10-in-10 CD Reviews

Friday, May 20, 2011

10-in-10 CD reviews

Posted By on Fri, May 20, 2011 at 3:14 PM

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

Glee The Warblers — Please, someone make them stop releasing all these horrible albums.

Ben Sollee Inclusions — Use of cello separates Sollee from majority of folk rock.

Yael Naim She Was a Boy — “New Soul” singer returns with same happy vibe as debut.

The Felice Brothers Celebration, Florida — Band teeters between carnival-like energy and standard, somber rock.

Tara Nevins Wood and Stone — Bluegrass-tinged folk has hints of Levon Helm’s spirit infused.

Birds and Arrows We’re Gonna Run — Vocals in the Chapel Hill band’s folk brand are hypnotizing.

Brother Lou The Devil in Me — Music is better than poor quality graphics on album art.

IiO Exit 110 — Possibly one of most lifeless electronica albums I’ve ever heard.

The Cars Move Like This — Who cares what decade this is, they’re bringing ‘80s back.

Shawn Pittman Edge of the World — Some classic style to his rough and ragged guitar blues.

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Friday, April 29, 2011

10-in-10 CD reviews (4/29/2011)

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 9:39 AM

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

Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs No Help Coming — Band brings fresh flavor to something completely retro in style.

Ron Pope Whatever It Takes — Wouldn’t be surprised if his ballads appeared on “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Dirty Vegas Electric Love — Double-disc album offers instrumentals along with the full versions.

Owen Temple Mountain Home — Texas singer brings a bit more country style into Americana.

Winterus In Carbon Mysticism — Extreme metal band from Michigan loves to scream its lyrics.

Steve Earle I’ll Never Get Out of this World Alive — Album goes hand-in-hand with novel of same name.

Whiskey Myers Firewater — Texas quintet brings forth a new brand of country rock.

Civil War Naval Songs — I like 150-year-old songs to sound more aged.

Emmylou Harris Hard Bargain — Icon releases album of new material along with two covers.

Texas in July One Reality — Fresh-out-of-high-school band goes cookie monster style.

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Friday, April 22, 2011

10-in-10 CD reviews (4/22/2011)

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 11:26 AM

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

Claire Ritter The Stream of Pearls Project — 18 mellow piano songs as tribute to bodies of water.

Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers Unida Cantina — Album blasts forward with energetic whirlwind of rock ‘n’ roll.

Tracy Nelson Victim of the Blues — Horrible vibrato during sustained notes sadly deteriorates soulful blues vocals.

Richard X. Heyman Tiers/And Other Stories — DIY multi-instrumentalist releases double-album full of classic styles.

Rebecca Pronsky Viewfinder — There’s some country flair infused into her lush folk style. (Appearing at FemmeFest on May 21.)

Daphne Willis Because I Can — Album kicks off in funk before settling down in style.

Kimberly Caldwell Without Regret — Finalist from second season of Idol releases her pop debut.

A Rooster for the Masses No One is Ready — Raleigh alt-rock band soaks in ‘90s style, indie ethic.

David Michael Low Bid on a Dream — Bluesy, storytelling style is a bit too scatterbrained in lyrics.

Tom Glazer A Treasury of Civil War Songs — I would prefer Civil War songs that sounded more dated.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

10-in-10 CD reviews

Posted By on Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 1:22 PM

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

Harris Eisenstadt Canada Day II — An avant-garde, experimental approach to jazz with numerous instruments.

Dripping Slits Short Skirts & Long Nights — Great band name… especially since “Anal Cunt” was already taken.

Jill Goldberg Girl, Polite — Boston-based folk-popster shows talent on six-song EP.

Trampled Under Foot Wrong Side of the Blues — Trio of siblings brings out decent blues from Kansas City.

Mary Mary Something Big — Why do singers Erica, Tina call their band Mary Mary?

The Trews Hope & Ruin — Toronto-based rock band brings in pop to garage style.

Primal Static The Curtain of Many Faces — Two-piece indie rock band is rough around the edges.

Ant-Bee Electronic Church Music — Members of Zappa, Alice Cooper, others join forces for journey.

Ansty McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours Heroes Last Forever — Folkabilly singer has some decent songs, storytelling style to lyrics.

Stalley Lincoln Way Nights — There’s some potential in his rhymes and style…. Not bad.

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Friday, April 8, 2011

10-in-10 CD reviews

Posted By on Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 11:19 AM

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

Ray Davies See My Friends – Billy Corgan, Metallica, Bruce Springsteen and more join Kings legend.

Various Artists Rumba, Mambo, Cha Cha Cha — Putumayo’s latest focuses on Latin dance from Cuban family tree.

Diana Jones High Atmosphere — Songwriter/artist writes songs in the tradition of mountain ballads.

Andy Friedman Laserbeams and Dreams — Singer’s storytelling style is comforting, but nothing all that new.

Ambrose Akinmusire When the Heart Emerges Glistening — 28-year-old trumpeter offers solid, straight-forward jazz style.

Easy Star All-Stars First Light — Multi-ethnic band releases its first all-original studio album.

Matthew Mayfield Now You’re Free — Alabama singer’s folk-rock sounds a bit like Pete Yorn. (holding Thursday residency at Double Door Inn this month.)

Amy Speace Land Like a Bird — Singer offers easy-going country folk style on latest CD.

Ivan Julian The Naked Flame — Rock musician offers first album in more than two decades.

The Band of Heathens Top Hat Crown & The Clapmaster’s Son — Band’s third studio effort brings Americana into its rock backdrop.

