The Truth About Love Pink
RCA Records Label

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

pink's "the truth about love" proves she is the the pop diva sure to stick around. she delivers the music of great, even eclectic, contemporary pop--where her lyrics let loose, expressing the angst and aspirations of teen-girldom in a way that puts her pop peers to shame. she's lived in the chelsea hotel, and gotten head in the chelsea hotel, then she's out the door. her vocal style can be harsher than anyone else's, if she wants to go there.

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Inertia Derek Sherinian
Eagle Rock Entertainment

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

one of the most talented, respected and in-demand keyboard players in rock, danny sherinian, has released five albums, from "inertia" to "black utopia" to "mythology" to "blood of the snake" to "molecular heinosity" you are treated to zakk wylde's guitar, billy sheehan's bass, shash's  guitar and the one and only billy idol. the total collection is entitled "mythology." sherinian persued ancient sounding songs with modern tangents topped by a black light glow on this psychedelic exploration of hard rock.

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Sixteen Sunsets Jane Ira Bloom
Outline

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

jane ira bloom is the leader, as soprano saxophonist, and with her three comrades, have released her 15th album, all ballads that will take you into another world, as they mix well-known classics with originals. the disk is like they are singing the blues with a jazz feel and playing jazz with a blues feel.

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All Frequencies Monkey Junk
Stony Plain Music

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

monkey junk is a brilliant band. they are here to stay. if you have the smarts to check out "all frequencies" you'll hear totally unique sounds from artists matt sobb, steve marriner and tony d, who can take scratchy voices with incredible range--all honeyweet soul and raw sexuality gutbucket blues with gritty rock. it sounds like steve marriner, the lead singer, got his rough voice from belting out r&b at texas college bars.

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Sing Your Own Song North 40
Rhymetown Entertainment, LLC

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

paige and heather are driving their way down the country highway, taking all the paths that their minds can discover. they're called north 40 and follow them if you can. their latest album is called "sing your own song." and you are lucky to get acoustic confessions and rugged, real country. you'll get big weepers and grim reapers. as bruce sang they're "all that heaven will allow." 

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You're Getting Sleepy Roy Zimmerman
Metaphor Records

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

it's about time i received an album from roy zimmerman. the album i played was called "you're getting sleepy." the man delivers a proto-rap leftist barrage all about the jive, seeming confusion here in the usa. and the lyrics are brilliant--especially when he's saying that whatever you're going to do with your life, you're blowing it if you don't know what the finest path is. if you don't pick up one his albums cnn will stay your god. 

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Days Are Gone Haim
Columbia

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

there's no wonder that haim has been sold-out headliners from the east cost to the west cost, not to mention the sxsw festival in austin. the sisters, este, danielle and alana, released their debut album, "days are gone," and we discovered that they can do anything--dubby, slo-mo gorgeousness clattering  psuedo punk, african guitar riffs, choral swells and simply great songs that rhyme. 

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Times Like These Harold Allen
Navigator Records

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

harold allen's album, "times like these" sounds like the man is a real cowboy through and through. his life is steeped in the tradition of country. and that haunted tenor of his veers between southern soulman and honky tonk crooner. his glorious music keeps everything short and sugar sweet.

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Salute Little Mix
Columbia

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

the sophomore album by little mix, "salute," is a collection of forword-looking pop somgs that takes the blueprint of their debut and adds a cooler, more mature and ultimately more experimental sound. the four girls hug and kiss the world, enjoy a sparkling joy and take off flying into the air above.

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After the Disco Broken Bells
Columbia

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

the spectacular "broken bells" starring multi-instrumentalist and super producer and member of danger mouse brian burton with james mercer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist have released their secomg album "after the disco." the result has been the creation of cosmic and forceful music from a duo with mutual respect and shared talents. their masterpiece of obsession, written ironically, was a passion in itself. i get chills when i hear their sound. 

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In Flight Foreign Motion
Foreign Motion

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

the complex melodies and grooves are palatable by all depths of music fans on "in flight." foreign motion has created a wonderful disk of imagery without saying a word. they build a fantasy bowery that really gets your imagination working.

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Midnight Blue Tinsley Ellis
Landslide

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

the passionate singer, consummate songwriter and hellfire guitarist tinsley ellis burned the world and created "midnight blue." the album is a tour de force, a breakthrough, not only for the singer but his band as well. there are extended accounts of woozy nights, rich in pictorial detail and erotic longing, zigzaging with women ellis has been with and others he dreams of.   

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Voyage of the Troubadour Jack Gates
CD Baby

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

bill gates  takes his music through the realms of sparse acoustic guitar improvisation to the sounds of an upbeat rhythmic latin-jazz sound in-between on tunes featuring just his guitar and vocals by his wife, singer sharyl gates on their album "voyage of the troubadour." sometimes i hear the american dream, as bob dylan sang, "twenty years of schooling and they'll put you on the day shift."

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Sarah Sarah Silverman
CD Baby

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

inspired and mentored by two great contemporary jazz performers, singer luciana souza and pianist bruce barth, sarah silverman has emerged as an exciting  new jazz vocalist. you will hear her pure voice on her album "sarah." there is nobody that can sound like her. her singing blends lyricism with a remarkable ease of delivery.

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With Passion Yves Ramette
Navona

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"with passion" is exquisitely beautiful. these cascading works for solo piano stand alone within a palate of time, color and space that  Yves Ramette crafted and honed throughout his studies and professional career. it is classical, golden music of heart, wisdom, soul and experience. he moves as fast as he can, in as many directions as he  can, for as long as he can. what a brilliant trip.

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Salamander Peter Kerlin Octet
innova

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"salamander" created by peter kerlin's octet is a soaring, melodic flow of ecstatic energy that sweeps the listener along a sustained ride. kerlin and his amazing bass, with his seven other musicians create sounds that is a mystery to us all. peter kerlin is one of the great classical composer's of our generation.

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Storybook Love Laura Mcmillan
CD Baby

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

laura mcmillan believes in love, happiness and fairytale-like happy endings, so she named her third album of solo piano music "storybook love." her secret ingredient is her unconventional gentle sounds--it's very unpredictable, but it comes out poetic and purely logical.

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22 Days John Mccutcheon
Appalsongs

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

not only did i have the pleasure of seeing john mccutcheon play live in california, i had the honor of enjoying his latest album, "22 days," which honors his european friend smailovic with songs about courage, food, love. he pulled stories from the headlines and from the history books. what's truly wonderful about these lyrics is all these characters he brings to our imagination, some of them mythical, some of them real.

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Imaginary Realm Javier Vercher and Ferenc Nemeth
Dreamers Collective

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"imaginary realm" by tenor saxophonist javier vercher and drummer ferenc nemeth is an internal journey--states of mind as opposed to points on a map. we hear a devastating farewell to innocence, kicking it into the street, whether that means the end of a friendship or the end of a love affair. and this mystery makes the disk superb.

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River Serene Timothy Wenzel
River Serene

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

keyboardist timothy wenzel's current album "river serene" explores four themes--water, love, light and dreams. the album title reflects both his own new sense of calmness as well as a flowing river as an analogy of life. he addresses the mike with his honesty and is authentic as a person, with all the doubt, mystery and wonder of being alive.

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Runes Robert Dusek
Ravello

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"runes," the latest album by composer robert dusek and pianist bryan pezzone  is a compilation of specially selected solo piano works. these two unique characters have created a sleepy flow that gives a morning after reflection on the high life mixed with an undercurrent of irony.