Newest CD/Album Reviews

Under Water Sleeping
Nicholas Naylor-Leyland
Under Water Sleeping
Label: Raven
Release Date: 9/19/1996
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 6/18/2024 12:36 PM


""Contemplative, calming, complex, enigmatic...Recalls Brian Eno, Oregon, Jai Uttal, and other 'inner explorers'; acoustic, with 'Indian accents'. - from the promotional description"

Bagarap Empires
Iain Campbell Smith
Bagarap Empires
Label: Iain Campbell Smith
Release Date: 3/8/2005
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 6/17/2024 6:36 PM


""An album full of haunting, stirring, compassionate, sardonic and dark beauty" -Deiter Bajzek, Folk Alliance Australia Iain Campbell Smith left the Australian festival circuit to work in the war-ravaged islands of the South Pacific, learning pidgin dialect, and writing songs in both English and Pidgin, to tell the stories of the people he worked with as they struggled to build trust and peace after a bitter war. "A stunning marriage of ethereal poetry and hard nosed realism lyrically, with relentless rhythm and fragile, shimmering melody" -Warwick McFadyen, The Age, Melbourne, Australia "Bagarap Empires is an intelligent, compassionate and sardonic Australian's response to his experiences as a Peace Keeper in Bougainville and the Solomon Islands." -Doug Spencer, Presenter, ABC Radio National"

Keep on Loving You
Reba Mcentire
Keep on Loving You
Label: VALORY
Original Release Date: 1/1/2009
Re-Release Date: 8/18/2009
Review by: Russell B. (Slim). - 6/13/2024 10:30 AM


"I liked some songs."

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Elton John
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Label: Polygram Records
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Review by: Russell B. (Slim). - 6/13/2024 10:30 AM


"Many songs were nice."

Out of the Darkness
Bob Sneider
Out of the Darkness
Label: Sons of Sound
Original Release Date: 1/1/2001
Re-Release Date: 5/7/2002
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 6/4/2024 5:10 PM


"Bob Sneider has developed one of the most refreshingly original jazz guitar styles today. On this, his second release, he displays a woody, acoustic tone reminiscent of Jim Hall, Martin Taylor, and John Pizzarelli. He possesses tremendous technical facility and a truly inventive vocabulary -- odd intervallic combinations, timbres, and turns of phrase crop up everywhere, all in the service of an impeccable lyricism. Sneider employs a number of ensemble formats throughout the album: standard guitar trio, jazz quintet, string quartet, and, most unusually, guitar/percussion duo. And for even more sonic variety, he's heard on both electric and nylon-string acoustic guitar. --from the liner notes"

#1 Songs Of The 50's
Various
#1 Songs Of The 50's
Original Release Date: 2/1/2018
Release Date: 2/1/2018
Review by: Scott C. (scotso). - 5/29/2024 6:36 PM


"track list in the amazon link 2nd photo"

Rockers
Styx
Rockers
Label: A&M
Original Release Date: 1/1/1975
Re-Release Date: 8/26/2003
Review by: David P.. - 5/24/2024 3:34 PM


"Excellent collection of their rockers as advertised. Other reviews call for songs like Best of Times? and another one calls it a poor "hits" collection? it never claims to be a hits collection. I like the idea of avoiding the hits and collecting the rockers. I do miss Great White Hope, which really should have been on here. Seen Styx many times with and without Dennis, and don't miss him at all. Talk about politics and drama, he always brought it. I applaud Tommy and JY for moving on. This is a great harder edged collection. Get it and enjoy."

