Music Reviews

A look back: Willie Nelson’s ‘Spirit’ 15 years later

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So what if I told you that musical legend Willie Nelson released arguably his best album in 1996 to little fanfare or critical acclaim? And what if I told you that if this hidden gem were to be classified as a “country” album that it would be the very best release under that genre in the last 20 years? You would probably think, like that character in Willie’s classic song, that I’m crazy right? Well I may be crazy but this is exactly my opinion of Nelson’s masterpiece Spirit.

A look back: Merle Haggard’s “Back to the Barrooms” 30 years later

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30 years ago country music legend Merle Haggard released the album Back to the Barrooms right on the heels of The Way I Am. The album’s theme of loss imbued with a going down to hell drinking attitude have stood the test of time leaving in its wake a generation of musicians and fans in awe of the masterpiece from the man they call The Hag. Read on for a 30-year-retrospective on the greatest drinking album ever recorded.

A look back: Dwight Yoakam’s ‘If There Was A Way’ 20 years later

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Hard to believe, but it’s been 20 years since Dwight Yoakam released his classic album “If There Was A Way.” Read my retrospective on the record that turned my ear to country music and my argument that it’s the best main stream country album of the last 25 years.

Bonus: Check out videos for songs from the album including “The Heart That You Own,” “You’re The One” and “Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose.”

REVIEW: John Mellencamp releases ‘No Better Than This’

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On the liner notes for John Mellencamp’s 25th record No Better Than This it lists the musicians and something immediately stands out. There is only one man on the whole 13 song set listed at vocals and that man is the one who wrote all the songs and gave ’em life, John Mellencamp.

Read our review and see a great performance of the opening track “Some Time To Dream.”

MUSIC VIDEO – Eminem and Rihanna’s domestic violence song burns hard with Megan Fox

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After some disappointing music from Rihanna, whose voice can often be grating, she’s back with a perfect collaboration with Eminem. “Love the Way You Lie,” which premiered last night right before Jersey Shore,  is a song about domestic violence, something Rihanna and Eminem have experienced on different sides; and the raw honesty really shines through. […]

MUSIC REVIEW – Janelle Monae’s “Emotion Picture” debut album ArchAndroid features Cindi Mayweather

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Janelle Monae’s new release The ArchAndroid (Atlantic Record) isn’t just an album, it’s an event, an “emotion picture,” if you will, a journey through time. With it’s extremely wide variety of influence and sounds, it tells an epic story. All the songs have disperate sounds ranging from classical overtures, to glam rock, funk, 50’s doo-wop, […]

Music Review: Landon Pigg’s “The Boy Who Never” – Plus watch Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop Video

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Landon Pigg hit the big screen as Ellen Page’s droolworthy love interest in Drew Barrymore’s Whip It, but he’s more than just a cute boy. Pigg is the singer-songwriter behind the perfectly infectious song featured in De Beers and AT&T commercials “Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop,” and recently released his sophmore album, The Boy Who Never, featuring […]