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CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW - BILLY IDOL - "REBEL YELL"

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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 :)
BILLY IDOL

"REBEL YELL"

Billy Idol was one of those crazy, proper full-on Rockers.  The drugs, the booze and the near death experiences were all that made the headlines after he went solo from the great Punk band Generation X.  That aside the guy made some fabulous Rock records! I had heard of that band through songs like "King Rocker" and "Valley Of The Dolls" but Billy caught my attention with a re-working of "Dancing With Myself".  The self-titled debut solo album was a more mature Gen X with a New Wave spin.  When "Rebel Yell" came with the brilliant Steve Stevens' guitars and musicianship more to the fore and Keith Forsey's amazing production Billy was promine…

NEW MUSIC ALBUM REVIEW - THE BESSER 3 - "TIME TRAVELS"

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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 :)

THE BESSER 3


"TIME TRAVELS"


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

ALBUM SUMMARY - "Time Travels" is the brainchild of New Zealand composer Jonathan Besser.  This is a Classical Jazz concept album and is produced by his long time friend Victor Levine.  Enlisting the capable Christopher brothers, Daniel (bass, electric guitar) and Drew (drums & percussion) as the rhythm section it was a perfect blend.  Jonathan's piano parts are played on an old 1928 Knabe parlour Grand, restored in 2003 and really encapsulate the "big" pure sound beautifully.  Non-Classical lovers don't be put off by the tag "Classical Jazz", there are experimental elements of Funk and Blues here and it is an engaging listen, to g…

CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW - NICK HEYWARD - "NORTH OF A MIRACLE"

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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 :)
NICK HEYWARD

"NORTH OF A MIRACLE"

I must admit I wasn't a huge Haircut 100 fan although I did love their catchy songs.  When Nick Heyward left the band before the second album recordings I didn't hear of him again until his solo single "Whistle Down The Wind".  Originally stating at the time of leaving he said he had pondered solo work for a long time but later admitted he suffered from stress due to the constant workload of the previous album and hits and was unceremoniously sacked.  Haircut 100 didn't fare so well while Nick carved himself a solo career, although not with the mega success of his previous band, but cult status and recognition by his peers and media of being a great songwri…

NEW MUSIC EAR HISTORY - "PART 4 - SAW, ACID HOUSE AND RAPPERS KILL OFF THE 80s AS GOTHS, SCOTLAND, AND MADCHESTER BRING HOPE TO THE LIVE MUSIC NEWBIE!"

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THIS IS MY HISTORY, ANDREW GOODWIN, THE AUTHOR OF NEW MUSIC EAR.  THESE ARE MY MEMORIES OF MY MUSIC UPBRINGING AND HOW MY TASTES HAVE EVOLVED AND HOW MY LOVE FOR MUSIC EMERGED.  I HOPE YOU CAN FIND SOME MEMORIES FROM READING THESE ARTICLES TOO :)
1987-1990


After 1986 most of the 80s music I loved had disappeared with only a few sparing bands still continuing but hardly played on the radio, either outgrowing their falsely named "boyband" tags or had just moved on from commercial music.  My old American favourites ironically had a really successful time during this bland period.  Madonna was at the peak of her powers releasing the classic "Like A Prayer" album and a massive "Who's That Girl" tour.  Prince hit us with the iconic double set "Sign "O" The Times", followed it up with "Lovesexy" and in 1989 claimed cult status with the soundtrack to Michael Keaton's Batman film.  Bon Jovi had mega success with "New J…

NEW MUSIC PROFILE - ALTERNATIVE ROCK BAND "NEON NORTH"

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Neon North is an Alternative Indie Rock band and the project's brainchild is Spencer Lillo.  Spencer resides in Calgary, a city in the Canadian province of Alberta.  They have just released their debut single, "Traffic Lights".


I was searching for some info on the band before Spencer kindly got back to me to fill me in some details.  Upon searching I found an interesting note, that Spencer wrote the songs note by note using a sheet music program that allows midi playback.  Then he recorded all the music in his home studio and enlisted the help of his good friend, tenor vocalist Max Avery to sing the lyrics.

The single, "Traffic Lights" has certain elements that remind me of a few bands, Echo And The Bunnymen, Suede and Razorlight to name but a few.  I am not sure what Spencer's influences are but maybe there are some Radiohead and Coldplay parts in there too.  Its got all the aforementioned bands' traits such as the uptempo musical background and the sl…

NEW MUSIC PROFILE - ALTERNATIVE ROCK ARTIST "INGAJA"

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INGAJA is a singer songwriter from Lithuania, raised in a small seaside town called Klaipedia.  Taking her influences from Ben Howard, Lissie and also one of my favourites, female Dutch singer Anouk.

She released her debut E.P. early last year entitled "Darkness".  Upon listening to the songs there is an eerie atmospheric feel to them, but its a pure "live" sound which is always a plus with me.  I can surely hear the Anouk influence and there's also a little tenacity of Tori Amos and vulnerable softness of Eva Cassidy.

This lady has worked hard over the years acquiring knowledge and fine tuning her talent taking part in various events around Lithuania and abroad.  She sings about the environment which surrounds her and also memories and personal life occurrences.  The E.P. was broadcasted on BBC radio in Liverpool and is played all over Lithuanian local radio.

The songs are emotive, crafted gems on the E.P., the vocals sound honest and sincere and the music is…

THEME ARTICLE - "WHY DO WE LIKE MUSIC?" THE EXPERIMENT - I FIND OUT WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS"

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After writing my music memories for this very blog, I wondered how other people felt about music, why do they like the songs, the artists or the genres? So what does YOUR music ear like?


Personally for me, the 80s music will always be special to me, it was fun, it was my childhood and almost every song reflects that fun and freedom of being a kid with no worries.  I have my idols Debbie Harry, Adam Ant, Prince and Madonna, just for what they represent, all 80s artists who taught me life lessons and gave me escapism and hope.  They also inspired me to write my own song lyrics and poems.  Words to me are important, so songs with great meaningful lyrics will always catch my ears.  I like Rock because the drums and guitars pairing is just a magical combination, its the anthemic sound that can elevate a ballad or an all out Rock n' Roll song to higher levels.


I am an emotional guy so sad songs or love songs can mean a lot to the listener, if heard in certain situations, they can last a…

CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW - DEL AMITRI - "WAKING HOURS"

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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 :)
DEL AMITRI 

"WAKING HOURS"

After the 80s "almost every song a gem in the charts" phase pretty much ended after 1986.  When Stock Aitken & Waterman took over and Acid House and other weird sounds arrived I was looking desperately for new bands to follow.  Scottish Rock band Del Amitri were among a handful of those special bands (including Texas and Deacon Blue) that had something new to offer.  Although this album was released in 1989 I didn't pick up on the band until the song "Nothing Ever Happens" in early 1990.  Justin Currie, the lead singer had this great gravelly Rock voice and the band played amazingly tuneful songs with beautiful melodies and emotive lyrics.  I picked up every…