понедељак, 29. октобар 2012.

DALE BOYLE - Throwback


DALE BOYLE
" Throwback "
( Self - released / Hemifran ) 2012.
CD
Roots music / folk / blues - CANADA









Dale Boyle is a well-respected songwriter , guitarist and musician, and carrear of this Montreal performer continiously is sucessful.
He has received a several national recognitions and awards. " Throwback " is his 4th album, where we can find a 10 tracks in, combination of authors works and well-chosen covers. He had also a 2 guesture performers - Annabele Chvoster as a singer, and Michael Jerome Browne, who was responsible for playing fiddle, slide guitar and mandolin.  Mr. Boyle is a certain performer, who knows how to put his idea in the right place. He offers and interesting mixture of roots elements, folk, and acoustic blues variants as well. His songs are influental by the so call old school tendencies, but also posses a energy of our time. I would recomand a closing tune, " classic"    - " Baby Please Don' t Go", as a specially more inspirative moment from whole, generally well-released album.

Rating : 8, 5 / 10
C / o : www.daleboyle.com
www.hemifran.com



недеља, 28. октобар 2012.

FOREST SUN - Just Begun


FOREST SUN
" Just Begun "
( Painted Sun / Hemifran ) 2012.
CD - USA
Alt. country / roots rock / americana










San Francisco based road warrior and singer/songwriter Forest Sun is constantly active on national indie / americana scene.
He has also toured in Europe, and his concert experience is undoubtelly huge. " Just Began" is his actuelle album with 12 tracks in, done in alt.country/folkie/ roots/americana mood. He is certain and pleasent singer, and most of present songs are done in slower mid tempo, without unexpecting rhythm changes. Even of solid performings and technically well realazing job, most of the materials suffers of manniristical problems. Everything is more or less recognazible , and even of quiet good productional work, missings of performing energy, characterized practically each track from album. " Just Began " simply isn' t a better album realesed from Forest Sun kitchen.

Rating : 6 / 10
C / o : www.forestsun.com
www.hemifran.com




четвртак, 18. октобар 2012.

JOE FLETCHER & THE WRONG REASONS - White Lighter


JOE FLETCHER & THE WRONG REASONS
" White Lighter "
( Wrong Reasons Records / Hemifran ) 2012.
CD
Country rock / americana - USA







Out of Providence, Rhode Island comes a singer / songwriter Joe Fletcher and his Wrong Reasons band. Fletcher is a old-fashioned troubadour and musician, whose carrear is continiously active a several years. He has received a respectabile recognitions and critics with his first album from 2007 year, entitled  " Bury Your Problems ". A few times with his group he toured around state and at the end of 2010 year, he has released a second and still actuelle album - " White Lighter". He sing about bad luck, wrong decisions, hard living and bad times, but musically, he and his band deliver a strong country rock sound, with many honky-tonk and rocking and rolling includings, with additionals of some so call old school flavours as well. " With Lighter" is a CD with mainly equalizing materials, generally positive atmosphere,  and some pretty repeatable songs.

Rating : 8 / 10
C / o : www.joefletchermusic.com
www.hemifran.com



недеља, 14. октобар 2012.

SIMULACRUM - The Master And The Simulacrum


SIMULACRUM
" The Master And The Simulacrum "
( Inverse Records ) 2012.
CD
Progressive metal - FINLAND









Out of Turku, Finland comes a band Simulacrum, a new national hope if we speak about progressive metal tendencies.
The beginings of group started out in their highschool days, but more seriously things are turn around a few  years ago. " The Master And The Simulacrum "is actuelle debut, where we can find a 8 seriously done tracks. A group works as a quintet, where keybords threathenings and includings are important part of general performing and authors realizations. In one hand, musically they are faithful to the legacies of 90's progressive metal movement, but also is evident that influences from the 70's progressive era, aren' t strange in its views. This is undoubtly an interesting mixture, and practically most of the present tracks " suffer" of mentioned " infections". A production satisfie in every manner, and generally band has offered a promising debut.

Rating : 8 / 10
C / o : www.simulacrum.com



недеља, 07. октобар 2012.

THE RED BUTTON - As Far As Yesterday Goes


THE RED BUTTON
" As Far As Yesterday Goes "
( Grimble Records / Hemifran  ) 2011.
CD
Pop / 60's pop / modern pop - USA










The Red Button are Seth Swirsky and Mike Ruekberg, singers / songwriters and musicians whose interesting spheres leads to many other fields. They are also established persons, whose collaboraton started out from 2005 year. They have released a first album in 2007 , entitled " She's About To Cross My Mind ".  " As Far As Yesterday Goes " is actuelle one, and this is a CD with 12 tracks in. They have received mainly a positive reviews and critics for its work. Swirsky and Ruekberg in own way reestablished a period of 60's,  and era of beat and British invasion musics. Their songs are melodic, repeatable, more than listanable, and its method of composing and producing maximally modernize a mentioned pop approach. Today is absolutelly impossible to find an album where all of present songs posses hittish potentials, but Swirsky and Ruekberg knows how to reproduce a brilliant tune. Excellent work, and recomandable album for the followers of different tastes...

