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Benishek Inching

Regarding “Benishek No Environmentalist” I agree with Mr. Powell’s letter to the editor/ opinion of Congressman Dan Benishek’s poor environmental record and his penchant for putting corporate interests ahead of his constituents’...

Climate Change Warning

Currently there are three assaults on climate change. The first is on the integrity of the scientists who support human activity in climate change. Second is that humans are not capable of affecting the climate...

Fed Up About Roads

It has gotten to the point where I cringe when I have to drive around this area. There are areas in Traverse City that look like a war zone. When you have to spend more time viewing potholes instead on concentrating on the road, accidents are bound to happen...

Don’t Blame the IRS

I have not heard much about the reason for the IRS getting itself entangled with the scrutiny of certain conservative 501(c) groups (not for profit) seeking tax exemption. Groups seeking tax relief must be organizations that are operated “primarily for the purpose of bringing about civic betterment and social improvements.”


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4Play: Jamiroquai, Ice Cube, Cee-Lo Green, Ne-Yo

Kristi Kates - February 21st, 2011
Jamiroquai - Rock Dust Light Star - Mercury UK
Frontman Jay Kay and crew’s first album in over five years, Jamiroquai’s latest set was recorded half in the UK and half in Thailand, giving this set both a grounded and a more exotic side. First single “Blue Skies” sticks close to England - reminiscent, even, of the best possibilities of England’s boy band roster with its pop sensibilities - while other tracks show more depth. The lighter side continues on tracks like the zippy “Lifeline” and “Two Completely Different Things,” while the heavier grooves surface on songs like “White Knuckle Ride,” the bass-y “All Good in the Hood,” and the cool funk-reggae anti-drug anthem “Hey Floyd.”


Ice Cube - I Am the West - Lench Mob Records
Although the album cover may look like Cube is the sheriff (and is about to run you outta town), this album, he says, is a “celebration of summertime on the West coast,” via songs like first single “I Rep That West,” opener “Soul on Ice,” “Life in California,” “Too West Coast,” and “Nothing Like L.A.” Additional songs that veer slightly from the album’s overall theme are a little more uneven in their appeal, including “Urbanian” and “Drink the Kool-Aid,” but overall it’s solid. It’s a balanced blend of hip-hop with a heavy feel for the hard rap fans, while not alienating those who prefer a more pop-rap style. Club DJs will dig it too, as these are beats ready for the remixing.

Cee-Lo Green - Ladykiller - Warner
William Shatner and Gwyneth Paltrow (on Glee) - yes, you read that correctly - are among those who have already covered the Cee-Lo single “F**k You” (aka the radio-edited “Forget You”) from Cee-Lo’s latest album, which gained most of its popularity via its viral video status online. Catchy, sure - smart, eh, not particularly, as the track relies primarily on shock value and beats. Elsewhere on the set, Cee-Lo collaborates with a wide range of producers, from Amy Winehouse collaborator Salaam Remi to Missy Elliott cohort Jack Splash on not-bad tracks like “The Ladykiller Theme” and “Bright Lights, Bigger City.” Clean and explicit versions of the album give listeners options.


Ne-Yo - Libra Scale - Def Jam
Ne-Yo presents an actual full-scale concept album with Libra Scale, in which he and his cohorts tell the tale of an R&B “superhero squad” called The Gentlemen, mere everyday garbagemen who get superhero powers. All’s fine and well, until Gentleman Jerome meets a gal called Pretty Sinclair - and breaks the one condition of The Gentlemen’s gifts - that they are never allowed to fall in love. Interesting concept, fairly interesting album for Ne-Yo, from opener “Champagne Life” through companion themed songs “Know Your Name,” “Crazy Love” (which features a guest spot from Fabolous), “Beautiful Monster,” and closer “What Have I Done?”

 
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