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Tax Day Special and Opinions on TV on the Radio & Britney Spears

The Sound Opinions Tax Day Special: Jim and Greg provide the perfect soundtrack to help listeners beat their tax day blues. Plus, reviews of TV on the Radio and Britney Spears.

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Britney Spears Femme Fatale

Britney Spears isn‘t a schoolgirl anymore. Seven albums in, she’s now a record industry veteran, which begs the question: is she over? Her latest album Femme Fatale debuted at #1, but with only 276,000 copies sold. That's nothing compared to artists like Taylor Swift and Eminem. And, as Jim and Greg add, where does Britney fit in these days when you have Katy Perry on one end of the pop spectrum and Lady Gaga on the other? They also wonder where she fits in on her own album, which has 28 songwriters and 13 producers. It's a well-oiled machine, and a very well-produced one, but Britney is almost incidental. Jim calls Femme Fatale soulless and gives it a Trash It rating. Greg doesn't argue with this, but recommends listeners Burn It just to hear the top notch production.

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Tax Day Special

No matter what bracket you are in, no one likes paying taxes. Nothing makes things more tolerable, though, than great music. So Jim and Greg have compiled the perfect playlist for Tax Day:

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TV on the Radio Nine Types of Light

After taking a small hiatus and dabbling in film projects, TV on the Radio is back with its fourth album. The Brooklyn art rockers are one of the best bands to come out in the last decade, according to Jim and Greg. Nine Types of Light is a more optimistic, ballad-heavy album, which normally Greg wouldn‘t say is the kind of record for him. But it’s so layered and substantive that he says definitely Buy It. Jim puts them up there with Radiohead, and compares the subtle rhythms on this release to that on King of Limbs. He also praises the singing. Nine Types of Light gets two types of Buy Its.

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Featured Songs

  1. Britney Spears, Till The World Ends, Femme Fatale, Jive, 2011
  2. Britney Spears, Trip To Your Heart, Femme Fatale, Jive, 2011
  3. Johnny Paycheck, Me And The IRS, Armed And Crazy, Epic, 1979
  4. T-Bone Burnett, Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend, Trap Door, Warner Bros., 1982
  5. The Beatles, Taxman, Revolver, Capitol, 1966
  6. Ol' Dirty Bastard, Got Your Money (Instrumental), Got Your Money (single, Elektra, 1999
  7. Cheap Trick, Taxman, Mr. Thief, Cheap Trick, Epic, 1977
  8. Fenton Robinson, Somebody Loan Me A Dime, Somebody Loan Me A Dime, Alligator, 1974
  9. The Kinks, Sunny Afternoon, Face To Face, Reprise, 1966
  10. Wu-Tang Clan, C.R.E.A.M., Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Loud, 1993
  11. Johnny Cash, After Taxes, I Would Like To See You Again, Columbia, 1978
  12. Wanda Jackson, Money, Honey, Wanda Jackson, Capitol, 1958
  13. Spinal Tap, Gimme Some Money, This Is Spinal Tap, Polydor, 1984
  14. Barrett Strong, Money (That's What I Want), 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Barrett Strong, Motown, 2003
  15. The Beatles, Money (That's What I Want), With The Beatles, Capitol, 1963
  16. The Flying Lizards, Money (That's What I Want), The Flying Lizards, Virgin, 1979
  17. ABBA, Money, Money, Money, Arrival, PolyGram, 1977
  18. TV On The Radio, Caffeinated Consciousness, Nine Types Of Light, Interscope, 2011
  19. TV On The Radio, Second Song, Nine Types Of Light, Interscope, 2011
  20. Pink Floyd, Money, Dark Side Of The Moon, Capitol, 1973
  21. Bob Dylan & The Band, Long Distance Operator, The Basement Tapes, Columbia, 1975
  22. Bob Dylan (with Joan Baez), It Ain't Me Babe, The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6: Bob Dylan Live 1964 - Concert at Philharmonic Hall., Columbia/Legacy, 2004
  23. Bob Dylan, Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic, The Bootleg Series, Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964, Sony Music, 2010

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