Jamaica: Island in the Sun Various Artists
Universal Special Markets

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

What they write is people's music.

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Stronger Sara Evans
RCA/Sony

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

 

Sara Evans "Stronger" holds on to that country traditionalist sound she 
gave us in 1997.  The sound was rare in Nashville.  She holds on to the gorgeous 
Patsy Cline sound.  And it seems she'll always hold onto that air of 
originality, helped along with great tunes.
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Circling Back Vincent Poag
Danal Music

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

 

Vincent Poag captures many tales of a drifting heart on the road. 
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Music from the Motion Picture: "the Help" Various Artists
Geffen/Interscope/Universal

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

 

Most love songs are just calculated attempts. The music from the motion 
picture "the Help" has everything to do with real love. 
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The Surprise Trilogy - Disc 2 Chris West
Sound Artist Support

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

 

Chris West is physically crying or crying on the inside, creates a powerful 
effect either way.
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Boston (remastered) Boston
Epic/Legacy/Sony

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

 

After years of slaving away in his basement, Boston's Tom Scholz created 
their self-titled debut for Epic Records. Their signature sound struck a mighty 
chord with millions of fans with soaring vocals and searing guitars. 
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Beguiler Angela Easterling
De L'Est

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

 

Angela Easterling has created a brilliant meditation on reality and 
fantasy--one of the greatest albums of the year.
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Armen Donelian Leapfrog
Sunnyside

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

 

Armen Donelian creates something every person goes though: that moment of 
tears, whether it's joy, sorrow or love--one of the best albums of the year.
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Catch 23 The 23 String Band
self-released

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

 


Their ideas are so huge, they just scratch the surface of them--one of the best albums of the year.

Album No. 9 KJ Denhert
Mother Cyclone

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

 

KJ Denhert's Album No. 9 sounds like an urgent bulletin for the future.

One of the best albums of the year.
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Love Is Daniela & Ben Spector
self-released

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

 Daniela & Ben Spector's "Love Is" prove that they are the sultans of smooth.

One of the best albums of the year.

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In Dust Roll The Dice
Leaf

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

 Roll the Dice prove that they are extraordinary tunesmiths, or should I say stoners. And it's all about love with our friends, giving support.

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Long Line of Heartaches Connie Smith
Sugar Hill

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

 

Connie Smith moved from being a small-town housewife to being a number one starlet in the '60s.  She is still considered one of the best in country 
music history.  Her lonely desperation comes straight from the heart. if you need
a good cry, and who doesn't these days, pick up "Long Line of Heartaches".
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Moment of Silence Brent James & the Contraband
Skiddco

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

 "Moment of Silence" by Brent James & the Contraband is an increbible album with poetry in the lyrics.

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Bad Man's Blood Ray Bonneville
Red House

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

 Ray Bonneville has created a pleading, screaming burst of rhythm and blues on "Bad Man's Blood".

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Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea Black Stone Cherry
Roadrunner

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

 Black Stone Cherry's "Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea" is a work of rock 'n roll art, where the voices are horns blowing rhythmic sounds.

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That's Me Jason Sturgeon
Toolpusher

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

 

Jason Sturgeon sounds like he is singing from an olympian mountaintop and 
he means serious business.
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Awakening Patrick Sieben
self-released

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

 

Patrick Sieben has created complex, emotional music.

Taking Back Sunday Taking Back Sunday
Sire / Warner Bros.

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

 Taking Back Sunday proves that most love songs are just calculated attempts.  They have nothing to do with real love.  Taking Back Sunday bring us poetry. One of the best albums of the year.

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Peyton on Patton The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Side One Dummy

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

 Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band have created a marvelous work of art, a haunting meditation on escape.

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All of You Colbie Caillat
Universal Republic

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

 

Colbie Caillat has broadened her audience once and for all.

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