Music Review: Good Albums and Key Tracks
Published: Friday, October 25, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 24, 2013 14:10
1. Motörhead – “Aftershock”
Lemmy is one of rock’s most legendary icons, and he has pulled the boys together again for another classic ride. Fourteen tracks for their 21st album prove that they are still grinding out albums over their illustrious 38-year career. The album begins with the one-two punch of “Heartbreaker” and “Coup De Grace” before swaggering into the blues romp of “Lost Woman Blues”. The album flows perfectly and the ballad of “Dust and Glass” is a perfect lead before “Going to Mexico” comes thumping along on Lemmy’s thick Rickenbacker bass. “Aftershock” is 49 percent rock, 51 percent roll and 100 percent Lemmy.
Key Track: “Going to Mexico”
2. Katy Perry – “Prism”
In 2010 Katy Perry dropped possibly one of the greatest pop albums in history with “Teenage Dream.” She was the queen of the summer radio with the single “California Gurls” and continued to dominate the charts for the next two years. Now she has dropped only her third album, titled “Prism.” At 16 tracks on the deluxe edition, the album is quite a listen, and the lyrics can appear (even for Katy) to be over-the-top cheesy. Leading with the cute jungle single “Roar” and the ‘90s bounce of “Walking on Air,” the album moves consistently with cookie cutter radio hits. However, around the track of “Double Rainbow,” the excitement dies out. Maybe it is too much Katy and maybe there is too much material, but unfortunately nothing seems to stand out.
Key Track: “Dark Horse”
3. Toby Keith – “Drinks after Work”
Love him or hate him, the guy is a boss. An American patriot who is nothing but a beach-loving, party-drinking stage-killing country star has delivered another blockbuster album. “Drinks after Work” starts with the country swamp boogie of “Shut Up and Hold On” that demands to be played too loud and takes off from there. “Before We Knew They Were Good” is a perfect sing-along anthem, “Show Me What You’re Workin’ With” is dripped in that Toby Keith blues and swagger, and he even steals a page from Jimmy Buffet’s beach book on “I’ll Probably Be Out Fishin’”. He is the voice of the American country party and continues to make consistent hit albums like clockwork. So raise your red solo cup, raise your stars and stripes, and have a party with the Country Boss.
Key Track: “Call a Marine”