Newest CD/Album Reviews

Number One Hits: British Invasion
Brian Poole, Herman's Hermits, Marmalade, Donovan, Rubettes, Paper Lace, The New Seekers, The Troggs, Mungo Jerry, The Zombies
Number One Hits: British Invasion
Label: Retro Music
Release Date: 5/5/1998
Review by: Thomas D. (RockerBoomer). - 6/16/2018 10:51 PM


"WHERE IS MARMALADE ???"

Brazil Music Is the Pulse
Brazil Music Is the Pulse
Label: CD
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 6/15/2018 7:21 PM


"A fine, eclectic collection of classic Brazilian pop, funk, traditional standards and modern songs that reveal the breadth of Brazil's sounds. With selections from influential musicians, from obscure, cult one-album jewels to (how could it not) "The Girl from Ipanema with Joao and Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz -- to hot newcomers. Note that's Seu Jose and Almaz, covering Michael Jackson's "Rock with Me". Compiled as one of Starbucks' in-store soundtrack compilations. Really fun!"

Annabi
Amina
Annabi
Label: Plygr
Release Date: 5/5/1999
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 6/15/2018 6:39 PM


"A few quoted reviews to give you a feel for Amina's "Annabi": "This album is so refreshing...an album that mixes Arabic, European, and American influences into a unified and compelling sound. The production and mixing is a perfect blend. The North African (via Tunisia) rhythms and instrumentation is the main template for most of these upbeat songs, but the Parisian nightclub/dance mixing is very strong." "...all modern, hip, Eastern meets Western music. Whether she sings in French, English or Arabic her voice is a pure pleasure to listen to from the sultry "L'Inconditionnel Amour" to the rocking "Lirrili"." "...The beauty and elegance that Amina has exhibited in her well-fashioned and somewhat eclectic discography shows that language and nationality are transcended by genre. "Amina is a pop singer...she sings in Arabic with clear North-African inflection, sometimes in French and sometimes in English... What's special about Amina is the way in which she seamlessly incorporates North African (and indeed, coastal African) influences within the genre of top-French radio/dance-pop.""

Borderlands
Various
Borderlands
Label: Unison Records/Ka
Release Date: 3/24/1998
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 6/15/2018 12:38 AM


"Very easy on the ears -- this is fresh, pleasing instrumental music featuring real instruments (piano, bass, guitars, fluegelhorn, oboe, violin, soft percussion) and some synthesizer effects, sparingly used. The idea behind the recording is to bring together music from widely diverse places around the globe ("Borderlands") in such a way that the source material -- when you read the liner notes -- comes as a bit of a surprise. No cliches here: each piece fits well with the rest, though one is from Ireland and another one is from Cuba -- but neither one has obvious/familiar "cues". It's about the melodies. The tone is of the whole recording is light, upbeat and definitely "pretty". It all blends (successfully) together, with the possible exception of "Afro Cuban Lullaby", a beautiful melody which is slightly marred by a dated "easy jazz" arrangement that is at odds with genre-free feel of the rest of the music. Even so, it's hard to resist that lovely, unusual and not-overused tune. Interesting to note some of the regions represented: Cuba, Spain and Scotland are here, but also Latvia, Slovakia, Russia, "Bohemia" and "Eastern Europe" -- And it all works. A keeper, for being well-crafted, pleasant music, that -- while it can recede, workmanlike, into the background -- is really worth listening to on its own merits. Very nice."

Believe
Cher
Believe
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
Original Release Date: 11/10/1998
Release Date: 11/10/1998
Review by: E. L.. - 6/14/2018 11:27 AM


"Cher is a great singer and actress. I will always love her rock music in the late 80's to early 90's. This album is the most overplayed album and she should have kept the original of "We All Sleep Alone" instead of turning it into a dance remix. Her music after that is quite good."

August Rush: Music From The Motion Picture
Various Artists
August Rush: Music From The Motion Picture
Label: Sony Panosonic
Original Release Date: 11/21/2007
Re-Release Date: 11/13/2007
Review by: Kimberly L.. - 6/12/2018 9:02 AM


"I really enjoy this CD. I love how they mesh the rock and classical music."

