 4:49
16. Jordin Sparks with Chris Brown - No Air (Tiesto Remix) 5:16

Ryan Leslie (2009) Ryan Leslie

Years after he was supposed to have his breakthrough as a solo artist, R&B singer/songwriter/producer Ryan Leslie finally unveiled his self-titled debut album in early 2009. Like John Legend and Kanye West before him, Leslie built his reputation on behind-the-scenes studio work (including sessions with Beyonce, Britney Spears, Danity Kane, and LL Cool J), and his slightly eccentric aesthetic shines through on this record, particularly on singles such as the funky, sample-tinged "Diamond Girl" and the keyboard-heavy "How It Was Supposed to Be." The album also includes the electro-lined "Addiction," which features rapper Fabolous and Leslie's protege, renowned R&B/pop vocalist Cassie.

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Track Listing
1. Diamond Girl
2. Addiction - (featuring Fabolous/Cassie)
3. You're Fly
4. Quicksand
5. Valentine
6. Just Right
7. How It Was Supposed To Be
8. I-R-I-N-A
9. Out Of The Blue
10. Shouldn't Have To Wait
11. Wannna Be Good
12. Gibberish

Young Modern (2007) Silverchair

With 2007's YOUNG MODERN, Australian trio Silverchair move still further away from the derivative grunge sound that typified their early releases. The band's fifth studio album is remarkably ambitious, not least for its impressive roster of sonic architects and collaborators. Producer Nick Launay (Talking Heads), mixer David Botrill (Tool), and legendary arranger Van Dyke Parks all lend their talents to YOUNG MODERN's landscape.
There's not a trace of the band's once prominent guitar-heavy sludge, and even the opening rocker, "Young Modern Station," bounces along with a pop glee. "Straight Lines" soars with melodic, heady bliss, while "If You Keep Losing Sleep" plays like a compressed song cycle. It may be Parks's influence, but the ghost of the Beach Boys floats through the album's falsetto singing and dreamy tunes. Closer to XTC than Nirvana, Silverchair take a significant stride forward with this release.

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Track Listing
1. Young Modern Station
2. Straight Lines
3. If You Keep Losing Sleep
4. Reflections of a Sound
5. Those Thieving Birds (Part 1) / Strange Behaviour / Those Thieving Birds (Part 2) - (Part 1)
6. Man That Knew Too Much, The
7. Waiting All Day - (Part 2)
8. Mind Reader
9. Low
10. Insomnia
11. All Across the World

Arista Heritage Series: Phyllis Hyman (1999) Phyllis Hyman

Greatest hits collection from 80s R&B legend showcasing her Arista records years.

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Track Listing
1. Betcha by Golly, Wow
2. Somewhere in My Lifetime
3. Kiss You All Over
4. But I Love You
5. Complete Me
6. Just Twenty-Five Miles to Anywhere
7. You Know How to Love Me
8. Just Another Face in the Crowd
9. Can't We Fall in Love Again
10. Your Move, My Heart
11. Riding the Tiger

Greatest Hits (2001) Alice In Chains

MIA for the latter half of the '90s and into the new millennium, Alice In Chains added GREATEST HITS to the list of seemingly posthumous releases in a canon whose last studio album was a 1995 self-titled release. This bare-bones 10-song sampler does serve as a quick overview for neophytes interested in one of the seminal bands to emerge from a generation of grunge bands including Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden. Between Jerry Cantrell's thick, sludgy riffs and Layne Staley's primal howl, AIC had the market cornered on nihilism.
Four cuts on this compilation come from the band's 1991 masterpiece DIRT and serve as a centerpiece, the most compelling being the harrowing "Rooster" (a tribute to Cantrell's Vietnam vet dad), the hypnotic isolationism of "Them Bones," and the plodding despondency of "Angry Chair." Elsewhere, AIC throws some curves with "I Stay Away" (featuring lush orchestration that gilds this dark lily) and the unexpectedly tender 1995 cut "Heaven Beside You." For those with a casual interest in Alice In Chains, GREATEST HITS will work well. Hardcore fans are directed to the more generous NOTHING SAFE: THE BEST OF THE BOX.