Motorway: Production Music Of The 1960s (Various Artists)
Various Artists
Motorway: Production Music Of The 1960s (Various Artists)
Label: Guild
Original Release Date: 6/2/2015
Release Date: 6/2/2015
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 5/23/2024 5:19 PM


"This remarkable recording is one of a series that presents a historical look at a once-thriving, largely invisible musical world: orchestral music meant for Use with a capital U. This is not "art music"; this is the (mostly) jaunty music written by the yard for use in newsreels, classroom hygiene films and cheery television commercials. "Motorway" is the 1960s-era disc. From the first notes of "Merrily Along" (by composer Alan Perry, real name Ernest Tomlinson) you step immediately into an classroom filmstrip world brought to you by Encyclopedia Brittanica, General Mills or maybe just the local Chamber of Commerce, proud to present the 1963 Turnip Festival. This is wonderful stuff - really fun to drive to - and it's all kind of addicting once you start to play the "what was THIS meant for?" game. I really appreciate that Guild Light Music has collected these works, for exactly the same reasons that I loved visiting the old AV Club website. It's strange, charming, thought-provoking and sometimes absolutely hilarious. Recommended."

Back in the High Life
Steve Winwood
Back in the High Life
Label: Island
Review by: Mike W.. - 5/22/2024 10:35 PM


"Good Vibes on this one."

Cal Smith
Cal Smith
Cal Smith
Label: First Generation
Release Date: 8/24/1999
Review by: Tim D. (toadster). - 5/19/2024 12:58 PM


"Cal Smith's 1998 comeback album: Half new material, Half re-recorded greatest hits. Pete Drake produced."

American Blues
Various Artists
American Blues
Label: Putumayo World Music
Original Release Date: 1/1/2003
Re-Release Date: 8/26/2003
Review by: Terry M. (tmulcahy). - 5/17/2024 9:47 AM


"Putumayo always has great collections of music in many genres. This is blues. Real blues draws you in till you can feel it. We've all been there, some more than others. These songs are all accompanied by great playing to "feed your soul". "It's a real good day for the blues.""

Extra Virgin
Olive
Extra Virgin
Label: Rca Records/Sbme
Release Date: 8/26/1997
Review by: Victor E.. - 5/16/2024 2:32 PM


"This is among my all-time favorite dance/electronic CDs. There is excellent song writing on display here and great production values. Also this is not a one-hit-and-filler disc, but the overall level of songs is very high. I regularly keep coming back to this disc."

Leon Russell
Leon Russell
Leon Russell
Label: Navarre Corporation/
Release Date: 7/24/1989
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 5/10/2024 4:25 PM


"Needless to say, a terrific album, first in a long line of terrific albums. There are numerous versions of this 1970 Leon Russell album, but reading from the liner notes the version under UPC 0 1096-38001-2 8, this is a 1989 remastered recording on Shelter Records. Includes 12 tracks, in this order: 1 A Song For You 2 Dixie Lullaby 3 I Put A Spell On You 4 Shoot Out On The Plantation 5 Hummingbird 6 Delta Lady 7 Prince Of Peace 8 Give Peace A Chance 9 Hurtsome Body 10 Pisces Apple Lady 11 Roll Away The Stone Bonus Track 12 Masters Of War (Old Masters)"

Stray Cats - Greatest Hits [1992]
Stray Cats
Stray Cats - Greatest Hits [1992]
Label: Curb Records
Release Date: 11/17/1992
Review by: Tracey C.. - 5/1/2024 9:57 AM


"I very much love the Stray Cats. I'm glad they came out when they did in the 80's because it know telling were they would have ended up in this days over done guitars and sound. Throwback tracks for sure, but they have there place in music today and later of course."

From The Wreckage
The Wind And The Wave
From The Wreckage
Label: Sony Legacy
Release Date: 8/5/2014
Review by: Robert W.. - 4/30/2024 12:00 AM


"Even though the person had trouble finding the CD, they were eventually able to get it to me. Totally appreciated. It was exactly what I was looking for. Thank you very much diligence pays off."

World Clique
Deee-Lite
World Clique
Label: Elektra / Wea
Original Release Date: 8/14/1990
Re-Release Date: 8/7/1990
Review by: Vince S.. - 4/24/2024 1:33 PM


"Extremely solid album. It's one of my go-to's when I'm feeling dance-y, and I think it fits somewhere in between something like Soul Coughing for its absurdity, and The B-52's for its overall dancey, funky, and silly atmosphere. Groove Is In The Heart is a classic! PS. The art for Groove Is In The Heart's single release as well as a few short text-based images of the band members are included in the booklet, and it is all GORGEOUS. It very much encapsulates the 60s mod style with a 90s twist. Very satisfying."

