Blowfly – Blowfly Does XXX-Mas

Artist: Blowfly Title: Blowfly Does XXX-Mas Label: Panadisc Rating: 5/10 Soul singer Clarence Reid found fame in a different seting with vividly explicit (though also mostly comical) sex material and outrageous commentary. Reid issued several albums as Blowfly, an adult comedian in the Redd Foxx, Rudy Ray Moore and Dolemite tradition. His albums were issued …

Blessid Union of Souls – Walking off the Buzz

Artist: Blessid Union of Souls Title: Walking off the Buzz Label: V2 Rating: 5/10 After being tossed around between record labels, Blessid Union Of Souls finally settled down with Push/V2 Records to release their third album, Walking Off The Buzz. The whole album has a rather smooth flavor, easy on the ears, pleasant enough for …

Ben Folds Five – The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner

Artist: Ben Folds Five Title: The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner Label: 550 Rating: 9/10 Don’t be misled by the mysterious title of Ben Folds Five latest album, The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner. It plays the same game as the band’s name, which implies that there are five members in the band when actually …

Atari Teenage Riot – 60 Second Wipeout

Artist: Atari Teenage Riot Title: 60 Second Wipeout Label: Elektra Rating: 7/10 Atari Teenage Riot just might be the angriest band in the world. Having been a fan since Burn, Berlin, Burn wrecked me a few years ago, I knew their latest release, 60 Second Wipeout, would prove to be a chance to see a …

Art of Noise – The Seduction of Claude Debussy

Artist: Art of Noise Title: The Seduction of Claude Debussy Label: Universal Rating: 7.5/10 “Music is not just the expression of a feeling – it is the feeling itself.” Claude Debussy was definitely on to something when he made that statement nearly a century ago. Art of Noise must have thought so; they have devoted …

Aqua – Aquarius

Artist: Aqua Title: Aquarius Label: MCA Rating: 5.5/10 Aqua is the band most of us love to hate. Do you know what did it? It was that unlikely, annoying hit single “Barbie Girl”. They’ve been marked for certain as one-hit-wonders, but they’re back and apparently getting better. “Cartoon Heroes” begins with helium-voiced Lene Hedin Nystrom …

Built To Spill – Keep It Like Secret

Artist: Built To Spill Title: Keep It Like Secret Label: Warner Bros. Rating: 6/10 Hasn’t the world declared alternative rock dead? Not according to Built To Spill. From behind the stinging guitar and brushed snare comes their latest musical composition, Keep It Like A Secret. Singer/guitarist Doug Martsch isn’t concerned about whether this album falls …