One World Sovereignty Nappy Riddem
Fort Knox

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
nappy riddem's generous helpings of live instrumentation complement the 
singers smooth, heartfelt vocals.
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On My Way To Finding You Drake Jensen
Soaring Eagle

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
drake jensen's music is embedded in his warm fragile voice and his images 
are hard truths about wrong turns taken.
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Growing Stone Nation Beat
Barbes

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
nation beat is almost country, almost brazilian, almost rock. "growing stone" 
is so great that you have to listen to it yourself. i can never do it 
justice, only they can.
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Midnight Flowers The Dig
Buffalo Jump

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
the dig  created a manifesto. i'm heavy into rock and roll and they 
produced something that hits the spot--lyrics that define every aspect of life's 
being. 
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Blacks, Whites & The Blues Mark T. Small
Lead Foot

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

 

mark t. small's blacks, whites & the blues feels like he just touches the tip of the heat wave, showing a whole untapped world of chicago and delta blues that has been a secret deep inside his soul.

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V Kenny Vaughan
Sugar Hill

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
"V" by kenny vaughan shows that age has only deepened the ache and grit is 
his special cries and moans. his voice defies classification--there's soul, 
rock and plenty of real country, which has a hold on him. one of the best 
albums of the year.
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Marauder Mickey Thomas
Gigatone/Red

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
sure, many of us remember mickey thomas as the guy that took grace slick's 
place on jefferson airplane.  but what we don't remember, is what he shows on 
marauder, his latest album.  a cat who is able to convey emotional truths 
with a sound no one else can produce--a quavering lonesome voice that works 
equally well over crazed distortion or acoustic chords of ballads. no one else 
sings like mickey thomas.
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Hard Rain Dicky James and the Blue Flames
self-released

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
dicky james and the blue flames run pure riot with the blues at heart, with 
grace and melodic detail and incisive soul. what an earthy, real treat. 
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What Did You Expect from The Vaccines? The Vaccines
Columbia/Sony

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
the vaccines have created an album full of switchblade sass and peppermint 
kisses--everyone's fantasy in a great dysfunctional rock and roll love 
affair. 
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self-titled Randy Montana
Mercury/Universal

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
randy montana may be frustrated by the highs and lows of love, but he ain't 
gonna take no crap from anyone.  
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A Nod to Bob 2 Various Artists
Red House

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
fuggetabattit. a nod to to bob 2 (bob dylan) is a spectacul album--a 
tribute to bob dylan on his 70th birthday. the creation is stunning--the artists 
red house collected always tell the truth. they felt they had the right to 
sing dylan's magical words. and that gives their voices a singular identity. bob 
dylan went right to what felt, what he had to say. these artists capture that.  
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Everything's Fine The Summer Set
Razor & Tie

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
the summer set is totally open to being fragile and letting their guard 
down.  
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Our Idiot Brother (Motion Picture Soundtrack) Various Artists
ABKCO

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
our idiot brother's soundtrack strikes into the crazed depths of the 
characters emotions.
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Wrapped Up Good The McClymonts
BSM/Fontana

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
the mcclymonts "wrapped up good" is stone, fine country, but wrapped in 
elaborate pop. the family is crying on the inside, like a nerve rubbed raw by 
heartbreak.
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Celabrasion Sleeper Agent
Mom+Pop

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
sleeper agent goes to a place outside themselves, sitting under the stars 
and then all of a sudden there's a hailstorm.
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Moonlight Picnic Gelber & Manning
CD Baby

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
gelber & manning have created an album of switchblade sass and peppermint 
kisses--a great piece of art that is everyone's fantasy.
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Devil's Playground Notar
Tyrannosaurus/Megaforce

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
notar wails with a crazed soul, as if the walls are coming down around him.


P.S.  Amanda, I finally dound it.
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Lines Daniel Rosenthal
American Melody

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
daniel rosenthal has created on his debut album, lines, a showcase of art 
for a brilliant new giant in this jazz world.
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Rock n Roll With It Billy Burnette
self-released

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
the one and only billy burnette (check out his history!) howls through a 
series of a catalogue of disasters, real and imagined, as only a totally 
confident musician could. 
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Afropian Affair Oscar Perez
self-released

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
oscar perez has created a brilliant album as a pianist in the lead of a 
latin jazz band that feels as if they weren't thinking about what they were 
playing. that's the kind of music that i like the best.
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What Matters Most Barbra Streisand
Columbia/Sony

Author:
John Shelton Ivany
okay, so barbra's a 70 million dollar jewish girl from brooklyn and i'm a 70 dollar jewish boy 
from washington heights in manhattan, but if she produces or directs another cool film and wants 
to pay pacino or de niro a fortune, she's making a mistake. i'm still a nyc street kid, not a 
hollywood millionaire. besides that, her 'what matters most' album is another gem that only 
barbra can do with her voice that you can't believe can be done.
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