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White Star Liners – The Years That Slid (2012)

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White Star Liners are an indie poppy alty rocky band from Brighton, UK. Their fuzzy guitars, space frazzled synths make up a sound that has been described as a ‘mix of elements of Blur and The Eels with a peculiar English pop sensibility’

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The Smithereens – The Smithereens Play Tommy (2009)

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After releasing two albums devoted entirely to Beatles tunes in a year and a half (Meet the Smithereens! and B-Sides the Beatles), the Smithereens clearly wanted to prove that they were still a band capable of more than just coasting on the strength of another act’s legacy, and with this in mind they’ve decided to boldly branch out — and spend an entire album covering the Who. The Smithereens Play Tommy is, you guessed it, the Smithereens’ own rather faithful interpretation of Pete Townshend’s rock opera about a deaf, dumb, and blind pinball champion and spiritual leader, though they have tightened it up quite a bit, editing the piece from 24 selections to a lean 13 tunes and zipping through the work in 41 minutes. It’s hard not to be baffled by the Smithereens’ decision to become a cover band, but they do seem better suited to interpreting the Who than the Beatles; guitarist Jim Babjak may lack Townshend’s epic vision and sense of flourish, but he gets the crunchy bash of this music right, and drummer Dennis Diken and bassist Severo Jornacion find a way to pare down the style of the most manic rhythm section in rock history while achieving some approximation of their power and musical sense. Lead vocalist Pat Dinizio’s deep, moody tone doesn’t match Roger Daltrey’s style any more than it did Paul McCartney’s or John Lennon’s, but at least these songs are better suited to the dark, dramatic feel of Dinizio’s instrument, and Babjak and Diken contribute lead vocals on a few tunes that demand something lighter. And while this condensed version of Tommy makes about as much narrative sense as the original (which is to say not much), from a musical standpoint the feel of the album is pretty close to the Who’s version, especially the several live recordings of the opera that have appeared in recent years. So the Smithereens do better by the Who on The Smithereens Play Tommy than they did by the Beatles, but that doesn’t change the fact that as long as the Who’s Tommy remains readily available (and it’s actually easier to find than this disc), this album is little more than an oddity for Smithereens completists and Who fans obsessive enough to want every cover version of their favorite band’s work. In short, this gets an A for effort but a C- for practical utility. (the Smithereens do deserve credit for hiring William Stout to do the cover, whose witty cartoon artwork graced the sleeves of several top-notch Who bootlegs.)

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Jerry Leger – Traveling Grey (2011)

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This is the fourth album from hardworking Toronto, ON troubadour Jerry Leger, and it deserves to bring him wider recognition. He has flown a little under the Canadian roots scene radar, but has earned the respect of such peers as Ron Sexsmith, Fred Eaglesmith and Jim Lauderdale. The fact that he’s made an impact in Nashville and the South is revealing, likely attributable to his “old school” approach to songwriting. Not many young songsmiths can use a ’60s word like “babe” convincingly, but Leger can. His expressive vocals are always front and centre, though he’s more than ably accompanied by a fine band, including guitarist/album producer Tim Bovaconti (Sexsmith) and fiddler/multi-instrumentalist James McKie. Leger’s lyrics are imaginative, fusing folk and country elements seamlessly. There’s nice diversity to the tempos and tones. “Dreamer, Pretender,” the title track, and “Is He Treating You Good?” are primarily solo and acoustic, while “Whistling That Lonesome Tune” is built upon melancholy piano. By contrast, there’s a robust full band feel to “Truth is All Around You” and “John Lewis.” At 25, Leger clearly has a bright future ahead of him.

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Grant Peeples – Prior Convictions (2012)

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Though better known for producing Lucinda Williams, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Mary Gauthier, Robert Earl Keen, Slaid Cleaves and Tom Russell, “Prior Convictions” is Gurf Morlix’s second Grant Peeples project. (“Okra and Ecclesiastes” 2011) And the pairing appear to be in full stride here.Once again, percussionist Rick Richards, perennial Ray Wylie Hubbard sideman, has laid down […]

Lee Hazlewood – Cold Hard World (2012)

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Tracklist: 01 – The Girl On Death Row 02 – Friday’s Child 03 – Dark In My Heart 04 – No Train To Stockholm 05 – Cold Hard Times 06 – Pour Man 07 – Long Black Train 08 – That Old Freight Train 09 – The Night Before 10 – Forget Marie 11 – […]

Lucy Wise & the B’Gollies – Lucy Wise & the B’Gollies (2011)

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Lucy Wise & the B’Gollies is a simply beautiful piece of contemporary folk. Despite the album having obvious roots in the the Anglo-Celtic tradition, Wise sings with a distinctly Australia voice, both in style and theme. The complete mastery each band member has over their respective instruments (Lucy Wise adds a perfectly balanced ukulele to […]

Craig Finn – Clear Heart Full Eyes (2012)

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On Clear Heart Full Eyes, Craig shrouds his tales of foolish people lost on long wanderings on the inexpensive side of the tracks with music that is less dense than that offered by The Hold Steady. That band has been described by American Psycho author and alt-punk expert Bret Easton Ellis as being the finest […]

Chris Thompson – Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me (2012)

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New collection of the British vocalist best known for his work with Manfred Mann’s Earth Band. Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me is a collection of Jazz standards recorded by the Rock vocalist. mp3 160 kbps | 69 MB | UL