CD Reviews


Anthonie Tonnon - Successor

There’s something absolutely sweet when listening to Successor, the debut album from Anthonie Tonnon. His easy going vocals, the twangy guitars, the peppering of pop sensibilities. All very endearing elements to the listener. It’s one of those albums that feels like stories from your home town told by a stranger that knows too much. Think of this album as the...

Grenadiers - Summer

We need to change our national slogan (if we don’t have one already) to “Fuck it’s fucking cold“, because you can’t start a conversation or scroll through your social media feed without coming into contact with the phrase. We’re sun worshippers, always have been and always will be. These chilly mists just don’t agree with our beach going, barbecuing...

Hank Woji - The Working Life

A 13-track album of impassioned acoustic Americana from a Texas-based East Coaster, this marks the third release from a guy with a clear empathy for the troubles and struggles of the working man. The dedication in the cover with thanks to the late Pete Seeger gives more than a hint of this guys thinking in general. Backed by his big 12-string acoustic guitar...

Early Summer Includes Hot New Music Releases

Music lovers have to be pleased with the parade of stellar releases that are being released in the first few weeks of summer. Artist: Kacey Musgraves. Title: Pageant Material (Mercury Nashville). You might like if you enjoy: Kacey Musgraves' debut "Same Trailer Different Park" Tell me more: One of the few successful artists...

Music Worth Buying - Florence + the Machine and Laura Marling

Orange County Register (CA) music critic Robert Kinsler and his co-host, TJR review new CDs. This week we look at the latest releases by Laura Marling and Florence and The Machine.

ALTA - Awake For Days

Master Melbourne duo, ALTA (not to be confused with Asta) graces and experiments with the electronic Australian music scene once again with their newly released EP, Awake For Days. The stylish girl-boy band concept never seemed more fun with vocalist Hannah Lesser and producer Julius Dowson who take on electric sound waves, upbeat synths...

A Trio of Legends Grace New Multi-Format Releases

Fans of The Rolling Stones, Carole King and Asia have to celebrate the release of highly-anticipated multi-format titles that have all found their release on June 23. Artist: The Rolling Stones. Title: From The Vault: The Marquee – Live in 1971 (Eagle Rock Entertainment). You might like if you enjoy: The Rolling Stones' 1970s recordings...

Rock, Blues and Roots Treasures Highlighted on New Discs

Leave it to the gifted likes of Dawes, Roy Rogers, John Wetton, Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, and The Rolling Stones to mix it up on their latest releases. Artist: Dawes. Title: All Your Favorite Bands (HUB Records). You might like if you enjoy: Jackson Browne, The Eagles, CCR. Tell me more: While Dawes is at the forefront of today's globe-spanning roots and...

Billy Price and Otis Clay - This Time For Real

Soul music at its best here. As usual, there's nothing to fault with Otis Clay, a genuine voice of southern soul from backwoods Mississippi who learned his craft in the churches, bars and Juke Joints of his native deep south before moving, like many musicians before him, to the northern blues capital, Chicago. Here he refined his craft and became an important and...

Dan Livingstone & The Griffintown Jug Addicts - Self-Titled

This is a delicious album full of traditional, acoustic blues music from an American picker now based in French Canada, Montreal. The music comes from a bellowing, billowing Jug Band of the old kind, full of whomping sound, style and love for the music. The nine tracks cover the usual gamut of acoustic blues from Fred Mc Dowell's 'Write Me A Few Of Your Lines'...

The Durries - We Build Schools

“Mate, there’s nothing I’d rather kill myself with than a Marlboro Gold.” That may tell you all you need to know about Brisbane’s The Durries, who have taken over from The Beards as the supergroup of jokesters everyone loves. Comprised of eight members from Boss Moxi, Twin Haus, and Baskervillain, The Durries make entertaining music...

LoveCollide - Self-Titled

“We completely changed our direction. Although our music before was positive and we were faith-based, it wasn’t overtly Christian. We both felt like our music was missing a really important part, which was the message, which was the Gospel,” says Brooke and Lauren DeLeary in a 2014 Hickory Daily Record interview. These sisters, previously professionally...

Groundbreaking Artists Release Superb New Titles 

Melissa Etheridge, Florence + the Machine, Sonny Landreth and Ryan Montbleau have returned with fantastic new releases providing a growing appreciation for their ever-expanding legacies. Artist: Florence + the Machine. Title: How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (Republic Records). You might like if you enjoy: Kate Bush, Of Monsters and Men, Sigur Rós...

The Sideshow Tragedy - Capital

“Generally I am drawn to ambiguities in lyrics. That’s what makes songwriting so compelling to me. Stuff that goes beyond literal, political, or philosophical statements and tries to get at something deeper and human,” says songwriter Nathan Singleton about working on his fifth album as a duo with Jeremy Harrell, known collectively as The Sideshow ...

Laura Bell Bundy - Another Piece of Me

It’s been five years since Laura Bell Bundy’s last album. Her latest, “Another Piece of Me,” was finished two years ago. But after a spat with Universal, she signed with Big Machine to get this one out. LBB seems determined to make up for the lost time. She comes out swinging on the first two tracks with the rocking opener, “Love Me Like A Lady” followed by a sassy duet with Colt Ford. Bundy penned over half the tracks and elsewhere enlisted heavyweights like Kristian Bush, Ashley Monroe and Jerry Flowers...
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