Stereo Total Baby Ouh! (Kill Rock Stars)
Françoise Cactus and Brezel Göring will not disappoint Stereo Total fans with this May 4 release. The Berlin-based synth/
Broken Social Scene Forgiveness Rock Record (Arts & Crafts)
Forgiveness Rock Record features a smaller lineup than the dozens-strong versions of BSS we’ve grown to know, but size doesn’t always matter. With Feist, Amy Millan (Stars) and Emily Haines (Metric) present but not featured as they were in the past, Forgiveness takes the band’s big, swirling anthem-rock and adds a souped-up helping of electro-rock—similar to frontman Kevin Drew’s 2007 “solo” record Spirit If. Now in his early 30s, Drew isn’t a kid anymore, and Broken Social Scene’s five-
Jeff Beck Emotion & Commotion (Rhino Records)
Guitarist Jeff Beck has been revered by his peers since the late ’60s when he replaced Eric Clapton in The Yardbirds. But other than his appearance in the video for a Rod Stewart-sung version of “People Get Ready” in the late ’80s, he’s mostly eluded the mainstream spotlight. Emotion & Commotion, his first album in seven years, gives listeners a good idea why: As always, Beck is what people more concerned with songwriting than flashy guitar solos call a “wanker.” And on Emotion & Commotion the wanking is made even worse by the constant addition of an inept string section that’s so cheesy it all but ruins two beautiful Jeff Buckley covers (one sung by Joss Stone). (AP)
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