Brandi Shearer – Pink Lady

Brandi Shearer – Pink Lady / 2006 Self / 14 Tracks / /

I spent the better part of my 18 years on Earth dogmatically honoring the industrial cacophony of bands like Wumpscut and Front Line Assembly, so it seemed a radical and incomprehensible move when I abandoned synthesizers in exchange for acoustic guitar. Continue reading “Brandi Shearer – Pink Lady”

OST: Kyle XY

OST: Kyle XY / 2007 ABC Family / 14 Tracks /

I know that a lot of individuals are really into Kyle XY. I never got to watch the show because it didn’t seem like something that would be too terribly interesting to me, and I didn’t even have cable until last month. Regardless, the disc has a who’s who of solid indie rock, alternative rock, and emo bands. Earlimart, OAR, Mates of State, Sherwood, and Kate Voegele all represent individuals and groups that have garnered some serious media attention, the presence of these individuals only will help relative newcomers like Mariana’s Trench, Sean Hayes, In-Flight Safety, and April Matson. Continue reading “OST: Kyle XY”

Divasonic – Changing Wind

Divasonic – Changing Wind / 2007 Digital Bliss / 12 Tracks / /

The brand of wide-open, electronic pop music that Lynda Arnold puts down on “Changing Wind” will remind individuals of individuals like Enya and Bjork. There is a panoply of styles and sounds that are present on the disc’s opening track, “I Feel High”. This means that funk, rock, and tribal sounds all unite to create something catchy but walking to the beat of a decidedly different drummer. This same general sound continues for “Summertime”, but Lynda adds in more electronic influence to this track. This means that hints of the Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk, and Josh Wink first show their influence during this track. “Summertime” shows Arnold’s ability to construct a narrative without anything in the way of vocals. The multiple instrumental layers present during this track give listeners something that all can enjoy. By the end of “Summertime”, individuals will be hooked. Continue reading “Divasonic – Changing Wind”

Lacquer – Rebuilt

Lacquer – Rebuilt / 2007 Self / /

“Ripper” is a track that will bring listeners back to the Motley Crue-like rock of the eighties. Lacquer is a little more complex than that comparison would seem, as there are hints of Ramones-like pop punk and even a little bit of a Replacements/Husker Du sound during this track. The musical progression during “Ripper” is something that individuals will feel comfortable with, and this only bolsters the replay value of this disc. “Kicksville” continues this classic rock sound, but brings Lacquer new influences. During this track, hints of Dokken and 38 Special are present. Continue reading “Lacquer – Rebuilt”

Tum Tum – Eat or Get Ate

Tum Tum – Eat or Get Ate / 2007 Universal / 18 Tracks / / /

One has to wonder why that a rapper named eirself after a character in the 3 Ninjas set of movies. This is the debut album by Tum Tum, and tracks here feature talents like Mannie Fresh, Trae, Jim Jones, and some up and coming rappers (Double T, Lil Ronnie, Don Dada, and Reyez). The first track is the title track, and it provides individuals with a confident and strong flow, even if there is not much in the way of a chorus hook to speak of. Continue reading “Tum Tum – Eat or Get Ate”

Deepak Chopra – A Gift of Love II

Deepak Chopra – A Gift of Love II / 2002 Rasa / 23 Tracks / /

Besides the music of The Buddhist Monks that I received a few months ago, Deepak Chopra’s “A Gift of Love” has to rank right up there in terms of the weirdness scale. This is the style of music that would be played at a number of import houses and other new-age shops, so turn away from this review if this is not something that you would like. Note here that the music present on this disc is not done by Chopra, but rather is done by Adam Plack. Continue reading “Deepak Chopra – A Gift of Love II”

Carina Round – Slow Motion Addict

Carina Round – Slow Motion Addict / 2006 Weapons of Mass Entertainment / 12 Tracks / / /

