Sweet Release: What’s In And Out The Week Of December 9th 2008


  • Common Universal Mind Control
    The Grammy Award-winning rapper has just released another rad set of rhymes. Produced by the legendary Neptunes and Kanye West, the disc also features cameos from Cee-lo. But even without all the big names to throw around, this record could be summed up in one word: HOT.
  • Cat Power Dark End Of The Street
    A collection of songs that didn’t quite make it on her classic “Jukebox,” it’s hard to believe this gorgeous record is simply extras. Cat Power’s heartfelt stories resonate as deeply as her voice.
  • Maroon 5 Call And Response
    Adam Levine leads his band through a darker album that’s less adorably sappy love songs and more groovy soul. But even as his vibrato whines about a breakup, you’ll be bopping your head to that classic Maroon 5 beat.
  • Marianne Faithful Easy Come, East Go
    A voice aged to perfection, Ms. Faithful has released a triple disc recording of cover songs from Dolly Parton to the Decemberists. Notables like Rufus Wainwright, Cat Power, Nick Cave, and even Keith Richards lend their voice to her tracks. Hey, once you’ve had Mick Jagger, you can have anyone you want!
  • Brandy Human
    Although her brother Ray J has been making headlines the past few years between his sex tape with Kim Kardashian and playing Whitney Houston’s boy toy, Brandy is finally back in the limelight. However, her naturally beautiful voice is way over-produced on this record. While I’ve missed “Moesha,” Brandy is a grown up mom now (much like a lot of her fans) — I wish she sounded like one and could shed her teenie bopper image and rise up like an Aretha. But alas, she’s only “Human.”
  • Alice Russell Pot of Gold
    The UK has pumped out another soulful female singer — how do they do it?! Chock full of hip-shaking hits, just ignore her cover of the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” and enjoy.
  • Welcome Wagon Welcome To The Welcome Wagon
    A couple of Brooklynites have released a retro country-ish record full of optimism and horns — you could probably play this for preschoolers.
  • Jeffree Star Cupcakes Taste Like Violence
    Myspace drag superstar, Jeffree Star, has made an album of campy electronica dance hits. Good for that fabulous hot pink fashionista! It’d be sooooo much better if she had a reality dating show than Tila Tequila.