Lifescapes: Solo Guitar
Lifescapes: Solo Guitar
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 4/24/2024 11:35 AM


"Acoustic guitarists Justin Roth, Dan Schwartz and Benjamin Woolman share credit here as the performing guitarists for this entry in the Lifescapes series. 1) Fatima's Waltz - written, performed by Justin Roth 2) A Month of Sundays - written, performed by Dan Schwartz 3) Yalta - written, performed by Dan Schwartz 4) Moonlight Bay - written, performed by Dan Schwartz 5) Be True - written, performed by Justin Roth 6) Sorrow Floats - written, performed by Benjamin Woolman 7) Seven Sisters - written, performed by Justin Roth 8) Before The Frost - written, performed by Dan Schwartz 9) Grass Grows Blue - written, performed by Benjamin Woolman 10) See The World - written, performed by Justin Roth No swooping synthesizers or twinkly effects here, and no atmospheric bird sounds or ocean waves; this is clean, clear solo guitar music in a quiet, reflective mood. The compositions are original, and the general feel is pretty much gentle, upbeat "rainy-day" music in a relaxed tempo. The guitars here are acoustic (that is, steel-string, rather than classical), for which the tone is slightly altered by use of a pickup on the instrument, so that there is a slight echo, or delay to the guitars' tone. I like this record quite a bit; it has a feel of integrity about it -- as if each guitarist was given the latitude to perform his own acoustic compositions without a lot of interference. The result is very nice -- something I hope they felt good about."

Violettes
Violettes
Violettes
Label: Violettes
Release Date: 6/1/2004
Review by: Bridgett M. (SingingInMySleep). - 4/19/2024 4:19 PM


"I'm including the track listings here since SwapaCD's information for this CD does not. Track Listings: 1. Blue Hearted Fool 2. Jugamuga 3. Heavenly White Roses 4. Full Spectrum 5. A Thousand Times No 6. Awkward Moment 7. 1-2-3 Go! 8. In Sh'Allah 9. The Deep Blue Sea 10. Pretty Flowers 11. Sunday 12. Melodium"

Location Is Everything 1
Various Artists
Location Is Everything 1
Label: Jade Tree
Original Release Date: 1/1/2002
Re-Release Date: 4/16/2002
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 4/16/2024 1:22 PM


"Tracklisting: 1.New End Original - Lukewarm 04:18 2.Girls Against Boys - Kicking The Lights 03:40 3.Denali - Gunner 03:28 4.Trial by Fire - To Whom it May Redeem 01:27 5.Cub Country - High Uinta High 04:54 6.Milemarker - Shrink To Fit 04:15 7.Miighty Flashlight - Ballet Skool 03:37 8.Strike Anywhere - S.S.T. 02:31 9.Owls - I want the quiet moments of a party girl 03:15 10.The Explosion - God Bless the S.O.S. 01:37 11.Zero Zero - Back To Hell 02:50 12.Jets to Brazil - Milk & Apples 02:56 13.Euphone - My Ladies Can't Remember the '80â²s 02:35 14.The Promise Ring - Emergency! Emergency! 02:56 15.Onelinedrawing - Smile 03:23 16.Pedro the Lion - Rapture 03:26 17.Girls Against Boys - Super Slow 05:14 18.Milemarker - New Lexicon (Unreleased) 02:42 19.Pedro The Lion - Backwoods Nation (Unreleased) 03:44 20.Jets to Brazil - I've Got All The Words (Unreleased) 03:45 21.Paint it Black - Another Beautiful "Fuck You" Song! (Unreleased) 01:21 22.Mighty Flashlight - Thickened Light (Unreleased) 02:46 23.The Promise Ring - Easy (Unreleased) 03:13"

Cheek to Cheek: Dance Music from the Twenties and Thirties
Duke Ellington, Fred Astaire, Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, and others
Cheek to Cheek: Dance Music from the Twenties and Thirties
Original Release Date: 2/3/2005
Release Date: 2/3/2005
Review by: Victor E.. - 4/12/2024 3:03 PM


"This is a wonderful CD. The "vintage" sound contributes to the romantic mood, and it's all at an easy foxtrot tempo: it's what would play in ballroom scenes in old movies."

