Here’s what you want on your iPod, recommends Luke Kenny
The Steve Miller Band
This one’s for all those who remember songs like The Joker and Fly Like An Eagle. Steve Miller is one of the many great blues-rock guitarists, who shot to fame in the 1970s. And as with all blues-rock music, the feeling is to have a good time and make everybody dance. And this is the very intention of Steve Miller and his boys here, so what we get is Steve Miller-ised versions of great blues songs by legends like Chester Burnett (Who’s Been Talkin’), BB King (Rock me Baby), Jimmy Vaughn (Hey Yeah, Sweet Soul Vibe) and a few others.
The album is also notable for the fact that it features the last recorded work of Harmonica player, Norton Buffalo, a longtime member of the band who passed way in 2009. Longtime fan and friend, Joe Satriani pops up on Rock Me Baby too. Good rockin’ tonight.
The Adventures of Bobby Ray
Bobby Ray Simmons is an American hip-hop and R&B rapper and producer and this is his debut album. He has been looked upon as one of the promising talents to look forward to. And like most albums of its kind, this one features many collaborations, that lend more melody and song elements that are surprisingly well balanced, along with the rapping. The collaborations, lend a freshness that hip-hop so needs. But what the album ultimately suffers from is too many songs. This would have been a good 10-song album. But at 13 songs it gets a little too much to hang on to. Give it a spin anyway.
One of the most irreverent electronic dance pop acts, release their third album. (Fabulous album cover by legendary photographer Robert Mapplethorpe) And as has come to be expected of them, they don’t disappoint. Channeling 80s synths, 70s grooves and 60s harmonies- here is a work of much entertainment. I have always believed in the power of pop music and the Scissor Sisters have captured that power like lightning, in their musical fists and have been steadily unleashing it on us jaded adults and young kids alike. If you have ever yearned to listen to something that sounds great without paying attention to inane musical technique indulgences, then this is it. Oh and one more thing, this album is also 12 songs long, but it never feels like it. Exactly my point.
Kylie has managed to survive all odds that come with being a pop sensation, from mindless comparisons to the music lows to the personal upheavals and everything in between. But through all this she has managed to keep the music straight, the songs catchy and the choruses strong. And like her only other long standing counterpart, Madonna, Kylie has always used the power of her sexuality to further her music, regardless of the generation. In that sense, she is timeless. And it is there where Kylie has a bit of an edge, as she has progressed with much more smoothness than her counterpart. But to get back to the music, this isn’t something that will last for too long, but it’s fun while it lasts. Play it without reservation.