On The Record

Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.

By Bill Chenevert
Add Comment Add Comment | Comments: 2 | Posted Jul. 20, 2010

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Kylie Minogue

Aphrodite

(EMI Records)

Sounds Like: At last, a sustainable crop of dancefloor gems from the Aussie whose “All The Lovers” is as good as the record—beat-heavy, ecstatic, simple and joyous.

Free Association: She’s no opera singer, but she can make a damn fine pop song.

For Fans Of: Cher, ABBA, Annie, Olivia Newton-John, vodka.

 

Sting

Symphonicities

(UMG Recordings)

Sounds Like: The English legend employs New York and London philharmonics to back his songs from Police days to now, and it’s not as terrible as it could be.

Free Association: “Roxanne” sucks bad; still better than that horrifying Xmas record.

For Fans Of: Don Henley, Elton John, Billy Joel, pretense.

 

Hanson

Shout It Out

(3CG Records)

Sounds Like: Oklahoma boy-girls get older and settle into a soft rock niche. Some of these have solid craft and execution, but most are sooo vanilla.

Free Association: Say what you will, Middle of Nowhere was a sick record in 1997!

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1. Ste said... on Jul 21, 2010 at 04:17AM

“Love the new Hanson album.. "Kiss Me When You Come Home" is my favourite.”

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2. Anonymous said... on Jul 24, 2010 at 12:38AM

“I listened to the new Hanson album -free streaming on their myspace, to anyone who's curious- and was pleasantly surprised. It's a very solid pop-rock album. (I definitely wouldn't call it "soft"... outside of a couple of darker piano ballads). It's very musically mature, upbeat pop-rock. Some worthwhile guitar solos and horn sections. Worth a listen to anyone who's curious. It's cool that these guys escaped the 90's unscathed and grown into legit musicians. I only wonder if any dudes have started attending their shows..... ?”

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