The Tuesday entertainment offerings keep on coming. I already shared a few DVD releases with you, but now it's time to tackle music. We had a ton of big names last week, so today's selection is a bit slimmer than usual. Here are three solid picks worth noting. (And if you want to see your own music reviews featured on Buzz, submit them in the Music Review Group in the community!)
Hot-blooded angst: A bit of rage is nothing new to rockers, and The Bravery's newest album, appropriately titled Stir the Blood, is fueled by it. While most of the fast-paced, jumpy tracks make this feel like a party album, the themes are much darker tales of betrayal and bitterness. Just take the song titles "Red Hands and White Knuckles" and "Hatef**k," for instance. I'm willing to overlook the heavy-handed tone, though, with a few choices like the slower ballad "She's So Bendable," and "The Spectator" — the latter was featured on The Vampire Diaries.
Kelly Clarkson redux: I'm all for female singers championing girl power, e.g. Pink, Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson. Now add to that list American Idol castoff, Allison Iraheta. Her debut album Just Like You hits today, and while fun, the lyrics are often basic, predictable pop that caters to a younger fan base. (She references texting multiple times and "D Is For Dangerous" actually recites alphabet letters.) Still, Iraheta's powerful, Clarkson-like pipes are worth giving a listen. Check out "Friday I'll Be Over U" and the more stripped-down "Scars," which tries to fall into the vein of Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful."
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Melancholy mood music: I've been anticipating the Up in the Air soundtrack ever since I heard Sad Brad Smith's "Help Yourself." (Not to mention I love what director Jason Reitman did with Juno's music.) This is a great road trip playlist — mellow, often folksy, and simplistic. In addition to "Help Yourself", I'm enjoying "Angel in the Snow" by Elliott Smith, which is a tad romantic, and "Be Yourself" by Graham Nash. For a more upbeat pick, "This Land Is Your Land" by Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings serves up a jazzier, funk version of the classic song.