Thursday, July 8, 2010

Jaci Velasquez to Zebrahead: Six One-Line Reviews (2000)

(As published in the Times of Acadiana ... )

Jaci Velasquez, Crystal Clear (Word). The lyrics remain Evangelical clichés or minor variations thereon, but Velasquez’s all-stops-out, Madonna-meets-Gloria Estefan pop gets lusher all the time.

Veruca Salt, Resolver (Beyond). Doll parts with dirty mouths, power-grunge guitars, and hooks, hooks, hooks.

Loudon Wainwright III, Social Studies (Hannibal). The laughter-to-wince ratio of these topical, satiric, as-heard-on-NPR ditties is about two-to-one, with the ratio of timeless insights to dated inside jokes a little tougher to call.

The Wallflowers, (Breach) (Interscope). In which Jakob Dylan fulfills the fifth commandment, more or less.

Dweezil Zappa, Automatic (Favored Nations). Gizmo-enhanced, guitar-saturated funk ’n’ whoosh.

Zebrahead, Playmate of the Year (Columbia). Cheerfully hard-driving tattoo rock--and less obsessed with sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll than with the way they let you down in the end.

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