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NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - NIK KERSHAW "THE RIDDLE"

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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 :)
NIK KERSHAW

"THE RIDDLE"

Nik Kershaw was years ahead of his time, a brilliant songwriter and had an ability to write stories within his songs with great hooks and memorable melodies and choruses.  His debuit album, "Human Racing" was like nothing I had heard before.  Was it Electropop, Synth Pop or just superb creative music.  Nik among others inspired me to write songs and poems during my teen years.  When I heard the "Human Racing" demos were written, composed and recorded at his home on a Portastudio I soon began writing my own music but not recording until many years later.  I loved that all Nik's music seems to have lots going on in the background that you don't hear on first lis…

NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - TEXAS "SOUTHSIDE"

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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 :)
TEXAS

"SOUTHSIDE"

When I first heard "I Don't Want A Lover" with its thudding marching band beat and Country tinged twang slide guitars with a distinct American Rock vibe I was taken aback.  Thinking this was an experienced band from USA calling themselves Texas.  The voice of Sharleen Spiteri is just pure, soulful and effortless.  She is still one of my favourite vocalists today, a fantastic voice.  Along with their other Scottish counterparts Del Amitri, Hue & Cry, Deacon Blue and The Proclaimers they brought a brand new sound to the late 80s when music was getting very stale indeed.  Although this album didn't lead to mega success until another 8 years later ("White On Blonde")…

RADIO DRIVE

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Emerging from the capital of St.Paul in Minnesota, Kevin Gullickson launched a solo career after appearing in various bands and kept one of the names, that of Radio Drive.  He has travelled through Europe to fine tune the music style which is positive, uplifting and motivational.  Rock how it should be.  The band have been described as Pop and Indie, but I'm not sure a label can be put there as there is such a variety in the music.  Everyone can find something different that means something to them.


I have reviewed the band in an earlier article a few years ago and Kevin was very appreciative and humble at the mention.  I recently reviewed the latest fifth Radio Drive album in full, "She Colors My World".  Check out that review on this blog for more info on every track.  My favourite song being "Time To Rise", Electronic Rock including elements of all genres, it is a bit of everything and a superb "live" sound.


I first heard the band on the vid…

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE KIDS FROM "FAME"?

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In the 80s there was, in my opinion, a better version of the popular TV show Glee.  The show was called Fame, based on the film of the same name.   It contained drama, some cutting edge storylines for the time and great songs and dance routines.  The show was began in 1982 and ran until 1987 although it's best years were probably the first three, as the original cast members left one after another.  The "kids" were all students at the New York High School of Performing Arts , and although they were the stars, the teachers were also much loved characters.   Similar to Glee you might say, but the one difference was, that the cast also made records and toured.   It also gave TV breaks to Cynthia Gibb and a certain Janet Jackson as well as a cameo appearance from Jimmy Osmond.


I thought it would be nice to have a look and see what the original "kids" and their "touring" dance tutor Lydia have been doing since the show ended...

Deborah Kaye All…

NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - ZZ TOP "ELIMINATOR"

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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 :)
ZZ TOP

"ELIMINATOR"

I didn't know much about Blues music apart from seeing "The Blues Brothers" film and seeing various artists playing this genre, including on of my idols Prince.  So when I got into the music of ZZ Top, having in their ranks one of the finest Blues guitarist's in Billy Gibbons I heard a lot more.  Their music is a kind of Blues Rock N' Roll mixed with Classic Rock elements.  It still tickles me today that they have a drummer called Frank Beard who actually doesn't have a beard! He and bass player Dusty Hill provide the fabulous rhythm section backing Billy's unique slant on the Blues and his music arrangement.I love this band, they seem so down to earth and haven&…

PHIL MIDDLETON

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Phil Middleton got his first guitar at 11 and has toured the UK and Europe for many years.  He has fronted bands, played in bands and also as a solo artist. He plays a number of original songs interspersed with some great covers of various genres.  A man for all seasons you might say!


Phil is an accomplished singer/songwriter and guitarist and plays a unique brand of Soul/R n' B/Pop. With over 40 years experience playing solo and working with other artists he has enjoyed success and has jokingly said he might have actually got the hang of it now!

Phil has already released his first solo album, entitled "SoFa So Good" and hopes to release another in the near future.  He plays electric guitar and bass as well as being a vocalist.  He comes from Manchester and has played with many different artists including 70s band Sad Café and punk poet John Cooper Clarke!


Already this year he has played a number of intimate gigs spreading the words of his motto, "Effort = Re…

PHE PHE

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Pheleba Akima Johnson aka Phe Phe is an accomplished dancer and singer/songwriter from Birmingham, England.  Sister of Kezia Soul , talent definitely runs in the family! Not only is Phe Phe a great singer, she competed and won gold at British Championship level in Rhythmic Gymnastics! 


She has already collaborated with several producers, DJ's and Hip Hop/Dubstep artists and has a great career ahead.  After her debut E.P. "LIMA (Lost In My Aura)" was released on iTunes was received very favourably among fans and industry professionals her light was sure to shine even more sooner than later.

