Jay-Z, The Black Album, Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam

Jay-Z was once considered to be the crown prince to the throne of Biggie Smalls, (which is one massive void to fill). If anything, Jay-Z just wasn’t infamous enough to assume the throne, and due to his Roc-A-Fella label taking off, Jay-Z is stepping down to focus on his growing (more…) Read More

The Icarus Line, Penance Soiree, V2

If you’ve ever wondered how to snarl properly, look no further than The Icarus Line’s Penance Soiree. After cutting their teeth with a handful of EP’s, Penance Soiree marks Icarus Line’s first full-length release. Their relentless snarling hardcore sound is what you would get if you took Marilyn Manson, (more…) Read More

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Greatest Hits, Warner Bros

Interestingly enough, the last RHCP greatest hits compilation What Hits!? (1992) is not included on the official RCHP discography. What Hits!? included all of the early Chili Pepper hits from their days at EMI, and “Under the Bridge” from their smash WB debut Blood Sugar Sex Magik. Now the Chilis (more…) Read More

Melissa Etheridge, Lucky, Island

Sass Jordan beware, Ms. Etheridge is back with her first new studio release in three years. Lucky is hardly a re-invention of the wheel, as Etheridge is an artist who has built a career on playing it safe. When it comes to her career, she refuses to color outside the (more…) Read More

Method Man, Tical 0: The Prequel, Def Jam

On Method Man’s latest release (which had to be squeezed in around his numerous appearances on the silver screen and TV, his role as deodorant sales person and video game character) Tical O: The Prequel, the class clown of hip-hop is back to prove that he hasn’t sold-out. Due to his (more…) Read More

Sarah McLachlan, Live Acoustic EP, Nettwerk

For the PC launch of iTunes, Mrs. McLachlan tossed in 5 unreleased acoustic tracks (“Adia”, “Angel”, “Answer”, “Fallen” and “Building A Mystery”), that only her US fans could purchase. To rectify this, Sarah tossed her Canadian fans a bone in the way of releasing an EP of those tracks. It (more…) Read More

Snow Patrol, Final Straw, Fiction

Final Straw is the latest release from unplucked brit-pop gem Snow Patrol. They are not the household name that Coldplay are, but this does not mean they are any less talented. With their brand of warmly bittersweet brit-pop, they simply need to receive a little radio play, or have their single (more…) Read More

Godsmack, The Other Side, Republic, Universal

In an ironic twist, Godsmack, whose band name was rumored (but denied) to have come from the title of an Alice In Chains song (“God Smack”) off the AIC’s Dirt. Godsmack continue follow in AIC’s footsteps by releasing an entirely acoustic album, similar to the 1994 AIC EP Jar Of (more…) Read More