Originally created 08/22/06

Quick hits



'CORINNE BAILEY RAE'

RELEASED: July 21

MY THOUGHTS: This beauty is one of the more popular artists in Britain right now. Her debut self-titled album is nominated for many honors, including a BET-J award.

Her first single, Like A Star, is a chart-topper in the UK and my favorite. Her guitar-and-piano-laced songs are slow and melodic, making her album perfect for summer night listening or studying. With ballads that are cool, calm and collected, and with subjects ranging from love to female empowerment, this 11-song CD is a solid effort.

GRADE: A-

- Brianna Mack

'ZOMBIES! ALIENS! VAMPIRES! DINOSAURS!'

By Hellogoodbye

RELEASED: Aug. 8

MY THOUGHTS: Singer Forrest Kline says that Hellogoodbye's songs are "about my girlfriend or someone who did or didn't used to be my girlfriend."

With that said, if you are in need of a good pop pick-me-up with emolike lyrical tendencies, this should be the first CD you reach for.

I was impressed with every song. The beats are infectious enough to get the most hardened among us to tap our toes. Give this CD a chance because it could be what your CD collection is missing.

GRADE: A-

- Cori Eicher