Supernova
Girlyman
Supernova
Label: Girlyman Inc.
Release Date: 6/12/2012
Review by: Shane C. (Trippie). - 6/10/2018 10:48 PM


"Go ahead and throw this one in the trash bin and hope to God nobody digs it out of the trash. 👎😩"

An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer
Tom Lehrer
An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer
Label: Reprise / Wea
Release Date: 4/12/1990
Review by: Bret B. (Grendel). - 6/9/2018 3:24 PM


"Tom Lehrer is one of the funniest men alive. To think that a Harvard maths prof. makes a side living singing silly songs to albeit large audiences is funny in itself. Then there is his work and this is even more entertaining. Granted that some younger audiences might not get all of his references but things like The Vatican Rag are universally funny. Great artist Great album"

Greatest hits
Rita Coolidge
Greatest hits
Label: A&M
Review by: Bret B. (Grendel). - 6/9/2018 3:18 PM


"Since the tracks are not listed on the post I listed them here. The tracks on this CD are: Born Under A Bad Sign We're All Alone Fool That I Am (You're Love Has Lifted Me) Higher And Higher Nice Feeling The Way You Do The Things You Do I'd Rather Leave While I'm In Love Words Only You Know And I Know I Don't Want To Talk About It Fever Am I Blue"

Album of Jerome Kern
Paul Weston
Album of Jerome Kern
Label: Sony
Original Release Date: 1/1/1991
Re-Release Date: 9/3/1991
Review by: Tony H.. - 6/9/2018 12:54 AM


"I recommend this CD highly. It was part of a series by Columbia of the music of popular composers. Paul Weston was one of the first and most gifted easy listening arrangers. He really delivers the Kern songbook here. If you want good easy listening music and Kern show tunes, this CD is for you."

Black Holes & Revelations
Muse
Black Holes & Revelations
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
Original Release Date: 1/1/2006
Re-Release Date: 7/11/2006
Review by: Jeff V. (ElJefe). - 6/7/2018 9:02 AM


"Very trippy, touching on all sorts of genres. Loud, soft and everything in between. Shame that Muse isn't more popular in the US."

Sings and Plays the Jimmy Van Heusen Anthology, Vol. 4
Joe Derise
Sings and Plays the Jimmy Van Heusen Anthology, Vol. 4
Label: Audiophile
Release Date: 8/11/1994
Review by: LEE K. (koke). - 6/4/2018 7:26 PM


"not what I expected"

Pet Sounds
The Beach Boys
Pet Sounds
Label: Capitol
Original Release Date: 1/1/1966
Re-Release Date: 7/13/1999
Review by: Sherry O. (SherryinGeorgia). - 5/27/2018 1:18 PM


"I do love the Beach Boys, always have, brings back memories"

Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
Label: Atlantic
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Review by: Don K.. - 5/27/2018 11:27 AM


"Amazing debut album from the most influential rock and roll band of their time. Every song is a unique blend of perfectly timed music and lyrics, all designed to make the most of Robert Plant's incomparable voice. This is music that has passed the test of time, with fans from every generation since the ablum's release. These guys had a direct connection to our hearts and souls in a way no other band has managed before or since."

American Fuck
Slag
American Fuck
Label: Great Bigg Kiss
Release Date: 5/16/1994
Review by: David P. (heepster). - 5/26/2018 7:38 PM


"Trash"

Endings
Below the Sea
Endings
Label: Cyclop Media
Release Date: 1/11/2005
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 5/26/2018 2:40 PM


"Tagged: alternative ambient dream pop indie rock post-rock shoegaze Montreal in bandcamp. Described in a review: "[Quebec's}Below The Sea provides an amazing musical alternate universe to the post-post-rock sounds that are provided by likeminded peak-reaching musicians Montreal's Godspeed You Black Emperor! and America's Labradford. Here, they combine the gliding, riding cymbal sounds of great acts such as Slowdive and the jazziness of Do Make Say Think and grind it through an electro-rhythmic vibe that no one else has attempted thus far. And in between all the post-rock Bolero-type moments lie some beautiful tracks of minimalist ambience..." Samples here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDEC65R6qv0"

Les Arbes Depayseront Davantage
Below the Sea
Les Arbes Depayseront Davantage
Label: Where Are My Records
Release Date: 1/1/2013
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 5/26/2018 2:31 PM


