CD Reviews

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Elbee – Visions of Vactrols

The best release you’ll hear all week? Melt your brain down the digital rabbit hole with Elbee’s Visions of Vactrols. You have to be in a certain state of mind to appreciate Elbee, the solo project of Lloyd Barrett, a state of mind that I was certainly not in when I was driving to the Happy office today. Sober, sleepy and not as happy as the blog’s title suggests our employees are*, his EP Visions of Vactrols obviously required some sort of drug to be ingested before I ...
 
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Andy Bull – Talk Too Much

When you hear a singer for the first time, and you can’t stop thinking about how unique they are, then they have done their job – well at least the hard part of ensuring a positive lasting first impression is over. Without a doubt, the most striking thing about Andy Bull is his voice. From the moment he hits that first note, you’ll realise he’s got the chords to embody a powerfully high falsetto range yet equally able to drench his voice in a gentle and ...
 
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The Loudermilks - Self Titled

If you are a student of music history, you might know that the Louvin Brothers' real last name was Loudermilk. This five-piece band, based in North Carolina, is very familiar with that fact, and took their name as a tribute to the tight and pristine harmonies from Ira and Charlie. On their album, you will find plenty of the same - though the music is very much different - a little more rock-influences at some spots, with even a hint...
 
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Tin Sparrow – Echo In The Dark

There’s a clothing store in Bathurst called The Tin Goose. I know this because I’ve been there. I once tried on a pair of very dapper slacks that, alas, just didn’t quite fit these childbearing hips as neatly as I would have liked. Shit was tight. And despite the shop-keep’s ever-friendly words of flattery, I left ‘The Tin Goose’ empty-handed under the conclusion that there was just no real comfort to be had there. I could only get away with wearing those pants for so long ...
 
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Violent Soho – Fur Eyes

I thought the only way Violent Soho could get me teary was via getting poked in the eye at one of their insane shows. I was wrong. Fur Eyes = <3. There is no question at all, Violent Soho are absolutely kicking it in the dick. We still love ‘em, even after our unsuccessful interview earlier this year. Riding the wave of success that came with the release of their third studio album Hungry Ghost (I OH YOU), the Mansfield four-piece have ...
 
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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...
 
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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...
 
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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...
 
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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...
 
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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 ...
 
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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...
 
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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...
 
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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.
 
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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...
 
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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...
 
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