I must admit, I felt a little wary after looking at the sticker on the cover of “Slow Motion Addict”, where some yob from the NME said that “At her best she fucks up the blues like no Midlander since Led Zep”. The disc’s first track is “Stolen Car”, and I do not think that Carina Round sounds the slightest bit like something that Led Zeppelin would come out with. “Stolen Car” is something that blends equal parts Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson, and while there is a little bit more of a rock base to the pop music that Round comes out with, it does not put eir into the same sphere as a classic rock band like Led Zeppelin (and this is coming from someone that does not even like Led Zeppelin). Continue reading “Carina Round – Slow Motion Addict”

Tyrone Wells – Hold On

Tyrone Wells – Hold On / 2007 Universal Republic / 12 Tracks / /

I had absolutely no idea who Tyrone Wells was when we received the CD here at NeuFutur headquarters. Essentially, Wells gained prominence through having eir songs played on a number of shows I wouldn’t touch with a twenty foot pole. These include: One Tree Hill, Numb3rs, Meet the Barkers, and Three Moons over Milford. Essentially, what starts out “Hold On” is a track that is virtually indistinguishable from the work of a Blessid Union of Souls. In a more contemporary comparison, Wells and John Maher seem to be peas in a pod. This does not mean that ey plays a dated style of rock, but rather that what Wells does on “Hold On” is create a feel-good brand of pop rock that links together Blues Traveler, Dishwalla, and the like into a college-friendly sound. Continue reading “Tyrone Wells – Hold On”

Chasing Victory – Fiends

Chasing Victory – Fiends / 2007 Mono Vs Stereo / 10 Tracks / / /

Chasing Victory is a band that is from deep in the heart of Georgia. They’ve toured before with Project 86, August Burns Red, and The Devil Wears Prada. This means that they are a Christian hardcore band, but one would likely not hear that when the horns kick in on a track like “Wolves”. “Wolves” has hardcore elements to it, but also links together that style with more Velvet Revolver-like styles of rock and angular dance-punk. Continue reading “Chasing Victory – Fiends”

Paris Bennett – Princess P

Paris Bennett – Princess P / 2007 306 / 16 Tracks / / /

Paris Bennett was one of the stars from American Idol . Specifically (for those people that actually pay attention to it), ey was the fifth place winner in the fifth season of Idol. The introductory track to the disc, “All Hair the Princess”, is a song that reflects a gospel influence. “Ordinary Love” is a track that has Bennett take on a Beyonce type of vocal style, but the combination guitar/rock sound blended with clapping and snapping seems to provide a little too much in the way of dissention during the track. This has the negative effect of going and detracting from the vocals, distracting individuals from what should be the focal point of the track. “Dreamin’” is the next full track, and seems to blend the vocal style of an Eve and a Lauryn Hill over what is a very Spartan type of arrangement.

Theoverall sound of the track is something that reflects the gospel influence, and could conceivably be a track that charted in the early nineties. The same type of retro sound is present during “Daddy”. The slower tempo of Bennett’s vocals begin to put eir in a little bit of a rut. There are sections during this track that Bennett speeds up the vocals, but the track does not shine. I could completely see Bennett charting with “My Boyfriend’s Back”, a cover of The Angels’ 1963 hit. I could see this track given a back to back treatment with Sean Kingston’s “Beautiful Girls”, in that both attempt to approach success through a well-trodden path. “Can’t Control Myself” is another slower track but it succeeds where the other slower tracks on “Princess P” did not.

There is a compelling instrumentation that presents itself throughout the entirety of the track, making this a song that is light, airy, and ultimately something that individuals can easily sing along with. This track is the first one where I as a listener can hear the range and ability of Bennett. The harder-edged, more angry sound of “I’m So Hot” is a welcome change of pace for listeners, and shows them that Bennett is not a one-trick pony. This is a good, solid first effort. Individuals that are not fans of pop music will likely not find much that they can appreciate here, but for the Hilary Duff and J-Lo set, “Princess P” may be a necessary purchase. Give it a go.

Top Tracks: Daddy, Caught Up

Rating: 6.2/10