Friday, March 11, 2005

Review: Jennifer Lopez' album, "Rebirth"

Jennifer Lopez got her big break as a dancer on "In Living Color." While that was a really funny show, the Wayans family should still publicly apologize for launching a career that gives J.Lo the opportunity to release 12 tracks of nonsense every other year. She has the vocal range of a mute swan and she'd have come up with more complex lyrics if she had taken a box of Alpha-Bits and dumped the contents onto the floor. "Regurgitate" would have been a better title for this disc, as by the fifth track, even my dog was vomiting. Grade: F

Friday, March 04, 2005

Review: The Zuton's album, 'Who Killed The Zutons?'

This CD reminds me of those tiny foil-wrapped chocolate eggs found at the
bottom of Easter baskets. There's nothing wrong with them, but they're not
going to get anyone particularly excited either. This might be a fun CD to
pop in while driving, but the songs are not especially memorable or
stirring. The Zutons are better than average but not quite great. The
question isn't "Who Killed The Zutons?" but rather, why'd they bother?

Grade: C

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Review: Ani DiFranco's album, Knuckle Down

Ani DiFranco, the anti-Ashlee Simpson. You'll find more meaning in one of her songs than by listening to Z100 for an entire day. She's a heroic figure, not just for feminists, but for anyone who sees merit in fighting the corporate, capitalist machine. She's built an incredible career without the help of a record company and never once dipping her toe into the mainstream.

Grade: A+