The atmospheric Club style music backdrop colliding with Phe Phe's sweet vocals makes an interesting blend.  To me it's a Kelli Ali (Sneaker Pimps) sound but with a deeper mystery.  Such as her prominence on the album "Daydreaming" with French Dubstep producer Von D she has gone from strength to strength.  She recently featured as one to watch in 2015 on Sia…

NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - DEACON BLUE "WHEN THE WORLD KNOWS YOUR NAME"

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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 :)
DEACON BLUE 

"WHEN THE WORLD KNOWS YOUR NAME"

Deacon Blue, along with fellow Scottish bands Texas, Del Amitri and The Proclaimers gave me hope for a better future in music after the dismal end of the 80s with Acid House, Stock Aitken & Waterman, boy bands and dreadful rappers.  They had a refreshingly soulful Blues/ Folk/Pop vibe and the band were awesome live.  Energetic performances on stage with the the lovely Lorraine McIntosh harmonising brilliantly with Ricky Ross with his gruff Rock/Soul voice.  I was introduced to the band by a friend of mine Stuart, after I introduced him to Prince, it was a fruitful friendship.  We saw the band a few times at Royal Court in Liverpool and the closeness to the stage …

KEZIA SOUL

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Kezia Johnson aka Kezia Soul is a singer/songwriter from Birmingham, England.  Influenced at an early age by Reggae, Folk, Rock and R n' B she has an updated Jazz Funk/Soul style.


As her name suggests, she has a beautiful soulful voice and certainly demands your hearing attention, as with great female Jazz pioneers of the past.  Kezia is from a talented family and along with her sister Phe Phe she is rapidly taking the music world by storm.


Kezia has already appeared as backing vocalist  to up and coming Hip Hop stars around the UK and has tour experience with Birmingham based Jazz/Funk band Genius Collective.  Her first single was released on iTunes and Google Play and was entitled "I Love You" produced by My Boyz Beatz on GT's Records.


Kezia Soul's performance at The Jazz Café in London in October 2014 was a major highlight which got everybody talking about this hot new star.  She has appeared in such shows and festivals as The Limegreen Festival, Si…

THERE ARE MORE INTERESTING LIVERPOOL ARTISTS THAN THE BEATLES!

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First of all, this isn't an anti-Beatles article, although I could do that as their overall lasting appeal and worship sometimes confuses me.  I know this is going to be controversial as for some reason it is sacrilege to say ANYTHING bad about The Beatles! I am a lover of the city of Liverpool and support the famous English football club Liverpool FC so people wonder why I don't like The Beatles, being an avid listener of music too!  I was not force fed the "fab four" as a child as my mother and father were listening to Elvis Presley and The Drifters respectively and other 50s artists of the time.


I think if there was that variation and my 70s and 80s childhood for the kids of the 60s then The Beatles may not have been so popular.  In my view they were the boy band of the age, like McFly, Busted, The Vamps etc.  I respect these so called boy bands who can actually play and respect The Beatles musical ability but the songs were mostly very simple and not r…

REQUESTED E.P. REVIEW - ATR "MICROWAVE"

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MUSIC ARTISTS? WANT YOUR NEW ALBUM OR SINGLE(S) 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 :)
ATR

"MICROWAVE"

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

ALBUM SUMMARY -  "Microwave" is an E.P. with a host of 80s and modern day Rap/Hip Hop styles and influences.  Originally from Los Angeles, California but currently residing in St. Paul, Minneapolis, ATR has an original vision using all the elements he has acquired during his learning process.  Like Prince and other artists based in Minneapolis there is always that feeling that this is a refreshing new slant on cliched music styles.  ATR's grandfather was first cousin to Joe Jackson and also made records so I guess music is in this guy's veins.  It is an interesting set of tracks comprising his influences, his original lyrics and sometimes angry but honest lyrics on his life an…

REQUESTED ALBUM REVIEW - JOHN HEINRICH "3 FACES"

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JOHN HEINRICH

"3 FACES"

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

ALBUM SUMMARY - John Heinrich is an esteemed writer, singer and multi-instrumentalist who has worked with such diverse artists as Jerry Lee Lewis, Rick Astley, Steppenwolf and Reba McEntire.  With such a background you can imagine the different styles he has been a part of.  This album shows all those experiences of many genres.  There is something for everyone here, Rock N' Roll, Country, Jazz and 60s, 70s and 80s references.  On the whole it has some outstanding tracks and others which show John and his collaborators' musicianship, creativity and experimentalism.

01 LEAP INTO THE STORM - The opening track of the album is a light, mid tempo Rock song. It very much reminds me of…

REQUESTED SINGLE REVIEW - BUFFALO BAY "SAID IT ALL"

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MUSIC ARTISTS? WANT YOUR NEW ALBUM OR SINGLE(S) 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 :)
BUFFALO BAY

"SAID IT ALL"

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

SUMMARY - Belfast foursome Stuart Miskelly (vocals/bass), David "D-Slide" Ferris (guitar), Davey Biff (keys) and Luke O'Neill (drums) make up the Indie Rock band Buffalo Bay.  Since writing songs and performing together since 2015 they plan to release a set of singles over the next few months.  After hearing "Here Inside", the previous single this brand new song "Said It All" is vastly different.  From sounding a little like a version of Cast and those 90s Liverpool bands they have entered a new dimension of anthemic Indie Rock with a little 80s twist and a modern feel not too distant from The Killers and the late 90s Scottish melodious Rock of Texas …