ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Great Lake Swimmers
Great Lake Swimmers
On the Great Lake Swimmers’ self-titled debut, Tony Dekker,
the breath and brains of the rootsy collective, sounds like the
atmospheric spectre of folk music. Through sparse instrumentation
and even sparser production, the 10 songs seem to bleed into the
microphone. A soft hiss accompanies the standouts here: “Moving
Pictures, Silent Films” rings with a guitar line that descends
to the depths before being saved at the end; “Faithful Night,
Listening” weeps with watery slide guitar tears.
However, not everything on the album is blue: “I Will Never
See The Sun” sparkles with the energy of a street-performer,
accompanied fittingly by crackly TTC announcements. The album itself
moves at a pace not unlike that of half-drunk philosophies, maybe
even slower. Fans of the three-minute pop song will no doubt grow
tired of this, but if you have a little more time and patience,
the music will either set or continue a quiet, reflective mood.
Overall, this is quite a fitting soundtrack for a long bus ride
across a moon-painted Southern Ontario.
The Big Zane Theory
Like Bow Wow recently did, Zane dropped the “Lil” from
his name for his new album to show the world he’s a big boy
now. Unfortunately for Mr. Zane, it’s clear that musically,
he still has much growing up left to do.
Although The Big Zane Theory shows he has some potential, the “if
it ain’t broke don’t fix it” approach taken with
this album consequently makes for a very run-of-the-mill sound.
Zane’s flow is passable, although nothing new; his slow,
simple delivery putt-putts between hooks that all sound extremely
And unfortunately, for the last quarter of the album, Zane goes
into total bubble gum mode to appease his legion of little girls
from his “Lil” days, who undoubtedly swoon over the
generously included Zane poster. Therefore, Theory is not worth
buying unless the poster is what you are after.
This Atlanta-based foursome has returned with another collection
of R&B tunes. With soft, chillin’ beats and tones of
treble, Jagged Edge sing about the same ol’ stuff — getting
freaky with their “baby mamas.” Aside from some cool
cameo features like Jermaine Dupri on “Shady Girl” and
Major Damage on “Girls Gone Wild,” Hard is far from
spectacular. They may be jagged, but this album is definitely not