Acting Natural EP

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Starting with the the first track titled “The One”, this album pops right off to you. This band has a great poppy feel good sound that keeps your feet dancing & your toes tapping. Songs about love are mainly the vibe here, but, wasn’t that most of the songs that we grew up with in the 60’s & 70’s. Only 3 people in this band. They are Eric Carnevale on guitars, Vocals, Piano, Organ & percussion, James David Maney on bass & vocals, & Jesse Leonard on drums & vocals. You don’t really need more than these 3 guys to make good music. It’s right there. I like all of the songs on the EP. I think the opening song blew me away the most however. Definately a hit. I give this 5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Christen Lien ~ Elpis

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Starting with the prologue, do I hear the similarities to Jean Luc Ponty. That is a good comparison as you can get for a violin, in this case, viola. Inside the CD package comes a booklet with what each song is about, as they are all instrumental. This is a sit back, relax & think album. Very nice stuff. If you are a fan of Jean Luc Ponty, you will most likely like this. Give it a listen & let me know what you think. I rate this 4 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Kelley Ryan ~ Telescope

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This singer songwriter has some really good song. The songs are simple, yet meaningful. There are also some great background vocals that I like even more than I like Kelley Ryan’s vocals. It is a perfect blend. One of my favorite tracks is “Cigarette”, which uses both Kelley with Marti Jones on the background vocals. Marti is the other singer on the album along with Don Dixon on bass & strings, as well as Jim Brock on Drums & percussion & Jon Thornton on horns.  Another track that stands out is “Secret Life”, as well as “Pulling For Romeo”, which starts off weak, but, then gets stronger as the song goes on. Kelley’s strongest singing seems to be on the song called “Passing Through”. All in all a good album, starts off on a down note, but, quickly picks you up. Give this one a listen. I rate this 4 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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The Grip Weeds ~ Force Of Nature ~ Live In NYC

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The Grip Weeds are a fantastic band that sounds like they stepped right out of the early to mid 70’s, but, they are a newer band. Formed in 1988 by brothers Rick & Kurt Reil on guitar (Rick) & drums (Kurt), they called themselves the Grip Weeds, after a character played by John Lennon in a picture called “How I Won The War” which is a title of their 2015 album. This band is awesome & you should listen to them. The DVD titled “Force Of Nature – live in NYC is an intimate concert with the Grip Weeds with the Reil brothers along with Kristin Pinell who plays lead guitar along with some vocals (most of the vocals are done by Rick Reil) and also Dave DeSantis on Bass, who joined in 2012. The band plays their songs & even throw in a part of a cover during their jams. I rate this 5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Sarah Rogo Live at Lestats West

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This blond haired blue eyed girl can certainly write some good music. Her vocals are very pleasing. Her style ranges from acoustic folk to rockin’ blues. This is a live set with only 7 songs, but, what songs they are. You’ll want more by the end of the disc. It didn’t catch me at first, but, when I heard “Oh My God”, I started listening closer. A couple more fun songs pass then another great song titled “Loving Her Tonight”. For me, that should’ve been the closing song. Listen to this one with a singer song writer in mind. Is she the next Carol King? No, but, with enough time, she just may be. I rate this 4 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Wobbler ~ From Silence To Somewhere

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I’ve had access to WOBBLER before, but, I never actually heard them before. They knocked me down…in a good way. This band is a Progressive power house. Grooving along from the very first song. Wobbler, while they are a newer Norwegian progressive rock band, they sound like a mix of Yes, Jethro Tull, Uriah Heep & more classic rock bands. At one point I thought that I was listening to Focus, except the swirling keyboards brought me back to realize that it was not Focus. This could be a new band that I really want to follow. Very Yes-like except for it’s missing the high range vocals of Jon Anderson. Either way, this album gets 5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars. This is a must listen to album.

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Lee Tiger ~ Tiger Tiger ~ One Earth * One People * Come Together *

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I’m not sure how I feel about this album. I like the message about saving the world for future generations. I also really like the music. I think it may be the vocals that have me wavering. They’re not bad, I think that they may need more of that Robert Plant kind of sound. I do like the album, I just think that it could be a bit better. The first track titled “One Earth One People” could be an anthem song. It’s that good & positive. Actually everything about this album is good & positive. The album does have a classic Rock feel to it. Most of the music & vocals are done by Lee Tiger. Also included are Mikie Pinara on lead guitar on one track, Ralford Stark on guitar & slide, and Carolena on background vocals on 2 tracks. I rate this album with 4 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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