HEADSTRONG (Ashley Tisdale)

Another one of High School Musical’s bubblegum starlets makes her individual debut – with mixed results. Tisdale’s diva voice in training is best at home on tracks like lead single Be Good To Me, So Much For You and He Said, She Said, which harks back to early Britney Spears pop goodness. It’s where she attempts to prove street “cred” on tracks like the embarrassing dancehall attempt Not Like That that Tisdale loses her way.

Review: Scott Abrahams

SESSIONS FOUR (Various artists)

Assuming mixing duties for the fourth instalment of this successful MoS franchise is Ministry’s own John Course alongside huge rising star Dirty South. Course’s disc fantastically sums up the current state of dance exemplified by the rocking lead track Standing In The Way Of Control by The Gossip – with just the right amount of electro and indie thrown in the mix. Dirty South’s disc adds the international flair, but when compared to Course’s mix it’s fairly static and uninspired.

Review: Scott Abrahams

A TRIBUTE TO JONI MITCHELL (Various artists)

An eclectic roster including Prince, Björk, Annie Lennox and k.d. lang lend their talents to exemplify Joni Mitchell’s experimentalism and musical genius. The album is a hypnotic journey through genres with every artist imprinting their individuality on Mitchell’s music. Particularly striking are Sarah McLachlan and k.d. lang’s versions of Blue and Help Me respectively.

Review: Scott Abrahams

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