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Track Listing
1. Man in the Box
2. Them Bones
3. Rooster
4. Angry Chair
5. Would?
6. No Excuses
7. I Stay Away
8. Grind
9. Heaven Beside You
10. Again

Confessions Of A Shopaholic (2009) Soundtrack

For the soundtrack to the 2009 retail-obsessed comedy CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC, the filmmakers assembled a collection of accessible pop tunes. Among the many consumer-related tunes on the album are Lady GaGa's sassy "Fashion" (not to be confused with David Bowie's classic single) and the enthusiastically materialistic "Big Spender" by former Cheetah Girl Adrienne Bailon.

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Track Listing
1. Accessory - Jordyn Taylor
2. Fashion - Lady Gaga
3. Blue Jeans - Jessie James
4. Uncontrollable - Adrienne Bailon
5. Calling You - Kat DeLuna
6. Stuck With Each Other - Shontelle - (featuring Akon)
7. Unstoppable - Kat DeLuna
8. Big Spender - Adrienne Bailon
9. Bad Girl - Pussycat Dolls
10. Again - Natasha Bedingfield
11. Takes Time To Love - Trey Songz
12. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Greg Laswell
13. Don't Forget Me - Macy Gray
14. Shopaholic Suite - James Newton Howard

Saturday, December 6, 2008

20 Y.O. (2006) Janet Jackson

Being the sister of one of pop music's all-time biggest superstars hasn't intimidated Janet Jackson in the least. In fact, Janet churned out a string of successful albums throughout the 1980s, '90s, and 2000s that kept pace with the changing sounds, looks, and trends of the times (which is more than can be said for Michael). 20 Y.O. is Jackson's 11th album, and with a title that roughly indicates her tenure in the commercial limelight, Jackson's accrued confidence and strengths as a performer make a strong showing.
Janet declares on the spoken intro to 20 Y.O. that she wants to "keep it light" and "have fun," and to that end the album boasts plenty of club bangers. "So Excited" and "Get It Out Me" are cases in point, with each sporting the spare, electro grooves ubiquitous in the early 2000s. Such tracks dot the disc, thanks to top-shelf producers like Jermaine Dupri and Terry Lewis, among others, but Jackson's way with a slinky ballad hasn't diminished, as "Call On Me," a duet with rapper Nelly, proves. Jackson's music sounds fresh and modern, with its pop instincts in tune with the contemporary market, almost as if she were, herself, 20 years old.

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1. 20 (Intro)
2. So Excited
3. Show Me
4. Get It out Me
5. Do It 2 Me
6. This Body
7. With U
8. Call on Me
9. Daybreak
10. Enjoy
11. 20 Pt. 4 (Interlude)
12. Take Care
13. Love 2 Love
14. 20 Pt. 5 (Outro

Mind On The Moon (2008) Snow

UK release for one of the most commercially successful rap/reggae DJs ever. 12 tracks including the hit 'Everybody Wants To Be Like You'.

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1. Plumb Song (Over the Moon)
2. Anti Love Song
3. Joke Thing
4. Scrub Off
5. Everybody Wants to Be Like You
6. Funky Martini
7. Someday Somehow
8. Nothing on Me
9. Little Did They Know
10. Crazy Feeling
11. Everything's Fine
12. Jimmy Hat

Shady Satin Drug (2008) soulDecision

Shady Satin Drug, released October 26, 2008 from pop/rock band soulDecision. The album was their second release (Universal). The album's first single of the album was "Cadillac Dress".

