Archive for the ‘Album Reviews’ Category

Album Review: Comfort by Heyrocco

Album Review: Comfort by Heyrocco

Charleston-based trio Heyrocco has really gone above and beyond expectation with their first LP, Comfort. After setting their first EP on repeat, I thought I knew what this band was all about. The Friends Mixtape put forth catchy, upbeat tunes with some clever lyrics and prodigious musicianship. I say prodigious because one or two of […]

Kiernan McMullan’s TWO YEARS – Review

Kiernan McMullan’s TWO YEARS – Review

Two Years has been a labor of love for Kiernan McMullan for–you guessed it–two years. This collection of tunes tells the story of how he struck out on his own after his first recording contract wasn’t all he ever dreamed. From the opening track, What If, we learn just how hard it is to find […]

Album Review: The Vespers: “The Fourth Wall” (Black Suit)

Album Review: The Vespers: “The Fourth Wall” (Black Suit)

Do not, I repeat, DO NOT judge a book by its cover. The fresh-faced young musicians who comprise the Nashville band known as The Vespers play and sing way beyond their years. There is, however, an experienced professional element present here, as lead singers (and sisters) Callie and Phoebe Cryar (21 and 19 respectively), cut […]

Mary Black’s Stories from the Steeples – A Review

Mary Black’s Stories from the Steeples – A Review

Irish music has held the world in its thrall for hundreds of years, growing and changing with each decade but always keeping that distinctive flavor that identifies it without question. There is some music that will immediately bring to mind Irish stew and a pint of Guinness, and then there are tunes that incorporate pop […]

Album Review: Mercyland, Hymns For The Rest of Us (Mercyland Records)

Album Review: Mercyland, Hymns For The Rest of Us (Mercyland Records)

“The only good thing ever to come out of religion was the music.” — George Carlin. Like any good comic, the late Mr. Carlin exaggerated for effect. Religion does have its good points — most of the Ten Commandments, for example — but I lean more toward the Groucho Marx school of ideaology: I wouldn’t […]

Album Review: Nameless Path by Marcus Foster

Album Review: Nameless Path by Marcus Foster

As always, I wish I could discuss every song on this album. Marcus Foster has done something truly special with Nameless Path, and each song deserves a mention, but I’ll try to keep it brief with some of the highest of the highlights. Rest assured that the whole album is worth adding to your collection. […]

Bachman-Turner Overdrive “Not Fragile” Remastered by Audio Fidelity

Bachman-Turner Overdrive “Not Fragile” Remastered by Audio Fidelity

I’m often told that I’m “too young” to enjoy a certain type of music – specifically anything that was released before 1990.  After all, what would a 33-year old know about the Beatles, the Eagles, Led Zeppelin, and many other classic bands that shaped the music I’m “supposed” to like?  Well, I can tell you […]

Deer Tick: “Divine Providence” (Partisan Records)

Deer Tick: “Divine Providence” (Partisan Records)

By Crystal Murphy For better or for worse, Deer Tick’s Divine Providence (Partisan Records) documents the life of having been at it for some time. The Deer Tick men let you know what this album about right from the start: “We’re full grown men; we act like kids.” And the shouting background choral affirms: the […]

The Backing Singer by Bobby Long – An EP Review

The Backing Singer by Bobby Long – An EP Review

I’ve been listening to anything Bobby Long has to offer since I picked up my copy of Dirty Pond Songs at his first show here in Nashville three years ago.  Over the years, he has proven to be prolific and exceptionally profound, but his latest offering, The Backing Singer, goes above anything he’s ever done […]

Slaid Cleaves “Sorrow and Smoke: Live at the Horseshoe Lounge” Music Road

Slaid Cleaves “Sorrow and Smoke: Live at the Horseshoe Lounge” Music Road

Slaid Cleaves may not be a natural-born Texan (He’s originally from Portland, Maine. He has been in Texas for 20 years, though.), but he knows a thing or two about a thing or two.  For starters, he knows about songwriting, and he shows it off here with a 2 disc set of his “greatest hits” […]

Album review of Paladino: Paladino

Album review of Paladino: Paladino

The Los Angeles, California based band Paladino will release their self-titled debut album on November 15, 2011. The album is a mix of original songs and covers of classic country tunes like the standard Have You Ever Been Lonely and the seminal Green Green Grass of Home which was made popular by the late-great Porter […]

TFDI – When I Stop Running

TFDI – When I Stop Running

Individually, the members of TFDI (Totally F***in’ Doing It) are some of the most prolific, musical, and creative artists in the singer/songwriter circuit, so I could only imagine what these three amazing musicians would do when recording together.  Their first EP of four songs was just a tiny taste of what they can do – […]

From the Bottom of My Punk-Pop Heart – Reviewing Since Forever and Yours Truly

From the Bottom of My Punk-Pop Heart – Reviewing Since Forever and Yours Truly

There are a few things that I just won’t apologize for, and loving punk-pop is one.  While I like to read deeply into lyrics, feel guitar chords rolling up my spine, and drown in complex harmonies, sometimes I also just like to open the sunroof and blast something fun and fresh while driving through the […]

Album review of Lydia Loveless: Indestructible Machine

Album review of Lydia Loveless: Indestructible Machine

Bloodshot Records is set to release Lydia Loveless: Indestructible Machine on Tuesday September 12, 2011. Loveless is a 21 year old songwriter from Columbus, Ohio with the heart of a traditional country singer and the attitude and bravado of a gutter punk musician. Her songs range the gamut from Loretta Lynn style country vocals and […]