"Tagged: alternative ambient dream pop indie rock post-rock shoegaze Montreal in bandcamp. Reviewed: "Following up their wonderful and overlooked release The Loss of Our Winter, the Quebec trio known as Below The Sea provides an amazing musical alternate universe to the post-post-rock sounds that are provided by likeminded peak-reaching musicians Montreal's Godspeed You Black Emperor! and America's Labradford. Here, they combine the gliding, riding cymbal sounds of great acts such as Slowdive and the jazziness of Do Make Say Think and grind it through an electro-rhythmic vibe that no one else has attempted thus far. And in between all the post-rock Bolero-type moments lie some beautiful tracks of minimalist ambience, providing the perfect moments of relief before the trio takes you on another flight; another winner from a world class act....." Read more at http://exclaim.ca/music/article/below_sea-les_arbres_despayseront Samples here: https://wherearemyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/les-arbres-d-payseront-davatage"

Blame It on the Past
Below the Sea
Blame It on the Past
Label: Where Are My Records
Release Date: 10/18/2005
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 5/26/2018 2:30 PM


"Tagged: alternative ambient dream pop indie rock post-rock shoegaze Montreal in bandcamp. Reviewed: "With all this talk of Arcade Fire, Wolf Parade and Stars, people often forget that these bands represent the second wave of hype from Montreal, and that the first came from post-rock overlords Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and their many offshoots. From their very fertile grounds, numerous bands shot up trying to emulate their expansive, yet unique, sound and just a handful found some success. Below the Sea took their cues from GY!BE, but, with this release, find a strong and confident voice to make their own mark. When an instrumental band start to incorporate ambient electronics, the balance should always be one of subtlety, allowing a "win-win” situation between the elements, and such is the case here. Below the Sea come up with a genuine classic in "Stroll Down Memory Lane,” which find their strummed guitars in perfect sync with the beats and keyboards from friend Ulrich Schnauss......" Read more at http://exclaim.ca/music/article/below_sea-blame_it_on_past Samples here: https://wherearemyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/blame-it-on-the-past"

Loss of Our Winter
Loss of Our Winter
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 5/26/2018 2:24 PM


"The band is "Below the Sea". Tagged: alternative ambient dream pop indie rock post-rock shoegaze Montreal in bandcamp. Reviewed: "Below The Sea are the tremolodic and soothing sounds of years and years passing one by while in a sedated state. Each song has a very similar tone to it, yet they act like individual slides in a slideshow that makes up one huge picture of classical shoe-gazer gloom. The entire affair is draped by dark repetitious ambience; it passively waits like a booby trap for something new to get entangled within it. And when it does, voices like a vintage Pink Floyd-era Meddle slide guitar, wallows and coos, and foreign sounds in the vein of insects living underwater take over...." Read more at http://exclaim.ca/music/article/below_sea-loss_of_our_winter Samples here: https://wherearemyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-loss-of-our-winter"

Rivulets and Violets
Rivulets and Violets
Rivulets and Violets
Label: Eden Records
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 5/26/2018 2:08 PM


"Both Band Name is Rivulets And Violets; album name is Rivulets and Violets Label is Eden Records (5) ‎ FLD9793 Released:1993 Genre:Rock; Style: Shoegaze, Ethereal Album cover image may be found at Discogs; the cover listed here actually belongs to a later album, called "Promise". Tracklist 1 Song For Her 2 Rivulets And Violets 3 Field Of Flowers 4 Dancing Dreams 5 Holding You 6 Dreaming Of You 7 Hazy Drops 8 Your Smile 9 Heartbeat 10 Paperchain Stories 11 Thoughts From Afar 12 Jisel 13 Serenity 14 Frosty Morning Star"

Promise
Promise
Label: Serabelium
Original Release Date: 1/1/2000
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 5/26/2018 12:28 AM


