CD Reviews

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Brandy Allison - Walkin’ On Faith

“Because of you, I have reaffirmed my faith and I am now singing for a much higher purpose,” writes Brandy Allison, in dedication of her debut EP to her late husband Josh. This South Carolina Christian pop artist grieved through his accidental death three years ago, has survived drug abuse, and now has a six-song release on Salvation Road Records to express her gratitude and prove that with hope, one can overcome the worst that life throws one’s way. Sunny productions by Mark ...
 
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Lyda - North Shore

Originally from Long Island New York now centralized in Los Angeles Rapper Lyda just released his latest EP entitled North Shore in 2013. The result though far from a self-indulgent ego trip, rather a moving and elegiac artistic statement from start to finish. This is not your overly predictable Ramon Noodle “Sing-Songy” Rick Ross rap album. Instead Lyda makes all these tracks his own showcasing tasty rhymes, thick rhythms and an infectious persona that is of the charts.
 
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Dido - Greatest Hits

I wasn't sure in the 1990s, and to be honest with you, I'm not sure even today on how you would classify the music of British sensation Dido. Her music blends so many different styles of music, and yet it all comes out sounding fresh and unique. As Sony releases this collection of her best-known works, it really is worth taking a look back at how cutting edge and musically diverse she was almost some twenty years...
 
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Julie Roberts - Good Wine & Bad Decisions

I will start out this review with a statement that some might find to be very dramatic - this might very well be the sexiest Country record that has ever been released. OK, so how is that for dramatic? But, one listen to this album, and if the South Carolina native doesn't have you under her spell - check your pulse. That being said, don't get the wrong idea. This album is not Julie Roberts turning into Madonna or anything like...
 
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Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott – Memories and Moments

“…This record is just the two of us reacting to one another, and it’s a pretty good game of Ping-Pong. We end up doing stuff that neither of us would do on our own…,” says Tim O’Brien about recording his second studio album with fellow veteran singer/songwriter Darrell Scott, “Memories and Moments.” Swapping lead vocals recorded live, and blending like blood relatives, the duo contribute five songs each, one collaborative effort, plus three covers on this Scott-produced, Full Skies ...
 
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Mandy Barnett - I Can't Stop Loving You: The Songs Of Don Gibson

For two decades, Mandy Barnett has been one of the most expressive - and unforgettable voices that Nashville can lay claim to. Whether it be her stints as Patsy Cline in the "Always...Patsy Cline" production, or her excellent studio work, like 1999's I've Got A Right To Cry, Barnett possesses one of the most impressive vocal ranges this town has ever seen. For her latest project, Barnett partners up with restaurant chain Cracker...
 
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Stryper - No More Hell To Pay

Stryper has been doing what they do - blending Metal and Christian sounds for quite some time. They also do it well, with a flair that rivals any mainstream Rock band in the business. For their eighth studio record together, they don't stray from the sound or the message that brought them to the dance. Released to kick off their thirtieth anniversary together next year, this album rocks hard - and doesn't filter their long-standing...
 
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Casinova - What I Need

From New York comes soulful singer Casinova who just released his latest single effort entitled “What I Need” released in 2013. I would describe Casinova is a young up and comer soul singer. Impressing many listeners and critics with his solid powerhouse vocals and charismatic presence, Casinova delivers a sultry mix of pop songs set to unique R&B, house, disco and funk inspired beats. When I was growing up I remember listening to iconic greats like ...
 
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Gary Chapman – The Truth

Contemporary Christian singer Gary Chapman has long been one of the most respected singer-songwriters in Nashville. He has enjoyed a successful singing career in the Gospel field, and has written hit singles for acts such as Kenny Rogers and TG Sheppard in the Country realm. Fans might also remember Chapman for his...
 
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Willie Nelson - To All The Girls

Starting in 1962 with a song called "Willingly," Willie Nelson has recorded with more duet partners than just about any other artist. His first duet was with a woman named Shirley Collie, then-wife of Biff Collie, one of Country's greatest disc jockeys of all time. Since then, just about every major Country (or otherwise) act in the business has cut at least one duet with Willie Nelson. His latest project pairs him with some of the top female voices of music, and the results are pretty much impeccable...
 
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Brad Hoyt – Far Away From Everyday

“It’s been an extremely humbling experience so far…With all the work and the amount of time it’s taking, it feels like I’m working on a Star Wars movie,” said musician/composer Brad Hoyt in the fall of 2012 while in the midst of creating his third album project, “Far Away From Everyday.” It’s a massively ambitious effort that has taken three years and a dizzying display of thirty world-class musicians to record fourteen of his original compositions in studios located all over the globe, and...
 
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Cass Dillon Releases I Love You Single

Cass Dillon is an amazing artist based out of Brooklyn. After years as a student of music, film, and life on the road, Cass Dillon is releasing his first solo EP “Late Night Mornings”. This is a love song plain and simple inviting a listener to experience and relate to the depths and levity of the loved soul. Dillon is also a member of the band The Hunt Club, which has released its debut record “Hello Futures”. The alternative-bluesy-rock band consists of Cass Dillon and renowned guitar...
 
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Chris Jones & The Night Drivers - Lonely Comes Easy

He's a singer, a songwriter, and a guitarist - and by listening to his show on Sirius / XM - Chris Jones is one of the most widely heard voices in Bluegrass Music. His latest CD with his group, The Night Drivers, shows this to be a fact. Bass player Jon Weisberger, banjoist Ned Luberecki, and mandolin ace Mark Stoffel combine their talents once again to create a disc that shows what has been great about Bluegrass, and...
 
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Darin & Brooke Aldridge - Flying

Darin & Brooke Aldridge have made quite the name for themselves in Bluegrass Music over the past few years, and when you hear the opening notes of "Maybe Just A Little," the first cut on this disc, you will likely think nothing much has changed with their style. But then, around the time of the chorus - you hear it. The drums! OMG, the purists are not going to like this one bit! I say that completely in jest...
 
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The Blind Boys Of Alabama - I'll Find A Way

There's a saying in our business about an entertainer having "It." What that ingredient is isn't really defined, but they say that you know "it" when you hear "it." If that is true, and I believe it is - the Blind Boys Of Alabama most definitely have "it." Led by the incomparable Jimmy Carter, the Blind Boys deliver an album full of soul-stirring performances. From the opening strains of the standard "God Put A Rainbow In The...