The Crap Stack: Anjulie, Jihae, Zebrahead
Here at Spinner, we receive more CDs than we can possibly listen to. Sadly, many of them, whether good or bad, get consigned to The Crap Stack, where they languish until they're eventually carted off to become shiny silver landfill somewhere. However, in our version of Musical Lotto, we've decided to rescue -- completely at random -- three discs from the pile and give them a proper and fair reviewing. Will the chosen CD be crap-tastic -- or just plain crap? Let's find out, shall we?
Anjulie: 'Boom' (single): The guitar riff that opens this track sounds a lot like Urge Overkill's cover of 'Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon.' It doesn't hang around in that territory very long, however, with the arrival of a few sultry siren-like persons whispering "boom shacka-lacka." The singer herself seems to be struggling with the appeal of something rather alluring, "I'm getting myself in something I don't wanna/I'm getting off track and I can't control a thing."
From here we are treated to a lament about some guy she can't help herself around. And it just goes on. And on. It's kinda sorta a female version of 'She Bangs,' only Anjulie is nothing like as dynamic or fun or, dammit, as downright sexy as Mr. R. Martin. The problem is, when she's trying to be sultry but not whispering, Anjulie sounds bored and nasal. It could be she is just cursed with that sort of voice, and not suited to this sort of song, or it could be that she is just really uninterested in the the dude she is suppose to be enthralled with and just doesn't feel like complaining about him very much. Hopefully, it's the latter.
Jihae: 'Elvis Is Still Alive' (album): This CD definitely takes the prize for most confusing album cover