Sting ~ 57th & 9th

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The new album from STING is a blast from the past. Taking part POLICE & part early STING from his first 2 albums or so, you will really like this album. There are a couple of tracks that are not as strong as others, but, this is a stellar album. You’ll already have heard “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You”, but, that is the most pop of the album. The following track “50,000” also is an uptempo track. It goes in & out from there. Also on this album, you get some bonus tracks of his hit, “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You”, “Inshallah”, which was a track that I did not favor, and a live version of “Next To You” with the Last Bandoleros, covering Sting’s POLICE work. It’s nice to hear Sting back in his prime form. All in all, this gets 4 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Magic Trick ~ Other Man’s Blues

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Magic Trick isn’t quite like other bands. They are a rock band that has some pop stuff floating throughout. The album does have moments of jamming on some tracks. Would I consider them a jam band,? I’m not sure, but possibly. The band is a nice melodic band so it does work for me. “Eternal Summer” could be their single, but, I think that “Purest Thing” has a better chance of hitting that mark. Maybe “Eternal Summer” could be their 2nd single or a “B” side. This gets 3.5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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High Fighter ~ Scars & Crosses

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This german band, High Fighter, brings us their debut album titled “Scars & Crosses”. This does not bring you sounds of Clean singing or clean guitars. This is definately an alternative rock band. The vocals are not for me, the music isn’t bad, but, not great either. There are moments of clarity in the songs, which, does stand out better for me. This gets 3 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Fates Warning ~ Theories Of Flight

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Fates Warning brings us their 12th studio album in 2016. A great musical album from this band, which brings you their blend of progressive metal & rock. Jim Matheos, who is the only original founding member, writes all of the music on this album. It is also in the order, on the album, that he wrote them so that he can bring his vision of his music to you. Many tracks are long in length, which is always a plus for me. “White Flag” is a favorite of mine. The title track is also really good, but, there are moments when it steers off-course, with what seems to be TV ramblings. This gets 4 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Dee Snider ~ We Are The Ones

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A new solo album from Dee Snider. You may not hear any more Twisted Sister, but, to me, this is much better. Great singing by Dee, the music is right on track & the lyrics are definately much better than Twisted Sister. A lot of the album is slower, but, almost more powerful in performance. A great track is “Over Again” which starts off slow, but, really picks up. Dee does a version of “We’re Not Gonna Take It”. This song really comes across much differently with just Dee & a piano. When I first heard it, I doubted that it was, what I thought it was, but, that’s exactly what it turned out to be. One of my favorite tracks on the album is “Close To You”, which could be a great single for this album. Dee also covers Nine Inch Nails song “Head Like A Hole”. Don’t expect Twisted Sister…Expect more. This gets 5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Dayshell ~ Nexus

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The name of this band is Dayshell. The album is Nexus. Listening to this album, I get the feeling that the last song that just heard, was the previous song that I heard. Not necessarily a bad thing, after all Boston made it that way & their albums are great. Dayshell’s album isn’t great, but, it’s not bad either. It is more Bon Jovi than Boston. The music is current rock mixed with some pop flavor. I rate this 3.5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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A few music singles that you may like

I like to, normally, do album reviews but, today, I decided on a few singles. First up THE FORMERS ~ Adrenaline. This single is poppy, catchy & would fit into any current top 40 radio station. The vocals & music were very good. 4 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

Next up is the Kalley Saunders Band ~ Joy, which is a pretty, Christmas song. It starts off slow & sort of down-trodden, but, picks up with the Chorus. Another fine choice for Christmas. This one also gets 4 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

Another Christmas single comes next from Bongo Boy Records. The Forty Nineteens bring you their version of Frosty The Snowman. Not my cup of tea, but, a different take on this classic. This song is Garage band Frosty The Snowman. Those that enjoy garage bands will most likely love this single. For me, this gets 3 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

An original Christmas song comes up next from Lisa Hugo. This is called My Christmas Day. A beautiful songĀ  with Piano & Strings (Synths?) that I could hear in a Hallmark movie. This gets 4 out 5 Music Guru Stars.

Last up for the singles is Matto Rules with their song titled Crystal Bay. I like the music, the voice isn’t bad, but, I’m not sure if it works for me. You be the judge. I rate this one 3 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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