ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Ant Farm suits mainstream
Alien Ant Farm
in a while, a band comes along to revolutionize music; a band
who takes one look at music's status quo and kicks it right
in the ass. Unfortunately, Alien Ant Farm is not that band.
Their most recent effort, TruANT, is the stuff average radio
is made of. The album is full of predictable songs with dreary,
cynical lyrics and lousy musicianship (with one notable exception
- the drummer is ahead of the game).
The problem with these guys seems to be a lack of musical innovation.
What sets them apart from so many other bands, past present
and unfortunately, future? Nothing. For those of you who like
the status quo, this is for you.
A Jann Arden virgin
By Katy James
Love is the Only Soldier
university years offer many joys: beer bongs, panty raids and
the earthy adult contemporary vocals of Jann Arden. As one might
imagine, I was thrilled to be granted the opportunity to review
her latest album, Love is the Only Soldier. It was as if God's
own hand had guided this collection into my possession.
As the moment of revelation fast approached, I turned down
the lights, closed my windows and locked the door so none of
my roommates knew what I was doing. My hands trembled with anticipation
as I guided the small disk into its rightful position; it was
as if I was once again losing my Jann Arden virginity.
The opening track, "If You Loved Me," began to play a tragic,
sensitive and soulful ballad of love lost. "Not Saying Goodbye"
followed immediately after; it too was a tragic, sensitive and
soulful ballad of love lost. As time drifted into a seemingly
endless, yet magically colourful oblivion, the CD reached its
conclusion. This is when I came to the realization every song
on this album was a tragic, sensitive and soulful ballad of
Jann Arden's Love is the Only Soldier may be the best adult
contemporary album since Kenny G's Breathless and I'm not exaggerating
like most people do when they make that statement.