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Track Listings
1. Cadillac Dress
2. Shady Satin Drug
3. Hypnotize
4. So Strong
5. Light It Up
6. Don't Dance Close to Me
7. It Must Be You
8. Sucky Love Song
9. Kiss the Walls
10. Ain't Now Way to Make a Living

For All Time (2008) Soluna

For All Time is likely to put Soluna on the pop map, with addictive choruses and the foursome's harmonizing capabilities. For All Time, the catchy title track, shot like a firecracker to the top of the charts and could serve as a makeshift crystal ball for the group's future (one of longevity if the Beyoncé of the group, Jessica Castellanos, continues writing songs for her gal pals).

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Track Listing
1. Bring It to Me
2. Hey Hey, You You
3. Nothing Looks Good on Me But You
4. For All Time
5. Don't Wanna Live My Life Wtihout You
6. I'll Be Waiting For You
7. So in Love
8. Te Vengo a Decir - (interlude)
9. Spanish Lullaby
10. All Out of Love
11. He Should Be You
12. Monday Mi Amor
13. Luna Mia
14. Bring It to Me - (spanish version)
15. Por la Eternidad :: For All Time

Hot Fuss (2004) The Killers

Hot Fuss features eleven nuggets of reel-you-in storytelling genius and musical nectar. These eleven tracks span from the "very Vegas like Ziggy came to town" first proper single release "Somebody Told Me"; "Mr Brightside" - a tale of jealousy that depicts that moment in a relationship when you realize that your other half might be playing away and this thought takes up residence in your psyche feeding the worst fears and visualisations your imagination can then throw at you. Youll find two-thirds of a murder trilogy in "Midnight Show", which starts off harking back to "Lipgloss" before veering into far darker territory than old Jarvis would ever have flirted with, in Pulp days at least, and "Jenny". These two are connected by the story of a murder of a girl by her jealous boyfriend. The first part of the trilogy, "Leave The Bourbon On The Shelf", will, you can be sure, make an appearance at some point in the future. Its a deliciously ambitious series that! belies the bands tender years. Elsewhere, meanwhile: "On Top" celebrates where Brandon feels the band is at, while stalkers tale "Andy Youre A Star" and "All These Things That Ive Done," saw Flowers realise his dream of using a gospel choir in their recordings.

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1. Jenny Was a Friend of Mine
2. Mr. Brightside
3. Smile Like You Mean It
4. Somebody Told Me
5. All These Things That I've Done
6. Andy, You're a Star
7. On Top
8. Change Your Mind
9. Believe Me Natalie
10. Midnight Show
11. Everything Will Be Alright

Who We Are (2008) Lifehouse

On its fourth full-length studio album, WHO WE ARE, the Los Angeles-based pop/rock trio Lifehouse stays steady on its adult-alternative course, offering up a guitar-driven post-grunge set that is ready-made for radio play. While this 2007 outing isn't a major departure from past Lifehouse releases, it does rock a little harder than its eponymous predecessor, a point hit home by the brooding opener, "Disarray," and the driving title track. Those worried that the band is going for Nickelback-like heaviness, however, will be appeased by the celebratory lead single, "First Time," and the chiming "Mesmerized," tunes that reinforce frontman Jason Wade's status as a remarkably consistent songsmith.

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1. Disarray
2. First Time
3. Whatever It Takes
4. Who We Are
5. Broken
6. Joke, The
7. Easier To Be
8. Make Me Over
9. Mesmerized
10. Bridges
11. Learn You Inside Out
12. Storm
13. Sign of Life

1. First Time [PBS Soundstage Performance] - (live)
2. Hangin' By A Moment [Nissan Live Sets On Yahoo!] - (live)
3. You And Me [Nissan Live Sets On Yahoo!] - (live)
4. From Where You Are [April 1, Roseland Ballroom in NYC] - (live)
5. Whatever It Takes [April 1, Roseland Ballroom in NYC] - (live)

