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Monday, August 6, 2001- The Michigan Daily 11 .
dy Moore: Just too young

,Handy Moore, Mandy Moore;
Epic Records
By Japiya Burns
Daily Arts Writer

your producers. "Yo-yo" is another
such song, at first fun, but easy to
see through after awhile: "I'm not a
yo-yol't not a thing you let go."
The album is a lot of fun at first, but
I need something more serious in

music, yet still holding onto your
fan base with trite, shallow material.
I know you have to move forward,
but I just can't be there for that jour-
ney.
All n love,

We wanted to show Scott Wetland's striptease, but the editors wouldn't allow it.
Rock gets rollg
again at Town Fi r
2,,O in1Latrobe, P

Dear Mandy, my life, someone more mature. Japiya
I thought things were going to be On moments like "17," your
special between us, but I'm afraid sweet, melodic ballad ("Just this Grade: C+
it's not going to work out. I imag- once I want to feel like I can do
ined our future stretching out before what I want when I hold tight)," I
us like footprints on the beach. After feel like I understand your youth,
all, your video for "In My Pocket" your hopefulness for the future.
was so vibrant; full of colors, Underneath it all is a naivet6, and I
twirling flames, smiling Asian chil- feel like you're just too young for
dren, upside-down boxing and con- me. "Crush" makes it all too clear,
fident, yet not slutty, sexuality. How with the all-too-painful line, "I've
could I have known your following got a crush on you/I hope you feel
album, Mandy Moore, would be so the way I do." I've had a lot of fun,
disappointing? Mandy, and you're very special to
Don't get me wrong; we've had me, but Mandy Moore is somewhere
our special moments. "One Sided between places.
Love" is a forward, accessible You're talented, have a sweet
groove, but its message of demand- voice and exude sincerity not pres-
ing attention is too routine, as is the ent in your peers, the cottage indus-
same middle-eastern sound from tries which are Christina, Britney
your first single. Where is this com- and Jessica Simpson. But you're
ing from? Why? Sometimes I feel between places, wanting to move
like I just don't understand you or forward into edgier, more personal courtesy of Epic Records
Cake is b w course

By Sonya Sutherland
Daily Arts Writer
Amidst the woodlands, cow pas-
ures and corn fields in the middle of
Pennsylvania, 33,000 hicks, metro-
>olitanites and just about everyone in
between gathered
for what proved to
be the musical
Rolling event of the sum-
mer.
Rock Town The Rolling
Fair 2.0 Rock Town Fair
bvestmoreland 2.0, sponsored by
Fairgrounds Rolling Rock Beer,
July3,2001 brought Stone
Temple Pilots,
Live, Deftones,
Incubus, Staind,
Tantric, Oleander,
Clyde, a beer gar-
den and a host of
show freaks to Westmoreland
grounds for a muggy day of pure
Kicking off the latter half of the
Staind provided the appropriate
duction for the larger-name stars,
rforming their older releases mixed
with tracks from their new album.
hile guitarist Mike Mushok, unable
o stand still, could not contain his
xcitement for his presence in Penn-
ylvania, lead singer Aaron Lewis
rok a calmer approach to the show,
sitting down for an acoustic set,
ich included their smash hit "It's
een a While."
Of course, the mellow attitude
ould not be expected to last on such
hot day. As soon as Incubus took
te stage, teenage girls began swoon-
g at lead singer Brandon Boyd's
ood looks and their male counter-
arts began the mudslinging, which
me a constant activity throughout
est of the day.
Continuing the intensity, the
eftones took stage, playing most of
e songs off of their newer album
'hite Pony and promoting Hanes
riefs as Chino Moreno's pants

remained in a falling-off state, after
being pulled off by the crowd for the
duration of their performance.
The surprise act was Live, who had
seemed to pull an Axel Rose-esque
disappearing act since the mid-90s.
Now back with full force, Live played
most of their older hits, but included
some rocking new songs from their
upcoming album.
The final and perhaps most antici-
pated act was the Stone Temple
Pilots, who outperformed all expecta-
tions of a headlining band. Opening
with the guitar crunching "Dumb
Love" off their new album Shangri-
La-Dee-Da, Scott Weiland and com-
pany presented themselves in true
rock-star format, with Weiland in
some sort of Judas-Priest-Highway-
Patrol-officer-gone-porno costume.
Rocking their hour-and-a-half.
timeslot, the band even included an
acoustic performance, which brought
the four up to the front of the stage to
perform "Creep" and "Sour Girl."
One of their best shows to date, and
a promise of what is to come this fall,
STP couldn't leave the stage without
their final bid to rock - a strip show
from Weiland, who discarded his
pants for the choice American flag.
The makeshift skirt lasted only
moments until bassist Dean Letto
assisted Weiland's disrobing, running
off with the stars and stripes, leaving
the singer only the privacy and pro-
tection of his hands.

Comfort Eagle, Cake; Columbia
Records
By Ryan Blay
Daily Arts Writer
From the opening track - in
which frontman John McCrea
declares (as opposed to "sings," as
that would not match his style) "I
am an opera singer," - to his search
on "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" for a
girl with those two items, it is clear
that Cake knows what it wants.
The band with the quirkiest lyrics
since Beck and the finest use of a
trumpet in current pop music fol-
lows up the just-OK Prolonging the
Magic with a stronger, more confi-
dent sound.
Continuing a penchant for nam-
ing songs after singers ("Frank
Sinatra," from Fashion Nugget, con-
tinues to last with an appearance on
the latest "Sopranos" soundtrack),
Cake gives us "Meanwhile, Rick
James ...," winner of oddest title of
the year. Second place in that cate-
gory goes to "Commissioning a
Symphony in C," track five on the
CD.
McCrea and company triumph
with a unique sound, bringing

together funk, rock and anything
else in its path. The 11-song album
bridges smoothly, letting McCrea
display his range and sometimes
just letting the horns wail sadly
with the background vocals, espe-
cially on the title track.
For those who wonder what it
would be like to hear McCrea actu-
ally sing, check out "Long Line of
Cars," where he does just that. But
even "Arco Arena," a quirky minute
and a half instrumental, reminds the

listener that yes, Cake can play their
instruments.
There is no "The Distance" or
"Never There" on this CD, although
the group is releasing the aforemen-
tioned "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" as
its first single. But fear not, Cake-
ophiles, Comfort Eagle falls just.
shy of Fashion Nugget in quality,
and that's not bad at all. Sounds like
Columbia has a good thing going.
Grade: A-

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