Ladies - Stunt
Like LeAnn Rhimes
are not what you may think. First of all, they are not
naked. Second of all, they are not ladies. What
they are, is good musicians.
Their latest release
Stunt is one of the summer's hottest selling albums.
It is competing with the Beastie Boys' latest release Hello
Nasty for tops on the charts. This is a somewhat
surprising sales figure, seeing as how the Ladies usually
have a more underground following - similar to that of Phish.
However, this latest cd is getting away from the cult
following they have previously had.
meant to appeal to the masses more than any previous offering
by the band. Their mix of rock, country, folk, and a
bit of rap has something for everyone. Earlier cds from
the band featured more of the folk-style music, not quite
as pop as their new cd. The new music is not as insightful
and the band does not take the music too seriously.
This is a good and a bad thing. Most bands lose some
of their artistic ability when they lose their serious attitude
about their music. Luckily the Ladies still offer up
some great tracks on the disc. The CD is good, but not
up to par with their original release, Gordon.
One note of interest is their first single "One Week".
It includes the white-boy rap that is not found on their other
tracks. The little rap they offer up here has been taking
the top 40 radio stations by storm. I personally am
sick of those dj's and their lame comments about how fast
the rap is. "That is one song I won't be doing
at the karaoke bar tonight". I mean come on guys,
the peanut gallery can stay quiet. If it wasn't for
them I might have become a big Barenaked Ladies fan, but I
am already sick of the track and their voice is already beginning
to grate on my nerves. At least they have more than
/ Warner Bros.
out of 5.0