CD Reviews


March Titles Showcase Old And New

From the '50s rock 'n' roll-minded cult classic "Untamed Youth" to a celebration of R&B and soul featuring a trio of legends and the latest LP from a pioneering cello rock outfit, March is racking up an eclectic wealth of sonic riches. mystery-science-theatre-3000Title: Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXIX (Shout! Factory). You might like if you enjoy: Eddie Cochran, Mystery Science Theater 3000. Tell me more: Want to watch Hollywood attempt to tap into the explosion of early...

Michael W. Smith - Hymns

For well over three decades now, Michael W. Smith has been one of the dominant singer-songwriters in Gospel Music. On his latest project, the veteran performer teams up with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store for a collection of some the greatest Gospel hymns ever recorded. A collection of fifteen time-honored classics, each of...

Scott Coner - Feels Like Friday

Indiana native Scott Coner isn't a fly-by-night newcomer who is singing lyrics of which he has no idea the meaning of. He's definitely lived the lyrics of each of the seven songs on this introductory EP. Whether it be on the uptempo fare, or the ballads of loss and heartbreak, you get the idea that Scott Coner is about as real as th'sey come. Take, for example, the exuberant title cut. Coner sings the track with such...

Grand Prismatic – Footscray and Fancy Free

Taking their name from a large hot spring seems quite fitting as the Grand Prismatic’s latest effort Footscray and Fancy Free is a big pool of warmth to immerse yourself into and float away. The Melbourne-based four-piece offered up their first EP Sad Seagulls and Sleaze-Gaze (a self-appointed genre styling) back in 2010, a compilation of low-fi pop with shades of psychedelia, drawing comparisons to Augie March, Wilco and The Drones. They followed it with their...

Dr. Spaceman – It Depends

Like a little blue pill the real Dr. Leo Spacemen would probably prescribe, Sydney music band Dr. Spaceman are a dopamine releasing four piece guitar band. Their three track EP It Depends put a smile on my dial, so much so that I decided to write a few nice words about it before I suffered from the inevitable serotonin depletion. Then I listened to it again. And again. Now it’s three weeks later and I’m only just getting around to writing all this down. The opening track Little Requests is...

Jim Gustin & Truth Jones - Can't Shed A Tear

California native Jim Gustin doesn't just sing the Blues. Upon hearing his authentic delivery, you know that he isn't just mouthing the words to these songs. Rather, he's lived them. It's a code he seems to live by - whether singing about the highs or lows of life. That seems to be very apparent on the rollicking into cut, "I Gotta Sing." I love the Gospel fervor of the cut, which Gustin carries off quite well. The good news is that it...

Skittish – The Five Stages

The Five Stages EP from Skittish is now available on numerous digital outlets, and it is a great listen. The EP explores the concept of the five stages of grief, with each song focusing its attention on one of the concepts. The results are brilliant, effective and defy simple codification. Track one, Running Lights (Denial) is an upbeat rocker that plays with concepts of pop-punk, rockabilly and ska in a mashup that proves every bit as inspired as it is ambitious. It is a defiantly...

Daniel Grajew Trio – Manga

INTRO Jazz Pianist Daniel Grajew hails from Brazil and brings an inspirational approach to modern day Jazz concoctions with baião, samba, choro, and other Brazilian genres with jazz, tango and classical music. I especially like Jazz music from Brazil because unlike American Jazz It has that amazing side of Samba thrown in. “Manga” combines all of the above with above average vocal style and a solid look. All 11 arrangements offer much in the way of charged musical performances...
Robert Kinsler & TJR

Music Worth Buying: Def Leppard and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings

Orange County Register (CA) music critic Robert Kinsler and his co-host, TJR review new CDs. This week we look at "Give The People What They Want", the latest from Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. And the re release of Def Leppard's lost album "Slang".

The Iveys - Jenna's Song

There's something special about family harmony, and that is nowhere more evident on the stunning new album from Arlen, Jessica, and Jillian Ivey. The term "synergy" might get used a lot, but in the context of these three, it definitely applies - and then some. They seem to know what each other is going to vocally seconds before...

Jacob Latham – Midnight Train

From Indiana comes a fresh male artist known as Jacob Latham who just released his latest effort “Midnight Train” (2013). I always listen to the opening track extremely carefully. It’s the opening track the artist has selected to hit your ears first and foremost. The opening track “Pay Attention to the Rain” sets the stage rather appropriately for a CD like this. It was a great intro piece that stuck in my head and had me eager for what lied ahead. All in all the whole CD is brilliantly...

Sara Evans - Slow Me Down

Power might be one of the best words sum up the new studio disc from Sara Evans. Her first album since 2011's Stronger, she and Mark Bright have assembled a strong collection of material that showcases the fact that she possesses one of the most powerful ranges in the format. That is proven immediately with the opening...
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Elbow, John Oates and Joe Louis Walker Shine Bright On New Releases

England's groundbreaking alternative rock band Elbow, singer-songwriter John Oates and blues great Joe Louis Walker shine bright and push their legacies forward on their latest releases. Artist: Elbow. Title: The Take Off and Landing of Everything (Concord Records). You might like if you enjoy: Peter Gabriel, Radiohead, U2. Tell me more: Lush and textured arrangements, flawless musicianship and palpable emotion are just the icing on the cake across...

Tinsley Ellis - Midnight Blue

Atlanta-born Tinsley Ellis comes by his Southern Blues sound honestly. He was playing the guitar before the age of ten, and found his initial exposure to the sound through British acts such as the Rolling Stones and Cream. However, that love became a passion when he discovered the music of B.B. King. It's an influence that can still be heard in Ellis's music some four decades later. Put in this CD, and you can tell...

Will Kimbrough - Sideshow Love

In the notes that accompany his latest disc, Will Kimbrough is referred to as the "Sherlock Holmes of Songwriting" due to his observant nature that he takes with his songs. For his latest disc, that streak is as much alive as always. But, just as evident on this album is Kimbrough's innate ability to shift from one style to another while keeping this album as cohesive as anything he's ever done. The album kicks off with...
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