Many U2 fans went through a serious period of doubt in the ’90s. And rightly so, considering that the band’s musical experimentation resulted in Zooropa and Pop—both of which were grounds for divorce in the world of pop music. But fear not, purists. U2, the rock band, is back. The new CD-which echoes the beauty and rawness of The Joshua Treeis arguably one of the group’s strongest. Much like the classic U2 albums, this disc is a perfect mix of straight-ahead rock tunes (Vertigo) and ballads (One Step Closer). Far from a bomb.
219 Days, Kalan Porter (BMG)
It may be 219 days since this blondtressed wonder started the adventure known as Canadian Idol, but it’s only been 68 days between his win and the release of his debut CD. And in those 68 days a team of “geniuses” turned a shy farm boy with a powerful voice and penchant for classic rock and ballads into, well, Ryan Malcolm. Porter’s disc is a mess, from the cover art, where he’s dressed like Michael Jackson, to the overproduction, which detracts from his lovely voice-but mostly it’s the schlocky, bland songs, churned out by C-level Canadian talent. Porter was likely capable of better—if only he had a few more days.
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