SOUND NT JUDGEME

THE LAT­EST AL­BUM RE­LEASES RATED AND RE­VIEWED

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CHRIS CHRIS­TINE AND THE QUEENS

WHEN Heloise Letissier de­liv­ered Chris to her record la­bel, she pro­duced not only a col­lec­tion of vividly imag­ined and bril­liantly cap­tured songs of self-dis­cov­ery but also a 15-page dossier that por­trayed her phys­i­cal eman­ci­pa­tion – she has em­braced her an­drog­y­nous, non­bi­nary self.

Chris is a fresh shell for Letissier and an un­shack­led con­fi­dence streams through the record, the basslines funkier, lyrics punchier, the full pack­age strik­ingly sen­su­ous.

Girl­friend, the glit­ter­ball-disco sin­gle, has Chris can­didly pur­su­ing flings above com­mit­ment, and is one of sev­eral songs here that re­call peak-pe­riod Michael Jack­son.

Doesn’t Mat­ter and Damn (What Must A Woman Do) are mighty works from a phe­nom­e­nal artist.

BRIDGES JOSH GROBAN

WITH Bridges you get ex­actly what you want from a Josh Groban al­bum: Soar­ing melodies and a vo­cal tone that just oozes rich­ness and com­fort.

Groban’s eighth stu­dio al­bum doesn’t hold any real sur­prises. The emo­tions he evokes how­ever are price­less, such as in the soar­ing vo­cals in the cover of Snow Pa­trol’s Run, here re­worked as a duet with Sarah McLach­lan.

There’s a col­lab­o­ra­tion with fla­menco com­poser and vir­tu­oso gui­tarist Vi­cente Amigo on Mu­sica del Co­ra­zon, a foot-tap­ping love song and duets with renowned tenor An­drea Bo­celli on We Will Meet Once Again and with Su­gar­land’s Jen­nifer Net­tles on 99 Years.

So light the fire, grab a blan­ket and set­tle down with Bridges.

LIVE FROM AT­LANTIC CITY LYNYRD SKYNYRD

LIKE all good live al­bums should do, this record­ing of a 2006 set in New Jer­sey by the iconic south­ern rock band trans­ports you to the ju­bi­lant at­mos­phere of the real show.

Dur­ing the show the band are joined by guests Hank Wil­liams Jr, rock band 3 Doors Down and for­mer Amer­i­can Idol con­tes­tant Bo Bice.

The wail­ing gui­tars and honky tonk keys are red hot through­out but the un­doubted high­light comes with the fi­nale of Sweet Home Alabama fol­lowed by the epic Free­bird.

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