Cours Lapin
Cours Lapin
Cours Lapin
Release Date: 8/17/2010
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 4/12/2024 2:34 PM


"A highly interesting record -- with "a certain [David] Lynchian aesthetic..." "Cours Lapin', .... saunters with an alternative edge, bouncing between straight-forward lounge grooves and surf riffs, relocating ...hypnotic dance moves from a rural American diner to a cask-wooden ocean stained bar. 'Le Son d'un Escargot' (Snail Son) leaves the bass and guitar to guide what could, hypothetically, be Alenius' petite character into a forest of uncertainty and fear, with only the harmonic voices of the wind as her comfort before a crash of percussive noise shatters the phantasm into a million pieces...." Lyrics in French."

Space
Jonathan Maki
Space
Label: Jonathan Maki
Release Date: 9/3/2002
Review by: Bridgett M. (SingingInMySleep). - 4/11/2024 4:57 PM


"I'm including the track listings here since SwapaCD's information for this CD does not. Track Listings: 1. Regrets 2. Mouth 3. Throw 4. If 5. Pretty 6. Prescription 7. Laundrysky 8. Addiction"

Flair for the Dramatic
Pierce the Veil
Flair for the Dramatic
Label: Equal Vision Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/2007
Re-Release Date: 6/26/2007
Review by: Dani N.. - 4/10/2024 7:48 PM


"I definitely found this band wayyy later than the other reviews on here, but this album is my absolute favorite out of all their albums. All the songs are packed full of intense and melodic bass chords, guitar solos and riffs, and a hypnotizing drum that all amplify the lead vocalist Vic Fuentes even further than his own voice, which is pretty wide ranged for someone who sings in a typically higher octave than your average guy. The album the way I interpreted it is over a series of misfortunes and intense romantic encounters with one or more lovers (likely just one over the course of the album really, but the narrator and the supposed lover's relationship is crazy and wild, using the topics and emotions that come with falling in love, depression, self harm, suicide, fame, money, substance use, and such) and how the fame of one or both people causes them to go over how much their relationship really worth when it comes to the cost of the well being of one or both people. and while the topics are on its own serious, the song writing (which is not very rhyme based per stanza but rather in a story telling format that occasionally rhymes words, but rather rhymes the topics and consequences of actions or thoughts together as the song goes on more often, which I think is really cool). I may be wrong about one thing but I'm pretty sure the CD has a bonus track(s) addition where you can digitally download the album and listen to a couple of their demos/bonus tracks My favorite songs are The Cheap Bouquet, Currents Convulsive, Chemical Kids and Mechanical Brides, Diamonds and Why Men Buy Them, and of course Wonderless. This band and this album in particular is astounding and I cannot stress enough how incredibly impactful and emotive the album is to me and hopefully to others who listen to the CD!"

Folk Scat
Folk Scat
Folk Scat
Label: Nomad
Release Date: 8/27/1999
Review by: Kevin G. (kkg-ct). - 4/7/2024 10:32 PM


"Very well performed vocal mastery. melodic,somber,playful the full gamut. Some terrific world North African mixes as well. very nice indeed"

A Tribute to Dottie Rambo
Vern Jackson
A Tribute to Dottie Rambo
Review by: Donna G.. - 4/7/2024 7:30 AM


"This CD is a great tribute to Dottie Rambo. Vern Jackson's clear, smooth voice does an excellent rendition of some of Dottie's most loved songs. I love this CD and I'm glad to have been able to add it to my library!"