The “Damages” Season (Series?) Finale Is Tonight!

Damages 

Am I the only one who watches “Damages” on FX?

Seriously, I don’t know anyone else who watches the show aside from my mother. For the uninitiated, “Damages” is a legal drama/suspense/mystery show about Patty Hewes (Glen Close) a top New York Lawyer who is battling wealthy CEO Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson, doing Emmy caliber work) on a case where he is accused of selling his shares of his company’s stock the day before his company went under. As a result, his employees were left without pensions, while he remains a billionaire.

Sounds like a simple premise right? With this show, nothing is simple or what it seems.  

“Damages” is the show that has been quietly owning on Tuesday nights. The acting is top notch. The writing is superb. And the season long mystery arc was just an example of tight storytelling. It’s like a very good suspensful book on screen, and the writers pay very close attention to detail.

This show just worked and worked really freaking well for me. When the show started, I was unsure that they could pull it all off being that the mystery started towards the end. As the show progressed, the weeks leading up to the events in the pilot were filled in. And finally, we have tonights season ender.

The ratings on this show have not been great. But the quality flies above its anemic Nielsen Numbers. Hopefully FX will be smart enough to renew the show for a 2nd season. Glen Close and Rose Byrne are talents that I’m sure FX wants to keep in their stable of stars.

But if the show ended tonight, I would be OK. It has been a thoroughly satisfying ride so far.

Season 1 was good enough to warrant my future DVD purchase.

Damages airs tonight at 10PM on FX.

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“Blackout” HQ/CD Quality Leaks…

Blackout

It was bound to happen. Britney’s 5th studio album “Blackout” has hit the internets. I can’t post any links on here because Jive Records is no joke and shutting sites down who post links. But if you are diligent enough in your Google/Yahoo searches, the CD isn’t hard to find.

My take on the complete album?

It is probably Britney’s best work to date. The CD is straight up, unapologetically Pop Music. It seems while Britney may have forgotton how to dance and perform (as we all witnessed at the VMA’s) she still remembered how to deliver the pop music her fans love and expect from her.

While nothing on the CD quite measures up to the club thumping beats and catchy chorus of “Gimme More”, the CD still has plenty of stand out tracks.

“Piece of Me” is Britney’s bold answer to her critics. “Break The Ice” sounds very much like a Timbaland production. “Heaven on Earth” is straight up Ministry of Sound. It’s Britney’s best attempt at a dance song so far. I can totally see it heating up the dance music stations. “Get Naked” and “Toy Soldier” are the closest to “Gimme More” with their thump factor.  

The CD is also surprisingly cohesive unlike “In The Zone” which took detours into Rock, Techno, and R&B and didn’t have an overall sound. With “Blackout” it’s all futuristic pop and you can tell Britney was in the mood to have fun and party.  

There is only one ballad on the CD and it’s the final track. The song is The Neptunes produced “Why Should I Be Sad”.  It is a very good, and it seems to highlight her rocky relationship with KFed. It’s a good way to close off an uptempo album. For the future I would suggest that Spears work with The Neptunes on more uptempo stuff. Afterall they did give her one of her hottest singles (“I’m A Slave 4 U”).

At the end of the day, “Blackout” is an album that no one (myself included) had much expectations for given the negative set backs that have affected the troubled singer’s career lately. I damn sure didn’t expect the CD to turn out this good. If this is what Britney can pull off with all her troubles in her life lately, I can only imagine how this CD would have sounded if she had less distractions around her.

It seems like there is hope for her comeback afterall. Let’s just get this girl into a dance studio with choreographers to get her back to her former dancing days. I don’t know if I can take another amature strip tease video like “Gimme More”.

“Blackout” officially drops next Tuesday.

My Grade: B

Standout Tracks: “Heaven on Earth”, “Gimme More”, “Get Naked”, “Why Should I Be Sad”