KINK Community Album Review
September 13, 2011, 8:25 pm
Music suggestions from the KINK Community
Don't pass these releases by
more than halfway through 2011, a good time to pause, stop and reflect on a
truly important question. Yeah, that one. Just how many new CD’s have we bought
so far this year?
two that may interest you.
lucky enough to catch Augustana’s performance at The Aladdin earlier this year
know how this band can really deliver live, but what about their latest CD
self-titled CD (“Augustana”) from this San Diego-based indie rock band has been
out since April. The CD’s lead single “Steal Your Heart” can be heard now and
then on the radio, but honestly, folks, if there’s a bad track anywhere on this
album I’ve yet to find it.
one wonders why the folks at EPIC Records chose “Steal Your Heart” over “Wrong
Side of Love” for initial promotion. Yes, “Steal Your Heart” is a great song,
but the vocals, tension and buildup of the latter seem far more arresting and
notable. One hopes more hit singles from this worthy effort are forthcoming.
but simple songwriting and Dan Layus’ touching vocals are among the band’s best
strengths, taking Augustana from a merely good to a great American band. Justin
South’s talent as a drummer is another key ingredient. Listen to “On The Other
Side,” or “Counting the Stars,” for perfect examples of how songwriting prowess
and great rhythm and energy can add up to superior rock ballads that merit
notable cuts include the wistful “Borrowed Time” and the Keane-like “Shot in
the Dark.” With its winning chorus:
“Rising up slowly and getting higher / I’ve been living with a hole in my heart
/ Weighing down on me, but I’m a fighter / But I know I still got a shot in the
dark,” it’s another track equally worthy of better promo.
up: this band’s had two songs on Billboards “Hot 100 List”: 2007’s “Boston,”
and 2008’s “Sweet and Low.” With this latest effort solidifying their standing
and abilities, there’s every reason to make sure your 2011 purchases include
the new CD, and to expect more hit singles from this exceptionally good band.
T Bone Burnett, The Producer
one to buy compilation CD’s very often, but at first blush “T Bone Burnett, The
Producer” had so many interesting artists and songs listed I simply couldn’t
engaging assortment of artists and tracks opens with the bluesy, grinding twang
of string-bass and electric guitar on Gillian Welch’s “Pass You By.” As guitar
notes rise up, over and around Welch’s sultry voice, fans of the “O Brother
Where Are Thou?” soundtrack will quickly recognize her distinctive style.
Here’s betting you can’t listen to “Pass You By” any other way than volume
driving beat of The Wallflowers’ classic “One Headlilght” with Jakob Dylan
comes next. Jon Brion’s skills on slide guitar and Dylan’s dead-on lead vocals
remind us of how fantastic this song still sounds some 14 years after it was
first released - thank goodness quality stations like KINK-FM still play it.
Phillips’ “Baby I Can’t Please You” from the album “Martinis & Bikinis” is
included here as well. Beautiful pairings between drums and sitar, Phillips’
voice and a string section are medicine for the ear. “Baby I Can’t Please You” is pure,
wonderfully layered psychedelic rock.
listeners will readily recognize “If It Wasn’t for Bad,” a recent release by
dynamic duo Elton John and Leon Russell. Creative keyboard collaboration take
this song from great to classic.
honest storytelling of Steve Earl’s Cajun-tinged “Waitin’ on the Sky” is but
another T Bone highlight. A song this simple and this good makes us want the
entire CD from whence it came. (That would be: “I’ll Never Get Out of This
World Allive,” released in April of this year).
if all this wasn’t enough…
Burnett, The Producer” also includes Los Lobos’ “One Time, One Night (in
America),” a stellar composition by Louie Perez showcasing lead singer David
Hidalgo’s expert finger pickin’ lead guitar. The vocals found here are as warm
and smooth as a shot of the finest tequila on a very cold, very dark night.
Just try not to tap your foot as Hidalgo makes his way up and down those frets.
Seriously, folks, “The Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame” ought to have a separate
category for songs as fine as this one.
a healthy dose of curiosity pays off big time, so if you’re the least bit
curious about T Bone Burnett, heed the call. Available at most Starbucks.
Thanks to Cynthia Orlando.
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