QuickTakes

“Crazy Love Hollywood Edition”
Michael Bublé
(Reprise Records)

While this album was originally released in 2009, Bublé decided to re-release “Crazy Love” in 2010, but this time added a few new songs to the “Hollywood Edition.” “Hollywood” is a catchy statement on the craziness of out-of-control Hollywood stars. A special instrumental version of the popular single “Haven’t Met You Yet” is also included. The original songs are still available on this new release, such as the title track “Crazy Love.” Bublé’s soothing voice on this special re-release is sure to please both new and old fans alike.
Kelsey Grashoff


“Hands All Over”
Maroon 5
(A&M/Octone)

Released earlier this fall, the third studio album from Maroon 5 features catchy tunes about rocky relationships, potential pop-chart hits and the signature smooth vocals provided by lead singer and songwriter Adam Levine. The first single off the album, “Misery,” is exactly the type of upbeat, falsetto-heavy song you would expect from Maroon 5. While it’s no “Songs About Jane” – Maroon 5’s highly successful debut album that produced such hits as “She Will Be Loved” and “Sunday Morning” – “Hands All Over” is a solid and worthwhile effort.

Naomi Jean Camacho


“Speak Now”
Taylor Swift
(Big Machine Records)

Hell hath no fury like Taylor Swift scorned. With scathing lyrics like, “She’s better known for things that she does on the mattress,” in “Better Than Revenge,” Swift’s no-holds-barred songwriting is at an all-time high. Taking a more adult approach to life in “Mine,” coupled with anthems like “Long Live” and the apology-laden ballad “Back To December,” she solidifies her status as an adult songwriter. As if she couldn’t be more impressive, she wrote the entire album herself. Not too shabby for a 20-year-old.

Marissa Driscoll


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