Three new enhanced CDs
Despite reports to the contrary, don’t count out the enhanced CD just yet. Sure, the genre faltered as it struggled to find its place on CD-ROM and music shelves. But now some new releases may transform the ECD from mere novelty to viable entertainment.
The Barenaked Ladies follow up their playful Born on a Pirate Ship with Rock Spectacle, a live recording from the Canuck quintet’s 1996 tour. Designed as a menu of boob-tube programs, their BNL TV offers 10 channels of witty and weird shows, like Abs of Lard and drummer Tyler Stewart’s Living.
Her Majesty the Baby, San Francisco’s Elastica/Enya hybrid, take an artsy-but-not-fartsy spin with Mary, utilizing mesmerizing collage animations for each of the 11 songs on their engaging debut.
On Holly Cole’s fourth album, It Happened One Night, a striking and spare multimedia design echoes the cool Canadian jazz-pop chanteuse’s stripped-down style, with revelatory interviews (on percussionist Dougie Bowne’s penchant for drumming pizza boxes) and six videos (like a sexy and haunting rendition of Tom Waits’ ”Train Song”). All titles: A