Volume 91, Issue 64

Thursday, January 22, 1998

Smoked


ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
 

CD REVIEWS: Big sucky tunes!



Master P
Ghetto D
Virgin Music


"Beam me up from the ghetto" cries Master P on one of his new album's tracks. This is exactly what one will want to do when listening to this new album. Ghetto D, produced in part by the man himself, lacks the spunk and attitude usually delivered by one of rap music's best record companies, No Limit Records. Instead, this new album gives listeners flat and emotionally void lyrics.

Take for example the track titled, "I Miss My Homies" which describes black on black violence in America. The title itself gives away the rather sad attempt to be sentimental for lost and fallen friends. With a combination of stale lyrics and an uneven music mix, Master P gives fans a reason not to play this song at funerals. Though if you listen closely, you can hear Master P moan as if he just stubbed his toe.

But wait. The album is not over yet (sorry) – more recycled, way-too-familiar beats and vocal arrangements continue on throughout the tracks.

While Ghetto D is not Master P's first L.P., one can bet that it will not be his last either. In the past Master P has been a success story that has defined rap artistery very well, as many have ranked him up there with Snoop Doggy Dog and Puff Daddy. But whether that success has stopped for Master P is certainly questioned when listening to Ghetto D. It seemed as though he has been doing more yapping than rapping on this new album.

Whatever the case, music fans will not necessarily be turning to him for thoughtful lyrics and funky rap undertones. File this one under 'Master Crap'.

–Jaspreet Chahal



Man Will Surrender
Man Will Surrender
Revolution Records


The thought of finding a great new band is always exciting. Perhaps the goofy name Man Will Surrender was enough warning as to the content of this new album, but sometimes pleasant surprises lurk in the strangest places. Well, man may surrender, but not to this stuff! The repetitive, uninspired opening riffs of this self-titled CD leads to a bunch of boring and silly songs about "teen angst."

Man Will Surrender is an attempt to evoke emotion in its listener, but instead it causes a rotten headache. The lead singer, Lance Webber, has a voice very reminiscent of Weird Al Yankovic and this, combined with a fairly mediocre back-up from the rest of the band, leads to very irritating, garage band music.

They sound like a band with little or no experience and GGGarth, the producer, did not help them at all. The lyrics are even more problematic. Rather than coming across as deep and profound, as the author must have intended, the songs are often just ridiculous.

How can one not laugh at "behind the exoskeleton I take a deep sigh," from the third track, "Repressed." Or how about "open up and you might see/where to find tranquillity/discovering your sea of bliss/is the same you filled with piss" from "Open Up." These songs seem like they were quickly written in someone's basement right before recording started. After all, they have an intellectual level equivalent of little boys who like to "gross-out" everybody.

Man Will Surrender will hopefully be forced to surrender to the fact they will never create any kind of revolution in the music world.

–Shannon Muir



Queen
Queen's Rocks
Hollywood Records


"Hey! Awesome! ANOTHER Queen compilation!" Enjoy those words while you can, because you'll never hear anyone say them again. It's not that Queen is (or more accurately was) a bad band. But come on, how many times can albums like The Best of Queen and Classic Queen be done?

At least once more, it seems. Queen Rocks is the latest release since Freddie Mercury's death and it contains no new material except for a "retake" of "I Can't Live With You."

Queen Rocks includes a few of the major anthems, like "We Will Rock You," "I Want It All" and "Stone Cold Crazy," but unlike the previous collections, it also contains a fair selection of lesser-known songs. However, the truth is anybody who likes Queen enough to be interested in such material probably already owns it. People who want only the most popular songs already have at least two albums to choose from.

At least Queen isn't on an endless reunion tour like so many of their peers, but this systematic re-releasing of every song on every album they ever made is almost as pathetic. It's time for the remaining members of the band and Hollywood Records to face the fact they've made every cent possible from the Queen legacy – before they further cheapen it.

–Sara Falconer










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