Sunday, November 13, 2011

New CD releases November 15th 2011

Back to normal this week, after last week's Twilight special, brought on by a severe lack of suitable material to review. Again, we have a extremely eclectic mix of musical styles for you to enjoy, so get comfortable, put on your headphones and rock along with this week's New Releases. Click the pictures to go to Amazon.com to hear samples (in most cases)


Glee Cast - Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 2
By now, every man and his dog knows that the Glee cast will have a Christmas Album out so this was no suprise. What is a suprise is that this is only Volume 2? Surely they have been around longer than that. It would appear not according to my sources, it just seems that way. The usual mix of traditional and poppy Xmas tunes have been laser etched into potential obscurity since the Glee bubble is about to burst and take the red Adidas track suit with it.
R.E.M. - Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982 - 2011
This double CD is more of an epitaph than a greatest hits collection since R.E.M. announced their retirement from music in September of this year. The response from the music press at large was "We thought you had already retired from music in 1994 after 'Monster'". R.E.M. were together for 31 years and recorded some great songs in that time. They inspired the 'College Rock' genre and looked pretentious in their videos. I'm talking to you Mr. Angel Wings in the corner.

Frank Sinatra - Sinatra: Best of the Best
It sounds like this guy is trying to be some kind of Michael Bublé, crooning his vocals lazily over a swing beat. It looks like he is old enough to be Bubes' dad from the picture on the CD. Mr. Sinatra has taken 23 popular songs and squeezed them onto this disc. I actually enjoyed some of these songs, particularly #5, The Married with Children song and #17, Fly Me to the Moon, from the end of the Space Cowboys movie with Tommy Lee Jones.
Alvin & The Chipmunks - Chipwrecked
How could anybody NOT love these 3 cute, furry, helium sucking rodents? These guys are the only recording artists to sing higher than the Bee Gees, albeit with the help of digital voice changers instead of the old school method of speeding up the tape, used back when The Chipmunks were first popular in 1958 and computers were the size of a house. The music here is just pitched up versions of modern pop crap which appears in the movie due out in December.

Seventh Day Slumber - The Anthem of Angels
So far this week it's just cover CDs and Greatest Hits, so how about a band that is original, in so much as they write their own stuff. I present to you, Seventh Day Slumber. It just so happens that Seventh Day Slumber sound almost identical to Nickelback with one obvious difference. Nickelback have spent their entire career singing about being rich and famous and having girlfriends who are sluts and strippers while SDS are all about God. Not once do they sing, "I like your pants around your feet" or "You look better with something in your mouth".


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