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New CD Reviews, October 31, 2006 (The Who, Lil' Wayne, Lady Sovereign, Deftones & more)

October 31st, 2006 12:02pm EST

The Who - Endless WireNew releases this week include albums from legends The Who, a Cash Money collaboration featuring Birdman and Lil' Wayne, the debuts from pint-sized UK rapper Lady Sovereign and American Idol winner Kellie Pickler, plus many more. Keep reading for reviews & info on this week's new CDs...



Lady Sovereign - Public Warning
Public Warning is stunning, better than the hype machine could ever paint it, with jaw-dropping, busy production and sharp, spunky lyrics that whiz by and back up this pint-sized rebel's serious b-girl stance. Read review...

The Who - Endless Wire
No, Endless Wire is not perfect -- its parts don't quite fit together, and not all of the parts work on their own -- but it is an endearingly human, impassioned work that more than justifies Townshend's and Daltrey's decision to continue working as the Who. Read review...

Birdman/Lil Wayne - Like Father, Like Son
Like Father, Like Son is a celebration of Lil' Wayne and Cash Money's success, a testament to the allegiance the two feel toward each other, and most likely a way for Birdman to set Wayne on the right path as label boss. Read review...

Buddy Guy - Can't Quit the Blues
47 prime samplings of Guy's sizzling guitar work and passionate wailing, covering nearly 50 years' worth of music. Read review...

Deftones - Saturday Night Wrist
Three long years after the Deftones issued their self-titled album to puzzling reviews, the Sacramento quintet is back with Saturday Night Wrist, a recording that will further muddy the waters of categorization and expectation about who they are and what they're trying to do. Read review...

Flavor Flav - Flavor Flav
Whether you think of him as Chuck D's sidekick/hype man in Public Enemy or as that flamboyant crazy cat who starred in the jaw-droppingly weird reality series Flavor of Love, a solo album from Flavor Flav is an iffy proposition. Read review...

Ice-T - Gangsta Rap
Ice-T's first solo rap CD since 1999's 7th Deadly Sin is a mixed bag. Read review...

Barry Manilow - Greatest Songs of the Sixties
It's not adventurous -- the arrangements are either faithful to the original hits or do not stray much; either way, they could have fit on a record released in 1968 -- but it is well-executed. Read review...


Kellie Pickler - Small Town Girl
The first 2006 American Idol contestant out of the gates with an album is not winner Taylor Hicks or runner-up Katharine McPhee or even Web favorite Chris Daughtry: it's Kellie Pickler. Read review...

More New Albums This Week:
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Aiden - Rain in Hell
Animal Collective - Hollinndagain
Blue Van - Dear Independence
Brian Culbertson - Soulful Christmas
Buddy Guy - Can't Quit the Blues
Copeland - Eat, Sleep, Repeat
Cradle of Filth - Cradle of Filth Box Set
Echo & the Bunnymen - Me, I'm All Smiles
Jeremy Camp - Beyond Measure
John Fogerty - Long Road Home: In Concert
Kinks - Arista Years / RCA Years
Meshuggah - Nothing
Nellie McKay - Pretty Little Head
Newsboys - Go
Nina Simone - Remixed & Reimagined
Opeth - Opeth Box Set
Phil Lesh & Friends - Live at the Warfield
Pitbull - El Mariel
Robbie Williams - Rudebox
Willie Nelson - Songbird

Photo Credits: Copyright Rovi


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