Album Reviews

New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers – Vol. 2 | Album Review

New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers – Vol. 2 Stony Plain Records SPCD 1417 11 songs – 53 minutes Stony Plain Records owner Holger Petersen popped opened a musical treasure chest last fall when he released New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers Vol. 1 – a stellar, “long-lost” collection of tunes that featured Charlie Musselwhite, …

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Skylar Rogers – Firebreather | Album Review

Skylar Rogers – Firebreather Skylar Rogers Music 2020 www.skylarrogers.com 10 songs, 39 minutes Being raised in a tough Chicago neighborhood, and experiencing difficult times which included abusive relationships, homelessness and the stillbirth of her child provided Skylar Rogers with extensive material for heartfelt songwriting. This is evident in the song inspired by her strained relationship with …

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Greta Van Fleet: The Battle at Garden’s Gate review – more shades of Led Zeppelin?

(EMI)At their best at full throttle, the Michigan four-piece continue to channel 70s classic rock without restraint Intermittently enjoyable as it was, Greta Van Fleet’s 2018 debut, Anthem of the Peaceful Army, was rather eclipsed by all the Led Zeppelin comparisons. The follow-up from the Michigan four-piece – three Kiszka brothers and Ken-from-Bros drummer Danny …

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Paul McCartney: McCartney III Imagined review – classy remixes by proxy

(Universal)Beck, 3D, St Vincent and more are invited to put their own distinct spin on Macca’s homemade 2020 album Made during what McCartney dubbed “rockdown”, last year’s DIY album McCartney III proved both playful and resilient; a timely antidote to the stifled, existential mood of the Covid era. “Curated” by himself, McCartney III Imagined is …

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Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Dance Songs for Hard Times | Album Review

Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Dance Songs for Hard Times Family Crown Records/Thirty Tigers 11 songs – 35 minutes www.bigdamnband.com One of the most unique outfits on the blues scene today, Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band present a large presence despite being a country blues trio, and they’re larger than life on their latest …

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London Grammar: Californian Soil review – bold sounds amid the usual spectral fare

(Metal & Dust/Ministry of Sound)The British trio stick to boilerplate emoting and bland imagery, but there are small sonic steps forward Given the icy pace and prevailing mournfulness of London Grammar’s last album, Truth Is a Beautiful Thing, the British trio naming their third record Californian Soil might suggest they were warming up a bit. …

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