Saturday, December 25, 2004

Review: Ludacris album - Red Light District

I like Ludacris for a lot of reasons, but the fact that he's feuded with Bill O'Reilly doesn't hurt. Ludacris doesn't break any new ground on his fourth album, but he does deliver exactly what his fans expect: solid rhymes over danceable beats. Basically, he is Coolio with more street cred. There probably aren't any hits as big as "Stand Up" or "Yeah" here, but there are enough radio-friendly tracks with club appeal to keep him off the game-show circuit for the time being.

Grade: B

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Review: U2 album - How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

If you're like me, and your favorite U2 album is "Achtung Baby," you'll find this CD absolutely splendid. If you yearn for the days when the band waxed poetic about lemons over lucid dance tracks, you might wish this record was more daring. Of course, if you're like the guys at the pub who stopped listening after "The Joshua Tree," you don't know what you're missing. This is a great album with memorable, rousing songs and will be in my personal rotation for years to come.

Grade: A