July 7, 2013 - It Rock And Roll
 

Day: July 7, 2013

billFay’s self-titled debut album is an over-serious, labored folk pop/rock affair. As a songwriter, certainly his big influence is Blonde on Blonde-era Bob Dylan. But like someone else who heavily imitated that phase of Dylan’s songwriting, David Blue, Fay doesn’t have the deft touch with words that the master does. And like Blue, he has trouble hitting a lot of vocal notes, sometimes embarrassingly so. An aspect of this album that does not sound like either Dylan or Blue is the odd orchestration, which toes an uneasy line between the sort of stately, Baroque classicism heard in some of Nick Drake’s arrangements and cheesy easy listening. It’s usually delivered with a somber, earnest air, with the intent of someone who believes he has something very important to impart, but really isn’t too interesting. The disjointed impressionism of songs like “The Sun Is Bored” have more ambition than quality or cogency, while songs with a storytelling bent like “Gentle Willie” seem to be leading toward a grand message that never arrives.

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JOHNWith the soul of a poet and the look of a Sons of Anarchy extra, Tulsa’s John Moreland has been gifted the sort of gravely, booming voice that does Bruce Springsteen proud and a similar understanding of the universal human experience. It’s made for some fantastic records — both as a solo artist and with his dissolved Black Gold Band — and In the Throes is his best yet.

mp3 VBR~235 kbps | 67 MB | UL | CL

CHRAfter the release of the studio album “Doctor Faith“, Christopher Cross started one of his biggest tours in Europe in the last 15 years. “A Night In Paris” is the first live 2CD/DVD by Christopher Cross which was filmed at the notorious Theatre Le Trianon in Paris, France in April 2012.The 90 minutes show is impeccable, the new material is fused beautifully with all the songs the audience is expecting. The wonderful theatre gives the concert a magical atmosphere. Songs like ‘Sailing’, ‘Ride Like The Wind’ and ‘Arthur’s Theme’, sound simply perfect placed beside the most recent songs like ‘Leave It To Me’ and ‘November’.

mp3 320 kbps | 207 MB | CL | UL

BILLSRed House Records is pleased to announce that they will be releasing The Bills’ new album Yes Please.
Known the world over for their exquisite songcraft, instrumental virtuosity and dynamic live performances, The Bills feature an all-star line-up of talent from Canada’s west coast including Chris Frye (guitar, lead vocals), Marc Atkinson (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Adrian Dolan (fiddle, accordion, piano, vocals), Richard Moody (violin, viola, vocals) and Scott White (upright bass). All busy musicians, The Bills had been working on other musical projects until they recently reunited to record Yes Please, the follow-up to their Juno Award nominated album Let Em Run (released on Red House in April, 2005).

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“…a beatnik-cool performer who veers from poppy, bouncy beats to jazzy piano bar riffs and sexy come-ons… she’s sensitive but no wimp and a fellow traveler to Aimee Mann and Sheryl Crow.  The “pop-noir” soundtrack of her solo debut, “Little Black Dress,” wears a veneer of L.A. Confidential style.” — Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press

mp3 VBR~245 kbps | 61 MB | UL

spWhen it is discovered that a band will be changing labels, it is typical for some fans to get nervous, and questions about artistic freedom are inevitable. However, fans need not worry about Sparrow & the Workshop’s debut album on Song, by Toad Records, Murderopolis, in this way even though it may appear to be a little bit different than their previous efforts.
The band’s third full-length album, Murderopolis boasts a slightly darker sound for the Workshop, musically. Although, perhaps “darker” isn’t the best word for it, as the band has had its share of dark moments ever since 2010’s Crystals Fall. Perhaps “stronger” would be a better word. There are many more moments of “loudness” on their most recent effort, which makes it their most powerful release in terms of their overall sound.

FLAC | 260 MB | UL | TB

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