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Tuned In: Album reviews

The high and low notes that have landed on our desk this week

Written by . Published on November 16th 2011.

Tuned In: Album reviews

Chris Cornell – Songbook – November 21 - UME
One of the most acclaimed voices in rock, heralded as one of the pioneers of the grunge era, Chris Cornell is hitting the public domain again with a new live album full of tracks taken from his ‘Songbook’ tour of the States. The Seattle born vocalist is most famously known for his lead vocals and rhythm guitar for Soundgarden and as the former lead vocalist for Audioslave. That’s not to mention Cornell being ranked fourth in the list of 'Heavy Metal's All-Time Top 100 Vocalists' by Hit Parader.    

The live album includes covers as well as his own material, offering his usual heartfelt and exceedingly powerful vocals, most notably on the 9/11 themed song ‘Ground Zero’. Buoyed on by the crowd’s seeming adoration for the old time rocker, Cornell’s version of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ is surprisingly good, as well as an impressive cover of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Thank You’. Cornell’s being doing this a long time, his vocals are faultless and his fans are clearly happy to be there. An indication of true greatness.


The Dangerous Summer – War Paint – Hopeless Records – 21 November
Dangerous Summer’s second album will be released next week with their usual explosion of catchy hooks. Here’s no doubt this band has no fear and plenty of grit, and if you though their previous album Reach for The Sun was heavy, then this record will suffocate you as well as providing a lyrical depth. “We wanted to show that it’s still possible to write a song with a message, and it can still be catchy and can still be played by a real band,” said guitarist Cody Payne.

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Drake – Take Care – 17 November – Cash Money Records
Any album with the likes of Jamie xx, Noah '40' Shebib, Boi-1da and Minus involved in production is naturally going to attract attention. And furthermore, Andre 300 and Rihanna pop up to say hello to. The Canadian born artist is following on from his 2010 debut album Thank Me Later, which received acclaim for its well thought out trip-hop and downtempo style. The new album shows a progression in Drake’s song writing – coming at you from a familiar emotional angle. 


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