If you take Soaring vocals, pulsating guitars, progressive arrangements and chunky, bluesy riffs power their new wave and punk-inspired melodic rock which reminds me of a mixture of classical sound with rock riffs you will get the album #World On Fire by Curious Grace & Black Rabbit released June 29, 2018. Curious Grace & Black Rabbit features Tom Erangey on bass and vocals, Mary Erangey on electric cello and vocals, Mike Conley on guitar, Bojan Kolevski on keyboards, Heidi O’Toole on vocals and Scott Way on drums. This is what I call an interesting album with a different sound which is shown with such tracks as Scars And Children, Make It Rain, Fat Cats, World On Fire Part Two, Duffy’s March, and much more. I was impressed with how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced. You can find this album on Amazon, Itunes, and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Short Stories is the latest release by Michelle Qureshi, an international award-winning recording and performing artist, composer, multi‐instrumentalist, and classically-trained guitarist released August 24, 2018, on the Music As Metaphor Records label. This seventeen track album is very soothing and is very beneficial at the end of a hard day or anytime you need something relaxing. Among the great tracks on this album are To The Bone, It Didn’t Have To Go Like This, Country Line Road, River Of Calm, Windflowers and much more. This album was well composed, performed and produced by Michelle Qureshi as well as being well recorded. This great album is available from Amazon, Itunes, CD Baby and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 918th review, I am proud to present Look Unto the Heavens, the first of a three-part series of albums composed and released by Scott Lawlor between mid-2017 through May 2018. This two hours and twenty-two minutes of soothing ambient music makes anyone’s day very relaxing with such tracks as Clothe Me With Skin And Flesh And Knit Me Together With Bones And Sinews, For He Wounds But He Binds Up, And Our Days On Earth Are But A Shadow, the title track Look Unto The Heavens and much more. This album was well written, recorded and performed. At this time, it is only available from Bandcamp and looking forward to hearing the other two parts of this series.
For my 885th review, I am proud to present the solo album by Andrew Colyer called About Time which was released December 30, 2014, on the Inner Nova Music records label. This is the fourth review I have done for Andrew. The previous three reviews were for the work with his band Circuline. I was impressed with the great piano work on this album and how relaxing this was with such tracks as Sunday Afternoon, By The Fire and much more as well how it was written, recorded and produced. This is the perfect album to listen to when you have a stressing day and need to relax. Take a listen to this album and you will want to purchase your copy from Amazon, CD Baby and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
When you take the singing sustain of multiple razor edged electric guitars, the monster rock backbeat of Jethro Tull drummer Doane Perry, and The Moonlight Sonata, you get the great album Amp L’Etude by Tone Masseve. This album is influenced by Tone’s love for rock, blues and classical music and wanted to play their classical pieces with a rock sound and attitude. The recording on this album started in 1995 and took more than 20 years to complete. The guitar parts alone took more than two years to record. In 1997, while still working on Amp L’étude, tragically, Tone got pneumonia and died. In 2016 a wonderful and talented group of musicians came together to finish his long lost album. The first was Doane Perry who was drummer for Jethro Tull for twenty seven years. Next was Garry Kvistad who is a Grammy award winning master percussionist. He is a member of the four man percussion group Nexus and to top it off with members of the vocal group Prana added their voices to several tracks. The end result is a very impressive album with such tracks as Aire On A G String (A Whiter Shade), The Moonlight Sonata (On The Hill Of The Skull), Seranade for Strings (For Her Majesty), Maria (She’s So) Ave, as so much more. This great album was well recorded, performed and produced and is a great final tribute to a awesome guitarist. This release will be available for purchase September 12, 2018 from Amazon, CD Baby and other outlets.
For the magic number 777 in my music reviews, I am proud to announce the release of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons In Rock by Darryl Way an English rock and classical musician and the co-founder of Curved Air, a trailblazing rock violinist and composer and this is his tenth solo album. To mark the 50th anniversary of the creation of his classic rock anthem ‘Vivaldi’, Darryl Way has arranged and recorded the whole of Vivaldi’s masterpiece ‘The Four Seasons’ and given it the same ‘rock’ treatment was released May 4, 2018 on the Cherry Red UK Records label in which Darryl added to the mix, rock instrumentation and rhythms, synth textures and in the slow movements, some chill out beats as shown in Concert In E Major Number One Through Four. There have very few instances in the past I have heard classical pieces done in a rock style and I was impressed on how well this was done and how well this album was recorded, produced and performed. Please take a listen to this album on Spotify and then you will want to purchase this album from Amazon, Cherry Red Records and everywhere CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 764th review, I am proud to present the second album Lead Me Home by Camille Nelson a guitarist & violinist specializing in acoustic-driven folk music released August 18, 2017, on the Stone Angel Records label. This superb album blends elements of folk, classical, bluegrass, and new-age music and features relaxed, intricate acoustic guitar melodies of both traditional and original hymns accompanied by a string ensemble. This relaxing album features such great tracks as Amazing Grace, Be Thou My Vision (featuring Alex Sharpe), the title track Lead Me Home, Patterns Of Light, Be Still My Soul and so much more. This is a perfect album to listen to when you need to lower stress, pain and more because this is so relaxing. I was so impressed with how well this album was performed, recorded and produced. I highly recommend this album to your music library and I am looking forward to hearing more from this amazing artist. You can purchase this album from Amazon, Itunes, CD Baby, and everywhere that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 705th review overall and my second review for Louis Valentine Johnson, I am proud to present One, an innovative guitar piece that provides the listener with fourteen minutes of meditative tranquility and relaxation and can be heard and viewed with the bonus DVD as part of the album. Even though there are only three songs named after three countries on this album USA, India, and China, it is very peaceful and relaxing. On the DVD, there are video films for each of the three songs. It was well performed and written. I highly recommend this album to anyone looking for a piece to listen to when they need to relax and reduce stress. You can purchase this album from Amazon, CD Baby, Itunes and everywhere else that CDs and digital downloads are sold.
Transient is a solo piano release by Levi Gangi which includes nine original and three cover arrangements which are recorded in 2017 at the Red Booth Studios in Rochester, New York and released December 5, 2017. Levi who also leads an original folk/Americana band named The Lonely Ones shows the great work at the piano as seen in such soothing tracks as Oh! Montana, the title track Transient, The Way Home, Alinda’s Song and so much more. I am very impressed with how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced. I highly recommend this album for your relaxing pleasure.
For my 621st review, I am proud to present Warmer in the Winter is the fourth studio album by violinist and composer Lindsey Stirling, released on October 20, 2017, on the Universal/Concord Records label. This amazing violinist who came in second on this past season of Dancing With The Stars shows her many talents. Lindsey gives her takes on such great tracks on this 13 song album as the title track Warmer In The Winter as well as Christmas standards Silent Night, Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy, Carol Of The Bells, Jingle Bell Rock and much more. I have been a fan of her music for some time. I also own her album called Shatter Me which I enjoyed very much. I am impressed by how well this album was performed, recorded and produced. Take a listen to this album and you will want to add this to your holiday library.