I've had a chance to listen to quite a bit of music so far on my vacation. Recently, it's been:
Robyn Miller—Myst (soundtrack). I never played Myst beyond the first couple hours (demo), though I played the sequel, Riven. It's nice background music. It works well enough for playing during World of Warcraft; a couple weeks ago, I finally decided that nine months of listening to the in-box music was a little crazy, and started using Winamp during the game. The pause/forward/back buttons on my keyboard have been extremely helpful. Anyway, the CD is fine; nothing essential, but fine.
Adema—Planets. Adema lost their lead singer after their last album, so this is their first CD with the new guy. It's awful. The old guy had an interesting, quirky voice, the songs were often heartfelt, and it was melodic, for hard rock. The new guy has a super-generic hard rock voice (wraaaaahhh! I'm extreme!), and it's all just horribly bland. Definitely not worth the price of admission, which was admittedly only ten bucks.
Kanye West—Late Registration. Luckily, this one was good. Like any other rap album anymore, it's chock-full of guest stars, but at least that helps to keep up the pleasant variety between the tracks. There are two versions of Diamonds from Sierra Leone (the bonus track that doesn't include Jay-Z is much better), still my favorite track on the CD after hearing the rest. Addiction is sexy. Gone (with Consequence and Cam'Ron) is definitely a close #2 to Diamonds, though, not just because it's mostly strings in the background. The video for Gold Digger with Jamie Foxx also should win some sort of award for most creative censorship of the N-word despite it being an important part of the rhyme of the original song: they rhyme it with the word "broke," and it actually works.
I've still got 22 albums queued up to listen to (not all this week, of course); I love it. Up next are Bond Remixed (Bond, not James Bond), The Cosmic Game by Thievery Corporation, and Fisherman's Woman by Emiliana Torrini.