Rating : 9 / 10
C / o : www.theredbutton.net
www.hemifran.com



RICHIE LAWRENCE - Water


RICHIE LAWRENCE
" Water "
( Big Book Records / Hemifran ) 2012.
CD
Roots music - USA









Singer / songwriter, piano and accordian player Richie Lawrence was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and his musical and authors interesting spheres leads to americana and roots music theritories. " Water " is his second album, recorded together with band - The Yolos. There are 12 plus 1 song on CD, and Mr. Lawrence has offered a different but pleasent package of roots music views, country and waltzing rhythms, hidden cajun approaches, enjoyable vocalizations, and similiar  listenable atmosphere, presents through complete materials as well. He isn' t a old-fashionable performer, but his authors signiture has taken something from the era   of  30's or 50's years of previous century. " Fields Where They Lay" is interesting and smooth lullaby, and together with bonus instrumental track " Poets Prayer" ,in brilliant way finalize complete album.

Rating : 8 / 10
C / o : www.richielawrence.com
www.hemifran.com



четвртак, 04. октобар 2012.

BURTON JESPERSEN - Any Road


BURTON JESPERSEN - Any Road
" Any Road "
( Dog Soldier Press/Hemifran ) 2012.
CD
Songwritings / folk / country - USA








Burton Jespersen is relatively less-known artist, and songwriter under the USA roots music circulation. His discography also isn' t rich. A first album " The Ride" he has recorded a 10 years ago." Any Road " is his newer and second still actuelle offering, from this 2012 year. His album are consist of 14 songs, 9 are authors works, other are well-choosen covers, and his interesting spheres lead to folkie/country and americana fields. He is certain singer, with emotionaly driven lyrical views, and complete album are consists of listenable tunes, especially acceptable for the night time listening enjoument.  Finally, I would  notice a 6th track - " Redwood Song" for repeatable playings...

Rating : 7, 5 / 10
C / o : www.myspace.com/burtonjespersensongs
www.hemifran.com



THE EX-GIRLFRIENDS CLUB - Boo Hoo Hoo


THE EX-GIRLFRIENDS CLUB - Boo Hoo Hoo
" Boo Hoo Hoo "
( Bolt! Bolt! Bolt! Music ) 2012.
CD
Garage rock/garage punk/glam - USA







Out of Portland, Oregon comes a new " sensation ",  if we speak about garage rock / garage punk tendencies. They are quartet and musically band whose interesting spheres leads to older variants, preciselly  to late 70's era. They are pretty convinceble in its attitudes, as same as in performing capabilities, and fans of Stooges, New York Dolls, Sonics legacies, can find many similiar views in music of Portland fellows.  Yes, The Ex-Girlfriends Club looks and sound as a act from the 70's, and  all of 9 of present songs from its album, confirms mentioned opinion. In the other hand, Oregon quartet are consist of certain players and they teamed up pretty serious, and strongest as hell. I suppose that visual part is also important detail, with realistical presentation on stage and concert forms. " Boo Hoo Hoo" are consists of equalizing materials, done in mentioned 70's manner, but with clear message and certain playings...

Rating : 7 , 5 / 10
C / o : www.exgirlfriendsclub.com



TOM KELL - This Desert City


TOM KELL
" This Desert City "
( 17 Degrees Recording / Hemifran ) 2011.
CD
Songwritings / americana - USA








Singer / songwriter / troubadour Tom Kell is on the saddle for a years. His carrear started out in the 70's. He was active in a bands, and during the years he has performed a lot. His solo carrear is also impressive , and with actuelle one, he has recorded a 5 albums.
" This Desert City " continiously reactivate his leading authors messages, and through 10 songs  we can find many wonderful places, insightful lyrical approaches and familiar themes, known as a sort of so call Southern Californian style. A followers of Eagles, Jackson Brown or James Taylor legacies, will love Tom's musical stories. 2 of present tracks are covers, but both were done with different arrangments threathenings and changing views. These tracks are : " Don' t Let Me Be Misunderstood", well-known track established from Animals repertoair, and " Baby's In Black " from the mighty Beatles. A songs are mostly done in mid, and in mid-up tempo, complete materials are more than listenable, and productional work communicate with the standards of our time too.
" This Desert City " are consists of  wonderful songs and constantly repeatable melodies. Fine work.

Rating : 8 , 5 / 10
C / o : www.tomkell.com
www.hemifran.com