Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Springfield goes into 'Overdrive' on album

General Hospital soap star Rick Springfield still has it as far as his latest release Venus in Overdrive (New Door Records). The "Jessie's Girl" singer still has it with some of the most interesting yet, subtle lyrics that have been written by Springfield in his more than 30 year career.

Springfield has withstood the test of time far better than most critics would ever have imagined writing and performing some of the best-crafted power pop. He has sold more than 19 million records while charting a whopping 18 Top 40 hits to date.

1. What's Victoria's Secret?
2. I'll Miss That Someday
3. Venus In Overdrive
4. One Passenger
5. Oblivious
6. 3 Warning Shots
7. Time Stand Still 4:16 $0.99
8. God Blinked (Swing It Sister)
9. Mr. PC
10. She
11. Nothing Is Ever Lost
12. Saint Sahara

His most recent release, a concert DVD, Live in Rockford was released in October 2006. Filmed live as part of the HDNet Concert Series at the historic Coronado Theatre in Rockford, IL, Rick showcases his talent and everlasting energy in this special release DVD. His most recent album release The Day After Yesterday, was released in July of 2005, on his own label, Gomer/DKE Records.

December of 2005 brought about Springfield's long anticipated return to ABC's daytime hit show, "General Hospital," in the role he originated nearly 25 years ago--Dr. Noah Drake. Having performed for millions of fans in the last three decades, and showing no signs of slowing down, Springfield continues to play 100 shows a year, sharing his love of performing, unstoppable energy and his unique brand of crowd interaction with thousands of fans each night. Springfield literally wades deep into the crowd at each show.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Nine Inch Nails tries to give you 'The Slip'

On its eighth studio album titled, The Slip (The Null Corporation) Nine Inch Nails with lead singer Trent Reznor have returned to form. The album is which produced by Renzor, Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder has a feel that fans have been waiting for.

1. 999, 999
2. 1, 000, 000
3. Letting You
4. Discipline
5. Echoplex
6. Head Down
7. Lights in the Sky
8. Corona Radiata
9. Four of Us Are Dying
10. Demon Seed
11. Slip

NIN who have a tendency to write songs that have the potential to be instant classics don't fall short on this album. There are a number of them from the 11 tracks that can be No. 1. One of the tracks to listen to is, "Head Down":

What you looking at?
Head down
Too late for that
What you want
What you get
Know your place
Don't ever forget

And this is not my face
And this is not my life
And there is not a single thing here
I can recognize
This is all a dream
And none of you are real
I'll give anything
I'll give anything

However, not to disappoint anyone there is also a DVD that comes with the limited edtion CD and of course if you have seen them live you know that you will leave wanting more.

Rating 4 out of 5

Monday, July 14, 2008

Nas' album needs more focus

It's not that I have a problem with the album cover; showing Nas back side with whip marks that are religious symbol toward Jesus Christ sacifice and for us to having to feel his pain, according to the Bible. And it's not that the album has explicit lyrics.

Nas is back and more controversial than ever on his new untitled Def Jam release. On this, his 9th studio album, Nas studies and lyrically dissects some of the our most divisive issues: race, inequality, poverty, and power.

And who better to stir up debate than the man most consider one of the top five emcees in the history of the game?

1. Queens Get The Money [Explicit] 2:12
2. You Can't Stop Us Now [Explicit] 3:05
3. Breathe [Explicit] 3:34
4. Make The World Go Round [Explicit] 3:49
5. Hero [Explicit] 4:00
6. America [Explicit] 3:52
7. Sly Fox [Explicit] 4:23
8. Testify [Explicit] 2:45
9. N.I.*.*.E.R. (The Slave and the Master) [Explicit] 4:33
10. Untitled [Explicit] 2:51
11. Fried Chicken [Explicit] 2:50
12. Project Roach [Explicit] 1:48
13. Y'all My Ni**as [Explicit] 4:16
14. We're Not Alone [Explicit] 5:40
15. Black President [Explicit]

From his brilliant 1994 debut Illmatic, to his mainstream success with It Was Written, to anthems like "Hate Me Now" and "One Mic" and his venomous lyricism on "Ether," Nas' ability to tell stories, educate, make you dance--and make you look--is the stuff of rap legend.

The outspoken Queensbridge rapper has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide over the course of his storied career. Nas' Def Jam debut, Hip-Hop Is Dead, was released in December 2006 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with more than 350,000 copies sold in its first week.

It's not perfect by any means Nas need more focus.

