June 16, 2012 - It Rock And Roll

Day: June 16, 2012

“Safe Crossing” is the West of Eden’s seventh album, and their finest offering yet. It features thirteen strong, carefully crafted songs that carry stories about people and shipwrecks outside Cornwall and around the Scilly Islands. The album was recorded on location at Sawmills Studio (Robert Plant, Oasis and many more) and features guest performances by the Irish flute player Steph Geremia, Swedish singer/songwriter Christian Kjellvander and The Celtic Brass Quartet. On “Safe Crossing” West of Eden delivers a broad palette of Celtic music that echoes of their love for everything from traditional tunes to contemporary folk. But make no mistake; whether intimate acoustic storytelling, traditional tunes or catchy uplifting folk rock, West of Eden has a unique and soulful sound of their own!

mp3 160 kbps | 60 MB | DF

For those listeners who still think the Hollies are chic; that the sounds of the ’60s are still happening, yeah baby, then Ash Gray And the Girls is the band you’ve been waiting to hear. With songs a bit dated, but sounds as fresh as the newest Apple operating system, the 11-track Born In The Summer has strong appeal.

mp3 320 kbps | 86 MB | DF

The Sweetback Sisters, a sextet of unrelated musicians only two of whom — co-lead singers Zara Bode and Emily Miller — are female, deliver their second album in Looking for a Fight, once again revealing themselves as a talented retro-country tribute band. Based in Brooklyn, the group embraces many styles of traditional country music, some of them in forms already revived once before in these songs. In addition to Western swing (the Sons of the Pioneers’ “Cowboy Ham and Eggs”) and countrypolitan (the Patsy Cline evergreen “Love Me, Honey, Do”), for example, they cover neo-Tex-Mex (Laurie Lewis’ “Texas Bluebonnets”), neo-Bakersfield sound (Dwight Yoakam’s “It Won’t Hurt When I Fall Down from This Bar Stool”), and neo-rockabilly (the Traveling Wilburys’ “Rattled”). They also write their own country songs, with a downhearted cry-in-your-beer honky tonk flavor as well as more amusing observations from the barroom, notably guitarist Jesse Milnes’ “Too Many Experts” (which is one of the things one can encounter in a bar). Bode and Miller are equally effective frontwomen, with Bode taking some of the more assertive numbers, such as Milnes’ title song, and Miller the sweeter ones, and they harmonize well together. The Sweetback Sisters achieve the difficult task of approaching their frankly old-fashioned music with an enthusiasm that is not devoid of humor, yet never descends into parody.

mp3 192 kbps | 57 MB | DF

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