The Outsiders Eric Church
Universal Nashville

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

lucky us. we got eric church, the singer/songwriter who has made a real
outlaw album that's weirder, louder--and even more badass than killers that
came before. "the outsiders" is eric's fourth album, and you can feel the
reckless experimenter with an ear for forlorn beauty. his unshaped shifting
styles incorporates natural atmospherics. there's a country bar on the black side
of town with jazz flying out the door, and they're all so cool, so on top
of each other.

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Morning Phase Beck
Capitol

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

beck is a rock & roll dumpster diver trying to make folk music dangerous
again. he is one special musician in it for the long haul. "morning phase"
features many of the same players and themes as he has mastered. and the result
is a set that feels like an instant folk-rock classic. the album often
sounds like a meditation on the painful ambivalence of a love affair. and the
real hero is beck who gives emotional punch where he uses a sensitive voice on
every chorus, verse and note. like much of the album it's ornate,
idiosyncratic, bittersweet and great.

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About Last Night Various Artist
Sony

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

the film "about last night" is an insightful romantic comedy about four los
angeles singles getting through the a tough workout in the ups and downs of
today's dating world. the soundtrack starts with a great james brown cut
and continues with gary clark, jr., john legend and many more. there's great
wailing about struggling lovers finding a moment of redemption together--just
for one day? the soundtrack matches the strength of the film, sticking into
the depths of emotions.

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When Jazz Meets Guitar Various Artist
universal

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"when jazz meets guitar" combines works of art by guitar greats like django
reinhardt, les paul, george benson and many other great guitarists, who
take the bandstand and become cornerstones of jazz with many virtuosos of the
music world. they bring innovation, intensity and imagination into the world.
these emotive electric guitarists have always brought a voice-like quality
with their nasty soul man sound. what a great treat this album is.

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Feel Good The Internet
Columbia

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

the internet has released their second disk, "feel good." the internet is a
soul band created by producer matt martians and lead vocalist syd "the kyd"
who says that the album "is a journey through funk and soul through the
eyes of young adults trying to find their way." they create lyrics that define
every aspect of life's being. the woman, syd, grows up through this dramatic
album, through tears, exhaustion and joy.

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Louder Lea Michele
Columbia

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

lea michele, one of the "glee" stars, has released her debut album entitled
"louder," where she treats us to her beloved pop voice with beautiful
ballads. it is a masterwork; with emotionally driven lyrics that reaches a
solitary quest for perfection. a solo artist that takes us to a glorious group
hug.

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Cody Jasper Cody Jasper
Cody Jasper

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

on cody jasper's self-titled debut album, the 24-year-old singer/guitarist
delivers a hot mix of southern-infused rock, blues and soul, peppered with
outlaw country, fanned by guitar-god flames and impassioned by the gospel
heart of stax's finest. women of the world take notice; before you turn this on
make sure you can turn yourself loose. the writing is hot, the music is
hotter and the singing is hotter than hell.

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Homo Erraticus Ian Anderson
Kscope

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"Homo Erraticus" is another unique and glorious album by jethro tull's
flute-wielding ian anderson. is he jazz- and folk-influenced progressive. of
course. ian's rasping, melodramatic style of play is totally multilayered. and
his singing, his artistic whims is wildly experimental. and ian's 1976 hit,
"too old to rock 'n roll, too young to die" is worth a visit to london. his
darkly sarcastic sense of humor has been caught again. get on his jet and
pick up "homo erraticus." if you haven't been touched yet, well, it's better
late than never.

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The Would-Be Plans Jimmer Podrasky
The Chief Injustice

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

do you remember the rave-ups? well, they were great a few decades ago.
finally, their front man, jimmer podrasky, has released his first solo album,
"The Would-Be Plans." the man's trademark sardonic sense of humor doesn't just
show up in his music. he paints a dark picture that holds us like glue. it
opened my eyes to street lines i've never heard before in my new york city
street world. no singing dude has ever come so close to smacking me in the
face as jimmer podrasky.

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Duocracy Ian Carey & Ben Stolorow
Kabocha

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

trumpeter ian carey & pianist ben stolorow finally teamed up and released
"duocracy." they've known each other for years and created a marvelous album
here of effortless swing, deciding to keep the duo loose and limber,
unencumbered by involved arrangements. they sound so comfortable in their own skin
playing standards. they take great music one step further, capturing a roomy
sound. the music comes out gentle, almost like lullabies. ian and ben are
at their best when they embrace their inner souls.

