Christine Fellows

 


Album: Nevertheless



Label: Six Shooter Records



Release Date: Nov. 6



**** (out of five)





This ode to spinsters unfolds like a tour of a creaky old house. The album is riddled with secret nooks and crannies waiting to be discovered. Seeking inspiration from such sources as the poems of Marianne Moore and artist Joseph Cornell, Fellows spins yarns both joyous and touching. Nevertheless perfectly balances melancholy moments with peppy bursts of folksy cheer, with Fellow’s vocal and piano arrangements sewing it all together. Required listening for all spinsters.










Christine Fellows



Album: Nevertheless



Label: Six Shooter Records



Release Date: Nov. 6



*** (out of five)





For round two in the straight-up vocalist ring, Queen Latifah focuses on covering mostly female legends of R&B, jazz, blues and pop. Latifah’s range comes to the forefront; while she lacks the brawn in Sarah Vaughn’s I’m Gonna Live Till I Die, she adds a soulful spin to 10cc’s I’m Not In Love. Backed by studio aces and silky arrangements, Latifah’s voice is competent throughout these interesting selections and just might be perfect when you’re stuck in transit and not trav’lin’ at all.










Angels & Airwaves

Album: I-Empire

Label: Suretone

Release Date: Nov. 6

**1/2 (out of five)





Album No. 2 from Angels & Airwaves is a further ascension into an awfully serious pop-rock atmosphere. Grandiose vibes and U2ish touchstones abound; suiting spots like the mild anthem True Love and the soaring rock send-off Heaven. But the expansive aspirations of cascading guitars and faint synthesizer breezes supporting the exceptionally earnest proclamations about life and love may be a little flighty for most. Considering the immature force of Tom Delonge’s Blink-182 past, it’s ironic how this I-Empire strikes back.










Skye Sweetnam

Album: Sound Soldier

Label: EMI

Release Date: Oct. 30

**1/2 (out of five)





Canadian singer Skye Sweetnam has got a little secret for us. “They’re even marketing what I say right now,” she ironically sings on the single Human and she’s right. Sweetnam’s sound is a catchy mix of watered-down skater punk and cleaned-up dance pop, a concoction as addictive as candy for teenage mall rebels and the home curfew set. Sound Soldier is not particularly challenging, but your 11-year-old could be listening to worse.










Jimmy Eat World

Album: Chase This Light

Label: Interscope

Release Date: Oct. 15

*1/2 (out of five)





Jimmy bores world. Jimmy cranks out song after song of the same, indistinguishable bland alternative rock, with little variation or inspiration. Jimmy makes bad music. Jimmy’s songwriting is loaded with painful B-grade metaphors and Jimmy’s musical arrangements are trite at best. Someone should have told Jimmy that whatever morsel of artistic merit there was left in emo-rock faded into banality some time ago. Perhaps then Jimmy would have spared the world from this boneheaded album.