ALBUMS / Dog leaves them begging for more

SNOOP DOGGY DOGG

Doggystyle

(eastwest 6544922791)

With advance orders in America pushing the two million mark, Snoop Doggy Dogg's Doggystyle looks set to be the first debut album to enter the charts at number one. Snoop's talents have already been extensively featured on Dr Dre's multi-million-selling The Chronic, and the demand thus aroused has obviously not been harmed by his arrest for murder.

Snoop is certainly a doggy old dog: a cool, leering caricature of amoral phallocentrism and 'nigga' behaviour in which virility has become inextricably confused with casual violence. Doggystyle opens with a succession of explanatory raps about his hedonist interests, brutally interrupted by the gunshots announcing 'Murder Was The Case'.

This track sees Snoop gunned down, plea-bargaining with God, then entering prison on a murder rap. It's the art which his life imitates, in which the concluding image speaks powerfully of a life of perpetual paranoia on both sides of the wall.

Snoop's cool is matched by the blend of Seventies funk and sinister breakbeats that has made Dr Dre the production player of the year. But rap- wise, there's nothing much new here; and the ethical and political dimension is entirely absent from his work. What's on offer is the sheer appeal of delinquency.

VARIOUS ARTISTS

The Beavis And Butt-head

Experience

(Geffen GED 24613)

As delinquents go, MTV's cartoon duo Beavis and Butt-head are as pathetic as any: a sniggering pre-teen Wayne & Garth. Their tastes run to hardcore rap and death-metal, and their critical vocabulary stretches only to 'This is rilly cool' or 'This sucks]', comments frequently repeated on the promo videos played on their show.

This is a collection of death- themed delights deemed 'cool': Megadeth's '99 Ways To Die', Nirvana's 'I Hate Myself And Want To Die', Anthrax's 'Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun'. With a couple of rap tracks, contributions from such as Aerosmith and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and an amusing spoof soul number, it makes for a surprisingly approachable album, spoiled only by the duet with Cher on 'I Got You Babe', which rilly, rilly sucks.

GUNS N' ROSES

The Spaghetti Incident?

(Geffen GED 24617)

An album of mainly punk covers, The Spaghetti Incident? is actually Guns N' Roses's most enjoyable LP, since, though they can play a bit, they have never been able to write a decent song of their own.

Alas, their idea of a good song extends to the likes of The UK Subs, whose 'Down On The Farm' is graced with a DickVanDykean cock-er-knee accent from Axl Rose. The track which really fits them like a glove is The New York Dolls' 'Human Being', which they whip into a perfect lather.

The album's good-natured noisy fun is bookended by a couple of excruciating tracks. Rose's vocal on The Skyliners' 'Since I Don't Have You' is hysterical; and, not listed on the sleeve, is an appalling ballad, 'Look At Your Game, Girl', written by Charles Manson. He may be a criminal psychopath, but to use the Butt- headian vernacular, as a songwriter Charlie's a complete wuss.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Nick Hewer, Lord Alan Sugar, Karren Brady are returning for The Apprentice series 10

TV
Arts and Entertainment
There has been a boom in ticket sales for female comics, according to an industry survey

comedy
Arts and Entertainment
Angelina Jolie and Winona Ryder star in 'Girl, Interrupted'

TV
Arts and Entertainment
From left to right: Ed Stoppard as Brian Epstein, Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black and Elliott Cowan as George Martin in 'Cilla'

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Thomas Pynchon in 1955, left, and Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix in Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of his novel, Inherent Vice

film
Arts and Entertainment

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Singer Nicole Scherzinger will join the cast of Cats

theatre
Arts and Entertainment
Fans were left surprised by the death on Sunday night's season 26 premiere

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Emma Watson has become the latest target of the 4Chan nude hacking scandal

film
Arts and Entertainment
Lady Mary goes hunting with suitor Lord Gillingham

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Nick Dunne, played by Ben Affleck, finds himself at the centre of a media storm when his wife is reported missing and assumed dead

film
Arts and Entertainment
Lindsay Lohan made her West End debut earlier this week in 'Speed-the-Plow'

theatre
Arts and Entertainment
Artist Nathan Sawaya stands with his sculpture 'Yellow' at the Art of Brick Exhibition

art
Arts and Entertainment
'Strictly Come Dancing' attracted 6.53 million viewers on Friday
tv
Arts and Entertainment
David Tennant plays Detective Emmett Carver in the US version on Broadchurch

tv
Arts and Entertainment
The Doctor goes undercover at Coal Hill School in 'The Caretaker'
tv
Arts and Entertainment
Ni , Rock of Rah, Vanuatu: The Ni live on one of the smallest islands of Vanuatu; Nelson flew five hours from Sydney to capture the 'isolation forged by their remoteness'
photographyJimmy Nelson travelled the world to photograph 35 threatened tribes in an unashamedly glamorous style
Arts and Entertainment
David Byrne
musicDavid Byrne describes how the notorious First Lady's high life dazzled him out of a career low
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    Italian couples fake UK divorce scam on an ‘industrial scale’

    Welcome to Maidenhead, the divorce capital of... Italy

    A look at the the legal tourists who exploited our liberal dissolution rules
    Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

    Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

    The vintage series has often been criticised for racial stereotyping
    An app for the amorous: Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?

    An app for the amorous

    Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?
    Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid. Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?

    Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid

    Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?
    Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

    Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

    After a few early missteps with Chekhov, her acting career has taken her to Hollywood. Next up is a role in the BBC’s gangster drama ‘Peaky Blinders’
    She's having a laugh: Britain's female comedians have never had it so good

    She's having a laugh

    Britain's female comedians have never had it so good, says stand-up Natalie Haynes
    Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LED lights designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows

    Let there be light

    Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LEDs designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows
    Great British Bake Off, semi-final, review: Richard remains the baker to beat

    Tensions rise in Bake Off's pastry week

    Richard remains the baker to beat as Chetna begins to flake
    Paris Fashion Week, spring/summer 2015: Time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris

    A look to the future

    It's time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris
    The 10 best bedspreads

    The 10 best bedspreads

    Before you up the tog count on your duvet, add an extra layer and a room-changing piece to your bed this autumn
    Arsenal vs Galatasaray: Five things we learnt from the Emirates

    Arsenal vs Galatasaray

    Five things we learnt from the Gunners' Champions League victory at the Emirates
    Stuart Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

    Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

    This deal gives England a head-start to prepare for 2019 World Cup, says Chris Hewett
    Ebola outbreak: The children orphaned by the virus – then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection

    The children orphaned by Ebola...

    ... then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection
    Pride: Are censors pandering to homophobia?

    Are censors pandering to homophobia?

    US film censors have ruled 'Pride' unfit for under-16s, though it contains no sex or violence
    The magic of roundabouts

    Lords of the rings

    Just who are the Roundabout Appreciation Society?