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Review • Produced by Nirvana's "Nevermind" producer Butch Vig, "Wasting Light" was recorded on analog tape in the garage of Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl's home. The low-fi, no-computer approach brings a rawer edge to a rock band that's too often been over-produced. That's the good news. The bad news is that these songs are only minimally catchy, with unmemorable tunes and melodies. Grohl brings back Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic for a romp that, unfair as it is to compare, Nirvana would have left in the cutting room. Grade: C
Review • Finally, a "Glee" album I can respect. "Glee: The Music Presents the Warblers" features the fictional male a cappella group from The Dalton Academy in reality, show stars Darren Criss and Chris Colfer, with the Tufts University Beelzebubs. This actually sounds like an album from a glee club, with a cappella versions of pop songs instead of the over-produced and over-orchestrated renditions that the "Glee" franchise has dumped on the market. While Criss and Colfer don't match the vocal skills of the leaders of, say, Brigham Young University's Vocal Point, this is an enjoyable "Glee" album. Finally. Grade: B
New albums out today include:
"Let Your Hair Down," Steve Miller Band • The Gangster of Love is back. The man some people call Maurice will release the second new Steve Miller Band album of the 21st century, in preparation for a summer tour that will include a stop at Red Butte Garden. "The Fall," Gorillaz "Welcome to My DNA," Blackfield "Perfect Day," Bob Schneider "Setzer Goes Instru-MENTAL!," Brian Setzer "Boogie 4 Stu," Ben Waters "Taking," Duff McKagan's Loaded "Book of David," DJ Quik "Water For Elephants," James Newton Howard "Unida Cantina," Roger Clyne and Peacemakers "Verismo Arias," Jonas Kaufmann "The Head and the Heart," The Head and the Heart "Two," Lenka "Passion," Pendragon "Golden Era," Del The Funky Homosapien "Cannibal Courtship," Dengue Fever "Live Wire," Woody Guthrie (above) "The Best Of Mark Schultz," Mark Schultz "Without Regret," Kimberly Caldwell "Grand Rex," Enrique Bunbury