Holy shit did a bunch of new music come out today, or what?! Let's get started...
LILY ALLEN * ALRIGHT, STILL
Get used to it, this chick is going to BLOW UP here in the States. She's going to be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live next week and after that, the tidal wave shall begin. Great hooks, catchy beats and lyrics that'll make Alanis Morissette blush. Just break up with a boyfriend? Then songs like "Not Big" are just for you!!!
Now listen I think you and me have come to the end of our time,
What d'you want some kind of reaction?
Well ok that's fine,
Alright how would it make you feel if I told you that you never ever made me cum?
In the year and a half that we spent together,
Yeah I never really had much fun.
All those times that I said I was sober,
Well I'm afraid I lied,
I'd be lying next to you, you next to me,
All the time I was high as a kite.
I could see it in your face when you give it to me gentle,
Yeah you really must think your great,
Let's see how you feel in a couple of weeks,
When I work my way through your mates.
CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH * SOME LOUD THUNDER
Not as brilliant as their debut, but solid nonetheless. The songs that stand out, stand out. Some, like Arm & Hammer, just don't gain any traction and feel like B-Sides. I listed their song "Mama, Won't You Keep Them Castles in the Air and Burning?" as the song that won't leave my head yesterday and it still stands. Unique without being annoying, though you'll either love or loathe the lead singer's voice. Buy this one only if you've already bought their debut first!
BEIRUT * LON GISLAND (EP)
One of my favorite new bands. Discovered them on The Hype Machine, which is my newest favorist website! Can't really explain their sound, so go to THM and sample some of their tracks!
THE GOOD, THE BAD, & THE QUEEN (SELF TITLED)
The latest in side projects from Blur frontman Damon Albarn includes members of The Verve, The Clash and Fela Kuti. It takes a little while to grow on you and expects at least a couple of listens before turning out to be quite an outstanding album. Perfect music to have on in the background while drawing or reading a book...wait, that sounds bad, doesn't it?
NORAH JONES * NOT TOO LATE
Jamie be damned, this album is quite good, if not a tad safe. I'm still waiting for her to bust out a little and give us something a lil' more dangerous. But, with her voice, I'd buy an album of her simply reading the phonebook...