GHOSTFACE KILLAH & r & & r & The Big Doe Rehab & r & & r & FOUR STARS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & G & lt;/span & hostface Killah has yet to release a bad album, and The Big Doe Rehab is no exception.
Over the album's 16 tracks, the 37-year-old MC narrates complicated heists, murders and sex-capades in shout-y, breathless anxiety attacks. He makes a good case for trashing your TV: listening to Ghost rap is an endlessly entertaining, truly visual experience. Where did the blown-up bits of brains land? What did the girl smell like? The roses this guy stops and smells must be heard to be believed.
Beat-wise, the lush Mafioso style of Jay-Z's recent American Gangster looms large. That's fine, but TBDR is best when Ghost pulls elder-statesman rank and jacks classic cuts from Redman and EPMD, a trend he began last year when he lifted an Eric B. & amp; Rakim backdrop on More Fish.
-- ANDREW MATSON
Download: "Supa GFK"
Dwight Sings Buck
& lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & ost people remember Buck Owens for hosting Hee Haw with Roy Clark, but he was a great musician with a vast musical legacy. Dwight Yoakam and Brad Paisley are a couple of the country musicians who keep his "Bakersfield Sound" alive -- a task even more important since Owens passed away in 2006.
I wouldn't normally lay five stars on a tribute record, but this is different. Yoakam recorded the duet "Streets of Bakersfield" with Owens in 1988, and ever since, Yoakam's entire career has been a kind of tribute to Buck Owens.
On "Act Naturally," you can see what the Beatles liked about it (they covered it on Help!), and "Close Up the Honky Tonks" is a perfect country concoction. Owens was famous for his big-hearted ballads, too, and "Only You (Can Break My Heart)" is a standard of the form.
If you want to go back to the original, check out The Carnegie Hall Concert, the high point of Owens' career fronting the Buckaroos.
The new one is smart and funny and action-packed, and it’s bigger and better and sleeker. And Downey does it again, this time ramping up Stark’s arrogant wisecracking, telling anyone who’ll listen (mostly women) that, via the creation of his powerful Iron Man suit, he’s brought years of uninterrupted peace to the world.