Rating: 2 out of 5

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Upcoming Miley Cyrus album

Hannah Montana Disney star Miley Cyrus is releasing an album called Breakout. Hey, wait a minute...isn't that the album title from Kelly Clarkson?

Anyway, can this teen star move away from the character that made her a star? Can she expand her wings from that character? Here is the tracklist and has it will be noted there is the Cyndi Lauper hit, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun."

1. Breakout
2. 7 Things
3. Driveway
4. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
5. Full Circle
6. Fly On The Wall
7. Bottom Of The Ocean
8. Wake Up America
9. These Four Walls
10. Simple Song
11. Goodbye
12. See You Again (Rock Mafia Remix)

Who knows? Find out soon.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Streep sings ABBA in 'Mama Mia'

Academy-award winning actress Meryl Streep has turned into a singer in the musical version of the Swedish band ABBA tribute "Mama Mia." In it, Streep is Donna (Streep) is about to let go of Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), the spirited daughter she s raised alone.

For Sophie s wedding, Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends practical and no-nonsense Rosie (Julie Walters) and wealthy, multi-divorcee Tanya (Christine Baranski) from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos. But Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own. Three men who Sophie is trying to see if they are her father in order to walk her down the aisle.

1. Honey, Honey
2. Money, Money, Money
3. Mamma Mia
4. Dancing Queen
5. Our Last Summer
6. Lay All Your Love On Me
7. Super Trouper
8. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
9. The Name of the Game
10. Voulez-Vous
11. SOS
12. Does Your Mother Know
13. Slipping Through My Fingers
14. The Winner Takes It All
15. When All Is Said And Done
16. Take a Chance on Me
17. I Have a Dream

Does Streep accomplish herself as a singer? Maybe. I do think that with such notables as "Dancing Queen," "Lay All Your Love On Me," "Super Trouper," Streep does an okay job. I think that the one thing that Streep has on her is the fact that this is the second film that is meant to have meaning behind it. But not in a musical sense; remember that film, "Music of the Heart?" Okay I don't either.

Yet, for that film's unsuccess this might have inspired her to do this. I mean, the film does have an all-star cast. The cast includes Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper. And they all sing and dance.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

G-Unit's 'TOS' album

G-Unit's TOS album (G-Unit Records) is out. With its known singer Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson. This album is cool. Despite its explicit lyrics, it should take a back seat to this album itself. This is an album that is honest.

The trio is able to write and have the production work for the album. One of the album's track that is cool is one just one but all. The appearance by Young Buck in five tracks is the part that makes the album appealing.

The lead single, "I Like the Way She Do It" starts off right away with the chrous:

I suppose to blow, you suppose to know
Not to go against me or it R.I.P
I'm stupid rich, got retarded money
I'm special wit it, I got special bread
It's easy now, please believe me now
I dismiss a hoe, please leave me now
I f**k when I want, I do what I like
She want the same shit I want, the bitch is a dike
She a super freak, the freak of the week
I give her something a suck, she give her something to eat
It never enough, she like it rough
We keep it going and we switch positions, listen

(Bridge) 50 Cent
I Like the Way she do it
I Like the Way she do it
I Like the Way she do it
I Like the Way she do it

Now, I knew that Eminem (Marshall Mathers) was drawn to controversy with the release of the Marshall Mathers LP CD and the lyrics here for the G-Unit song are "controversial" but if you are willing and should look back it is the rythum the production of each of the tracks that make the album going. Sure, that there is a growing number of artist looking to appeal to the younger crowd, I mean just look at Lil' Wayne. But remember hip-hop is where the music is going.

1. Straight Outta Southside
2. Piano Man - Feat. Young Buck
3. Close To Me
4. Rider Pt. 2 - Feat. Young Buck
5. Casualties Of War
6. You So Tough
7. No Days Off - Feat. Young Buck
8. T.O.S.
9. I Like The Way She Do It - Feat. Young Buck
10. Kitty Kat
11. Party Ain’t Over - Feat. Young Buck
12. Let It Go - Feat. Mavado
13. Get Down
14. I Don’t Want To Talk About It
15. Ready Or Not

Much, if not all of the music that is released or heard by G-Unit is directed toward women. But remember 50 Cent who was discovered by Eminem and with the backing of Lloyd Banks, and Tony Yayo G-Unit can go from just being known for mixtapes to success, as if the last album didn't do that?!

Rating: 4 out of 5

P.S. And you thought I just listened to Madonna?!