Martha Wainwright – Martha Wainwright

Martha Wainwright – Martha Wainwright
Artist:Martha WainwrightReview:Part of Martha Wainwright’s charm lies in her Tourette’s-likeimpulse to overshare: Check out her 2005 ode to hersinger-songwriter dad, Loudon, lovingly titled “Bloody MotherFucking Asshole.” Her folky second album mostly spares familymembers, but old boyfriends aren’t so lucky. On the dusty-roadrocker “Comin’ Tonight,” she seeks revenge on a musician/ex-lover:”I could steal a melody. . . . ‘Cause you would never sue me,baby/It wouldn’t look good.” Wainwright’s relentless self-analysisand…Rating:4 Stars[Lees verder]

Adele – 19
Artist:AdeleReview:Like fellow crooners Amy Winehouse and Kate Nash, Adele Adkinspolished her skills at the Brit School in south London — asgood a finishing academy as American Idol. Her debut,which topped the British charts earlier this year, lacks thebad-girl brio of those grads, but it shows off a vocal instrumentthat smokes the competition. Check out “Cold Shoulder,” a lover’sblues, produced by Winehouse’s secret weapon, Mark Ronson: Overswirling strings and a snare pattern borrowed from James…Rating:3 Stars[Lees verder]

Motley Crue – Saints Of Los Angeles
Artist:Motley CrueReview:All the filth and fury of their Eighties heyday, finally funneledinto an album Mötley Cüe have created a cottage industryout of rehashing their excesses: Their tales of debauchery havealready fueled dozens of books and a standard-bearing episode ofBehind the Music. Now they’ve woven those stories into their firstalbum in eight years. Inspired by their 2001 sleazeography, TheDirt, Saints of Los Angeles finds Vince Neil flashing back tothe band’s golden age: gigging on the…Rating:3 Stars[Lees verder]

Katy Perry – One Of The Boys
Artist:Katy PerryReview:”I hope you hang yourself with your H&M scarf/While jacking offlistening to Mozart,” Katy Perry tells her metrosexual ex on “Ur SoGay.” Risqué words, coming from the daughter of twoChristian pastors who only let her listen to gospel tunes as a kid.Now 23, the L.A. singer bucks the WWJD’ers with a debut full ofmall-punky, grrrl-power tunes produced by Glen Ballard (AlanisMorissette) and Dr. Luke (Avril Lavigne). But herattention-grabbing doesn’t feel very rebellious: On the New Wave-yclub…Rating:2 Stars[Lees verder]

Dr. John – City That Care Forgot
Artist:Dr. JohnReview:He’s not talking about Cleveland. City That Care Forgot isthe New Orleans soulman’s impassioned lament about the naturaldestruction of Hurricane Katrina and the man-made tragedy of theaftermath. Over ominous funk (“Land Grab”), gospel-inflected blues(“You Might Be Surprised”) and horn-boosted R&B (“Time for aChange,” featuring Eric Clapton), Dr. John’s bourbon-and-sandpapervocals reflect the bitterness of a man who can sense that “thesmell of death still hangs on the honeysuckle vine.”…Rating:3 Stars[Lees verder]

Lil’ Wayne – Tha Carter III
Artist:Lil’ WayneReview:OK, it’s true: he really is the best rapper alive. Lil Wayne madethat claim on his last official CD, in 2005, and since then, he’sunleashed an astonishing torrent of mixtapes, leaks and guestappearances to back up the boast. So his long-anticipated “legit”album follow-up feels a bit gratuitous. Still, Tha CarterIII is useful as an exclamation point. It establishes beyond adoubt that the zeitgeist in 2008 belongs to one artist: adreadlocked dadaist poet from New Orleans with a…Rating:4.5 Stars[Lees verder]

Martha Wainwright – Martha Wainwright
Artist:Martha WainwrightReview:Part of Martha Wainwright’s charm lies in her Tourette’s-likeimpulse to overshare: Check out her 2005 ode to hersinger-songwriter dad, Loudon, lovingly titled “Bloody MotherFucking Asshole.” Her folky second album mostly spares familymembers, but old boyfriends aren’t so lucky. On the dusty-roadrocker “Comin’ Tonight,” she seeks revenge on a musician/ex-lover:”I could steal a melody. . . . ‘Cause you would never sue me,baby/It wouldn’t look good.” Wainwright’s relentless self-analysisand…Rating:4 Stars[Lees verder]

Adele – 19
Artist:AdeleReview:Like fellow crooners Amy Winehouse and Kate Nash, Adele Adkinspolished her skills at the Brit School in south London — asgood a finishing academy as American Idol. Her debut,which topped the British charts earlier this year, lacks thebad-girl brio of those grads, but it shows off a vocal instrumentthat smokes the competition. Check out “Cold Shoulder,” a lover’sblues, produced by Winehouse’s secret weapon, Mark Ronson: Overswirling strings and a snare pattern borrowed from James…Rating:3 Stars[Lees verder]

Motley Crue – Saints Of Los Angeles
Artist:Motley CrueReview:All the filth and fury of their Eighties heyday, finally funneledinto an album Mötley Cüe have created a cottage industryout of rehashing their excesses: Their tales of debauchery havealready fueled dozens of books and a standard-bearing episode ofBehind the Music. Now they’ve woven those stories into their firstalbum in eight years. Inspired by their 2001 sleazeography, TheDirt, Saints of Los Angeles finds Vince Neil flashing back tothe band’s golden age: gigging on the…Rating:3 Stars[Lees verder]

Katy Perry – One Of The Boys
Artist:Katy PerryReview:”I hope you hang yourself with your H&M scarf/While jacking offlistening to Mozart,” Katy Perry tells her metrosexual ex on “Ur SoGay.” Risqué words, coming from the daughter of twoChristian pastors who only let her listen to gospel tunes as a kid.Now 23, the L.A. singer bucks the WWJD’ers with a debut full ofmall-punky, grrrl-power tunes produced by Glen Ballard (AlanisMorissette) and Dr. Luke (Avril Lavigne). But herattention-grabbing doesn’t feel very rebellious: On the New Wave-yclub…Rating:2 Stars[Lees verder]

Dr. John – City That Care Forgot
Artist:Dr. JohnReview:He’s not talking about Cleveland. City That Care Forgot isthe New Orleans soulman’s impassioned lament about the naturaldestruction of Hurricane Katrina and the man-made tragedy of theaftermath. Over ominous funk (“Land Grab”), gospel-inflected blues(“You Might Be Surprised”) and horn-boosted R&B (“Time for aChange,” featuring Eric Clapton), Dr. John’s bourbon-and-sandpapervocals reflect the bitterness of a man who can sense that “thesmell of death still hangs on the honeysuckle vine.”…Rating:3 Stars[Lees verder]

Lil’ Wayne – Tha Carter III
Artist:Lil’ WayneReview:OK, it’s true: he really is the best rapper alive. Lil Wayne madethat claim on his last official CD, in 2005, and since then, he’sunleashed an astonishing torrent of mixtapes, leaks and guestappearances to back up the boast. So his long-anticipated “legit”album follow-up feels a bit gratuitous. Still, Tha CarterIII is useful as an exclamation point. It establishes beyond adoubt that the zeitgeist in 2008 belongs to one artist: adreadlocked dadaist poet from New Orleans with a…Rating:4.5 Stars[Lees verder]

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