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Any Which Way You Can Any Which Way You Can
Varese

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"any which way you can" was an action comedy film, starring clint eastwood,
sondra locke, ruth gorden and more. the film is the sequel to the 1978 hit
comedy film, "every which way but loose." we're treated here to the number
one hit "you're the reason god made oklahoma" and other winners by artists
like ray charles, glen campbell, fats domino and many others. that's right.
fats domino singing "whiskey heaven."

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From His Head to His Heart to His Hands Michael Bloomfield
ColumbiaLegacy

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

michael bloomfiels's collection of four albums, "from his head to his heart
to his hands" doesn't begin to describe the underappreciated blues-rock
legend. the man's influence lived, and lives, on. michael bloomfield chose to
make his mark in the world in his own way. and by doing so helped push the
electric guitar into the forefront in the rock and blues revolution of the
1960s. his charisma, powerful attack, and lyrical style, which he learned first
hand from legends like albert king and muddy waters, while not commercially
successful, was highly influential. he was bedevilled by pills, drugs,
booze and so on. but if you want to say you know anything about rock and blues
you better pick up this package.

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That Girl Jenifer Nettles
Mercury Nashville

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

jennifer nettles is the lead singer of the hugely successful sugarland.
here she goes solo with "That Girl." her voice is brassy enough for broadway or
vulnerable enough for college radio. there isn't much of a through line
between all the styles she is mastering, but there's plenty to love.

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The Lights From The Chemical Plant Robert Ellis
New West Records

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

you can't take the country out of the boy--just listen to robert ellis'
honeyed twang--but the boy can take the country out of his songs. he can go
folk/pop, he can go soulful pedal steel, he can sound like he's in a dreary
hollywood bar. but he always takes you on a rocket ride to the corner of fire
street and hair boulevard on every solo.

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Lucinda Williams Lucinda Williams
Lucinda Williams Music

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

let's face it: there's country girl A, country girl B and on and on down
the nashville road. then you discover country/roots/ americana artists like
nanci griffith, emmylou harris and the one and only lucinda williams. her
self-titled double album has been re-released. it originally was on the racks in
1988 and was a startling advance over her first two albums. the writing is
sharp and tough with plenty of tender moments rendered in a heartfelt
manner. she can rock like bruce, but more often is closer to country-rock and folk
rock. lucinda hasn't resolved her ambiguous feelings regarding commitments
and love. she spills her blood on the tracks. there's not a false step, and
the depth of feeling is powerful. sweet baby jesus.

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St. Vincent St. Vincent
Loma VistaRepublic

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

st. vincent's self-titled album is her fourth and her best yet. "st.
vincent" is her tightest, tensest best set of songs to date, with wry, twisty,
quirky and peppy beats pushing her ornery melodies toward grueling revelations,
especially her cut entitled "huey newton", the great black panther. she
feeds us synthesized dance rock, with the theory that our civilization is
getting dumber all the time. she combines punk and funk fury making this disc
frantic wall to wall.

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Otherworld David Bach
CD Baby

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

david bach's latest emotional journey, "otherworld" takes this versatile
keyboardist and composer into his deepest idiosyncratic blend of styles and
hues, all of which cohere by virtue of an unflagging passion.  with great
musical comrades, bach takes you into sun-kissed melodies, and unflagingly
positive vibrations like a fresh pina-colada on a tropical beach in havana. have
you experienced this feeling before? well. whether this is your first trip
or not it must be loved.

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Eddie Ate Dynamite Jason Vivone and the Billy Bats
CD Baby

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

jason vivone has been called the orson welles of roots and blues music.
maybe its because of his girth. or maybe its because there lies a cinematic
approach to the tunes of the billy bats. if you close your eyes, it is easy to
make little mind movies of the family reunion of "eddie ate dynamite." his
young sound makes for loving lyrics, backlit by a no-nonsense band with their
memphis grooves and messages. it all bursts out with promise.

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Balance Balance
Rock Candy

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"balance" is a celebration of experieces, styles and friendships. adam
unsworth, byron olson and john vanore have created their own project, no holds
barred, something special, moving from a jazz sound to the chamber ensemble
and back. their sound is purely left-of-center where the skills will uproot
you with a new clarity and power.

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Stories From the Years of Living Passionately Noshir Mody
Noshir Mody

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

with the release of "stories from the years of living passionately" a
project of noshir mody's original compositions interpreted by a top-notch
quintet, his musical vision is fully realized. behind his guitar the sound is
youthful and loving, and we are treated to a great mix of impressive
musicianship.

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