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NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - BIG COUNTRY "THE CROSSING"

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THESE ALBUM REVIEWS ARE FAVOURITES FROM MY OWN VAST AND VARIED ECLECTIC COLLECTION! I AM A FAN OF THESE ARTISTS SO MY OPINIONS MAY NOT BE ON A PAR WITH YOUR OWN BUT PLEASE ENJOY AND MAYBE THERE ARE SOME ALBUMS YOU MAY LIKE TO SAMPLE FOR YOURSELF OUT OF CURIOSITY :)
BIG COUNTRY

"THE CROSSING"

This debut album certainly gave me a new music ear (no pun intended), it was something I was just blown away by.  A Rock band with a sound that incorporates the energy of Punk, the anthemic sound of Rock and incredibly the unmistakeable Scottish bagpipes! It was like nothing I hadbefore and have not heard since.  Big Country are an exceptional band of musicians and even though they are still playing today, the superb gutsy vocals of the late Stuart Adamson were the key to their success.  I personally think they were a very underrated band, they were unique, they wrote great songs and also incorporated Folk styles into their own brand of Scottish Rock.

Onto this album, "The Crossi…

JESSICA BOSWELL

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Jessica is a British singer songwriter who hails from Nottingham before attending Leeds University and completing a Masters degree at the Leeds College of Music.  She is about to release her first E.P. this month and big things surely await this lady.
After releasing her debut single, "Did You Know" the E.P. "Alive" will feature the dbut as well as the lead single "Alive" and three other tracks.  Upon seeing the video to "Did You Know" on YouTube I see a few genres involved in her songs.  This song is a mix of Country, Pop with a little Folk thrown in for good measure.  There is a purity in Jessica's voice which reminds me of early Taylor Swift and obviously the comparison is easier with seeing her playing guitar too.  The song is a very "live" sounding track which I always like, not too over produced letting the artist convey more emotion into the track. Although I have done this review on the basis of one song, I would like to he…

NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - ALISHA'S ATTIC "ALISHA RULES THE WORLD"

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THESE ALBUM REVIEWS ARE FAVOURITES FROM MY OWN VAST AND VARIED ECLECTIC COLLECTION! I AM A FAN OF THESE ARTISTS SO MY OPINIONS MAY NOT BE ON A PAR WITH YOUR OWN BUT PLEASE ENJOY AND MAYBE THERE ARE SOME ALBUMS YOU MAY LIKE TO SAMPLE FOR YOURSELF OUT OF CURIOSITY :)
ALISHA'S ATTIC

"ALISHA RULES THE WORLD"

Alisha's Attic were bright young thngs in 1996 and the debut album by sisters Shelly and Karen Poole was a brilliant first offering.  The album hit platinum sales the following yearit made the Top 20 in the UK as did the four singles released from it.  It was unique with a various range of styles and I was surprised later they did not make more albums, I guess it was a little too experimental and different for the radio listening public.  I purchased all the albums they subsequently made and I believe they had a lot more to offer to the said "world"!

Of the four singles released 3 made number 12 and the debut single made 14 which was "I Am, I Feel&qu…

LEXIS

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LEXIS is a currently "unsigned and totally DIY" (as stated on her Facebook page) singer songwriter from Solihull, West Midlands, England.  Her real name is Kimya Tarr, taking the name LEXIS from a derivative from the Greek word for "of, or for words", that being Lexicon.  Playing an Alternative style music with Ambient and Persian influence she is destined to be a unique performer.

 Her latest single "Back To The Start" has just been released on iTunes and you can also find her previous single, "Flame".  LEXIS was born of Persian parents growing up in the 80s, and learning classical piano and guitar while scanning her parents' record collection of Fleetwood Mac and Queen amongst others.
On listening to the two tracks available you can easily pick up on the Fleetwood Mac influence on "Flame" as well Classical and Eastern elements.  On "Back To The Start" it sounds more ambient and with the vocals ranging from an Amy Wineho…

NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - BRYAN ADAMS "RECKLESS"

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THESE ALBUM REVIEWS ARE FAVOURITES FROM MY OWN VAST AND VARIED ECLECTIC COLLECTION! I AM A FAN OF THESE ARTISTS SO MY OPINIONS MAY NOT BE ON A PAR WITH YOUR OWN BUT PLEASE ENJOY AND MAYBE THERE ARE SOME ALBUMS YOU MAY LIKE TO SAMPLE FOR YOURSELF OUT OF CURIOSITY :)
BRYAN ADAMS

"RECKLESS"

I was a big fan of Bryan Adams in the 80s, well until "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You", having listened to it constantly for weeks and weeks on the radio, it lessened my following of his music for a few years.  Ironically, with one song steering me away from his music, one song also got me listening, that was "Run To You" from this very album.  On hearing this, which was the only single to reach the Top 20 from the album, peaking at number 11, I was hooked.  I bought this album on cassette (yes kids a cassette!) and played it to death, prompting me to buy his previous 3 albums which I also loved.  Like most artists still going today, the 80s was their "time"…

