ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
You Got Served Soundtrack
Appropriately titled, this soundtrack will leave you feeling like you got served… a
heaping helping of horse shit, that is. Proving wishes do come true, B2K broke
up last week, which hopefully means this CD marks the end of the band’s
recording career. I’ve got my fingers crossed for a fast fade into obscurity.
Nas and Ill Will Records present The Bravehearts
Nas and his protégés The Bravehearts don’t break any new
ground on this record: 14 tracks of bitches, blunts, bling and plenty of threats.
Before they slit your throat, shoot your eye and dump you off a bridge, explore
the group’s softer side on “Sensations,” a hilariously upbeat
and graphic ode to oral sex.
The Beautiful Letdown
So who are these Switchfoot guys, anyway? Are they the latest
in a line of insincere Christian rockers? ARE they even Christian?
When it comes down to it, who could care enough to find out? The
debut album from Switchfoot is too banal to warrant much contemplation.
Singing to the monotonous tune of soft-pop-rock that’s more
akin to adult contemporary shlock than alternative rock, vocalist
Jon Foreman moans about what a loser he is. Over and over and over.
He was meant to live for so much more (“Meant to Live”).
Life is not what he thought it was (“Twenty-Four”).
Yesterday is a promise that he’s broken (“This is Your
Life”). By the end of the disc you’ll just want to
scream “I GET IT!! You’re a self-righteous, self-pitying
malcontent who never lived up to the potential mommy said you had!
The first single (“Meant to Live”) is, as one might
expect, the highlight of the disc, with the band grasping onto
a memorable hook sure to propel them to the heights of short-lived
MTV fame. The rest of the album is less than memorable, though,
with one schmaltzy, easily-digestible nugget following another.
Cringe-worthy lyrics like “Gone, my high school dreams are
gone, my childhood sweets are gone/Life is a day that doesn’t
last for long.” (“Gone”) makes you wish that
Foreman hadn’t lived long enough for him to create this record.