July 24, 2009
Album Reviews: Jordin Sparks and Sugar Ray
Jordin Sparks, Battlefield
This is the second album from American Idol winner, Jordin Sparks. I’m going to be honest. The girl kind of annoys me. But the worst thing is that even though I try to dislike her, I tend to be drawn to her singles. They are irritatingly catchy. “Tattoo” and “Battlefield” are two of her songs that I’ve tried to stay away from, but I find myself enjoying the moments when they come onto the radio.
The songs on her new album, Battlefield, are all upbeat-sounding. She likes the bass-bumping beats, apparently. Along with the fast paces, her high voice can get screechy, but for the most part, it really seems to work for her. For example, “Walking on Snow” is a little much for me. But then “Watch You Go” is more reserved, and I like it.
If I remember correctly, Sparks’ season of American Idol was pretty weak for me. The finalists were Blake Lewis and Jordin Sparks. In retrospect I guess I’m pretty glad she won. Don’t get me wrong, Blake was fine, but then comparing Sparks to other seasons’ winners…well, maybe I’m just biased because Carrie Underwood is pretty much perfect.
All in all I think Battlefield is going to be successful for Sparks. She seems to have found her niche in the pop music world, and she is sticking to the song styles she knows best. The songs on the new album sound very much like the singles on her last album, Jordin Sparks, such as “One Step at a Time” and “No Air.”
Sugar Ray, Music for Cougars
Did you know Sugar Ray got back together and made a new album? Me neither…but they did! And it’s out! It’s called Music for Cougars. Singer Mark McGrath left his hosting job on Extra to reunite with the band and make another record.
Okay wait before I go on, even if you’re not a fan of Sugar Ray, you have to admit that “Answer the Phone” was pretty much made to be a ringtone. It’s not a bad song at all! It’s perfect and funny and I just rediscovered it at this very moment. Okay back to Music for Cougars.
It sounds very quasi-reggae beach music to me. Actually, the title of the album hits the nail on the head: cougars will love this album. It’s mellow, and since the band members are kind of aging, it’s age-appropriate. When you see the title, “When We Were Young,” don’t expect anything near the song of a similar title by The Killers. It sounds more like those guys who walk around parks with their guitars singing about the good old days when they had a girl (and a picnic basket with a red-checkered tablecloth) that they could serenade.
Song titles range from “Love Is the Answer” (also not to be confused with another song, this time by Garnett Silk), “Love 101,” “Rainbow,” “Morning Sun,” and eight others. I’m sensing a theme…
You should check out these albums!
Posted by Shaane at 12:30 pm