New Bardots ~ Already Been Chewed (A Return To Bubblegum)

New Bardots ~ Already Been Chewed

 

Are you a fan of old bubblegum music? Well, it’s not all that old, but it goes back to the 1980’s, but most of bubblegum comes from the 1960’s. Music from that era is there also. I like this album. I don’t love it, but I like it. These are some of the songs that I grew up with…except, they’re a little bit more hard edged. This is not bad, but I DID love the innocence of the 1960’s music. I couldn’t believe that I didn’t know some of the songs, but, that’s the case. Some of the songs were huge bubblegum hits from the likes of the 1910 Fruitgum Company, The Spencer Davis Group, & others. If you’re a fan of re-makes of older songs, this is the music for you. I give this 4 out of 5 Music Guru stars.

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Izz ~ Half Life EP

Izz Half Life

 

OK, This is a great piece of music. One problem…it’s an EP, so, for me, it’s too short. After hearing these 4 songs, I really wanted to hear more. Everything on here was just about perfect. The keyboards, the vocals, guitars, bass, drums and everything else that is included. I’m looking forward to the next batch of music from IZZ. Check it out!

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Coming Soon…

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Coming soon…reviews of new albums from the New Bardots & Morse, Portnoy & George, Izz, Long Distance Calling & more.

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Jon Anderson 1000 Hands

Jon Anderson 1000 hands

 

Jon Anderson, also known as the singer from Yes, has put out another great album. This one is probably his best. This one includes a bunch of guest stars who played on this album. Included are most of the Yes band, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, and, Alan White. Other great musicians who played along with Jon, which include Steve Morse, Larry Coryell, Rick Derringer, Pat Travers, Tommy Calton, Michael Franklin, Stuart Hamm, Tim Franklin, Billy Cobham, Carmine Appice, Jonathan Cain, Jean Luc Ponty, Ian Anderson, The Tower Of Power, and so many more. This album made me sit up & say “WOW!”.  I had the option of listening to both digital CD & also analog, vinyl record. I’ve got to tell you, the vinyl had so many more things that I was able to hear from my audio system. So, if you have the option, give the vinyl a try. You will love it. I give this 5 out of 5 Music Guru stars. Another winner from Jon Anderson. I was waiting to hear what could have been the last Chris Squire track, that may have been heard, but, I couldn’t hear that thundering bass that I was expecting to hear. There were many musicians on this album & they played on some of the same songs. Other than me not hearing Chris’ bass, everything else was perfect. This album is a re-mix and was originally put out in 2019. This one comes to you in 2020. Buy this today!

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Krief ~ Chemical Trance

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This album went into different directions for me. This starts off with a psychedelic 1960’s Pink Floyd sound, then as the album continues, it goes off into a John Lennon sound. At first I wasn’t quite there with it, but, as the album went on, I became more interested. Each song gets better as the album continues. This is a rare gem, that you should give a listen to. I think you’ll be happy that you did. I give this 4 out of 5 Music Guru stars.

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Tangent ~ Auto Reconnaissance

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I am a big fan of the Tangent. This album did let me down a bit. It was mostly the song where Andy has a conversation throughout the song. The music in the background is very well done, as is expected from this band. The talking throughout that song really seemed to have bothered me. This one song takes what could have been a 4 or a 5 & brought it down to a 3.5 Music Guru stars out of 5. The music, as I’ve said is always good. Along with Andy Tillison, you have Jonas Reingold on bass, Luke Machin on guitars, Theo Travis on saxophones, & Steve Roberts on drums. With a band like this, how could the music not be great. I think I just need possiobly to give more thought to what Andy was trying to tell his listeners. This is also the same line up as the last Tangent album. That is something new for Tillison. Give it a listen & tell me what you think about it.

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River Cult ~ Chilling Effect

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Another band with that live garage band sound, that has that vintage classic sound. The distortion is turned up high, the drums are right in your face & the bass is doing what bass is supposed to be doing…keeping the rhythm, letting the drums fly all over. The vocals are OK. Not bad, not good. It does fit the group however. I wasn’t sure whether I liked this or not, but, as they went into the longer songs, I started to feel the groove. This was recorded live in the studio, which may explain the rawness of the album. I give this 3.5 out of 5 Music Guru stars. Perhaps 4, with more listenings. A bit too raw for me.

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Pushy ~ Hard Wish

Pushy - Hard Wish

 

This hard rock with a classic vibe band has just come out with their debut album. I do love the classic feel of it. It has that 1970’s distortion sound, at at times, even a wah-wah pedal. “Black Top” has a bass solo with drums playing along. This made me feel as if I was sitting in their garage, listening to them play live. The vocals were decent as well, although I did have a hard time hearing the lyrics. I give this 4 out of 5 Music Guru stars. What do you think?

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Poltergeist ~ Feather Of Truth

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For those of you who love hard metal, this will probably be the album for you. For me, this was OK. The music was really good. I loved the way that the bass & drumming played off of each other. The guitars did well. The vocals did absolutely nothing for me. It was difficult for me to hear most of the lyrics. For a metal band, there seems to have some progressive rock floating throughout the music. The band, in the 1980’s  went by another name. That name was Carrion. They had a modestly sucessful stint back then. Perhaps they can do it again in the 2020’s. The music gets 3.5 Music Guru stars, the vocals get 2.5 out of 5 Music Guru stars. Sorry, Poltergeist, I give you 3 out of 5 Music Guru stars.

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Harvey Dalton Arnold ~ Stories To Live Up To

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Harvey Dalton Arnold was a member of the Outlaws from 1976-1980. This album is far from the Outlaws music. It is more blues, but does have a twinge of that country-rock feel about it. This is not a great album, or as Harvey would say, it’s not a perfect album, but Harvey is very proud of this album. The music wasn’t bad. It has a heavy garage feel to it. I don’t say this in a bad way. I say this in the fact that it sounds a bit raw, which to me gives it a bit of charm. I give this 3.5 out of 5 Music Guru stars. Possibly more, with a few more listens.

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