Let it Rock: Music to Get You Through Valentine’s Day. Laughing All the Way.

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One thing this week’s new music releases have in common is that they’re engaging. Seriously engaging. I laughed. I cried. I nodded my head in agreement. OK, so maybe I didn’t cry – except when I heard the cheesiest song ever – but I laughed a lot.

And considering this week is Valentine’s week, The Lonely Island’s Incredibad may be just the music you need to get you out of your gloom and get ROFLing. Lily Allen’s new album will help you realize you aren’t alone in that crazy dating world. And Ryan Leslie will make you want to groove with your honey, if you do in fact have one. Just, whatever you do, don’t listen to his “Valentine.” Trust me.

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Lily Allen- It’s Not Me, It’s You

England’s Lily Allen is back at it after a somewhat drama-filled year with her new body and new album, It’s Not Me, It’s You. Aside from the return of Lily’s beautifully gentle voice, the album is truly entertaining. Each song tells a story, and one that most of us can relate to. In “Not Fair,” she talks about the unfairness of dating a great guy who just happens to be bad in bed. You’ve been there, right? Seriously, almost every song on the album made me say, “Umm yes, ME TOO!” Have a guy who doesn’t get the point that you’re not interested and won’t stop calling you? In “Never Gonna Happen,” Lily sings: “How on Earth could I be any more obvious?/It never really did and now it’s never gonna happen with the two of us.” On the other hand, “Him” made me feel like Lily was trying too hard as she questions what God thinks of us and the world we live in. “Do you think he’d drive in his car without insurance?/Now is he interesting or do you think he’d bore us?” It reminded me of Joan Osbourne’s “If God Was One of Us,” but cheesier. Overall, though, Lily’s album is sure to entertain and yes, I like it a lot better than Katy Perry’s. But I’ll let you choose for yourself.

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The Lonely Island- Incredibad

The Lonely Island? Who’s that? Unless you’re living under a rock somewhere, you most definitely know The Lonely Island, even if not by name. Come on. “Dick in a Box”? “Jizz in My Pants”? And the most recent, “I’m on a Boat,” featuring T-Pain? Yes, you probably know most of these songs from Saturday Night Live. More specifically they come from SNL writers Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone, who form the group The Lonely Island. You have to admit, in a time where SNL is becoming less and less funny, it’s these little musical skits that keep the show alive. Basically, if you love those SNL digital shorts, you will be obsessed with The Lonely Island’s new album, Incredibad. Although, I have to warn you: it can be frustrating to listen to the album alone, because you will me laughing your butt off and wishing someone was there to laugh with you. My personal favorite track is “Like a Boss,” in which Andy Samberg relays a day in the life of a boss (in an office): “Talk to corporate (like a boss)/Approve memos (like a boss)/Lead a workshop (like a boss).” You get the point. I’m also a big fan of “We Like Sportz” and “Natalie’s Rap,” in which actress Natalie Portman raps about her life, which is very different than you might expect. So, Incredibad might not be the kind of music you’re used to in the traditional sense, but if you have a sense of humor at all, you won’t be able to get enough of it.

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Ryan Leslie- Ryan Leslie

You might know Ryan Leslie as the music producer who discovered singer Cassie. Well now he’s singing along with her on his debut album, Ryan Leslie. Yes, he had another debut attempt in 2005, but let’s just say the album never hit shelves in the U.S.. His new album promises to be much catchier, especially with the track “Addicted,” his duet with Cassie and Fabolous, which is my favorite track on the album. “You’re Fly” is another song that I’d classify as low-key dancing music or getting ready for a night on the town music. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the album also includes a song called “Valentine,” but in my opinion, it’s the cheesiest song on Earth right from the start: “Valentine. Be mine” Ryan speaks. It doesn’t get any better with, “I know you’re not my girlfriend, but I swear that I love you.” Sure, the song is perfect for singing along with, but I have a huge aversion to cheesy lyrics, and these ones are on the same level as New Kids on the Block and Ne-Yo’s “Single.” Overall, Ryan Leslie strikes me as perfect for anyone who enjoys the tempo and beat of Cassie’s music, but prefers being crooned to in the falsetto by a hot man.

[Album Images are from Amazon.com]

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