sound check

April 21, 2011 |

By Michael Swanger




“Lil Different”

One Leg Up Productions


If I had to choose between the two new albums local hip-hop artist Angle is releasing this week, “Lil Different” would be my favorite because it is more adventurous. That’s not to say that “Angleoneous,” which sounds like something from the Eminem playbook, doesn’t have merit, but from the experimental “Cakewalk,” to the brutal criticism of “Deadly Ground,” to the bouncing, club ditties “Defenders” (featuring guests Gadema and Tremayne) and “Look, But Can’t Touch” (with guest Felix Thunder), to the shit-talking “My Opinion,” to the fuzzy, Outkast-like “Same Ol’ Serenity (S.O.S.),” this album is more in tune with the urban sounds of hip-hop that I consider to have the most authenticity. Loyal fans, though, should buy both records. CV


(Angle performs on Saturday, April 23 at 10 p.m. at the Vaudeville Mews. $5.)


Steve Earle


“I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive”

New West Records


During my interview with him two years ago, Steve Earle revealed that he was working on a new book and an album but declined to further discuss the matter when pressed. Given his prolific songwriting abilities, the fact that he was writing wasn’t news, but the release of his new album next week, “I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive,” and his debut novel of the same name on May 12, is indeed good news for those who appreciate quality storytelling (in song or in print). Writing for the album began three years ago (the longest span of any song cycle for Earle), and the results are 11 masterful tracks produced by T Bone Burnett, including the dusty “Waitin’ On the Sky,” Irish-Influenced “Molly-O,” Tom Waits-like “Meet Me in the Alleyway” and the sweeping ballad “I Am A Wanderer.” CV