CD Review- John Wetton

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John Wetton
Anthology
Primary Purpose
2015
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New York Minute
Primary Purpose
2015
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Reviews: Joseph Suto

John Wetton has played in many bands throughout his long career. He has played in UK, King Crimson but is best known for being the lead vocalist and bassist of supergroup Asia that took over the world in 1982. He has recently released two solo albums. The first one is Anthology, a career retrospective that takes us through his solo career. All six of his solo albums are represented in fine fashion here. Thirty-two tracks in all help make up this Anthology. Continue reading

CD Review- Hinder

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Hinder
When The Smoke Clears
The End Records
2015
Producers: Cody Hanson/Marshall Dutton
Review:Joseph Suto
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Hinder came strong out of the gate back in 2005 with their explosive debut Extreme Behavior. “Get Stoned” and “Lips Of An Angel” received strong airplay helping to push the album to triple platinum status. The band’s sophomore release fared well but not as good only reaching gold, despite playing several high profile tours. Each successive release has sold less despite All American Nightmare and Welcome To The Freakshow being solid releases. Continue reading

CD Review- Whitesnake

 

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Whitesnake
The Purple Album
Frontiers Records
2015
Review: Joseph Suto
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Although the possibility of a David Coverdale/Ritchie Blackmore reunion could not come to fruition, fans of Deep Purple Mark 3 &4 still get a chance to rejoice. Coverdale took his current version of Whitesnake into the studio to revisit his time in Deep Purple with a powerful batch of updated versions. Gems such as “Burn”, “Stormbringer”, and “Soldier Of Fortune” are among the highlights of the latest Whitesnake release simply titled The Purple Album. Continue reading

CD Review- Zac Brown Band

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Zac Brown Band
Jekyll + Hyde
Republic Records
2015
Various Producers
Review: Dave Leary
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Ah, Zac Brown. He famously called out Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night” as “the worst song ever”. And for the first track on Jekyll and Hyde, we have “Beautiful Drug”. Now, even though this band has enjoyed great success at country radio, Brown has said they have always played whatever they’ve felt like playing, even though they have the country label. Continue reading

CD Review- Alabama Shakes

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Alabama Shakes
Sound and Color
ATO
2015
Producers: Blake Mills and Alabama Shakes
Review: Dave Leary
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Alabama Shakes’ 2012 debut, Boys & Girls, was an auspicious one, earning 3 Grammy nominations and a gold record. Sound & Color, the band’s second release, debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart. Lead singer and guitarist Brittany Howard has already established herself as an electrifying presence both on stage and in the studio. Continue reading

CD Review- Dwight Yoakum

 

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CD Review
Dwight Yoakam
Second Hard Heart
Warner Bros. Nashville
2015
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Producer: Dwight Yoakam
Review: Dave Leary

 

Dwight Yoakam has had an incredible career on his own terms. He helped bring back the honky-tonk sound to country in the mid-80s, while mixing it with rockabilly. He and his guitarist-producer Pete Anderson created some of the best albums of the era (such as If There Was a Way and This Time) while managing to enjoy commercial success. The two parted ways in 2002 but Yoakam has continued making the music he wants to make to great critical acclaim. Continue reading