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Music

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Reviews of some new music.

By SEAN DALY
Published November 26, 2006


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"Ain't Nothing Wrong With That" by Robert Randolph & the Family Band.
Colorblind, ©2006 Warner Bros. Records Inc.

"Holiday" by Jet.
Shine On, ©2006 Atlantic Recording Corp.

"Cherry Waves" by Deftones
Saturday Night Wrist, ©2006 Maverick Recording Company.

Robert Randolph & the Family Band

Album: Colorblind Warner Bros.

In stores: Now

Why we care: After honing his flammable picking skills at the House of God Church in Orange, N.J., "sacred steel" guitarist Randolph has taken his act on the secular road, combining gospel, funk, rock and any other tricks he has under his trademark fedora.

Why we like it: True believers Dave Matthews and Eric Clapton show up to testify, but the heavenly spotlight never wavers from the young man in the middle who writes, plays and sings as if he's trying to save every last soul. Cousin and bassist Danyel Morgan is a secret weapon, laying down chunky-but-funky groove lines.

Reminds us of: OutKast, Prince, James Brown - yep, geniuses all. Randolph is that good, and getting even better.

Download these: Ain't Nothing Wrong With That, Diane

Grade: B+

 

Jet

Album: Shine On (Atlantic)

In stores: Now

Why we care: The Australian quartet responsible for the roughhouse swing of 2003's Are You Gonna Be My Girl? is back with a sophomore disc showing off its "soft" side.

Why we like it: Jet's "soft" side sounds like a fantasy scenario in which AC/DC's Angus Young replaces George Harrison in the Beatles. Notorious party-star brothers Nic and Chris Cester write gorgeous melodies - then break 'em down like guitar pugilists.

Reminds us of: Oasis, with extra grime under their fingernails.

Download these: Holiday, That's All Lies

Grade: B

 

Deftones

Album: Saturday Night Wrist (Warner Bros.)

In stores: Now

Why we care: The Sacramento, Calif., multiculti quintet has been around for 17 years, but this might be their best: an atmospheric meditation that screams and whispers, soothes and disturbs. Way smarter than other "new metalists" a la Korn. Don't get comfortable.

Why we like it: Chino Moreno is a riveting frontman, an octave-spanning vocalist who can channel both Sting and death-metal howlers. Moreno's guitar work is just as eclectic: searing arena rock, spacey prog noodling, thrashing punk. Toss in Chi Cheng's Jurassic bass and Stephen Carpenter's prickly string samples, and the Deftones rival Nine Inch Nails for neck-snapping mood shifts.

Reminds us of: Strangely enough, U2 (but only if Bono were covered head to toe in obscene tattoos).

Download these: Hole in the Earth, Cherry Waves

Grade: B

Sean Daly can be reached at sdaly@sptimes.com or (727) 893-8467. His blog is at blogs.tampabay.com/popmusic.

[Last modified November 24, 2006, 11:47:28]


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