Greatest Hits Vol. 1 (2004) Korn

GREATEST HITS VOL. 1 is a 17-track primer for Korn, a key force behind the "nu metal" tsunami that swept through pop music in the mid-to-late 1990s. Led by frontman (and former coroner's assistant) Jonathan Davis, these California natives weave low-tuned guitars, hip-hop-fueled bass lines, and bleak imagery into memorable songs like the bile-fueled stomp-fest "Right Now," goth-tinged "Alone I Break," and frenetically raw "Freak on a Leash."
Davis's struggle with family dysfunction is a consistent theme, from the band's self-titled 1994 debut (a foreboding "Clown"), right up through 2003's TAKE A LOOK IN THE MIRROR (an uber-heavy "Did My Time"). Korn also keeps pace with peers Marilyn Manson and Limp Bizkit (who both recorded unlikely covers) by adding a pair of new tracks--a faithful reading of Cameo's "Word Up!" and, in keeping with their anti-authoritarian bent, a slight tweaking of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall (Parts 1, 2, 3)." Fleshing out this package is a glimpse into the Korn concert experience via a DVD of a performance at New York City's CBGB, recorded in November of 2003.

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Track Listing
1. Word up!
2. Another Brick in the Wall (Parts 1, 2, 3)
3. Y'All Want a Single
4. Right Now
5. Did My Time
6. Alone I Break
7. Here to Stay
8. Trash
9. Somebody Someone
10. Make Me Bad
11. Falling Away From Me
12. Got the Life
13. Freak on a Leash
14. Twist
15. A.D.I.D.A.S.
16. Clown
17. Shoots and Ladders
18. Blind
19. Freak on a Leash - (Dante Ross mix, remix)

Friday, December 5, 2008

808's & Heartbreak (2008) Kanye West

West has decreed that all beats on 808S be derived from the Roland TR-808 for a more "tribal feel," and he distorts his voice at will, producing a surreal sound, one bordering on a robot having a mental breakdown. On this adventurous album, West is King Lear's Edgar, a sharp-minded philosopher lost in the forest of despair, unsure how to react, how to perceive reality. That's not to say that he's simply wallowing, even on the most despondent "Welcome to Heartbreak," a tribute to his mother. While 808S is an album that may be challenging at times, it's also often hypnotic and unquestionably catchy--basically, everything one might want from a Kanye West album.

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1. Say You Will
2. Welcome To Heartbreak
3. Heartless
4. Amazing
5. Love Lockdown
6. Paranoid
7. RoboCop
8. Street Lights
9. Bad News
10. See You In My Nightmares
11. Coldest Winter

The Script (2008) The Script

2008 release. Script is made up of three Irish lads from Dublin who are now currently based out of London, England. This 10 track album showcases the band's fine talent with a batch of beautifully written songs.

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1. "We Cry"
2. "Before The Worst"
3. "Talk You Down"
4. "The Man Who Can't Be Moved"
5. "Breakeven"
6. "Rusty Halo"
7. "The End Where I Begin"
8. "Fall For Anything"
9. "If You See Kay"
10. "I'm Yours"
11. "Anybody There" (Bonus Track)

2008 "General field" Grammy nominations

Record of the Year

* "Chasing Pavements" – Adele

* "Viva la Vida" – Coldplay

* "Bleeding Love" – Leona Lewis

* "Paper Planes" – M.I.A.

* "Please Read the Letter" – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

Album of the Year

* Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends – Coldplay

* Tha Carter III – Lil Wayne

* Year of the Gentleman – Ne-Yo

* Raising Sand – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

* In Rainbows – Radiohead

Song of the Year

* "American Boy" – Estelle, Keith Harris, John Legend, Josh Lopez, Caleb Speir, Kanye West &, songwriters (Estelle featuring Kanye West)
* "Chasing Pavements" – Adele & Eg White, songwriters (Adele)
* "I'm Yours" – Jason Mraz, songwriter (Jason Mraz)
* "Love Song" – Sara Bareilles, songwriter (Sara Bareilles)
* "Viva la Vida" – Coldplay, songwriters (Coldplay)

