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Bobbie Gentry: The Girl from Chickasaw County – The Complete Capitol Masters

Bobbie Gentry: The Girl from Chickasaw County – The Complete Capitol Masters

Bobbie Gentry The Girl from Chickasaw County: The Complete Capitol Masters (Capitol Nashville) Bobbie Gentry was much more than her 1967 #1 […]

David Browning: Now You See Me

David Browning: Now You See Me

Canadian ‘modern pop artist,’ David Browning’s Now You, See Me is a wonderful lush release of modern romance, played, produced, sung and written impeccably. You need to ‘see’ this CD.

Anne Steele: Made out of Stars

Anne Steele: Made out of Stars

“Love Can Take Is There (2019 Nash Overstreet Remix),” and the softer (and last) song “Love Can Take Us There (Acoustic Version)” are two drastically different versions of Steele’s obvious big single. I like Steele’s big clear range on both, with the acoustic take mining a slight country vibe from what Overstreet manages on guitar.

Mark Peters and the Dark Band: Sum of All Parts

Mark Peters and the Dark Band: Sum of All Parts

Singer/songwriter stuff can get really boring for me. Yes, we all have something to say, but sometimes the execution of such introspection leaves me wanting; how many times have I merely said: “alright already, can you just rock me a little?” Mark Peters and The Dark Band delivers good solid tunes, by an obvious good songwriter, leaving the listener to want to hear more.

Damon Mitchell: Elise

Damon Mitchell: Elise

Elise reveals lots of range, color and smarts and with a whole bunch of great players helping, Damon Mitchell is spot on with this EP.

Van Morrison: The Prophet Speaks

Van Morrison: The Prophet Speaks

Van Morrison surely is one of our more modern pop prophets, and this album makes clear that we should all certainly listen to him speak.

Matt Warren: Music Is My Life

Matt Warren: Music Is My Life

A slightly slower blurbing programming beat informs “Sometimes,” all under a teasing female vocal, it’s a hypnotic drone of a tune while “The Dark Storm,” the last song here, begins with a simple piano line and stays that way, mainly. This is the most interesting, and atypical song to everything else on Music Is My Life, a piano instrumental. What a mind-blowing ending to all the dance beats and horns that preceded it.

max lee: Colors of Noise

max lee: Colors of Noise

NYC “experimental” rock & roll/electronic artist max lee has released his 18-song collection Colors of Noise. And there is certainly lots of both…color and noise delivered here.

Maybe By Fall: Analysis Paralysis

Maybe By Fall: Analysis Paralysis

Maybe By Fall delivers on Analysis Paralysis. Here are some well-written tunes of a certain stripe, the band playing hard and tight behind distinctive vocals (lead and backing), making some rather commercial rock concoctions.

Crooked Flower: Into the Light

Crooked Flower: Into the Light

I’m not sure I am sold on lots of what sound like lots of the same sounds (especially from the guitar) of Crooked Flower’s arsenal. This is why I was so taken with the last tune “Own World,” as it sounded so unlike everything else, by the time I came to it my ears were loving the difference. Still, there is a lot of solid songwriting and tight playing here from Daniel Erik on bass, Dan Ingberman’s guitar and the wonderful drumming and percussion maneuvering of Patrick Shields. Angelina Dang singing over the top completes a pretty tight unit.

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