Jason Heath And The Greedy Souls ~ But There’s Nowhere To Go

Jason Heath

 

This album mixes rock with pop making a nice blend of music to listen to. There is almost an analog sound when I listen to this album, but I can hear some digital stuff in there. There is no bad song on this album. They are not all great but they are really good. This starts off strong & finishes the same way, even with the bluesy end song “Miss Arizona” as well asĀ  “Garden Of Machines”. I give this 4 out of 5 Music Guru stars.

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DOBBELTGENGER ~ Limbohead

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Above The Sun ~ Make Music Not Money

Above the Sun EP

 

This 5 song EP is a fun EP. The band sounds like they’re having fun & making a statement. They sound like a polished punk band, or a polished garage band. The big single would be (Paul Simon Says) Make Music Not Money.. This will be a HIT Give this a listen. I give this 3.5 Music Guru Stars.

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Neal Morse ~ Life & Times

Neal Morse Life-and-Times-HiRes

 

This is an entirely different take on what Neal Morse usually does on his albums. This is sort of an acoustic album. There are no bombastic drums, no flowing keyboards, no wailing guitars. What you do get, are fantastic songs crafted from life. Starting off with a song titled “Livin’ Lightly”, this song is a beautiful song with Neal on guitars, keyboards & some percussion. No Mike Portnoy on this album, but, with the great songwriting on this album & the acoustic feel (even though there are slight keyboards floating around on this album), you don’t need him…for this album. All of the songs on this album could be things that you, Neal, or I could have lived through. So many great songs, that I’m not sure that I can pick a favorite. There is a somber song in the middle titled “He Died At Home”, which might describe how a soldier feels about the life that he chose, and what may happen. Right after this somber song, Neal gets bubbly, almost with glee with the song “She’s Changed Her Mind”. So many great songs, 1 great album. I really can’t pick a favorite song. They’re all good. 5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars. Get this album today.

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Professor And The Madmen ~ Disintegrate Me

Professor And The Madmen

 

Bringing together 4 members of different bands (The Adolescents, D.I., Mind Over Four, The Damned, Eddie & The Hot Rods, UFO, & The Mutants) you would expect a great punk album. While the first track makes you believe that, it quickly goes to a different genre on the second. The album has punk, rock, pop, & some ballads as well. This album took me by surprise…but a good one at that. The band consists of Alfie Agnew on vocals, guitar & keyboards, Sean Elliot on vocals, guitars & keyboards, Paul Gray on bass, and, Rat Scabies on drums. This band is half U.S. & half U.K. I really liked “Demented Love Song”, but, mostly the entire album is really good. There may be about 2 tracks that didn’t work for me, but, even they weren’t bad. Give this album a try. I think you’ll like it. This gets 4 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Jules Shear ~ One More Crooked Dance

Jules Shear

 

You may or may not know Jules Shear, but you do know of him. He was the Jules of Jules & The Polar Bears, he’s also written songs for Tommy Conwell & The Young Rumblers (If We Never Meet Again), The Bangles (If She Knew What She Wants) & Cyndi Lauper (All Through The Night). He was also the host & co-creator of MTV Unplugged. That may be why this album is so different from his guitar, bass, & drums music. This is Jules Shear unplugged. Jules on vocals & some friends, Pepe on piano, Molly Farley on vocals, & John Sebastian on harmonica & together they give you this album full of songs about relationships, the battle of the sexes, & even a song about self medication, just to name a few. My favorite, which seemed to stand out from the rest was “A Color That Barely Exists”. I would rate this 3.5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars. I like the music, the vocals of Jules Shear didn’t really work for me, but that could change with repeated listens.

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Various Artists ~ Bongo Boy Records Volume XIV

Bongo Boy xiv

 

Another good one from Bongo Boy Records. With songs from Mark Baxter, Zombie Garden Club, Annemarie Picerno, Lisa Coppola & Ray Powers, Kathryn Shipley, Bruce Lev, One Supernova, Anthems For Autumn, Squished, Above The Sun, Ricky Persaud Jr., 1 Of Us, Studeo, & The Oohz, this is one fine compiliation. All of the songs are well done, even the one done acapella, which surprised me big time. With music that sounds like it could come from the 60s, 70s, or 80s & yet still sounds current, gets an extra notch from me. This gets 5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars. Favorite song is Animals by Zombie Garden Club, which is available as a single as well.

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