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Coheed and Cambrias latest in a continuing saga

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Good Apollo, Im Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow, ColumbiaYour best bet, unless you are a super music and comic book geek, is to ignore the fact that this album is part of a much larger storyline based on a comic book series written by the bands frontman, Claudio Sanchez. If you even understood that sentence, good for you, but for most, an introduction to Coheed and Cambrias music should be as unconvoluted as possible. No World for Tomorrow is a concept album, true, but dont let that scare you off. Its a very listenable concept album. Most of the songs on the album are standard radio running times, unlike many concept albums where the songs tend to hit the 30 minute mark or longer. And it makes no difference that each of the tracks are part of a storyline about galactic kingdoms and family vengeance that ties into their other albums. What matters is that the progressive and aggressive scope of the album is very entertaining and much cooler than anything youll hear on the top 40 channels right now. One of the best aspects of this work is that it can stand alone or be taken as part of a much bigger picture. Youll probably ask yourself, at some point during the album, who the lead singers voice reminds you of. That would be Geddy Lee from Rush. There are also elements of The Who, Queen and Iron Maiden driving the vision and sound of the band. Make no mistake about it, Coheed and Cambria are taking big chances in their song writing, and the result is another album that is both enjoyable and challenging to listeners. Charlie Owen, High Life writer

The Chain, VanguardAfter the spectacular success of her 1996 debut, Deana Carter has charted a career marked by curious song and style choices that have often made her seem indecisive about her creative heading. Her direction rings true on The Chain, which pays tribute to her fathers illustrious career as a session musician by interpreting many of the classic tunes he played on, familiar songs offered with fresh craft and interesting ideas about how to reshape them.Fred Carter Jr. joins his daughter, contributing electric guitar to the soft-edged vulnerability she evokes on a cover of Roy Orbisons Crying. Several big-name guests help to re-examine their work, from Willie Nelson chipping in for a measured, contemplative handling of On the Road Again to Jessi Colter matching her quavering earnestness with Ms. Carters sweeter sound to form a fragile, compelling vocal synthesis on Im Not Lisa.Carter finds niches in surprising places, including a simmering version of The Boxer for which Paul Simon supplies acoustic guitar while his son Harper sings in a halting, almost congested-sounding manner that is a remarkably pleasant match for Carters girlish tone. Her sunny drawl counters Kris Kristoffersons weary way on Help Me Make It Through the Night and matches John Andersons playfulness on the honky tonk of Swinging. Each collaboration offers enough invention to leave the impression that she is bringing something to the table and not merely riding coattails. Thomas Kintner, L.A. Times-Washington Post News Service

Face Off, ColumbiaRather than compare Face Off to Jay-Zs former teaming with a less-legally entangled R. Kelly, theres a better way of considering the collaboration between rapper Bow Wow and former B2K singer Omarion. Namely, shouldnt two guys who have had trouble creating a satisfying album on their own try to share the workload?In this case, it turns out to be a good decision. Face Off is in no way a surprise, stuffed with the expected boasts about cash and chicks, from two ex-teen stars still desperate to shed their kiddie images. However, the pair picked good sources for the highly derivative backing. Hey Baby (Jump Off) jacks the beat from LL Cool Js Going Back to Cali for an entertaining, if shallow, update, while He Aint Gotta Know takes its Southern bounce and strong synth melody from T-Pain, who produced, and the brash, brassy Number Ones sounds like a Jay-Z outtake given new life.The surprising thing is that the two dont indulge in more Girl Is Mine”-style banter; Bachelor Pad is the only real example. Still, theres enough borrowed personality spread across these dozen short songs to make Face Off easier to face than either stars recent solo efforts. Dan LeRoy, Los Angeles Times-Washington Post News Service


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