LAUREN WALLER

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Lauren Waller is a flame haired singer/songwriter from Los Angeles.  Or as her Twitter states in her own words "SoCal Ginger".  With two E.P.'s to date entitled "Perhaps" and "No Names Here", after hearing this lady I cannot wait for the debut album.
Combining the quirky look of Bjork and Paloma Faith, some forceful lyrics akin to Alanis Morissette or PJ Harvey and the Pop Rock musical backing of Echobelly or Sleeper, Lauren has a lot to offer in a unique Alternative style.  Her songs range from Rock as in "Breathe" from the first E.P. "Perhaps" to Morcheeba-like Trance Pop as in the second E.P.'s track "Secret Garden". Check out the unusual but brilliant cover of Black's "Wonderful Life", it is a nice tribute to Colin Vearncombe.  Lauren actually reminds me of one of Holland's most underrated bands, Krezip.  A variety of genres all in one bundle but so well composed the songs are extremely engaging …

NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - THE CORRS "FORGIVEN, NOT FORGOTTEN"

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THESE ALBUM REVIEWS ARE FAVOURITES FROM MY OWN VAST AND VARIED ECLECTIC COLLECTION! I AM A FAN OF THESE ARTISTS SO MY OPINIONS MAY NOT BE ON A PAR WITH YOUR OWN BUT PLEASE ENJOY AND MAYBE THERE ARE SOME ALBUMS YOU MAY LIKE TO SAMPLE FOR YOURSELF OUT OF CURIOSITY :)
THE CORRS

"FORGIVE, NOT FORGOTTEN"



I remember seeing The Corrs for the first time on a UK TV midday show and being mesmerised by this cute song "Runaway" and thinking firstly what a good looking family (still being said today!) and secondly what a talented group.  I was so hooked from that first performance I was telling everyone at work about this new group I found and said they were going to be big.  Unheard of anywhere over here so much I tried hard to get the album as it wasn't released iin the UK yet, I searched for months until finally I got this album.  Seeing them in later years being massive, I told my co-workers "told you so!".  I was so proud of them and sometimes you just know…

NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - A-HA "STAY ON THESE ROADS"

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THESE ALBUM REVIEWS ARE FAVOURITES FROM MY OWN VAST AND VARIED ECLECTIC COLLECTION! I AM A FAN OF THESE ARTISTS SO MY OPINIONS MAY NOT BE ON A PAR WITH YOUR OWN BUT PLEASE ENJOY AND MAYBE THERE ARE SOME ALBUMS YOU MAY LIKE TO SAMPLE FOR YOURSELF OUT OF CURIOSITY :)
A-HA

"STAY ON THESE ROADS"

A-ha are not a boy band.  I always used to get frustrated at them being labelled as such, because their songwriting and musicianship live proved them to be extremely talented.  Yes Morten Harket and the boys were good looking and appealing to the young girls but it was all about the music which is why they still go on today just like Duran Duran who also were labelled as such.  Boy band is a very broad term nowadays, basically A-ha were a band full of musicians, "boy bands" should be labelled as "singing groups".Rant over now to the music! After the Pop of the first album and the leanings to more rockier songs on the second, this third album epitomises A-ha and alth…

MAGIC WANDS

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Magic Wands hail from Los Angeles, USA and play an atmospheric Dream Pop with borders on the hypnotic and Psychedelic, mainly comprising of duo Dexy and Chris Valentine incorporating members to complete the live performances and recordings.
The band have released two albums to date, "Aloha Moon" in 2012 and "Jupiter" in 2016.  New album "Abrakadabra" is coming in 2018.  Currently on a European tour their music has a heavy ambience feel but with all the elements of Goth and Progressive Rock with sneaky little catchy choruses and melodies. Its like nothing I have heard before. "Crystals" from the first album for instance starts off with a little Fleetwood Mac, moves into The Cult territory then back again incorpirating a guitar part similar to Duane Eddy and all those guitar stars in the 50s and 60s.  "Lazer Bitch" from the "Jupiter" album is like a really angry and avengeful Bangles!  Certainly a unique band intertwining the 8…

NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - GUNS N' ROSES "USE YOUR ILLUSION 1"

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THESE ALBUM REVIEWS ARE FAVOURITES FROM MY OWN VAST AND VARIED ECLECTIC COLLECTION! I AM A FAN OF THESE ARTISTS SO MY OPINIONS MAY NOT BE ON A PAR WITH YOUR OWN BUT PLEASE ENJOY AND MAYBE THERE ARE SOME ALBUMS YOU MAY LIKE TO SAMPLE FOR YOURSELF OUT OF CURIOSITY :)
GUNS N' ROSES




"USE YOUR ILLUSION 1"


Guns N' Roses "the most dangerous band in the world" blasted on on the scene in the late 80s with two opening albums "Appetite For Destruction" and "G N' R Lies" complete with back stories of drugs, drink and anything goes Rock n' Roll.  This was the band everyone wanted to see and hear, forgetting the hype the band were a great band of musicians, especially Slash, who has since become a most wanted guitarist and renowned figure in Rock.  Axl Rose provided the "marmite" vocals, you either loved him or hated him, there was no middle ground.  The fact is, his vocals and Slash's guitar riffs WERE Guns N' Roses despit…