Snap Judgments: New CDs by Teddy Geiger, My Chemical Romance, and others
Here are some totally unfair snap judgments on this week’s generous batch of full-length streaming CDs at AOL Music:
Teddy Geiger: Underage Thinking The teen (pictured) who portrayed John Mayer-esque phenom Wayne on CBS’ short-lived Love Monkey does more of the same on this surprisingly mature collection.
My Chemical Romance: Life on the Murder Scene Their fans will eat this up, but this is one more band that, like the Arctic Monkeys, I’m too old to care about.
Ben Harper: Both Sides of the Gun With Lenny Kravitz off doing who-knows-what, Harper proves the best reigning apologist for ’70s-style rock, folk, and funk on this sprawling, two-disc set.
Josh Rouse, Subtitulo Moving to Spain has been a good move for this folk-pop songwriter, as the Latin inflection to his new music makes him many degrees less dull-sounding.
Editors, The Back Room Can’t wait for that next Interpol release? This will do in a pinch.
Taylor Hawkins & the Coattail Riders, Taylor Hawkins & the Coattail Riders More ’70s-style fun — this from the drummer of the Foo Fighters.
Kenny Rogers, Water & Bridges The Gambler’s first studio album in three years. I’m not old enough to care about this yet, thank goodness.
Chicago, XXX With its first new album in a decade, the veteran band asks the question: How well does our ’80s-style power-balladry mesh with contemporary electronica? Answer: surprisingly well.
Sondre Lerche and the Faces Down Quartet: The Duper Sessions This seasoned lounge pro is a 21-year-old Norwegian dude? Imagine how good he’ll sound after a few more years and a lot more whiskey.
Royskopp: Royskopp’s Night Out Fun live electronica.
The Sounds, Dying To Say This To You Snotty garage rock from some sexy Swedes.
Soundtrack, V for Vendetta Julie London’s ”Cry Me a River” and Antony & the Johnson’s wondrously odd ”Bird Gehrl” seem like good reasons not to blow up civilization, and any cover of the (V for) Velvet Underground’s ”I Found a Reason” is welcome, even one as desultory as Cat Power’s. The rest of the disc, instrumental music from the film, is strictly V for Velveeta.