Ozzy Osbourne, Sony music
Ozzy is probably one of the most entertaining figures in rock. From his on-stage antics during his Sabbath days, to his wild and whacky solo years, he even made millions putting his life on public view in a TV show. And every few years or so he releases an album of original material much to the fans’ delight.
Filling in is relatively unknown Gus G., but overall this is Ozzy who is still Ozzy. This could be an album from any of the past decades, but the important thing is that it’s Ozzy, just as we like to hear him and frankly, I wouldn’t want that to change, ever.
Can't Be Tamed
Miley Cyrus, Universal
So Miley wants to grow up now. And one sees her breaking out of the teen-pop image. I forsee a similar metamorphosis for Miley.
This album is the easing process for her fans, who probably wouldn’t be able to handle the instant jump made by, say, Christina Aguilera when she went Dirrty. Here, Miley is still singing pop ditties yet with a slightly rougher edge.
And with lyrical themes a bit more mature from her earlier output, she looks all set to grow up. I cringed when I heard her do a version of Poison’s ‘Every rose has its thorn’, but Miley fans who have never heard the original will never know the difference, or will they?
Wait till she goes wild.
Sting goes symphonic. This is a collection of Sting and Police songs played with a symphony orchestra backing. The title is a play on the legendary 1983 Police album, Synchronicity. The choice of songs are not the usuals one might expect. No We’ll be together, no Desert rose, no Shape of my heart, no Send your love and definitely no Every breath you take. What Sting does select however is songs like, Next to you the first Police single, I hung my head, When we dance, We work the black seam, I burn for you and, fans will rejoice, Roxanne.
An interesting experiment, but not surprising as most Sting compositions easily lend to classical arrangments and interpretations.
Enrique Iglesias, Universal
Everyone’s favourite Latin lover returns with his ninth solo album and features all the trademark hooks and catchy choruses. Padding it up are appearances from Pitbull, Usher, Nicole Sherzinger and label in-house mascot, Akon. The album features many Spanish language songs and Enrique has called it his first dual language album.
No doubt Enrique fans will lap this up, but I felt that the songwriting on this collection of songs was a bit weak. The collaborative songs will get their airplay because of their superstar collaborations, but that’s it. It will have little life beyond that. The lead song of this collection is the rousing I like it, and frankly that is the only euphoric moment in this album in my opinion. Sadly.
No ecstasy here.