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The Truth About Music Radar: April 27th, 2010

A down week last week comes back with a bang as we prepare to close out April. This week, record stores will be flooded with a number of new records and we’re here to sort out the trash and the keepers. First up this week is the debut album from Bobby Ray, the Atlanta-based rapper known by his stage name B.o.B. After a huge debut single called “Nothin’ On You,” B.o.B.’s album, “B.o.B. Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray,” has been the center of hype and after an early listen, a number of us here at TAM are impressed. You can read Jon’s review of this album here.

For those of you not feeling the rap/fusion stylings of B.o.B., Daddy Yankee is set to release his first album since 2007. At the peak of his sucess, Daddy Yankee saw promise with reggaton singles like, “Gasolina.” Although he has never been able to recreate this level of success, a new album from him will make people who like to listen to repetitive beats happy (yes, that was a shot at the entire Reggaeton genre). For my money, skip this album unless you speak fluent spanish. Unlike other multilingual albums, this one most likely won’t have the rich melodies that allow us to look past the language barrier.

Next up this week is a really fun release form the people who brought you “Punk Goes Pop” and “Punk Goes Crunk.” This time, a huge roster of artists are bringing us classic rock covers in “Punk Goes Classic Rock.” Although I’ve never loved this idea, I’ve listened to this album and it really is pretty fun. If you go in thinking you’re getting “Abbey Road,” then stop. This album isn’t great but it’s a fun album that will make you smile. Some of the better covers include Hit the Lights with Boston’s “More Than A Feeling” and Every Avenue with Eddie Money’s “Take Me Home Tonight.”

Finally, this week features a rock figurehead in Courtney Love as she returns with Hole and their new album “Nobody’s Daughter.” After their last album was certified platinum, Hole broke up in 2002. Reuniting last year, the band made their first U.S. appearance at SXSW 2010 in Austin, TX. It’s hard to say I’m excited for this album. The last time this band was relevant, I was in middle school. Still, people around music seem excited and that has sparked a mild interest in Hole’s latest.

That’s all I have for you this week. If I were buying one album, I would definitely make it B.o.B.’s and if you’re in the market for two new albums, I would take a gamble on Hole’s new album. Good luck at the record stores today and let me know what you come up with!!

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