Top 3 in music: Sidelines of the City, Smith EP, Blackout

<p>Them duke boys are at it again. Sidelines Of The City showcases this Ontario-based band diversifying their country/rock stylings for a major-city milieu.</p>

 



 

 




Cuff The Duke

Album: ­Sidelines of the City

Label: Hardwood Records

Release Date: Oct.23

**** (out of five)

 




Them duke boys are at it again. Sidelines Of The City showcases this Ontario-based band diversifying their country/rock stylings for a major-city milieu. Kicked off with the tavern-shakin’ stomp of If I Live Or If I Die, there’s a host of clean-cut jangly pop melodies and searing guitar crescendos to complement Cuff’s roots. Yeah there’s some overly earnest balladry in spots and a little merit to all the Blue Rodeo comparisons — but Sidelines should help CTD escape these confines with a little Shwa-twang redemption.








Tokyo Police Club

Album: Smith EP

Label: Paper Bag Records

Release Date: Oct. 30

***1/2 (out of five)





Tokyo Police Club have compact-discified their Smith EP — originally three online bonus tracks — with an additional remix and three videos from their debut. The Strokesian whirl of Box adds another kicker to the Club canon and the dusty piano line cascading down the simple ballad A Lesson In Crime extends their scope modestly. If only a four-track tide-over, at least it’s another solid sample of TPC’s brand of frenetic indie-pop — and you can shout “Hey!” along with them twenty-four more times.










Britney Spears

Album: Blackout

Label: Jive Records/Zomba

Release Date: Oct. 30

* (out of five)





Spears offers comatose coos about sex, leaving K-Fed and the burden of media slander to stock beats seemingly mixed by an Amiga computer. And that’s it. If anything, Blackout proves you can be a strung out pop star and phone in an album that people will mindlessly buy, if you have a big enough production team picking up your slack.


 
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