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11.25.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Kanye West's rush-released 808s & Heartbreak arrives the same week as another event album, Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy, and though the two discs have little in common, their appeal is largely the same´┐Żboth have curious fans wondering, "how could this possibly be any good?" This week's charts will be driven by schadenfreude. West has handicapped himself considerably on Heartbreak. D...
05.12.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
  After the one-two punch of Al Green's solid comeback albums I Can't Stop and Everything's OK, I set my expectations a touch too high for Lay It Down, Green's much-hyped album with the visionary Roots drummer ?uestlove and a host of respectable, younger neo-soul ambassadors. The pairings and pre-press suggested an aggressive, ambitious album, which Lay It Down is most certainly not the mood here...

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