Holy cow, is this a great CD. Missy has
one foot in the past, refrencing UTFO, Blondie,
Run-D.M.C., MC Lyte, EPMD and almost countless
others whole she has the other foot in the future, pumping more
cyber-funk from Timbaland. It is simply an amazing sonic
document. Party in as box-- put it on the CD player and dance
yo' ass off. A definte contender for album of the year.
This 2 CD set is an awesome gift for the Motown
fan in your life. Features rare and never before released songs
by Marvin Gaye, The Isley Brothers, Gladys Knight
& The Pips and many more. Grooves so good, you'll simply be
astonished that Motown kept them hidden away for so many years.
DJ Shadow does it again. This is one of
those albums that really grows on the listenr with repeated listens,
as the many layers are revealed. A great gift idea for the hipster
in your life who likes sonic experimentation and for the hip-hop
head open to new ideas.
A lively blend of hip-hop, gospel, rock, and soul
that (judging by sales figures) not enough people have recognized
as one of the best of the year. Beguiling at every turn, the album
has an earthy-ness about it that is missing from much of urban
music these days.
Here's what you need to know about this album:
Produced by Prince Paul. Prince Paul fires on all cylinders
here. MC Paul Barman's hyper-intellegent, poetry-slam
lyrical delivery isn't for everyone, but bohemian hip-hop fans
will find a lot to love here.
Given the sound of Johnny Cash's voice on this
album, it is likely his last. However, his creaky voice lends
a haunting touch to songs originally performed by artists like
Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, The Eagles,
Roberta Flack and more. Features appearnaces by Fiona
Apple, Don Henley and Nick Cave.
This is perhaps the only rock opera worth listening
to all the way through. It's about a Japaneese girl battling robots
bent on word distruction, but it is odd touching and totally fun
to listen to. Good for fans of psychedellia
and quirky pop.
A great gift for country purists with a taste for
rock. Hank III has his grandfather's mournful voice and
gift for writing about liquor and heartbreak, but he ocassionally
ads rock guitars and pumps up the tempo.
You could listen to the twang and heartbreak on
this album over and over again and never know that Kasey
Chambers is from Australia. But she is. Strong songwriting
and a beautiful voice will appeal to even those with only a slight
interest in country music.
Remember when The Donnas were a tip-off
The Ramones? Well, that was really only for one album and
since then they've steadily incorporated more glam-rock and metal
into their sound. Spend The Night continues the trend with
riffs galore, thundering drums and sassy vocals. Only the hippest
rock fan on your gift list will already have it, so get it for
the rock fan you know whose taste is sort of stagnant.
Some have compalined that this album just followed
the same formula and didn't break any new ground. I say the formula
is so kicking (and the house music stretch on Surrender
wasn't all that), so what is to complain about. Big Beat/techno
fans always on the search for the latest thing probably skipped
this, so you can safely pick it up for them to
help fill up the wholes in their collection