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The Arkells, Michigan Left, Universal

Recorded at the Tragically Hip’s Bathouse studio, the Arkells’ sophomore effort Michigan Left may in fact be one of the bigger surprises of 2011. It not only bucks the sophomore jinx, but it is also the band’s major label debut. This is an album thatis immediately accessible and a far jauntier (more…) Read More

Young Jeezy, The Inspiration: Thug Motivation, Universal

Young Jeezy has dropped one of the most anticipated albums of 2006 with The Inspiration: Thug Motivation, another album depicting the urban hustler and the joys of slinging that rock.Notonce does the hip-hop prospect Young Jeezy apologize for his monikerof“Snowman” orhis street thug status. Thick imposing beats highlight Jeezy’s robust (more…) Read More

Lloyd, Lessons in Love, Universal, The Inc

It says something about an album when you pick it up only to hear the guest spot on the lead single. Sadly that was the motivatingfactorfor pressing play on Lloyd’s latest disc Lessons in Love. With tracks emblazoned with titles such as “Sex Education” and “Love Making 101” (more…) Read More

The Respectables, Sweet Mama, Universal

It might be a detriment to the band that the only track that jumped off of the speakers was their single “Sugar” dueto the involvement of producer Gordie Johnson. It is not that the rest of the album is bad, it’s just that the band spends the majority of (more…) Read More

Keri Hilson, In a Perfect World, Universal

Is it wrong when the two lead singles from an album draw your attention based on the guest artists? With both “Turnin’ MeOn” and “Knock You Down”, it’s not Keri’s work that is garnering attention, instead Lil’ Wayne and Kanye’s guest spots (respectively) are overshadowing her debut effort. While (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

Various Artists, Juno Awards 2004, Universal

Where else are you going to find artists such as Nickelback, Finger Eleven or Three Days Grace alongside “artists” such as Shania Twain and Celine Deon? That’s right, the 2004 Juno compilation. There‘s not a whole lot here to get excited about. This might be the Canadian equivalent of (more…) Read More