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ROSEMARY & GARLIC

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Rosemary & Garlic are Dutch duo are vocalist Anne van den Hoogan and Dolf Smolenaers on keyboards.  Their sound is like a Folk style Dream Pop and have just released their self-titled album after a couple of groundbreaking singles and their brilliant debut E.P. entitled "The Kingfisher" released in 2015.


The band became the best selling Folk act on Bandcamp during the E.P.'s release after the pair initially met at a singer songwriter competition and created Rosemary & Garlic with Dolf concentrating on the musical side while Anne's voice was at the forefront.  The song "Old Now" has been streamed on Spotify over 7 million times and the "I'm Here" made it into the list of The Most Beautiful Songs In The World" on the platform.


After hearing the songs "The Kingfisher" and "I'm Here" I hear hints of Bjork, Tori Amos, Kate Bush and Enya as well as Andrea Corr when The Corrs play pure Irish folk.   Its the gentle…

LEXI LAUREN

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Lexi Lauren is a young Country Pop star who was obviously born to make music.  When I first heard her debut single, "Don't Text" she reminded me of Taylor Swift and Carly Rae Jepson.  I assumed this lady was in her mid-twenties as she had such an accomplished voice.


Lexi was born in California in June 2002, so in 2018 she will reach 16 years of age, which threw me completely as her voice is so mature.  There are two songs available to hear already and after hearing "Don't Text" I wondered if there was an album so looked around on the web.  "Don't Text" is the perfect Country/Pop crossover and apart from the previous Taylor and Carly Rae likenesses I also see a little Leann Rimes in this budding singer/songwriter.

Lexi moved to Nashville at the age of 14, no doubt to thrive in the home of Country.  Maybe she could continue the success of Country crossover into the mainstream just like Shania Twain pioneered for the likes of today's stars wh…

REQUESTED ALBUM REVIEW - 510JAZZ - "JANUARY 16"

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MUSIC ARTISTS? WANT YOUR NEW ALBUM REVIEWED TRACK BY TRACK PLUS FREE PROMOTION ON NEW MUSIC EAR AND SHARED TO TWITTER, LINKEDIN, INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK? IF YOU LIKE THIS REVIEW, PLEASE CONTACT ME :)
510JAZZ

"JANUARY 16"

By Andrew Goodwin for NEW MUSIC EAR www.newmusicear.com.

ALBUM SUMMARY - "January 16" is the second album by the band, it is a mix of modern, contemporary Jazz and Bossa elements interspersed with aspects of Hip Hop, R n' B, Soul and musical cabaret styles.  The 24 musicians featured each bring a unique facet to this unusual set, overseen by John and David Vargas.  For me to include references to Michael Jackson, Morcheeba, Gloria Estefan, the Rat Pack crooners and more in this review of a Jazz and Bossa album proves how amazingly diverse these tracks are! An uplifting, positive album brimming with confidence boosts and filling your mind with images of good feeling.

01 RIGHT NEXT TO ME (Featuring Matt Blaque/D-Varg) -  The album opens with a m…

NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - WHAM! "MAKE IT BIG"

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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 :)
WHAM!

"MAKE IT BIG"
Wham!'s second album was for me, the defining moment that George Michael became a superstar and brilliant songwriter paving the way for the superlative albums that were to come like "Faith" and "Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1".  With no disrespect to his pal Andrew Ridgeley, Wham! was the vehicle for George Michael, he was the main (if allegedly the only) songwriter and producer of this album.  The well crafted Pop songs with catchy choruses and such a leap ahead of the debut album, "Fantastic".  Where the debut was raw and a poor man's dream this second long player was polished and rich in hooks and melodies.

"Make It Big" made the top…

NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - DEF LEPPARD "HYSTERIA"

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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 :)
DEF LEPPARD




"HYSTERIA"


In the late 80s I picked up on Def Leppard, they and Bon Jovi were really my only favourite Rock bands (before I latched on to a couple of my brother's favourite bands Thin Lizzy and Rush).  Both bands were similar, catchy Rock songs with the obligatory guitar solos and great vocals from Joe Elliott and Jon Bon Jovi.  Hysteria caught my attention because it had the brilliant "Animal" on it and soon there would be seven singles spawned from this album but this one was the big hit and I had to hear more.  I soon found the previous three albums and realised I remembered songs like "Hello America", "Rock Of Ages" and "Photograph" from my brother'…

NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - THE CULT "LOVE"

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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 CULT

"LOVE"

The Cult are one of those bands that could be like marmalade, you either love them or you don't! I am not sure why they are not loved more by the Rock brigade as their albums are guaranteed a mighty whack of guitar based excellence.  I bought this album on the back of the hit single, "She Sells Sanctuary", having not yet found The Mission (that was to come later) this was my first hint of Gothic Rock.The Cult's sound was like nothing I had heard before, atmospheric, almost mystical with pounding drums and guitar riffs apelenty.  Ian Astbury, looking like a Cherokee Indian brave singing in an unusual Rock style that is unique got me hooked and I had to buy the debut album, "…

DAGGERPLAY

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Daggerplay are a Finnish Rock band comprising of Pekko Mantzin, Tommi Luostarinen, Ville Ahonen and Sirpa Immonen.  Their sound incorporates Punk, Pop Rock, a little Gothic Rock, Classic Rock and good old fashioned Rock 'N Roll.
I first caught this band on YouTube with the song "Cruel Wind Blowing".  Withing the first minute their are elements of Clssic Rock, Goth Rock, a little Punk of The Clash and a hard rock version of Roxette! I kid you not, take a listen for yourself below.  Its a unique sound but all Rock lovers will embrace this band. The band released their debut album in 2013 entitled "Urban Campfire Songs" and are scheduled to release their follow-up set in 2018.  The album has been preceded by a handful of singles teasers, my favourite being "One Mile Town" which is akin to Big Audio Dynamite with a little Fall Out Boy incorporated within.   The debur album seems to carry an explicit warning throughout containing the charmingly titled &quo…

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…