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Sean Daly's CD picks

Black Tide

Album: Light From Above (Interscope)

In stores: Now

Why we care:

The star of this Miami metal quartet isn't old enough to see an R-rated movie — but he's just the right age to sneak into one. Gabriel Garcia, the band's 15-year-old singer, songwriter and guitarist, might be the most prodigious new screamer since a dude named W. Axl Rose.

Why we like it: This is vintage '87 metal, with all the demonology and bad hair you could hope for. The grooves are jackhammery, and the power chords are pumped to ear-bleeding levels, as Garcia rages about "the black abyss, my life's apocalypse." Oh yeah, it's awesome.

Reminds us of: Guns N' Bleepin' Roses. (Or at least bleepin' Dokken)

Download these: Shockwave and

Live Fast Die Young

Grade: A-


Album: Hard Candy (Warner Bros.)

In stores: Now

Why we care: Forty-nine-year-old mom Madge invites the neighbor boys over for a little while-he's-away on her 11th studio album. Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Timbaland and Pharrell bring their synthy booty beats, Madonna purrs out every dumb "give it to me" cliche, and we all dance naked.

Why we like it: If all that sounds a little desperate, a little forced and a lot of fun, well, it is — how you deal with the morning guilt is up to you. The Timberlake appearance has the intended Mrs. Robinson effect, but Madonna merges best with Pharrell, whose restless rhythms goose her into giving more.

Reminds us of: In the liners, Madonna looks like a dancer at Adult World in Syracuse, N.Y.

Download these: 4 Minutes and Heartbeat

Grade: B

Aloha Sex Juice, Cake, Etc.

Album: Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Verve Forecast)

In stores: Now

Why we care: We're total geeks for soundtracks, especially when they're smart, thematic and catchy. This collection from the new Judd Apatow comedy (about a dope trying to get over his ex) has island funk, classic reggae — and a Hawaiian version of More Than Words.

Why we like it: From Cake's Love You Madly to the Bird and the Bee's unprintable "boyfriend" song, everything drips with offbeat cool. The gone-troppo combo of Desmond Dekker and the Coconutz begs to be brought to a luau.

Reminds us of: Spring break in Jamaica, when we bought a case of Red Stripe that was home to 1,000 cockroaches.

Download these: You Can't Break a Heart and Have It (performed by Black Francis)

Grade: B


Tristan Prettyman

Song: Madly

Album: Hello


In stores: Now

Why we care: These are the days of the bonfire bards, sandy, sexy beach bums who moonlight as pop poets: Jack Johnson, Colby Caillat, American Idol's Jason Castro. You can now add San Diego's Tristan Prettyman to that list. The 25-year-old brunet has a lazy, likable voice, a natural knack for a hook and a totally awesome surfboard.

Why we like it: With acoustic strums, silly handclaps and a chorus that just won't quit (Madly, madly, madly / Tell me that you need me), Prettyman's single is a surefire hit. To take nothing away from her artistry, the singer-songwriter is also a former model, and her publicity shots are bikini-centric. These days, we could use a sexy pop princess with a brain.

Reminds us of: Natalie Wood with a longboard

Song grade: B

Sean Daly's CD picks

05/05/08 [Last modified: Monday, May 5, 2008 10:31am]
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