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Rihanna  - Good Girl Gone Bad  -  -  - Island/Def Jam  -  - Sounds like: A slamming sass attack from - Beyonc's worthiest foe -  - Short take: A welcome transformation -  - It's a smart career move for Rihanna to go bad  she is, - after all a much better bad girl than a good one. On her - third album, she's about half-and-half good and bad, - offering up the personalities of a snarling nymphet and a - pouty autobiographer. The bad girl shines on club-ready - bangers "Push Up on Me" or "Shut Up and Drive," the - house-wrecking "Breakin' Dishes," and the sassy-as-hell - "Lemme Get That." The good girl, aside from the - irresistible "Umbrella," flops on limp-wristed ballad "Hate - That I Love You," moping regret anthem "Question - Existing," and the title track, in which she scolds her bad - side. At this point, Rihanna's innocence is so clearly and - soundly deceased, it's time to just let that good girl go - and revel in the badness.  Matt Martin
  • Rihanna

    Good Girl Gone Bad

    Island/Def Jam

    Sounds like: A slamming sass attack from Beyonc's worthiest foe

    Short take: A welcome transformation

    It's a smart career move for Rihanna to go bad she is, after all a much better bad girl than a good one. On her third album, she's about half-and-half good and bad, offering up the personalities of a snarling nymphet and a pouty autobiographer. The bad girl shines on club-ready bangers "Push Up on Me" or "Shut Up and Drive," the house-wrecking "Breakin' Dishes," and the sassy-as-hell "Lemme Get That." The good girl, aside from the irresistible "Umbrella," flops on limp-wristed ballad "Hate That I Love You," moping regret anthem "Question Existing," and the title track, in which she scolds her bad side. At this point, Rihanna's innocence is so clearly and soundly deceased, it's time to just let that good girl go and revel in the badness. Matt Martin

Velvet Revolver  - Libertad  -  -  - RCA  -  - Sounds like: The real Guns N' Roses -  - Short take: Gritty rock for the masses -  - Initially written off as rock 'n' roll detritus, Velvet - Revolver's members  Stone Temple Pilots' Scott - Weiland along with ex-Gunners Slash, Duff McKagan and - Matt Sorum  came together with hopes of creating - super-group repercussions on its 2004 debut - Contraband. Instead, the results were mixed. - Thankfully, this isn't the case with Libertad. - Weiland shows off his vocal prowess on single-in- - waiting "Get Out the Door" and lead track "She Builds - Quick Machines." It's the latter song that finds Velvet - Revolver on top of its game, with an in-your-face vocal - swagger that builds ambience before giving way to - Slash's potent guitar wailing. It may take some time, but - it appears as if Velvet Revolver is on its way to making - fans forget its members' past, while looking forward to - the band's future.   John Benson -
  • Velvet Revolver

    Libertad

    RCA

    Sounds like: The real Guns N' Roses

    Short take: Gritty rock for the masses

    Initially written off as rock 'n' roll detritus, Velvet Revolver's members Stone Temple Pilots' Scott Weiland along with ex-Gunners Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum came together with hopes of creating super-group repercussions on its 2004 debut Contraband. Instead, the results were mixed. Thankfully, this isn't the case with Libertad. Weiland shows off his vocal prowess on single-in- waiting "Get Out the Door" and lead track "She Builds Quick Machines." It's the latter song that finds Velvet Revolver on top of its game, with an in-your-face vocal swagger that builds ambience before giving way to Slash's potent guitar wailing. It may take some time, but it appears as if Velvet Revolver is on its way to making fans forget its members' past, while looking forward to the band's future. John Benson

The Doors  - The Doors Live in Boston  -  -  - Rhino / Release date: July 24  -  - Sounds like: The Lizard King atop his game -  - Short take: Jam band fans will appreciate this -  - Four decades have passed since The Doors released their - self-titled album. To celebrate the milestone, a new - three-CD concert album details two shows from the - band's 1970 Morrison Hotel tour. While the - quality of Morrison's vocals often comes into question, - the band's performance has been pumped up, making it - more than just an average bootleg. Among the notable - songs are an engaging, eight-minute "Five to One" jam - and an absolutely mesmerizing "When the Music's Over." - What shouldn't be missed is the nearly 20-minute "Light - My Fire" medley, which includes "Fever" and - "Summertime." The surprise on the album is the bluesy - "Been Down So Long," which would later appear on the - band's 1971 swan-song album, L.A. Woman. - Considering that Morrison would die 15 months later, - The Doors Live in Boston is a treasure-trove - release.  John Benson
  • The Doors

    The Doors Live in Boston

    Rhino / Release date: July 24

    Sounds like: The Lizard King atop his game

    Short take: Jam band fans will appreciate this

    Four decades have passed since The Doors released their self-titled album. To celebrate the milestone, a new three-CD concert album details two shows from the band's 1970 Morrison Hotel tour. While the quality of Morrison's vocals often comes into question, the band's performance has been pumped up, making it more than just an average bootleg. Among the notable songs are an engaging, eight-minute "Five to One" jam and an absolutely mesmerizing "When the Music's Over." What shouldn't be missed is the nearly 20-minute "Light My Fire" medley, which includes "Fever" and "Summertime." The surprise on the album is the bluesy "Been Down So Long," which would later appear on the band's 1971 swan-song album, L.A. Woman. Considering that Morrison would die 15 months later, The Doors Live in Boston is a treasure-trove release. John Benson

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