Reviews by Grade ‘B+’

Charles Bradley, No Time For Dreaming

Posted on May 9, 2011

At 63 years of age, Charles Bradley still purveys raw talent. His vocal approach is often compared to James Brown and Wilson Pickett’s painfully exposed delivery, but those men defined it as a style. I believe Bradley does it this way because it is the only way he knows how

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The Baseball Project, Vol. 2, High & Inside

Posted on April 20, 2011

Again the band displays their love for the game with pop hooks and history lessons. It’s like the Schoolhouse Rock of Baseball.

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The Doughboys, Act Your Rage

Posted on September 23, 2010

Three of these band members cut a couple singles in Jersey in the 60s before they split up. Thirty–some odd years later, they regroup with a couple of new members and sound like they’re still in 1965.

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Charlotte Gainsbourg, IRM

Posted on April 13, 2010

The album title, IRM is the French equivalent to the medical MRI, giving point of reference to the head trauma Ms. Gainsbourg suffered during a recent skiing accident. The opening cut, “Master’s Hands” lands you in squarely in the hospital.

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Marshall Crenshaw, Jaggedland

Posted on April 6, 2010

Artist: Marshall Crenshaw Title: Jaggedland Label: 420 Records 17771, 2009 Genre: Pop / Power Pop Unofficially, rock and roll has been around for about 55 years. in different evolutions, from rockabilly to psychedelia, from soul to funk, punk to grunge, rap to hip-hop, it has been a music of youth and rebellion. Songs about cars, […]

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George Jones & Gene Pitney

Posted on April 5, 2010

The combination of the two intrigued me; Jones, a deep country artist and Pitney, a veteran of the Phil Spector machine, film soundtracks and pop success.

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Adriana Evans, Weatherman

Posted on April 4, 2010

Artist: Adriana Evans Title: Weather Man 12″ Label: 101 Distribution Release Date: January 12, 2010 Genre: Neo-Soul A very catchy 12” from neo-soul artist, Adriana Evans, that should be filling up dance floors. The grooves are dug deep to the early 70’s, with a TK/Glades/Alston-type vibe. But unfortunately for Ms. Evans, it is 2010 and […]

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The End of Midnight, The End of Midnight

Posted on February 1, 2010

When midnight ends will it break a spell? Reveal ancient secrets? Or set your soul alight? So asks Elena Gonzales on her self produced debut EP.

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Tinted Windows, Tinted Windows

Posted on February 1, 2010 and

A recording such as this could illicit unbridled delight or scrimy cynicism. Who could have imagined these individuals appearing on a supergroup short list?

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