The Second Coming…Brits and Pieces II

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So, the difficult second album! Always a curse right - how'd you follow up on a genre defining first album? Do you rest on your laurels? Wait 5 years, miss the boat and the impact and then release another one? Or do you waste no time, get right back onto it and go again? Well … Continue reading The Second Coming…Brits and Pieces II

From Reading with Love – Via Belfast – Album Reviews – The Coronations and Mirror Pictures

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So in this disposable life we are living now, does anyone listen to albums anymore? In full? Yeah Tim's listening party and the like have brought back the interest in the LP and certainly vinyl sales have increased as well, but overall do we sit down and make the effort? Well I do, as I'm … Continue reading From Reading with Love – Via Belfast – Album Reviews – The Coronations and Mirror Pictures

Album Review – The John Michie Collective – High Vibrations

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The JMC are someone that have been on my radar for a while now, just because the name is interesting and echoes such artists as The Spencer Davis Group and of course The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Well this full named artist isn't a group, it's just the main man John's solo recording tag. Anyway John … Continue reading Album Review – The John Michie Collective – High Vibrations

New Artists – New Albums – For Your Consideration

A couple of new artists to me that are about to release new albums. So what did I think? Read below. Joe Adhemar - Found Ourselves This is Joe's 3rd album and recorded by himself during lockdown where he sings and plays all instruments. It starts of with the melodic and uplifting Be My Coastguard … Continue reading New Artists – New Albums – For Your Consideration

Album Review – Sunstack Jones – Golden Repair

Liverpudlian Sunstack Jones are new to me this year, but they have been around for a few years and this is their 4th album to date. Recorded live with ex The Verve man Simon Jones at the desk and produced by Paul Den Heyer, the chaps asked me to take a listen and review for … Continue reading Album Review – Sunstack Jones – Golden Repair

Album of the Year – Brits and Pieces – Various Artists

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It’s kinda apt that the best album of the year comes at the end of 2020 - the year we will all want to forget for so many reasons - but a year that will live long in the lives of the few that dared, that tried, that rose up and did something. Was it … Continue reading Album of the Year – Brits and Pieces – Various Artists

Love and Chemicals – Teenage Waitress – Album review

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When I first wrote about TW back in August it was off the back of hearing the awesome Leaving Berlin single - it was/is different to anything I was listening to at the time. It was hard to pigeonhole, it reminded me of so many other artists music but without actually being able to name … Continue reading Love and Chemicals – Teenage Waitress – Album review

New Artist – Album Review – Ashley Stacey – The Sun still Shines on you

One thing I've learnt over the last 6 months is that if you don't ask you don't get and if you don't do it for yourself no one will do it for you. Obviously you should be kind and considerate and nice with it. So when Ashley asked me very nicely to listen to his … Continue reading New Artist – Album Review – Ashley Stacey – The Sun still Shines on you

Album Review – Denise Johnson – Where does it go

So here it is - something many of us had asked for, for years and years. A solo album from one of THE greatest soul voices this country or any country have ever produced. The release of this album was supposed to be a huge celebration, a time when the singer was finally paid her … Continue reading Album Review – Denise Johnson – Where does it go

Introducing – Milo Gore – Tougher then the rest

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Some artists write albums that are a tough listen. Some are so truthful they hurt when you listen. They hit hard. You want to turn off but you can't. They reach deep inside your soul. Pulling at feelings you didn't know you had or were struggling to control. When I think of these artists and … Continue reading Introducing – Milo Gore – Tougher then the rest

Album review – Finer Times in Other Worlds – Crimson Bloom

Ah the difficult second album - something of a legend in music or is it just a myth? Whilst some bands release such a magnificent first album its almost impossible to follow (The Stones Roses), other bands take it in their stride (Oasis), some release an even better album after a dodgy start (Blur, Radiohead). … Continue reading Album review – Finer Times in Other Worlds – Crimson Bloom

Album review – The Tides of Time – The Mariners

So it's clear these rapskallions are my favourite new band at the minute and I've been looking forward to their album ever since I first heard them in the Spring. For me they are your archtypal British group, formed from the same magic as the best of the 60s. However you chuck in a large … Continue reading Album review – The Tides of Time – The Mariners

Album review – Barfly Flew By – West On Colfax

Americana! A word so evocative it conjurs up thoughts of late night bars, whiskey, smoke filled rooms with a band playing the type of songs of love, lost, regret and redemption. Apart from my actual Country music interest, I've never listened to a lot of Americana music and couldn't really name you any acts that … Continue reading Album review – Barfly Flew By – West On Colfax