Rihanna – Loud

Rihanna’s new single, “Only Girl (In The World),” is a great single, but the title doesn’t reflect well on the rest of the album. First, she is not the only girl in the world who is now sounding more and more like Lady Gaga, nor is she the only one to come up with a collection of songs that sell on the basis of one quality song. By now, I’m sure you’ve heard “Love The Way You Lie” by Eminem featuring Rihanna. Well, on the CD you can hear part two. It’s basically the same song, but Rihanna sings the verse – now that is some original song writing.

Thanks, Rihanna. I love the way you lie and cheat your fans out of a buck.

Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Some lyrical content was immature, that is the only negative and I’ve gotten it out of the way. On to the good stuff. Kanye West goes beyond the use of typical synthesizers and beats of hip hop. Real musical writing and beats, meant for a sub woofer, create that faded definition of music we all search for. Each song was carefully conceived and is very different, yet they all have the commonality of beautiful music. Many songs were nurtured by enough featured artists to start an army. Hip hop has another standard and Kanye has set it. This entire album is worth the hour it takes to listen to it and the money it costs to buy it.

My Chemical Romance – The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys

My Chemical Romance is one big puberty flashback. The band went through some changes with a new punk sound and more talent than they had on the last album. There are a of couple songs that seem like they are aimed for the pre-teen/teen audience; but, little girls don’t want to be emo anymore, they want to marry Justin Bieber and wear Hannah Montana’s hair. Even with the new changes to their sound, it is like I have heard it all before.