CD Reviews


Annalise Emerick - Field Notes

Not a lot of artists that we profile on Music News Nashville actually are from here. That makes Annalise Emerick a little unique. But, seriously, all you have to do is take one listen to this woman and her talent, and you will come away with a deep appreciation for all that she brings to the table as an artist - whether she's from Plano, TX or Savanna, IL, she's just plain good. But - as a music reviewer, I am pained with a...

Icons Shine on Summertime DVD Titles

Singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel, composer piano man Elton John and hard rock outfit Guns N' Roses revisit their rich legacies on newly-released DVD/Blu-ray titles. Artist: Peter Gabriel. Title: Back to Front - Live in London (Eagle Rock Entertainment). You might like if you enjoy: Elbow, Radiohead, Genesis. Tell me more: Few artists have had the kind of lasting and wide-ranging impact as English singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel. Whether...

Lanks – Thousand Piece Puzzle EP

Lanks’ Thousand Piece Puzzle EP is just that – crossing between genres and splitting it’s influences to bring you 6 dynamic tracks of musical gems. Lanks wows us yet again with the release of his debut solo EP, Thousand Piece Puzzle. That same elegiac aesthetic we heard in Rises and Falls earlier this year is conveyed in the Melbourne musician’s first offering, a collection of six impressive gems. The completely self-produced EP is a resplendent...

Colt Ford - Thanks For Listening

One of Colt Ford's early radio singles, "Mr. Goodtime," is one of the descriptions I would use when describing the Georgia native's unique style of music. At the end of the day, the question of whether it is Country, Rock, Rap - or a little bit of all styles - isn't as important as is the question of whether one had a good time listening to his music. He knows how to entertain his audience, and knows what they want - valuing each...

Doug Briney - Super Country Cowboy

Doug Briney is a hot running artist/band from Nashville. His latest CD is entitled “Super Country Cowboy.” Nowadays making music is so accessible to anyone and being that we have the do it yourself attitude, it just makes sense. Most bands don’t want to sit around just waiting for someone to make our dreams come true, they are doing it themselves. This latest album by Briney is an extremely bright, cheerful, at times powerful staple that captures the pure essence of Classic ...

Mitch Goudy - Ain't My Fault

Iowa native Mitch Goudy counts music among his earliest memories growing up. For the lead single from his upcoming sophomore disc, Goudy showcases his growing vocal range on this infectious up-tempo number about how that special someone always has way of getting to him. The production on this is very hip and rock-infused, but at the center of the track is Goudy's impressive vocal approach - which only continues...

Jim Lauderdale - I'm A Song

Since the late 1980s, the vocal and writing style of one Jim Lauderdale has been one that is one of the most identifiable sounds in Country or Americana music. Simply put, when you hear him sing - or hear one of his songs recorded by another artist - you know exactly who it is. Lauderdale's compositions have been recorded by names like Strait, Loveless, Jones, and Womack - as well as himself! For his latest album, the...

Duncan Street - Baptised By The Blues

Duncan Street’s Baptized By The Blues is just what the doctor ordered – a powerful album laid out with the basic instrumentation and high emotional expression of a blues standard. Dave Duncan has been at it for many years, not only composing for numerous blues and country artists, but also for his solo albums, which have featured the likes of Delbert McClinton. Together with Stan Street, it’s no wonder that the duo has put out such an enjoyable album.

Sasha Mercedes - Painful Part Of Love

Minnesota native Sasha Mercedes definitely qualifies as a vocalist. Her vocal style is one that is very much capable of captivating you and moving you emotionally at the same time. That was the case with her last project, and she continues to only get stronger with this - her latest release. This five-cut EP begins with the rolling and rollicking "Turn It Loose," which gives her a chance to show just what she can do with a tempo...

V. Rose - Forever After

Admittedly, EDM isn't one of my strong suits. But, when I put the latest CD from V. Rose into the system, two things became apparent rather quickly. There's quite a bit of attention paid to vocals, as the songstress shows a great deal of range and personality. It's not all about the technical bells and whistles, and the songwriting here is nothing short of first-rate. These lyrics are snappy, to the point, memorable...

Amanda Homi - Till I Reach Bombay

“She’s been evolved since time began / Throw down your guns and stop your war / Let’s work it out on the dance floor,” sings New York artist Amanda Homi, celebrating the healing power of women on “Dancing Girls” – the middle eastern-flavored opening track of her latest album, “Till I Reach Bombay.” Produced and arranged by Graham Hawthorne, and released on the Drumgirl label, this eclectic pop/world-fused collection of her 11 solo-penned and co-penned...

Willie Nelson - Band Of Brothers

It's a testament to the never-ending popularity of Willie Nelson that this disc has already made a little bit of musical history this week - with its' debut atop the Billboard Country Albums chart, marking the first time Nelson has been at the top of the list since 1986. Nelson has always been an artist that you absolutely love - or one that drives you crazy with his unique phrasing. And, that's not a bad thing. It's a mark of his...

Bugs – Home, Alone

As advanced recording and music production technology becomes easier to access (anyone with an internet connection, a recent model computer and a knowledge of torrents can use Ableton), the impulse for producers to look backwards grows stronger. There grows an almost cultish obsession among musicians and music listeners for more unwanted crackles, distressing compression, and an altogether noisy experience.

Violet Swells – Soft Focus

Far out man, Australian psychedelic music is, like, really going off right now. Another week, another wicked homegrown band bravely exploring the psychedelic frontier for the good of humankind. This time, we bring you Tasmanian psych-pop six-piece, Violet Swells. Launching into the cosmos this year, rocketeer Ben Simms began his sonic exploration within his Hobart bedroom. Under the influence of Brian Wilson, Syd Barrett and film scores, he experimented...

NOWON – That Was Then

Sydney has a flair for producing top-notch electronic artists that are able to see beyond the general spectrum. Producing artists like Seekae, Golden Blonde, Cosmo’s Midnight and with Flume finding commercial success in this sound, the city seems to emit wavelengths at a different frequency to everyone else in this generation of laptop cowboys. Now we’ve discovered NOWON, the collaboration of Sydney based producers Owen...
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