10-in-10 CD Reviews

Friday, August 26, 2011

10-in-10 CD reviews (8/26/2011)

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Each Friday, in an effort to listen to everything that hits my desk, I review 10 recently released CDs in 10 words each:

Alyssa Graham The Lock, Stock & Soul EP — Four-song album full of folk-pop precedes third album.

Alexis Marceaux Orange Moon — New Orleans musician’s soothing vocal style has refreshing musical accompaniment.

Trevor Hall Everything Everytime Everywhere — Ben Harper and Bob Marley influence apparent on sophomore album.

Sunny Sweeney Concrete — Yet another pop-country singer who sounds like the rest.

Tom Hambridge Boom! — Singer/producer releases traditional blues album, sounds like George Thorogood.

Brian Molnar & The Naked Hearts Of the Fall — Strong infusion of country in this mediocre Americana/folk album.

Barbra Streisand What Matters Most — Babs sings the exclusive lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman.

JK and the Lost Boys Time is Trouble — Sister Hazel guitarist offers seven songs with his solo venture. (At the Evening Muse on Sept. 2.)

Luke Bryan Tailgates & Tanlines — Getting to point where I can’t tell country artists apart.

Heartsounds Drifter — Band’s semi-post-hardcore music gets punk vocal style overlay.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

10-in-10 CD reviews (8/19/2011)

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Each Friday, we review 10 recently released CDs in 10 words each:

Yellow Ostrich The Mistress — Sparse music background gets layers thanks to interesting vocal looping.

Puddle of Mudd Re(disc)overed — Rock band covers classic songs from Rolling Stones to AC/DC.

Eli Young Band Life At Best — Album, led by “Crazy Girl,” hasn’t changed its country style.

Wagons Rumble, Shake and Tumble — Band’s country-folk style has some Johnny Cash in it.

Tom McBride A Brief Head Spin — His style reminds me of Springsteen, without the lyrical abilities.

David Serby Poor Man’s Poem — Singer’s country folk is delivered in sleepy, old-school style.

2 Cellos 2 Cellos — Anyone wanna guess what instruments these covers are played on?

Mike Zito Greyhound — Solid, gritty, rock/blues album was produced by Anders Osborne. (At The Double Door Inn on Sept. 30.)

Hotel Lights Girl Graffiti — Ben Folds Five drummer releases sophomore album of mellow rock.

Glee The 3D Concert Movie Soundtrack — OK, enough is enough already with this overrated happy horseshit.

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Friday, August 5, 2011

10-in-10 CD reviews (8/5/2011)

Posted By on Fri, Aug 5, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Each Friday, we review 10 recently released CDs in 10 words each:

John Hiatt Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns — Singer’s 20th solo album features more of his gritty Americana.

Justin Hines Days to Recall — Canadian singer comes off a bit whiny on his debut.

Drive-By Truckers Ugly Buildings, Whores & Politicians — I think they put a new album out every week.

Last Winter The Heart & The Broken Compass — Orlando band does its best impression of pop-leaning Sevendust.

Dehlia Low Ravens & Crows — Asheville band drives its bluegrass sound forward with latest album.

Eric Church Chief —Latest album continues down the pop side of twang street.

In Flames Sounds of a Playground Fading — Angry Swedish metal band probably not singing songs about puppies.

Reluctant Saints Long Drive — Atlanta band draws from Southern, country influences for its rock.

Thomas Porter Thomas Porter — Singer’s country style gets a dose of Southern bluegrass infusion.

Thomas Porter & Copper River Band Trolley Days — Not quite sure what difference is between band vs. solo.

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Friday, July 29, 2011

10-in-10 CD reviews (7/29/2011)

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 2:46 PM

Each Friday, we review 10 recently released CDs in 10 words each:

Theophilus London Timez Are Weird These Days — As is too often the case, don’t believe the hype.

Aabaraki Aabaraki EP — Neo-soul group brings in elements of funk and jazz.

Burn Halo Up from the Ashes — Another generic rock album that does little to stand out.

The Dayton Family Charges of Indictment — Rap trio’s names are Backstabba, Bootleg and Shoe String… seriously.

David Bromberg Use Me — Levon Helm, Dr. John, Widespread, Linda Ronstadt and others guest.

The Middle East I Want That You Are Always Happy — Seven-member Australian music collective bounces around indie-based genres.

William Elliott Whitmore Field Songs — Songs belong out in the field; wish for less vibrato.

Beyonce 4 — Pop singer returns with another album focusing on dance, vocals.

Ben Williams State of Art — Bassist jazzes up songs, including slowed down “Part-time Lover.”

Curren$y Weekend at Burnies — New Orleans rapper’s sixth album precedes others planned for 2011.

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Friday, July 8, 2011

10-in-10 CD reviews (7-8-2011)

Posted By on Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Each Friday, we review 10 recently released CDs in 10 words each:

Robert Ellis Photographs — 22-year-old’s sophomore release offers mellow and moody folk.

Justin Moore Outlaws Like Me — Another pop-country singer with a big hat and accent

Alec Gross Strip the Lanterns —Album has drawn out vocals for emotional style of Americana.

Jeff Golub Band The Three Kings — Robben Ford, Sonny Landreth guest on traditional style blues album.

Dolly Parton Better Day — Still waiting for song about Howard Stern to be released.

Moby Destroyed — Remember when Moby was popular? Maybe he needs Gwen Stefani.

Jean Caffeine Geckos in the Elevator — First release in 10 years is pretty straight-forward folk.

Young Antiques A Man, Not a Biography — Reunited Atlanta power pop trio offers radio-friendly, catchy tunes. (At the Milestone on July 8.)

Old 97s The Grand Theatre Volume Two — Band’s ninth studio album is companion to Volume One… obviously.

