Devin Townsend Project ~ Transcendence



Another fine piece of music from the Devin Townsend Project as he takes you on another journey through progressive rock. The album starts off slow through “Truth”, then pounds your head going into “Stormbending”. The rest of the album keeps going through soft & hard rock while melding into one piece of music. “Stars” is a very nice piece of music, which resembles a Jeff Lynn’s ELO song. While not every Devin Townsend Project album is great, this one is. I give this 5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars. The Devin Townsend Project includes Devin Townsend on guitars, keyboards, vocals & programming, Ryan Van Poederrooyen on drums, Dave Young on guitar, Brian “Beav” Waddell on bass, and, Mike St-Jean on Keyboards, Synths & programming.

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Mipso ~ Coming Down The Mountain



Starting off with the sound of an angel, Libby Rodenbough, singer & fiddle player for this band really soars on every song that she sings on this album. There is 1 exception & that is when she sings duet with the male vocalist of the band. All singers sing well, but, Libby really soars on the opening & the final songs on this album. I didn’t realize that this was a country band, more like Country-rock, but, isn’t the current country music just plain rock music back in the early 70’s. Just my humble opinion. This album, reminds me of the love that I had when I first heard Pure Prairie League’s “Bustin’ Out” album. According to the credits on the album, they all sing & instruments include guitar, bass, mandolin & fiddle. I hear drums & I believe small amount of keys, but, no credits on those in the credit section. All in all, this is a great album. Definately give this a listen. Favorite songs are the title track, “Coming Down The Mountain” & “Water Runs Red”. The latter really standing out. I rate this 5 out 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Sonja Kristina Anthology



You may know of Sonja Kristina from a band called “Curved Air”. You may know her from the play “Hair”. You may also know her as Stewart Copeland’s Ex wife. This anthology gives you a nice sampling of her work. If you are a fan of the musical “Hair”, you will like this. It has the same spacy edge to it. A bit Rock & Roll, a bit progressive & a bit psychodelic. This album won’t be for everyone, but, if you give it a listen & you like things that are not the norm, this just may be for you. One track, which is a cover of a Greg Lake song, titled  “C’est La Vie, I did not like, but, that song was so perfect, I don’t think anyone but Greg could do it. The rest of the album would work for those people that like Tori Amos & the things above. I rate this 3.5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Chicago ~ Now More Than Ever – The History Of Chicago DVD



This DVD was originally shown on TV, but, I missed it & it wasn’t available for me to see it, when I was able to sit & watch it. This is the story of Chicago from the start to the current time. I am a big fan of Chicago, so, I was surprised to see that some of the members who had left, refused to say anything on this DVD. That’s a shame. I would’ve liked to hear Peter Cetera & Bill Champlain’s side of why they left. At least Danny Seraphine showed up for this. From the death of Terry Kath to the firing of Danny Seraphine, this DVD keeps you wanting to hear more. I really did like the DVD, although most of the footage was from the early days of Chicago, so everything was on a small screen compared with how they make DVDs now. Even with that, this history lesson about the band is still worth watching. I certainly enjoyed it, and whether you’re a Chicago fan or just a casual listener, you can’t get away from the fact that during your lifetime that you’ve heard their music, and what great music it is. This is worth watching just to see the behind the scenes stuff that went on with the band. I rate this 5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars. Watch this one.

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Heaven & Earth ~ Hard To Kill CD & DVD Set

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This well honed machine has some serious kick@$$ in them. Take a mixture of David Coverdale (Whitesnake), Richie Kotzen (Winery Dogs), & a bit of Sammy Hagar for the sound of the vocalist, while the rest of the band fits in well with the sound of the bands that these singers come from. This album takes hard rock to a fine new level while keeping the old style intact. New band with a 1980’s sound but current enough to keep it interesting. In this package comes a DVD with the songs done to video in a studio. Although I like the DVD, it was staged as you can see during the song “Bleed Me Dry”, not only does Stuart Smith (guitarist) switch from acoustic to electric guitar in a matter of 2 seconds, but, also Joe Retta takes his microphone & flips it & it winds up backwards, without losing any sound. The band certainly rocks & that by itself does not come easy…except these guys made it happen. I rate this 5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars & is highly recommended.

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Europe ~ Walk The Earth

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As Europe comes back into the 2010’s with this great album sounding more like Uriah Heep or maybe even Styx, in it’s current incarnation, yet keeping their own sound, yet renewed for the current times. The band sounds great & the vocals soar. This CD also comes with a DVD of Europe at Abbey Road Studios with the band doing interviews at the studio, which happens to be Abbey Road Studios. The film is in black & white, although I’m not sure why. Getting back to the album, the band goes beyond what they’ve done before. Some songs have a very reminiscent of  earlier music, not just from Europe, but, from other bands as well. All of the songs on the album are excellent, but, my favorite would have to be the title track “Walk The Earth”. This song could be an anthem for people fighting back. It would work in a number of films as well. The end of the album sounds like an old 78 RPM record playing jazz for the finale for about 20-30 seconds. Some of the fun stuff that they use to do in the old days. I rate this album 5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius ~ Guilty Of Innocence



This blend of Rock & Roll, Pop & a bit of Progressive Rock describes this album to a “T”.  The songs are written well, the musicians perform very well together & with this album, they are joined by guests Alex Skolnick of Testament, Rave Tesar of Renaissance, & Randy McStine of the Fringe. Band members are Joe Deninzon on electric violin, lead vocals, guitars, & mandolins. Jamie Bishop on bass/vocals, Aurelien Budynek on guitars/vocals & Lucianna Padmore on drums & percussion round out the band. This is the band’s 5th album. This is a very good album. One exception that I didn’t really like was a song called “Dream Diary Cadenza” which would have worked, had it been about 2-3 minutes shorter, which would then lead into the extended almost 13 minute song titled “Soul Food”. Unfortunately a tad bit long for my tastes. “Soul Food” more than makes up for it however. I would rate this 4 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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