Originally created 10/24/06

Quick hits



'The makings of me'

MONICA

RELEASED: Oct. 3

MY THOUGHTS: Monica has established herself as a staple in an industry of ever-changing female faces. After taking a two-year hiatus to start a family, she's back with her fourth CD. She doesn't shy from things other female singers do, so songs cover a range of topics. There might be a few misses on this CD, but if you're a Monica fan and want to experience another side of her, go buy it.

GRADE: B

- Pierre Cook

'The avalanche'

SUFJAN STEVENS

RELEASED: July 11

MY THOUGHTS: His mission: to make an album for each of the 50 states. This CD is a combination of outtakes and extras from Mr. Stevens' Illinois (2005) album. Best known for his contribution of indie-pop folk songs, Mr. Stevens delivers on this one for anyone who is a fan of acoustic and piano melodies.

GRADE: A

- Cori Eicher

'Akeelah and the bee'

ON DVD

RELEASED: Aug. 29

MPAA RATING: PG

MY THOUGHTS: This is an inspirational film about Akeelah, a girl from a poor neighborhood and a broken home who rises above all expectations and wins the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Her principal sees amazing potential in Akeelah and pushes her to compete. Akeelah is forced to sneak to competitions behind her mother's back because she objects to Akeelah competing. This movie shows us that we can overcome anything if we want it enough and try hard enough.

GRADE: A

- Aarthi Murugappan