The Dollyrots ~Whiplash Splash

 

According to the notes that I received with this CD, say that the Dollyrots are a punk rock duo. To be honest with you, I don’t hear it, unless they’re comparing themselves to Blondie, but, even then, I still don’t hear it. Actually I hear a much better album than any Blondie album that I’ve ever heard. This duo is a pop band, with catchy licks, good lyrics & so far, will be one of the best albums of 2017. This album starts off strong & doesn’t let up until the end. BUY THIS ALBUM! You won’t regret it. This gets 5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Hand Habits ~ Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void)

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This laid back album of Meg Duffy’s band HAND HABITS titled “Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void)” takes her back to her grass roots. The album title says it all. Wildly Idle except there’s not much wild in the album. You may know Meg as as a shredder, but, there is no shredding on this album. There are little “commercial” sounding things floating on the album, which, I could have done without. Sounded a bit like radio static to me. The music & Meg’s voice are very nice to listen to. “Bad Boy”really seems to sound like an 80’s demo with the guitar sound & the reverb, which went on a little too long (reverb). I give this a 3 stars out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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CARPTREE ~ Emerger

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A new album from the Swedish prog band Carptree will be coming out on April 7, 2017. For those of you who may not know the band, do not confuse them with Yes, or Pink Floyd. They may resemble Marillion more. Starting off the album, with, to me, their strongest song on the album, “The Fleeting Deep”. This sounds like analogue keyboards at their finest. This is a 2 man band, however, they are usually helped out by the NO FUTURE ORCHESTRA, which features vocals, guitars & drums. All of the music is written by the 2 members of Carptree (Niclas Flink & Carl Westholm). The album does go down a bit from the first track, but, that could just be me. Not a bad album, mind you, It’s just that the first track is so strong, the rest of the album couldn’t keep up. You give it a listen & tell me what you think. I rate this at 3.5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Out Of The Garage Volume Three

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This volume of OUT OF THE GARAGE, is really, really good.  I liked this album much better than volume 2. It starts off strong with Doug MacDonald Band’s “Jacks Joke Shop”. Most of the songs are upbeat tracks, with some covers to boot. Included are covers of the The Kinks, Bob Dylan (one of the few tracks that I didn’t like…& I like Bob Dylan.), Procol Harum, & more. The music is good & the cover is awesome for the person who likes the “Good Girl” look. I really like this cover. See above. This album gets 4.5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Tim Bowness ~ Lost In The Ghost Light

 

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Tim Bowness just released his fourth solo album this past week, and after a few listens, I’ve found that I really enjoy it. At first listen, I was saying, “Ehhhh, it’s alright”, but after repeated listens, I could really hear the creative side of this concept album. musicians on this album are COLIN EDWIN, HUX NETTERBAUM, STEPHEN BENNETT, BRUCE SOORD, ANDREW BOOKER, which comprise the core band, with added guests KIT WATKINS from HAPPY THE MAN & CAMEL, STEVE BINGHAM from NO-MAN, ANDREW KEELING from ROBERT FRIPP, & IAN ANDERSON from JETHRO TULL. There is a lot of flute playing on this album, for sure. You may know Tim from the live PORCUPINE TREE experience, but this is a different animal all together, unless you want to include that STEVEN WILSON also mixed & mastered this album. Give this album more than 1 listen.  I give this album 4 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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WARS~ We are Islands, After All

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The music on this album is really good. The back-up vocals are as well. The problem that I have with this album, is the lead vocals. I can’t understand a word that he’s saying. The last song on the album, for me was the best, as it was all singing & no growling at the listener. For those of you that like the growling at you sound, you’ll probably love it. For me, not so much. I give this 2 out of 5 Music Guru Stars only because I couldn’t understand a word that was said except the one song, & other back round vocals.

 

 

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Michael Resin ~ Praying Or A Miracle

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I’m not really sure what to say about this album. It’s not really something I would listen to. It sounds like 1 man making an album. The synthesized drum beats didn’t work for me. The talking throughout the songs didn’t work for me. The melodies were, for me, the redeeming part of this album. I usually like most of the stuff from Bongo Boy Records, but, this one, I can’t say that. I give this 2 Music Guru Stars, mostly for melody & production.

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