The obvious big story, this week, was the release of Linkin Park’s album “Living Things“. As someone who wasn’t a huge fan of “A Thousand Suns” but was all over albums like “Meteora” and “Hybrid Theory”, “Living Things” is able to find a nice blend of the old-school LP and the newer LP sound. It’s a solid album for fans of the group or those who are just getting introduced to their music.

The new release by The Offspring “Days Go By” was a fun pop album. I would almost argue that The Offspring is rock’s version of the Beastie Boys. They are very quirky with their sound and seem to have way too much fun with what they’re doing  to care what anyone may think. Maybe it also helps that the Beasties started off more rock oriented.

My sleeper choice is R. Kelly’s new music entry. Maybe I shouldn’t put sleep and R. Kelly in the same sentence, but whatever. “Write Me Back” is a solid album, one that folks like Tyrese should take notes from. R. Kelly has a definitive talent whether he’s singing about love, redemption or even a blues-infused track like All Rounds On Me.

Deeper into the crates, you may want to check out the Avicii vs. Lenny Kravitz track “SuperLove.” I don’t know how I missed this song (it says it was released in May 2012) but it’s a definite fun track to listen to. The Kravitz vocals are pretty scarce, but it’s a nice production.

Deadmau5’s single “The Veldt” just goes to show that you can still make 11 minute songs that are worth listening to. Jazz songs were notorious for being really long and there are plenty of electronic songs that get up there in length. Deadmau5 just has a fantastic way of keeping you engaged.

Those are my picks for this week. See you next week.

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