SiR Seven Sundays (Fresh Selects) If you can dive into the likes of electro artists Autre Ne Veut and JMSN, and still […]
The poppy title track opens, a stomping and swirling tune that stays a bit longer than it should but is still pretty darn infectious. “Darker Shale Of Black” mines familiar mid-70’s Deep Purple, lots of Mr. Blackmore’s slicing electric playing here (what fans complain about he does too little of in this band he has helmed 10 albums with his wife alongside his wife Candice).
Elessar Thiessen’s A Rainy Week in Paradise opens with a slow singular Thiessen vocal and his electric strumming of “Another Love Song” and we are through the single strumming and warble before we know it into “I Need a Woman” with a snapping and distorted organ leading into a nice soft beat. Here Thiessen’s personality vocal comes to the fore in a swing-y sweet love song. “You Girl” plots even slower, with a neat Cam Friesen laid back beat, Jordan Jackiew’s subtle organ and Alexa Driks helping along Thiessen’s best vocal here.
Grace Potter Midnight (Hollywood Records) Grace Potter delivers an ’80s pop-rock-synth sound with her first solo effort, Midnight. Potter has always stood out in […]
Johnny ‘Rotten’ Lydon complains about the toilet being broken again then shouts into the opening jumpy spikey guitar “Double Trouble” from the new Public Image Ltd. CD What The World Needs Now.
Ben is on fire with this runs at the beginning of “Reflection” before things get all riff-tastic over Zach’s kinetic rhythm. There come good unexpected turns here as the band mines dynamics, getting soft (John again as much singing as screaming), keys coming in and out; this is probably the most musically complexion tune on A Rose from Ashes, a true phoenix-rising kind of a number.
“Stand Up” is one of heaviest tune here, a roiling song-scape for keys and John pushing an-over-the-top beat (I sniffed a hint of NIN here). “Talking Body” mines John at his sexiest vocal, it’s a killer of a tune with an auto-tuned vocal from Brenda in the slower softer bridge
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Dornik Dornik (Caroline Records) Dornik is an artist that lays his influences in plain view. On his eponymous debut, the English singer’s lightweight […]
Flowing into those same strings Hubbard’s sweet piano moves under the equally sweet vocals of Brittni Jessie on the lilting “Letting Go” informed by Richmond Punch’s string composition and playing. The slow funk snapping and warbl-y echo groove lays under Antwyn Jackson’s vocal on “Never Enuf” in the first true mover here. “Just On The Dance Floor” has got a good schunking quick beat, a flick-flick with Naquiyah Hodges hitting a staccato pop vocal of a banal but effective-for-what-it-is lyric. “Time” features Shanique Williams informed by soft snapping beat, as well as soft harmonies and trickling arpeggio keys.