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Friday, April 1, 2011

10-in-10 CD reviews (4/1/2011)

Posted By on Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 1:26 PM

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

Richard Ashcroft The United Nations of Sound — Verve frontman uses live orchestration in his latest solo effort.

Anthony David As Above, So Below — R&B artist’s latest more of the same vocal-driven soul.

Keren Ann 101 — Dance-pop fused into singer’s first album in four years.

The Lonely Forest Arrows — Another straight-forward indie rock album… makes me say, ‘meh.’

William Fitzsimmons Gold In the Shadow — Indie folk singer’s emotions are front and center in songs. (At the Evening Muse on April 12.)

Darlings Warma EP — Indie rock EP shows moments of grunge and punk ethic.

Gucci Mane The Return of Mr. Zone 6 — Ice cream cone face tattoo is too distracting; sounds lazy.

Royal Bangs Flux Outside — Eclectic mix of rock, pop, and electronica for indie crowd.

Skybombers Black Carousel — Australian rock group has hints of The Strokes in delivery.

Awolnation Megalithic Symphony — Kinda sounds like a pop version of Nine Inch Nails.

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Friday, March 18, 2011

10-in-10 CD reviews

Posted By on Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 10:23 AM

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

The Steven L. Smith Band Pieces — Hints of honky tonk roll through decent bar band sound.

Deadlock Bizarre World — Female vocals help break up the horrible cookie monster growling.

Caitlin Rose Own Side Now — Nashville-born singer goes with an old-style sound… meh.

The Damnwells No One Listens to the Band Anymore — Brooklyn indie rockers release fourth album — hints of pop within.

Daniel O’Donnell Moon Over Ireland — In time for St. Patty’s Day, but kinda boring, sleepy.

Various Artists Rango Soundtrack — Mostly instrumental soundtrack features a few tracks by Los Lobos.

Screeching Weasel First World Manifesto — Chicago punk band releases its first new material since 2000.

The Dirtball Nervous System — Kottonmouth Kings’ Dirtball has elements of Eminem — with weaker lyrics.

Various Artists Dance Mix USA — Mostly unknown songs get remixed into monotonous, thumping club tunes.

Tony Castles No Service EP — Brooklyn band’s brand of freak funk has some quality pieces.

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Friday, March 11, 2011

10-in-10 CD reviews

Posted By on Fri, Mar 11, 2011 at 2:05 PM

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

The Pauses A Cautionary Tale — Orlando indie rock trio has quirky hints of pop infused.

Ian Moore and the Lossy Coils El Sonido Nuevo — Austin influence is apparent in band’s solid seventh rock record.

The High Kings Memory Lane — Plenty of Irish influence infused in native band’s folk rock. (At McGlohon Theatre on March 28.)

Dropkick Murphys Going Out In Style — Band’s seventh studio album features guest vocals by Bruce Springsteen.

Gina Sicilia Can’t Control Myself — Blues singer’s latest brings in bits of soul and Americana.

Eisley The Valley — Band’s third album finely crafted, more personal than previous efforts.

Buddy Miller Majestic Silver Strings — Plenty of guest vocalists featured for re-imagining of country songs.

Glee Season Two Volume 5 — Stop ruining songs and take time to write something new.

Kip Boardman The Long Weight — Tenor vocals stand out amidst the backdrop of country folk.

Aaron Lewis Town Line — Staind frontman releases six-song, country-style solo debut album.

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Friday, March 4, 2011

10-in-10 CD reviews

Posted By on Fri, Mar 4, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Each Friday (when supply allows), we review 10 recently released CDs in 10 words each:

Bayside Killing Time — Warped Tour fave offers hints of pop infused within rock.

Malachi Return to the Ugly Side — Duo offers chopped up sound; fuses 60s pop, hip-hop.

Sean Rowe Magic — Rowe’s baritone voice sets the stage for his poetic style.

Misery Evil Is Crowned — Misery is what I feel after listening to metal sludge.

Hey Rosetta! Seeds— Canadian indie rockers fuse orchestral style into their catchy sound.

Saigon The Greatest Story Never Told — Entourage-featured Rapper gets help from plenty of big names.

Joey Stuckey The Shadow Sound — Blind guitarist tears through rockin’ riffs with greatest of ease.

Schuyler Fisk Blue Ribbon Winner — Singer follows in the folk-rock footsteps of Sheryl Crow.

NeeMA Watching You Think — Egyptian/Lebanese soothing pop songstress is a Leonard Cohen protégé.

Omnium Gatherum New World Shadows — Finland death metal offers healthy helping of cookie monster vocals.

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Friday, February 18, 2011

10-in-10 CD reviews

Posted By on Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 2:41 PM

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

Jamasutra Revolution Down the Road — No Country Joe, but “The Fish” offers psychedelic new album.

Yadkin River Theory Born of Red Clay — North Carolina band balances Southern roots with classic rock sound.

The Gray Lions Run Wild — Wow….um, the 1970s called and want their sound back.

Blackwater James Vol. 1 EP — Quartet takes a page from radio-friendly side of Buckcherry.

Steel Magnolia Steel Magnolia — Latest incarnation of male-female duo format takes country road.

Shannon McNally Western Ballad — The right amount of Southern flair highlights the Americana album.

MdK It’s Never Over — Teenagers show potential for a solid future on Warped Tour.

Various Artists Bossa Nova Around the World — Latest in series focuses on the music based in Brazil.

Shaman Juan A Mysterious Force — ‘60s style infused in folk music; creepy album art included.

Tina Sparkle Welcome to the No Fun House — Brother and sister duo lead quartet’s decent indie rock sound.

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