Monday, 21 May 2012

Hard rock & pop CDs for your collection. . .


Adam Lambert - Trespassing
Adam Lambert could very much be the next Freddie Mercury. He has the vocal range that will give your chills and his flamboyant on-stage antics have fans wanting more. Adam's second CD is quite a fun affair. Trespassing touches on a variety of genres, playfully prodding at electronica and exploring the rock balladry of 2009 debut "For Your Entertainment," but mostly, Adam just wants to dance. As Billboard Magazine states, "The first half of "Trespassing" frolics through well-worn funk, house and electro-pop tropes, but the club capers never get stale, thanks to Lambert's vocal charisma and ridiculous power. A song like "Shady" could collapse under its fatuous lyrics, but on the track, Lambert demonstrates the raw energy that would make him a great front man for a band like, say, Queen." Lyrically, the subject matter on his new CD ranges from pro-freak anthems to carefree songs about partying all night to serious political discussions about gay rights. If dance music or the club scene is your thing, then you’ll love most of this album.

Marilyn Manson - Born Villain
Marilyn Manson continues to upend the mainstream with each new release, and his new album Born Villain is about to take that a bit further. "It sounds like the first record in that it's not afraid to do anything. I had to remove myself from my lifestyle and start fresh. It doesn't really sound like any of my old records," Manson says in an Revolver magazine story. "In fact it sort of sounds like what I listened to before I made records - Killing Joke, Joy Division, Revolting Cocks, Bauhaus, Birthday Party…It's very rhythm-driven. I think this will probably be the grandest concept record of all." The bonus track to the release not only has Manson covering the endearing Carly Simon tune 'You're So Vain', but also features guest guitar riffs from Mr Johnny Depp. On a first listen, this album didn’t blow us away and it felt a little underwhelming considering the build up. However, upon a few listens new musical flaunts rear their head as both interesting and enjoyable. Marilyn Manson is back in style and re-born with a vengeance.

Garbage - Not Your Kind Of People   
Oh how we've missed alt rockers Garbage! Despite seven years between discs, Garbage haven’t spoiled on their fifth album, Not Your Kind Of People. Sultry Shirley Manson still purrs and howls with her signature recipe of swagger and sensuality; drummer-producer Butch Vig still wraps her dark pop melodies in a dense, sinister blanket of oversaturated guitars, shimmery synths and edgy electronics. It sounds very much like Garbage. It’s interesting to listen to the well written songs. The more you listen to this fifth album, the more details you discover. Not Your Kind Of People isn't an explosive return of any kind; this record is an unseen assailant, swarming around your person, forcing its way under your skin. Welcome back Garbage, you have been sorely missed.

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