Music of the Week
By Lauren Harris
If you write your first album at the tender age of 17, your sound is bound to change as time goes on. Such is the case for Alex Turner and his band of compatriots, who burst on to the scene in 2006 with Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not ' a rowdy, rockingly petulant journey through England's disaffected middle class youth, lauded as a continuation of the Clash and the Sex Pistols. Most people expected a choke a year later when they released Favourite Worst Nightmare, but Turner didn't disappoint. Now, at the ripe old age of 23, the band are exploring a more psychedelic sound, the result of a Hendrix phase, and have abandoned the pop format, but word is Turner's brutal turns of phrase and insight are still front and center in the songwriting.
We were quite prepared to never hear from the Brothers Cester again. After all, their utterly rote brand of garage rock still haunts commercials and bromance movie soundtracks, but word on the street is the band's follow-up to 2006's Shine On is solid, with lead single 'She's A Genius' a welcome reprieve from the standard fare of 'she's hot' to 'she's interesting,' and seemingly a more mature look at a lady than hit single 'She Holds A Grudge' ever was. 'K.I.A.' availed itself of 4-year-olds and a college drum line, and drummer Nic Cester envisions the track as a war zone.
There seems to be very few things Queen Latifah can't do, but only one that she's proven to do well. For years, Her Highness has looked to distance herself from her Brick City roots, acting in family friendly schlock, hawking cosmetics for major corporations, and most recently, musically, reverting to her tax name Dana Owens to record an album of standards. Now, though, she's back in the rap game, and calling upon a few friends just in case she's rusty. Lil Kim, Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliott join Latifah on Persona, and ace in the hole Dr. Dre is rumored to have produced a few tracks.