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[image-1]Erykah Badu


New Amerykah Part One (4th World War) [2008]


Righteous anger and hard bumpin' beats meet introspective musings and luscious, soulful grooves in Badu's funkified letter to America. It's some hot shit and you can tell Badu had some quality professionals on board to produce.


Recommended track: "Twinkle," produced by Badu, Shafiq Husayn and Taz Arnold of Sa-Ra, and Omar Alfredo Rodríguez-López of The Mars Volta


--Leilani


KISS


Creatures of the Night (1982)


This was the last-ditch effort that KISS made to get their fans back after slumping sales and [image-2]disappointing crowd turnout. It's the heaviest thing they recorded (arguably up until 1992’s Revenge) and came right before 1983’s Lick it Up, in which they pulled out the final stop and removed their makeup. Creatures featured new drummer Eric Carr very prominently in the mix and guitarist Ace Frehley appears on the cover, but not on the record. (He'd been replaced by session musicians, but the label wasn't informed until two albums later so the band could fulfill their contract.


Recommended tracks: The disc contains some pretty crushing songs, including the title track, "I Love it Loud," "I Still Love You" and "War Machine."


--Joran


[image-3]Jane's Addiction


Nothing's Shocking (1988)


This alt-rock gem is lively, aggressive, funky, sexy and infectious all at once. When I listen to this album, I feel like nothing is as relevant or important as what Perry is talking about. Makes me want to listen to Deloris Telescope, too.


Recommended tracks: "Mountain Song" and "Jane Says"


--Ivan

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The Thermals

The Body, The Blood, The Machine (2006)

Straight up, uncompromising rock n' roll. It's filled to the brim with loud guitars, catchy tunes, and smart lyrics. The icing on the cake is the storyline that ties it all together: a Christian-based government runs the United States, oppressing its proletariat and a young couple on the run for their lives.

Recommended tracks: "Here's Your Future" and "A Pillar of Salt"

—Gabe

Dr. Dog

We All Belong (2007)

Sure, their name sounds like some bad '80s rapper, but don't let that fool you. Dr. Dog borrows from the best elements of The Beatles, The Band and The Beach Boys — layered vocal harmonies, ear-catching melodies and quality songwriting — to create something of their own. They'll be playing Crowbar Thursday, February 19.

Recommended track: "The Way the Lazy Do"

—B.Treotch

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