Poison -Poison’d!

Poison -Poison’d!
Artist: PoisonReview: Nearly two decades after their heyday, these peroxide L.A. godsstill sound good, and these megabright, glam covers of classicsongs — Sweet, Bowie, Stones and, er, Loggins and Messina — makesense given Poison’s debauched history. But do you really need toown a hair-metal version of Jim Croce’s “You Don’t Mess Around withJim”? Rating: 2.5 Stars[Lees verder]

The Aggrolites -Reggae Hit L.A.
Artist: The AggrolitesReview: This L.A. band does ska and reggae rather expertly — and withoutthe boneheaded, party-hearty schlock that infested the Cali versionof those genres in the Nineties. The Aggrolites’ third album islong on well-crafted summertime jams like “Free Time” and moretender songs like “Let’s Pack Our Bags.” That said, Reggae HitL.A. feels like a ho-hum rehash — well done, but notparticularly interesting unless you’re seeing them live, are a bigfan of the genre or need some barbecue music. Rating: 2.5 Stars[Lees verder]

Kelly Willis -Translated From Love
Artist: Kelly WillisReview: Once Willis’ big, intent voice and impeccable simplicity made her atextbook country shoulda-been. But with four kids and a decade ofmarriage to fellow shoulda-been Bruce Robison in the bank, her goodtaste tethers her to the old homestead on her first album since2002, taking off only once: on an unlikely cover of Iggy Pop’s”Success,” brought to her by producer Chuck Prophet and arrangedfor a ghost version of the Sir Douglas Quintet. Rating: 2.5 Stars[Lees verder]

DJ Khaled -We the Best
Artist: DJ KhaledReview: This Miami DJ is a top player on the hip-hop mix-tape circuit, andhis second proper LP plays like a big-budget version of somethingyou could buy on Canal Street: There’s nothing particularlyinnovative about Khaled’s cinematic synth beats, but with hugenames like T.I., Young Jeezy and Akon turning in decent cameos,tracks like the menacing banger “Hit Them Up” and Jeezy feature”Brown Paper Bag” are big, dumb pleasures, just begging to blastfrom your SUV. Rating: 3 Stars[Lees verder]

Megadeth -United Abominations
Artist: MegadethReview: Metallica have mostly exchanged thrashy riff metal forballad-filled reflection rock, but one-time guitarist Dave Mustainestill likes his metal fast, brutal and apocalyptic. The cover ofMegadeth’s eleventh album depicts the United Nations under fierysiege and the lyrics throughout describe a bloody near-future ofethnic cleansing, terrorism and chaos. You could attribute thedarkness to the troubled times we’re in, but — like thedouble-time guitar licks and endless noodling solos –United… Rating: 3 Stars[Lees verder]

Poison -Poison’d!
Artist: PoisonReview: Nearly two decades after their heyday, these peroxide L.A. godsstill sound good, and these megabright, glam covers of classicsongs — Sweet, Bowie, Stones and, er, Loggins and Messina — makesense given Poison’s debauched history. But do you really need toown a hair-metal version of Jim Croce’s “You Don’t Mess Around withJim”? Rating: 2.5 Stars[Lees verder]

The Aggrolites -Reggae Hit L.A.
Artist: The AggrolitesReview: This L.A. band does ska and reggae rather expertly — and withoutthe boneheaded, party-hearty schlock that infested the Cali versionof those genres in the Nineties. The Aggrolites’ third album islong on well-crafted summertime jams like “Free Time” and moretender songs like “Let’s Pack Our Bags.” That said, Reggae HitL.A. feels like a ho-hum rehash — well done, but notparticularly interesting unless you’re seeing them live, are a bigfan of the genre or need some barbecue music. Rating: 2.5 Stars[Lees verder]

Kelly Willis -Translated From Love
Artist: Kelly WillisReview: Once Willis’ big, intent voice and impeccable simplicity made her atextbook country shoulda-been. But with four kids and a decade ofmarriage to fellow shoulda-been Bruce Robison in the bank, her goodtaste tethers her to the old homestead on her first album since2002, taking off only once: on an unlikely cover of Iggy Pop’s”Success,” brought to her by producer Chuck Prophet and arrangedfor a ghost version of the Sir Douglas Quintet. Rating: 2.5 Stars[Lees verder]

DJ Khaled -We the Best
Artist: DJ KhaledReview: This Miami DJ is a top player on the hip-hop mix-tape circuit, andhis second proper LP plays like a big-budget version of somethingyou could buy on Canal Street: There’s nothing particularlyinnovative about Khaled’s cinematic synth beats, but with hugenames like T.I., Young Jeezy and Akon turning in decent cameos,tracks like the menacing banger “Hit Them Up” and Jeezy feature”Brown Paper Bag” are big, dumb pleasures, just begging to blastfrom your SUV. Rating: 3 Stars[Lees verder]

Megadeth -United Abominations
Artist: MegadethReview: Metallica have mostly exchanged thrashy riff metal forballad-filled reflection rock, but one-time guitarist Dave Mustainestill likes his metal fast, brutal and apocalyptic. The cover ofMegadeth’s eleventh album depicts the United Nations under fierysiege and the lyrics throughout describe a bloody near-future ofethnic cleansing, terrorism and chaos. You could attribute thedarkness to the troubled times we’re in, but — like thedouble-time guitar licks and endless noodling solos –United… Rating: 3 Stars[Lees verder]

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