Chris Shalom

Not Quite Classic

Not Quite Classic

Album Review - J. Cole - Born Sinner (June 18, 2013 on Roc Nation / Columbia Records).

J. Cole’s not there yet. Every track of the North Carolina rapper’s second studio album Born Sinner oozes discordance. Not in the sound — the tracks, for the most part produced by Cole himself, have a smooth, cohesive feel — but in the artist’s obvious uncertainty. Where in the rap game does J. Cole belong? Cole’s clean [...]

 Chris Shalom

The Price is Wrong

The Price is Wrong

At Any Price - Review

At Any Price is boring, but that doesn’t count against it quite as much as you might think. Partway through its running time, the film’s affably conventional melodrama somehow achieves a symbiotic sort of balance with its bleak, un-ironic tale of the dehumanizing “American Dream.” Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron, and Heather Graham are the cast of [...]

 Chris Shalom

Does Anyone Know the Score?

Does Anyone Know the Score?

What's the Score - A Review.

I admit it – I don’t get it. There’s a wonderful tone to David McFadden’sWhat’s the Score?, and it’s philosophically evocative, and some of its individual lines are striking. But I’m not sure that I know what any of it’s really about. The one certain thing is that much of it is travel poetry. The [...]