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NEW MUSIC EAR 2010s - BILLY CRAIG - "SONIC TUNESMITH"
FADE AWAY - Opening the album is a Blues Country track with great
Slash/Prince like guitars throughout. Its laid back Bon Jovi style
vocals make this sound like a cool Rock ballad. Great track to ease you
in to the set with a positive and optimistic lyric.
NOWHERE TO GO - A Rock N' Roll foot stomper similar to rocker Dave
Edmunds with the quirkiness of The Cars and Tom Petty. The familiar
Country twang is perfectly intertwined with the Rock sound without
overpowering the whole feel of the song.
DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME - This could be a song on a ZZ Top album. That
great chug-a-chug Blues sound collaborating with Texan drawl. Big and
bold Country Blues Rock, it is raw, keeps pumping to the end and has a
nice Classic Rock music interlude at 2.20. Add the throaty vocals akin
to Billy Gibbons and you have a fabulous track.
SUPPOSED TO BE - Slow tempo Pop Rock ballad with a hint of Country
Blues. Think of Jon Bon Jovi, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan and mash them
together. That's Billy Craig's vocals in a nutshell. He can give them
all a good run for their money. Nice electro guitars on this track,
arena style Rock balladry at its best.
TURN AWAY - Petty/Dylan-esque vocals on this Electric Rock track,
sounding like Country style slide guitar throughout until around the 2
minutes 10 seconds mark where there's another great Slash/Prince
influenced solo. Laid back and wonderful.
WITH YOU - Another Tom Petty style rocker, laid back Rock N' Roll, a
real feel good song. Also has a hint of Folk, reminding me of The
Travelling Wilburys, the group Petty shared with Orbison, Dylan,
Harrison and Lynne. Tap your feet with glee along with this one!
TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL - This track reminds me of Poison's "Every Rose Has
Its Thorn" and Guns N ' Roses' "Patience". It has that sweet but tough
Rock vibe within a very emotive ballad. Absolutely love this track,
the melancholic guitar work and soft vocals and beautiful chorus make
this a winner.
SOMETHING FOR NOTHING - After the intitial intro that comes through
like an REM tune, this could be Dylan at his best. Classic Folk Rock
with a hint of Country Blues, really like this. A true message too, you
don't get something for nothing in this day and age.
FROZEN HEART - Atmospheric Acoustic ballad, Country Pop Rock mixed with
a little Folk. A gentle slow burner that's soothing, laid back and
makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Really nice track to relax
SUMMERTIME - Kick off your shoes, pull up a chair and chill out to this
Acoustic track, pure unadulterated Country Blues. Brings up images of
sitting on the wood floor outside a barn house and strumming my guitar
in the sunshine. Nicely done Mr Craig.
C'MON IN - An emotive Country ballad to finish off a fine album of
diverse styles. A mix of spoken word and singing vocals combine with a
soothing, relaxed backing to wind you down after a rollercoaster of an
album full of Rock history styles.
WET LEG "WET LEG" 2022 BEING ALONE - The opening track to this debut album by Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers is a quirky mix of 90s Grunge and Alternative Pop. Add a little Psychedelia, funky drums and some flirty, panted vocals this is a great track. CHAISE LONGUE - The debut single by the girls only reached number 74 in the UK chart but had massive play on all platforms and got the band noticed. It is mostly spoken tonge-in-cheek flirty vocals but its incredibly catchy, reminding me of Elastica and Sleeper in the 90s. Got me hooked to the girls' music. ANGELICA - A cool, hypnotic slice of early 70s Psychedelia Pop Rock. Another catchy song that once it hits your head it becomes memorable. Love it. I DON'T WANNA GO OUT - An Alternative Rock track similar to Garbage with a slow, atmospheric style. WET DREAM - The second single is a mish mash 90s Pop Rock mix of Grunge, Elastica-style vocals and backing but also a little Alanis Morissette. It's a
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