Paul Dempsey Everything Is True — Something for Kate singer releases emo-ish alt-folk solo debut.

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Friday, July 1, 2011

10-in-10 CD reviews

Posted By on Fri, Jul 1, 2011 at 10:13 AM

Each Friday, we review 10 recently released CDs in 10 words each:

Dave Alvin Eleven Eleven — Solid blues music, but the talking style of vocals disappointed.

EG Kight Lip Service — Georgia Songbird offers Southern-accented, vibrato-vocaled, blue-infused album.

Greg Nagy Fell Toward None — Soulful vocals fail to set blues musician apart from pack.

Nikka Costa Pro*Whoa — Six-song EP brings soulful singer into new pop direction.

The Wilders Broken Pieces — Roots band plays a slow, sleepy brand of country folk.

Seun Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80 From Africa With Fury: Rise — In front of his father’s band, son keeps energy flowing.

Matt Nathanson Modern Love — Catchy tunes, strong songwriter will likely land songs on TV.

John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light Beautiful Empty — Acoustic album set apart through its orchestral arrangements, soulful vocals.

Potluck Rhymes and Resin — More generic hip-hop centered around act of smoking pot.

The Dear Hunter The Color Spectrum — Bands latest album is a roller coaster of good, mediocre.

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Friday, June 24, 2011

10-in-10 CD reviews

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Each Friday, we review 10 recently released CDs in 10 words each:

Philip Gibbs The Petroleum Age — Country folk album combines musings about the past and present.

Elephant Revival Break in the Clouds — Colorado band’s sophomore effort brings Americana into new directions, combinations.

Milos Mediterraneo — 28-year-old guitar virtuoso releases instrumental U.S. debut.

Pale In the Time of Dangerous Men — Texas indie-rockers sound like odd combination of U2, Radiohead.

Cody Canada & The Departed This Is Indian Land — Debut from singer’s new band pays tribute to Oklahoma songwriters.

The Bo-Keys Got to Get Back! — Memphis soul music stalwarts release first album in seven years.

Gary Nicholson Texas Songbook — Lone Star State plays prominent role in country singer’s lyrics.

Stefon Harris, David Sanchez, Christian Scott Ninety Miles — Talented vibraphonist, saxophonist and trumpeter join forces under jazz umbrella.

Corey Smith The Broken Record — College crowd favorite re-records some favorites for new label debut.

The Greencards The Brick Album — Sam Bush, Vince Gill guest on newgrass band’s energetic album.

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Friday, June 17, 2011

10-in-10 CD reviews

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Each Friday, we review 10 recently released CDs in 10 words each:

Frank Turner England Keep My Bones — Fourth studio album continues English singers strong style of folk.

JD Souther Natural History — Singer combines elements of jazz, country, soul in his vocals.

Tea Leaf Green Radio Tragedy — California troubadours continue down path balancing jams with pop-rock.

Bedouin Soundclash Light the Horizon — Toronto band fuses island style with laid-back reggae rhythms.

James Torme Love for Sale — Son of legendary Mel Torme tackles pop and jazz standards.

Duncan Sheik Covers 80s — 12 songs include Depeche Mode, The Cure, Smiths and more.

Gallhammer The End — Japanese band fuses psychedelic droning metal with raw punk elements.

Patrolled By Radar Be Happy — There’s a definite Bob Dylan quality to Jay Souza’s vocals.

The Melvins Sugar Daddy Live — New album captures live, grungy, trudging sound of Seattle band.

Barry Manilow 15 Minutes — Legendary singer releases first new original album in 10 years.

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Friday, June 3, 2011

10-in-10 CD reviews (6/3/2010)

Posted By on Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Each Friday, we review 10 recently released CDs in 10 words each:

Pear Extemp’ore — Collection of free jazz is haphazard, infused with Miles’ spirit.

Krays Sangre — NYC punk group released first album in nearly a decade.

Queens of the Stone Age Queens of the Stone Age — 1998 debut album gets the remastered and expanded reissue treatement.

Los Vigilantes S/T — San Juan, Puerto Rico, quintet brings no-bullshit punk attitude.

Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine Enhanced Methods of Questioning — Quick-hitting album only has five songs, one bonus track.

Paul Brady Hooba Dooba — Dublin rocker’s 12th solo album shows eclectic range of styles.

Breaking Laces When You Find Out — Brooklyn trio infuses pop into its solid brand of rock. (At the Evening Muse on 6/10)

Louis Ludwig Nichevo — New Orleans producer/engineer releases debut lo-fi country album.

Son Lux We Are Rising — Oddly, this electronica album is as mellow as I expected.

Glasvegas Euphoric/Heartbreak — Scottish rockers sounds more like a poor-man’s whiny U2.

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Friday, May 27, 2011

10-in-10 CD reviews

Posted By on Fri, May 27, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Each Friday, we review 10 recently released CDs in 10 words each:

Sean Jones No Need for Words — Jazz songs tackle theme of love through instrumentation, no vocals.

Ear Pwr CAK63 — N.C. band combines percussion with easy female vocals, digital layers.

David Bazan Strange Negotiations — Pedro the Lion songwriter continues down solo, indie rock path.

Elvin Bishop Raisin’ Hell Revue — Live Delta blues-style album recorded on the Blues Cruise.

Brainkiller The Infiltration — Unique power trio attacks music via drums, trombone and keyboards.

Autopsy Macabre Eternal — Don’t expect songs about puppies, kittens with that band name…

Euge Groove S7ven Large — People hear this jazz playing when they get root canals.

New Boyz Too Cool to Care — Two 20-year-olds bring pop approach to hip-hop.

Glee, Volume 6 — Seriously, it’s enough already with all this happy horse shit.

Foster the People Torches — California indie pop band is sure to storm radios soon.

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