Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Reasoning, "Dark Angel"

The Reasoning
Dark Angel

The problem with The Reasoning is that there's no real reason for them to be as unremarkable as they are. Everyone in the band is obviously talented, but they just don't leave an impression.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Luther Allison, "Songs From The Road"

Luther Allison
Songs From The Road

Luther Allison died four days after playing the concert that is Songs From The Road. I guess he's gone a little Tupac since then, since this is his fifth or sixth release since his death in 1997, but it could easily be called the most appreciated posthumous album release in music history.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

White Apple Tree, "Velvet Mustache"

White Apple Tree
Velvet Mustache

White Apple Tree is the kind of music that you know has a gimmick (it's about as realistically unique as Juno), but it's so catchy; you can't help liking it anyway.

Mitch Burger, "Reactive"

Mitch Burger

I was sitting on my porch when I turned on Reactive, the debut album from Mitch Burger. And from the first note of the first song, I continuously looked around me, hoping none of my neighbors could see (or hear, I guess), me listening to what might be the only embarrassing album I've ever listened to in public. I'd rather be caught singing along to Mika.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Steve Palmer Band, "Apparition"

Steve Palmer Band

At some point while listening to the Steve Palmer's Band's debut album, Apparition, you'll think you're listening to all the classics – Skynyrd, Springsteen, Dylan, and Tom Petty will all come to mind, if not more.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Brian Lindsay, "Esperanza"

Brian Lindsay

I 'm not entirely sure why Brian Lindsay's sophomore album is supposed to be the epitome of Americana but has the Spanish name Esperanza. Lindsay isn't the first artist to name an album this, but most of the others who have had at least a touch of Spanish in their heritage and music.

Chris Cagle, "Best of Chris Cagle"

Chris Cagle
Best Of Chris Cagle

I always feel kind of squirmy when a label announces that they're going to release a greatest hits album. I can't help but imagine the artist standing behind a business man at a press conference, rolling their eyes and sighing. It always feels like a shove out the door (Hilary Duff?) or a quick way to make money for an artist that's not as successful as the label hoped (Hilary Duff's second greatest hits album?).

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Bill Wren, "One Day In A Life"

Bill Wren
One Day In A Life

Bill Wren calls himself a songbird from Texas – and that's exactly what he is. It's not clear if his name is just that ironic, or if he changed it somewhere down the line, but for novelty's sake, let's assume it's the irony.