ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
fresh on the tail of his first album, Room for Squares, John
Mayer has released his next major album entitled Heavier Things.
Don't be fooled by the name, because Mayer's second attempt
at expressing boyish emotions, through lyrics written to swoon
the ladies, is no heavier than his first.
The ten tracks on Heavier Things tug at the
love strings and make female fans come back for more: the tempo
is light and the lyrics romantic, furthering that boy-next-door
sweetness Mayer just can't seem to shake.
The album begins easily and enjoyably with
the songs "Clarity" and "Something's Missing,"
but quickly gets bittersweet and a tad on the wimpy side, including
the ballad "Daughters," which is an obvious attempt
to keel over any easy romantics out there.
Sticking with the sexy theme of anatomy,
the album's first single, "Bigger than my Body," is
one of the most upbeat, poppy songs on the album. However, the
album sounds as though it was produced for radio and is lighter
on the acoustics than Room for Squares.
Only in a few songs does Mayer showcase anything
heavy on the guitar. Funny ® doesn't John know girls love
a guy with a guitar?
- Ashley Audrain
A Perfect Circle
a major lineup change, including the addition of former Manson-ite
Jeordie White on bass and former Smashing Pumpkin James Iha
on guitar, A Perfect Circle have returned with their sophomore
effort. Thirteenth Step resonates with the deep, haunting emotion
that has come to define the band since their inception several
Vocalist Maynard James Keenan's voice snakes
in and out of dark, yet uplifting, songs that range from driving
guitar tracks to quieter explorations of the band's innermost
The beauty of Keenan's voice mingles with
gently-laid piano and string accompaniments on "The Nurse
Who Loved Me," a track so mellow and so exquisitely wrenching
it will touch even the hardest heart. The album's first single,
"Weak and Powerless," teems thickly with anxiety,
but is punctuated with the soaring sounds of hope.
Though musical perfection is arguably impossible,
Thirteenth Step comes pretty damn close.
- Megan O'Toole
Mosh describe their music as sleazydiscofunkpunknewwavehiphop.
Austin Powers might call their third album, Hola Chicuelos,
shagadellic - it's thoroughly infectious dance music with a
decidedly modern sensibility and a Hispanic twist.
An irreverent, tongue-in-cheek attitude permeates
the eighteen tracks. "Naranjada" manages to actually
sound like the lyric "happy like an ice cream cone in summer."
"Pek’n Jazz" is pure Latin lounge-music, while
the instrumental "Celeste" takes a soothing techno
trip into outer space. "Al—" is the catchiest
track on the album.
This Mexican duo has already enjoyed mainstream
success in their homeland and were the first "rock-en-Espanol"
group to have a video added to MTV's U.S. rotation. Their secret
lies in their ability to merge the techno and jazz background
of keyboardist Alejandro Rosso with guitarist Juan José
"Jonaz" Gonsalez's love of rap and metal.
Hola Chicuelos is recorded in several languages,
with musical influences that range from minimalist urban rap
and soulful R&B to cool jazz and classic disco, it will
appeal to anyone with a sense of humour, an open mind and itchy