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English review for your ipod

Here’s what you want on your iPod, recommends Luke Kenny.

music Updated: May 02, 2011 13:30 IST
Luke Kenny

Fly On The Wall
Bobby V
EMI

Another hip-hop sensation hits the airwaves with his fourth album, the last one being in 2005. Drawing inspiration from artists like Marvin Gaye, The Isley Brothers and Michael Jackson, Bobby V sets out in a true blue soul R&B style, belting out those love melodies for them ladies out there. Smooth flowing tunes and polished harmonies bring an easy listening vibe to the record. He does get a bit serious when 50 Cent pops in to lend some rap credibility, yet Bobby V never lets the soul vibe go. Middling at best.

Bottomline
Swat this!

Lasers
Lupe Fiasco!
Warner

A multi-faceted artist and performer from fashion to philanthropy, Lupe is an artiste to reckon with. Born Wasalu Mohamm-ed Jaco, he has always used his music to reach out to the people and send conscientious messages to them.

In fact the album title, Lasers, is an acronym for Love Always Shines Everytime, Remember to Smile. I always find myself in a dilemma
with albums like these. One that form a musicality point of view that it

doesn’t intend to hit the mark, because the message is what it’s all about. And whether it is indulgence, ranting, propaganda or personal agenda, I rest my case.

Bottomline
Listen Wisely

Revolution
Miranda Lambert
Sony Music

This year’s winner for Best Country vocal performance at the 2011 Grammy Awards has no relation to Adam Lambert. Miranda is one of the new voices taking country music to a new generation. She’s been a constant nominee and winner at various country music awards over the past five years. This is her fourth album since her eponymous debut in 2001. And although the song, ‘The house that built me’ has become a big single from the album, every song in her latest album is single worthy. Check out Dead flowers..., Heart like mine... and Only prettier... among the 15 gems on this one.

Bottomline
Viva Miranda!!

Black Country
Black Country Communion Mascot Records

Now here’s a supergroup to reckon with. Glenn Hughes from Deep Purple, Jason Bonham (John’s son), veteran keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Alice Cooper, Kiss, Dream Theatre, Alice in Chains) and super blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa came together at a music event in 2009.

Although Jason came in later, the decision to record as a supergroup came earlier. The result is 12 scorching songs that take each members’ musicality to another level. The songs are distinctly classic rock with touches of progressive and blues in varying concoctions.

Bottomline
This Country's for you.