Leon Russell — Leon Live (Shelter) :: Most creative album title ever!
Ray Davies & The Shelter People — The Kinks of Leon (Cola) :: Geddit?
Ambulance Ltd — New English EP (TVT) :: Their last record sucked cockney but this new one shows an impressive maturity that’s derivative of the Rubber Soul fabs.
North and South — The Spirit That Guides Us (Goodfellow) :: They don’t pay me enough to listen to faceless immature twaddle like this.
So They Say — Antidote for Irony (Fearless) :: Really they don’t.
The Fenians — Every Day’s a Hooley (Mizen Head) :: The Irish Rovers bedding Boiled in Lead is how endearing this fifth of Fenians is. Even better, the title track is a sly sequel of sorts to the old Kingston Trio hit "Tom Dooley," so don’t hang down your head and cry.
The Rolling Stones — Exile on Sesame St. (Children’s Television Workshop) :: OK, now you can hang down your head and cry.
Oxbow — Love That’s Last (Hydra Head) :: Hey kids, do you like violence? Well, I’m kinda Fonda this Oxbow incident, so step right up and hear the bitch battle of the century as Diamanda Galás meets Marianne Faithful in a slaughterhouse slugfest.
Paris Hilton — Douchebag Über Alles (Hansa) :: Heil der neu Nico!
The Salads — The Big Picture (Kindling) :: Pantera power-pounding meets Van Halen guitar dexterity meets Peter Gabriel social scruples meets a smood dasha de island beat, mon.
David Bowie — David Live (RCA) :: Most creative album title ever!
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Derek Miller — The Dirty Looks (Curve) :: A veritable studio sound track to his live show, Derek cranks out his distinctive brand of guitar-fueled barn-burnin’ blues rock with all the possessed intensity of a man who’s made midnight deals at every sulphuric crossroads from here to hell and back. That’s why I gotta give the devil his due and say that this hard rockin’ record delivers on all counts. Better loosen that tie, ’cause things are only going to get a lot hotter from here on in.
Be seeing you! Jeffrey Morgan is a freelance writer. Send comments to [email protected]