Heavy smoke rises from the Westgate Mall in Nairobi Kenya Monday Sept. 23 2013. Multiple large blasts have rocked the mall where a hostage siege is in its third day. Associated Press reporters on the scene heard multiple blasts and a barrage of gunfire. Security forces have been attempting to rescue an unknown number of hostages inside the mall held by al-Qaida-linked terrorists.  (AP Photo/ Jerome Delay)

While there were introspective lyrics and moments on Take Care, the album was filled with songs meant to be played at top volume with the windows rolled down. The party is over now. Nothing is for dark rooms and headphones. There are few hooks here, almost no choruses, not much to sing along to. The heart-on-his-sleeve rapper with a million friends and the tightest of crews seems all alone here after ridding himself of fake friends, trying to sort out why all the success, the money, the drugs and the women leave him with a hollow feeling. He tells us over the course of the album how his relationships with his family and friends, like Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj, have been strained. The only pleasant memories seem to come from his childhood represented by that chubby-cheeked cherub in the cover painting and the 90s are all over the album, serving as touchstone, reminder and measuring stick. He references the Wu-Tang Clan in the song Wu-Tang Forever and in a half-dozen other places. Nothing is full of the kind of studied minimalism and sped-up soul vocal samples favored by RZA and his acolytes like West, who well get back to in a minute. But hes not aping the game-changers as much as using them as a landmark. So the biggest star in the rap world retreats. Ive been plottin on the low, he sings on Furthest Thing, Schemin on the low, the furthest thing from perfect like everybody I know. Its moments like this that differentiate Nothing Was the Same from the years other releases in the three-way battle for king of the hill. Where Yeezus shows us West has turned confrontational in the post-fame portion of his career and Jay Z has become condescending with Magna Carta … Holy Grail, Drake becomes more and more confessional with each release.

Heavy smoke rises from the Westgate Mall in Nairobi Kenya Monday Sept. 23 2013. Multiple large blasts have rocked the mall where a hostage siege is in its third day. Associated Press reporters on the scene heard multiple blasts and a barrage of gunfire. Security forces have been attempting to rescue an unknown number of hostages inside the mall held by al-Qaida-linked terrorists.  (AP Photo/ Jerome Delay)

But while they had energy, humor and good songs in abundance, Board is dull. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas The 15 cuts suggest Elton and producer T Bone Burnett werent fully committed to the trio concept. Bass and drums remain subdued throughout, and several songs are dressed up with strings and backup singers. Meanwhile, John plays polite piano in starchy renditions of generic ballads. Theres no Bad Side of the Moon here. Longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin wrote the lyrics, which read as if he mailed them in. I went to Paris once, I thought I had a plan, I woke up with an accent, I wound up in quicksand, goes the chorus to My Quicksand, which does create a sinking feeling. The hourlong album is heavily back loaded, and the final three cuts are the best. Mexican Vacation (Kids in the Candlelight) swings with a gospel feel, and the inventive instrumental, Dream #3, offers more surprises than anything else in the set. On the autobiographical closing title cut, Sir Elton is supported by warm horns and is convincing as a cabaret singer. Its a better role for him than trying to reclaim his youth. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

He was led to the Bavarian town of Mittenwald after cracking a code believed to be hidden in a music score. Three attempts have been made in recent weeks to find buried Nazi treasure in the Bavarian town of Mittenwald, close to the Austrian border. Even though the holes in the ground have since been filled, the traces left by drills and blue markings are still visible below a thin layer of autumn leaves. Authorities granted permission for the undertaking in “a bid for clarity,” and before too long, the story was making headlines in local papers. “The Hunt for Nazi Gold,” the Garmisch-Partenkirchner Tagblatt called it. Residents’ reactions range from annoyed to amused. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” says one. “I can’t wait to see what they find down there,” says another. Behind it all is 51-year-old Leon Giesen, a Dutch filmmaker and musician with a tantalizing theory. He is convinced that Nazi treasure is languishing below Mittenwald’s roads — gold or diamonds, at the very least. The whole idea of Nazi gold has long held a grip on the public imagination, and as a former Nazi stronghold, Bavaria provides fertile soil for many an aspiring Indiana Jones.

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On the third CD by the worlds first major Jewish/Canadian hip-hop star, you wont find any more moping about a lost love, or any striving to be accepted as a major rap player. Drake’s new CD, ‘Nothing Was the Same’ Thats a risk. Both approaches played key parts in the distinction, and appeal, of Drakes biggest album, 2011s Take Care. To the contrary, this time the star declares, Im on my worst behavior, setting up a long run of raps favored activities: chest-pumping, argument-starting and score-settling. Right at the start, Drake evens the playing field with one of raps giants, boasting Im as famous as my mentor (i.e., Lil Wayne). From there, he whips out declarations like Im the kid with the motormouth/Im the one you should worry about, Im holding all the cards/and nas wanna play chess, or simply Im the big homie. In his new music, Drake isnt being especially ingratiating or cottoning to commercial expectations, not that he ever did. Yet, even more so than before, the songs float and wander rather than punch or force. Its not an original approach. Kanye Wests 808s & Heartbreak and Kid Cudis Man on the Moon pioneered this arty, understated and internalized style for hip hop. Drake has a comeback for that, too. It aint who did it first/its about who did it good, he raps. Thats one of many self-aware and funny lines that pepper the CD. They should put a few more mirrors in here/so I can stare at myself, he cracks in Pound Cake. I make mistakes/Im the second to admit it, he allows in Tuscan Leather, while in All Me he compares himself to toilet paper.