"The band name is "Rivulets & Violets" AlbumTitle: Promise Label: 5 Minute Walk Time: Length: 12 songs / 50:38 "The new trio of female vocalists seems to make the lyrics flow over the mellow music like water, so smooth are the harmonies. The bouncy, pop melodies on Promise are blended around a solid music core of well played guitars, drums, violin and bass. The catchy tunes are able to express their messages of adoration, undying love, hope and peace quite beautifully." "After many changes to Rivulets and Violets' band lineup and sound, their newest album, Promise, is a new beginning for the band. The new lineup consists of Jen Hollingsworth, Robyn Spitzer and Mindy Verdecchio on vocals, Masaki playing guitar and violin, and Sam Hernandez playing bass." "Overall, this is an album worth owning. If you need a break from the aggressive sounds of much of today's modern rock and just want to relax and listen to well-written and well-performed introspective music, this should do the trick. Definitely recommended for fans of Sixpence's slower stuff or The Sundays." Reviewed, with samples at http://www.tollbooth.org/2000/reviews/r&v.html"

Marah-Mar
Marah-Mar
Marah-Mar
Release Date: 7/15/2008
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 5/25/2018 1:56 PM


"Recommended if you like: Explosions in the Sky Godspeed You Black Emperor This Will Destroy You Marah-Mar plays instrumental post-punk with found sound and computer manipulation that is both eerie and powerful. Each track builds slowly, each layer guitar, cello, bass, drums added carefully to create as much of a mood as a song. At times delicate, at times robust, the band\'s sound is completely its own. Marah-Mar recorded in the capable hands of Tucker Burns, a talented engineer whose studio in an abandoned church provided the perfect atmosphere to capture the group\'s expansive sound. More info, and samples: < a href="https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/marahmar>https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/marahmar"

By Request - Timeless Favorites by Walt Disney (The Disney Store Commemorative CD)
Walt Disney Records
By Request - Timeless Favorites by Walt Disney (The Disney Store Commemorative CD)
Label: Walt Disney Records
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 5/21/2018 7:35 PM


"To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of the first Disney Store, Walt Disney records produced this CD: "By Request", a commemorative numbered edition compact disc containing the 12 favorite Disney Movie & TV songs as selected by guests of Disney Stores in the United States & Canada. The packaging is especially nice: the CD sleeve is pleasingly heavy and feels like a little hard-cover book, with a generous booklet bound in, and a full color cover picture with gilt lettering set against an embossed background. The CD rests in an inset tray. A high quality item. By request: (1) When You Wish Upon A Star (From Pinocchio,1940) (2) Beauty And The Beast (From Beauty And The Beast, 1991) (3) Winnie The Pooh (From Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh, 1968) (4) Circle Of Life (From The Lion King, 1994) (5) It's A Small World (From New York World's Fair, 1964) (6) Kiss The Girl (From The Little Mermaid, 1980) (7) Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah (From Song Of The South, 1946) (8) The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers (From Winnie The Pooh, 1968) (9) Hakuna Matata (From The Lion King, 1994) (10) Under The Sea (From The Little Mermaid, 1980) (11) A Whole New World (From Aladdin, 1992) (12) A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes (From Cinderella, 1950) (Music is from original soundtrack recordings.)"

Radigan
Terry Radigan
Radigan
Label: Vanguard Records
Original Release Date: 5/16/2000
Release Date: 5/16/2000
Review by: Dan C.. - 5/21/2018 5:26 PM


"This is an excellent album, with well-crafted songs, intelligently produced, covering a wide array of styles. Radigan sounds like Joan Osborne now, and now like the Cardigans, and now like Sam Phillips, maybe, with production by Todd Rundgren rather than T-Bone Burnett, and now like Matthew Sweet, and--is that bossa nova? There's just a lot of variety here, and it's all well done, and none of the lyrics are dopey. Her voice's principal beauty is flexibility. If you have 45 rpm ears in a wide variety of sensibilities, you'll like her."

Trip to the 13th
Bliss 66
Trip to the 13th
Label: Sony
Original Release Date: 1/1/2001
Re-Release Date: 6/26/2001
Review by: Dan C.. - 5/21/2018 5:16 PM


"Bliss 66 is Pearl Jam Advanced Whitening Formula. If you like Pearl Jam, and cannot get enough Pearl Jam, and wish there were more Pearl Jam, well . . . some of the best Pearl Jam not written and performed by Pearl Jam is here. It's not my cup of tea, okay. To me, it sounds like Journey-style stadium rock passed through a sepia Emo filter, but that's not what's important. If you like Pearl Jam, you will almost assuredly like Bliss 66. Influences include Pearl Jam and Pearl Jam."