Lindsey CookCold Days(Spezio)7.42391Goes well with: Lisa Loeb, Anya Marina, JewelTalented San Diego singer-songwriter Lindsey Cook testifies to an up beat on her new EP, Cold Days. Cook poses quintessential girl questions and dishes confessional anecdotes throughout. Her emotions are best displayed on her acoustic songs, which should have been the focus of this EP. Unfortunately, bare-bones is largely shunned for a fully fleshed-out band sound.
'Know Me a Minute,' sends a catchy, Lisa Loeb-like feel-good vibe with the lyrics 'You will find I'm playing safe / and I'm crossing lines singing.' What's safe on Cold Days are the lyrics, which provide only sporadic detail despite a sense that Cook possesses a complicated personality that could show more. The music is Southern California cool, backed by Andrew Heine (bass, piano) and Damon De La Paz on drums. It's good, but it would shine even more if Cook embraced her heartache and traded in surface pep for a more languished tone. After all, if she's so emotionally complex, then why is her music so damn chill?-Jessica Rae CortezCOMING TO TOWNRooneyCalling the World, (Geffen)With Rooney's 2003 debut for Geffen, they showed gentle promise as one of the thousands of new harmony-pop bands--but with this release, it sounds like a studio professional went in and siphoned out the charm. Rooney plays at the Belly Up on Thursday, Nov. 1.WeenLa Cucaracha, (Rounder)If there's one thing you can count on with Ween, it's stylistic vertigo. La Cucaracha is no different-a dizzy, stop-start pop album that makes Beck's music seem mainlined and risk-averse by comparison. Ween plays at House of Blues on Monday, Nov. 5.Jonas BrothersJonas Brothers, (Columbia)If a few teenagers entered the studio with the sole purpose of scoring the next straight-to-DVD Disney movie with a plot line focused on summer camp foibles, it'd sound a lot like this. Jonas Brothers play at House of Blues on Saturday, Nov. 3 (early show).HansonThe Walk, (Cooking Vinyl)All but the severely jaded wanted such great things for the post-'MMMBop' release from Hanson. Now fully grown, seasoned musicians, they unfortunately prove on The Walk that their youthful exuberance may have been a vital attribute. Hanson plays at House of Blues on Saturday, Nov. 3 (late show). EnonGrass Geysers... Carbon Clouds, (Touch & Go)Seemingly incapable of releasing a bad album, Carbon Clouds once again displays Enon's potent one-two punch--John Schmersal's jarring guitar work with Toko Yasuda's yogurt-smooth vocals. Enon plays at The Casbah on Sunday, Nov. 4.