CD Review: Sarah McLachlan – Laws of Illusion

Yes, this isn’t something that I would normally review. But I will be honest, I have a bit of a soft spot for Sarah McLachlan. It all started when I was a freshman in High School (1997) and Surfacing came out. I was big into the Alternative/Grunge scene (as well as Hip-Hop) so I mostly stuck to that kind of music – till I heard “Building a Mystery” and it changed my view on music. Then came the ASPCA ads that featured “Angel”. I’m a big animal activist and it hit me so hard when those commercials played that I actually support ASPCA each month. To this day, those ads still make me cry (poor kitties and puppies). Hell I even loved the the mix she did with Canadian electronic artist Delirium.

Now she releases her first album in seven years, Laws of Illusion. The first track of the album, Love Come at times sounds like a Kings of Leon song. My favorite track off this album has to be “Forgiveness” – it really hits you like a tidal wave. Other stand out tracks include “Awakenings” and “Illusions of Bliss”. Also at times it feels the record has elements of Counting Crows and Band of Horses.

However, the rest of the album is lacking as it sounds very repetitive and bland. Most of the time it sounds like she’s trying way too hard to be like Dido and in some cases . . . Enya. It makes me wonder what happened to her folksy/alternative sound she had during the late 90’s that made her popular. Overall rating: 2 ½ /5

By: Xander Deccio

CD Review: Prince – 20Ten

So a friend of mine from the UK sent me a copy of this album as it was released for free with the Daily Mirror. It hasn’t been released in the US and to be honest, with the way Prince is acting these days I doubt it will be any time soon.

I’ll be honest, I’m a HUGE Prince fan. Ever since I was a kid, Purple Rain was one of my favorite records growing up. I had it on cassette and on vinyl, and carried the cassette tape with me where ever I went, just to get my parents to play it on car trips. When I got my first CD player, the first CD I got was Prince: The Hits. Yes, when I say I’m a huge Prince fan, it goes back to my childhood.

But with his latest release 20Ten, I’m starting to think he’s lost his damn mind! (Oh wait, HE HAS LOST HIS DAMN MIND!!!) 20Ten starts out with “Compassion,” a funk influenced rock song that makes you want to jam out at a house party with your friends. The next track “Beginning Endlessly” goes back to his old school roots like “1999” and some of his stuff he did with New Power Generation back in the 90’s.

But after those 2 tracks that’s where things go from great to horrible. Every other song on this record sounds exactly the same. Most of the time it’s repetitive and boring and makes you wonder what the hell happened to Prince. This isn’t the Prince I grew up with. What happened to the days of “When Doves Cry” and “Thieves in the Temple”? I understand Prince is now a Jehovah’s Witness, but that shouldn’t interfere with him making awesome records like he did during the Revolution days. Maybe Prince should hold a meeting and try to get the band back together, because this new crap isn’t working

Overall rating: 2 out of 5

By: Xander Deccio

News & Photos: The Need, Bangs, C Average & Thrones @ the Crocodile

The Need, Bangs, C Average and Thrones all played a benefit for a great cause: musician, band manager and booker Natalie Cox. Cox is being treated for cancer and if you missed this show you can still go to her blog and offer support. Thanks to Simon Krane for attending the benefit and bringing back some mighty fine shots.







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C Average


Merch! – all photos by Simon Krane