Best New Artist

* Adele
* Duffy
* Jonas Brothers
* Lady Antebellum
* Jazmine Sullivan

Only By The Night (2008) Kings of Leon

With their raw, organic sound, Tennessee's Kings of Leon emerged in 2003 as Southern rock for the indie-garage set, sort of a Strokes for the South. While there were hints of a new direction on their third album, BECAUSE OF THE TIMES, its follow-up, ONLY BY THE NIGHT, follows through with a near-reinvention of the Kings' sound. ONLY BY THE NIGHT could be mistaken for avant-indie cult heroes the Liars on a Southern vacation, as post-punk angularity, distorto-funk bass lines, and clattering percussion are processed through what sounds like the world's biggest fuzzbox. While there are old-glory moments of garagey abandon, most of these tracks sound like someone sat and carefully considered the best way to frame them. And that's what makes the difference between having a good band and making a good album.

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Track Listing
1. Closer
2. Crawl
3. Sex On Fire
4. Use Somebody
5. Manhattan
6. Revelry
7. 17
8. Notion
9. I Want You
10. Be Somebody
11. Cold Desert

Greatest Hits 93-03 (2004) 311

With its signature hybrid sound, 311 spawned scores of imitators and emerged as one of the best-loved and most enduring groups on the rap-metal scene. The band freely combines not only hip-hop and heavy metal, but liberal doses of reggae, funk, dub, Beach Boys-style harmonies, and Phish-like jam-band music. The Nebraska-based quintet steers clear of the sharp edges and angst-laden lyrics of contemporaries Limp Bizkit and Rage Against the Machine in favor of an all-inclusive, celebratory vibe. Starting with the Chili Peppers-esque punk-funk workout "Down" and progressing through the trippy Caribbean-tinged "Amber" to the surf/ska-influenced "Do You Right," GREATEST HITS '93-'03 comes as advertised, collecting all of the band's favorites into one non-stop party package.

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1. Down
2. Flowing
3. All Mixed Up
4. Amber
5. Come Original
6. Beautiful Disaster
7. Creatures (For a While)
8. Do You Right
9. I'll Be Here Awhile
10. You Wouldn't Believe
11. Transistor
12. Don't Stay Home
13. Home Brew
14. Beyond the Gray Sky
15. Love Song
16. How Do You Feel?
17. First Straw

This Is Me Then: The Best of Common (2008) Common

THIS IS ME THEN: THE BEST OF COMMON surveys the early career of the Chi-town artist formerly known as Sense. Drawing from his first three albums (CAN I BORROW A DOLLAR, RESURRECTION, and ONE DAY IT'LL ALL MAKE SENSE), this collection of 15 classic tracks gives a picture of Common's stylistic evolution. The earliest, first-album cuts show us an MC whose high-energy, conspicuously squeaky tongue-twister vocals and comedic subject matter mirrored a variety of hip-hop acts of the day (Das Efx, Redman, et al.). The RESURRECTION tracks mark a clear turning point--a move away from light-hearted content towards poetic maturity. "I Used to Love H.E.R.," with its airtight extended metaphor, remains one of the most poignant hip-hop songs of all time. By album three, Common had garnered respect from the likes of De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest, and his work heralded the arrival of a new kind of conscious super-MC, capable of speaking from the heart on subjects such as street crime ("Stolen Moments"), abortion ("Retrospective for Life"), religion ("G.O.D."), and coming to terms with one's adolescent past ("Reminding Me (of Sef)"). THIS IS ME THEN also includes the rarely heard "High Expectations" from the soundtrack to the 1997 film SOUL IN THE HOLE.

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Track Listing
1. Take It Ez
2. Breaker 1/9
3. Soul by the Pound
4. Charms Alarm
5. Heidi Hoe
6. I Used to Love H.E.R.
7. Book of Life
8. Resurrection
9. Thisisme
10. Retrospect For Life - (with Lauryn Hill)
11. Remidning Me (Of Sef) - (with Chantay Savage)
12. All Night Long - (with Erykah Badu)
13. G.O.D. (Gaining One's Definition) - (with Cee-Lo)
14. Stoplen Moments Pt.III - (with Q-Tip)
15. High Expectations