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click to enlarge Godsmack -  - Good Times, Bad Times ... Ten Years of Godsmack - Universal Republic - Sounds like: Layne Staley's - bastardized legacy -  - Short take: A decade of banality -  - Godsmack recorded a straightforward cover of Led - Zeppelin's "Good Times, Bad Times" for its newly - released best-of set Good Times, Bad Times ... Ten - Years of Godsmack. Perhaps Zeppelin's "Ten Years - Gone" would have been more apropos for this Boston- - based band, which once took over rock radio with - bombastic impunity. What stands out on this 16-track - album is Godsmack's lack of maturation or improvement. - An accompanying DVD, from an unplugged Las Vegas - show, proves the band has the chops to shake things up - a bit. The real indictment is aimed not at singer Sully - Erna and his bandmates, but at the audience that lets its - artists rest on their fist-in-the-air laurels.  - John Benson
  • Godsmack

    Good Times, Bad Times ... Ten Years of Godsmack
    Universal Republic
    Sounds like: Layne Staley's bastardized legacy

    Short take: A decade of banality

    Godsmack recorded a straightforward cover of Led Zeppelin's "Good Times, Bad Times" for its newly released best-of set Good Times, Bad Times ... Ten Years of Godsmack. Perhaps Zeppelin's "Ten Years Gone" would have been more apropos for this Boston- based band, which once took over rock radio with bombastic impunity. What stands out on this 16-track album is Godsmack's lack of maturation or improvement. An accompanying DVD, from an unplugged Las Vegas show, proves the band has the chops to shake things up a bit. The real indictment is aimed not at singer Sully Erna and his bandmates, but at the audience that lets its artists rest on their fist-in-the-air laurels. John Benson

click to enlarge Scarface -  - Made Asylum - Sounds like: A banger from a passing - trunk -  - Short take: Houston icon does as expected -  - It's all there: the grime of the city, the deliberately paced - lyricism, the head-bobbing bass beats. Yep, it's Scarface - all right, back with his 11th solo album, Made, - which is everything you'd expect. The second track, - "Never," plays like it comes from the opening credits of - an as-yet-unmade  but really, really good  movie - about gang life in the ghetto; it's the highlight of the - album. Other high points: the soul of "Girl You Know" - and "Go" are welcome surprises; the Rocky-like, - anthemic "Burn" has an enviable beat; the strings on "Git - Out My Face" constitute a well-conceived, if poorly - executed, experiment. Made won't hit on the - radio, and it won't jive with indie hip-hop heads. Still, it's - a diverse disc that grows on you. And, like I said, that's - everything you'd expect from Scarface.  Pete - Freedman
  • Scarface

    Made
    Asylum
    Sounds like: A banger from a passing trunk

    Short take: Houston icon does as expected

    It's all there: the grime of the city, the deliberately paced lyricism, the head-bobbing bass beats. Yep, it's Scarface all right, back with his 11th solo album, Made, which is everything you'd expect. The second track, "Never," plays like it comes from the opening credits of an as-yet-unmade but really, really good movie about gang life in the ghetto; it's the highlight of the album. Other high points: the soul of "Girl You Know" and "Go" are welcome surprises; the Rocky-like, anthemic "Burn" has an enviable beat; the strings on "Git Out My Face" constitute a well-conceived, if poorly executed, experiment. Made won't hit on the radio, and it won't jive with indie hip-hop heads. Still, it's a diverse disc that grows on you. And, like I said, that's everything you'd expect from Scarface. Pete Freedman

click to enlarge Rivers Cuomo -  - Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo Geffen - Sounds like: - Cuomo off his meds -  - Short take: Weezer plugs in for a reason -  - Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo is throwing diehard fans - a bone with demo compilation Alone: The Home - Recordings of Rivers Cuomo. While zealots will - salivate over every second of this 18-song effort, the - rest of us are left with the reality that demo tracks are - most often best left to band members and producers - who can complete the vision. That's the case with this - oddball release. Whereas an early version of pop favorite - "Buddy Holly" sounds muddy and raw, B-side - "Lemonade" from the same era captures the exact - sensibilities on the band's 1994 blue album. Oddly - enough, a solitary Cuomo on "Longtime Sunshine" - sounds like a despondent Ben Folds. With a new Weezer - album on the way, you're better off waiting it out than - visiting Cuomo's cluttered and forgettable Home.  John Benson
  • Rivers Cuomo

    Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo
    Geffen
    Sounds like: Cuomo off his meds

    Short take: Weezer plugs in for a reason

    Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo is throwing diehard fans a bone with demo compilation Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo. While zealots will salivate over every second of this 18-song effort, the rest of us are left with the reality that demo tracks are most often best left to band members and producers who can complete the vision. That's the case with this oddball release. Whereas an early version of pop favorite "Buddy Holly" sounds muddy and raw, B-side "Lemonade" from the same era captures the exact sensibilities on the band's 1994 blue album. Oddly enough, a solitary Cuomo on "Longtime Sunshine" sounds like a despondent Ben Folds. With a new Weezer album on the way, you're better off waiting it out than visiting Cuomo's cluttered and forgettable Home. John Benson

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