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November 7, 2013

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A&E | NOISE MUSIC | HIP-HOP EMINEM The Marshall Mathers LP 2 AABCC Whether it be as his drugaddled and murder-frenzied alter ego Slim Shady, or as the brooding, serious Marshall Mathers, now-41year-old rapper Eminem has been able to either create thought-provoking material or mother-shocking bodies of work since he joined the major label rap spectrum in 1999 with The Slim Shady LP and the brutally perfect single "My Name Is." So it's hard to figure out what The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is supposed to be. It doesn't disguise Em's lyrical flexibility but often loses itself in lengthy, uncreative tirades (opener "Bad Guy") and out-of-character showoff tracks that adopt ugly modern rap styles and name drops ("Rap God"), to say nothing of "Berzerk," the manic, Beastie Boys-borrowing single inexplicably killing the charts right now. You can't say the whole project was a bust; there were still some cool ideas for the aging rap star. But historically speaking, Eminem usually redeems himself with a couple bombshell tracks. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is disappointingly devoid. –Max Plenke M U S I C | WO R L D B E AT M.I.A. Matangi AABCC Forever whipping up tempests in her social-media teapot, M.I.A. generated quite the "controversy" by obsessively posting about her "clash" with Interscope over this "notoriously long delayed" effort. Don't Google the details. They're boring, and they'll likely cloud your judgment of an otherwise perfectly fine collection. After 2010's Maya dumped the pop hooks and upped the political paranoia, Matangi is less concerned about art and mostly preoccupied with moving butts. That's a good thing, of course, since no one does the pan-global, blasé-rapper, bhangra-banger thing better. But a real downer comes at the end of "Come Walk With Me." She samples herself. It's always lame when artists sample themselves, but this particular byte—"M.I.A. comin' back with power-power"—is swiped from 2007's Kaya, an album that kicked you in the ribcage. This one just sounds really nice while you do the dishes. –Smith Galtney MUSIC | INDIE NOW HIRING Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company is looking for a Senior Manager of Community & Consumer Engagement. You'll need a bachelor's degree or an MBA, 5+ years of strategic agency or brand marketing experience, plus a never-ending desire to work on a great brand with great people. Must be willing to make Santa Fe, NM your new home. To see if you qualify & for more information, go to www.SFNTC.com/getajob Passionate Enhance brand equity, differentiation & trial. Engaging Develop cost-effective engagement strategies, tactics & training. MOONFACE Julia With Blue Jeans On AAAAC Spencer Krug's music has always been characterized by a certain intensity of spirit, but even that only hinted at his full emotional potency. Third Moonface album Julia With Blue Jeans On rips away the ex-Wolf Parade/ Sunset Rubdown man's usual compositional intricacies, laying bare his voice and piano and drilling down to the raw power of his melodies and lyrics. The songs, all directly or obliquely about love, pierce straight to the heart. If "Let me take you up these stairs/Let me take you to my life," from "November 2011," doesn't leave eyes watery, this chilling turn of phrase, from "Barbarian," surely will: "I recall how I asked you where you want to be buried/And you asked me the name of the town where I was born." Or maybe, Krug's hands, cascading 'cross the ivory, do the real spine-tickling, wordlessly heralding a generational talent with skills he's still revealing. –Spencer Patterson Explorer Work with agency partners to analyze learnings & ensure success. Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company is an Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action Employer. We require all employees to be 21 or older. © SFNTC 4 2013 255060 43_Noise_2_20131107.indd 43 11/6/13 3:47 PM

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