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New Music Tuesday: Nicki Minaj, My Chemical Romance and Ne-Yo

Posted by on November 23, 2010 at 10:35 AM EST

nicki minaj pink fridayTuesday is a day of music and today we have new releases from Nicki Minaj, My Chemical Romance and Ne-Yo.

Black Friday 2010 is just a few days away and with it the official launch of the holiday shopping season. We have a lot of new music out this week so I’ll hit some of the highlights for stuff you might want to check out. (Nicki Minaj, My Chemical Romance, Ne-Yo) The biggest release of the week is Kanye West’s new album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” which I have a full review of in a different article so check that out if you are interested in Kanye’s record. [read review here]

Speaking of Kanye, his protégé’ Nicki Minaj has her album out this week. “Pink Friday” is a mix of hip hop and R&B. She seems to lean a little heavy on the auto tune from time to time and it seems like people love or hate her. If you are into hip hop you probably have heard her guesting on a ton of different tracks.

My Chemical Romance releases their new album called “Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.” It is hard to classify just who My Chemical Romance is and I guess that is a good thing. They are a little scattered and schizophrenic which is great for art, sometimes not so good for marketing. Weaving an emo vibe with 80’s arena rock and hard driving alternative rock they make a sound that is interesting and often complex. You can feel The Cure in their veins during the ballad “Summertime” and a little bit of U2 in “The Kids From Yesterday.” A good band can take their influences, flip them around and make them their own and MCR do just that. They have shown promise in the past; this album shows them taking a step towards being not just good rock stars and teen idols, but real artists.

Ne-Yo hits the shelves with “Libra Scale” a concept album of sorts that narrates the story of three garbage men who are given everything they have ever wanted – money, women, fame and super powers. The only catch is that they are required to use their powers to fight crime and can never fall in love. As you might imagine, they kick ass, party and then one of them meets the girl of his dreams and after a night of passion his super powers drive her crazy. Will he keep the powers, money and fame or will he give it all up for a chance at love? Ne-Yo is supremely talented and has a great voice, but this is a pretty ambitious story to cover in one record. He does a decent job and the album has its strong points. The best thing I can say about it is that you can just chill with it, light up a blunt or pour a drink and just vibe, or you can really pay attention to the words and follow the story so different people can enjoy it for different reasons. It works equally on both levels.

A few honorable mentions for this week: Jessica Simpson has a Christmas Album called “Happy Christmas.” Both Alan Jackson and Jay-Z have greatest hits albums out and Nine Inch Nails has a full remaster of their landmark debut album “Pretty Hate Machine.” While “Pretty Hate Machine” is not nearly as good as “Broken” or “Downward Spiral” it is a nice primer and worth checking out to see the origin of what would later become one of the most influential acts in modern rock history. It does contain the hits “Head Like a Hole” and “Down On It” and this reissue has a new track, a cover a Queen’s “Get Down, Make Love.”



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