Sad Songs Are Nature's Onions

"For the sickness, that be spreadin with the quickness Remedies, cousin I be doin on my enemies Penalty, then I drink forties to they memories" - "Release Yo' Delf" by Method Man

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Iain's Holiday CD Buying Guide, Part Deux

Mclusky - "The Difference Between Me And You Is That I'm Not On Fire"
Grade: B+
The Skinny: Probably my favorite Welsh band (well, the only Welsh band I know, but still). This album is loud and aggressive, but at the same time quirky and witty. At times it can seem ragged and messy, but rest assured, this is most definitely a calculated mess. These be some talented muthafuckas, fo' sho'. One thing for sure is that Mclusky have definitely entered the "Which Band Has The Strangest Song Titles?" competition: ""Without MSG I Am Nothing", "Your Children Are Waiting For You To Die", "Falco Vs. The Young Canoeist".

Ian Brown - "Solarized"
Grade: B-
The Skinny: The latest effort by the ex-Stone Roses frontman is a mish-mash of many musical styles, from Middle Eastern sounds to dance to good ole early 90's Brit Rock (remember that? Ah, those were the days...). With so many musical styles all vying for attention, this album could have ended up an incongruous mess, but somehow Brown holds it all together. If you were bummed out back then during the second British Invasion, when bands such as Blur, Oasis, and the Manic Street Preachers were all over your TV sets and radios, then you probably shouldn't buy this. Coincidently, one half of the Brothers Gallagher (Noel) appears on one of the tracks, the single "Keep What Ya Got". Those wacky Brit rockers are all growds up, but they aren't ready to throw in the towel quite yet. Now all we need is a half decent Oasis album.

The Roots - "Do You Want More?!!!??!"
Grade: B
The Skinny: A little slice of mid-90's hip hop for that ass. Beat boxing, live musicians, jazz-like improvisation - the Roots were at the forefront for a new style of rap music. Making a hip hop album without using any samples or previously recorded material was simply unheard of at the time. The Roots are probably never going to be a huge commercial success, but there are few hip hop acts out there that could match The Roots' inventiveness, or their willingness to buck mainstream hip hop trends in favour of their own style.

Hot Snakes - "Audit In Progress"
Grade: A
The Skinny: The Swami has done it again. The latest Hot Snakes album plays much like their first two records: relentless, cynical, brash, balls-to-the-wall jet-fueled rock and roll. You always know that you are getting when you buy a Hot Snakes record, and what you're getting is a band who blow away about 97% of today's bands that are labeled "hard rock". They don't come any harder than this folks. Oh, and your mom hates these guys too (if she doesn't, then you have one cool mom. Send me her number and a glossy 8x10 photo...).

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