TAKING BACK SUNDAY: Taking Back Sunday.Surprisingly self-titled even though it’s their fifth album and they – along with the likes of My Chemical Romance and Death Cab For Cutie – have an undeniable consistency when it comes to quality. From the screeching – even hardcore – opener of El Paso there are vicious mood swings from the off. They play around with the dynamics of songwriting to make sure they serve up the unexpected with many tracks twisting and turning their way, often to ultimate glory. Full-bloodied, full-bodied and they won’t be spoiled for choice when it comes to singles. Big on spirit, even bigger on choruses.
JILL SCOTT: The Light Of The Sun.The soul diva has four million album sales to her name and this certainly starts off promisingly enough in velvet, swirling mode before the bedroom lights are virtually switched off with the bass-led So In Love. But then she seems to lose her way as the songs get stripped down and experimental until one or two come across more like a work in progress than the finished article. Some get quite bizarre as All Cried Out slips back to the 1920s. Others can’t help you think what might have been as they seem to drift aimlessly and sometimes annoyingly.
VARIOUS: Transformers.The soundtrack to the film. You expect action and that’s what you get from the likes of Linkin Park, Paramore, My Chemical Romance, Goo Goo Dolls, Black Veil Brides and Staind.