Reviews by Grade ‘C-’

Beg, Borrow & Steal, The Ohio Express

Posted on January 2, 2013

“Beg, Borrow & Steal” is a great pop-rock single. It is obviously based on the “Louie, Louie” chord changes but it employs British invasion harmonies. The Ohio Express is the same band that would go on to score the huge bubblegum hits, “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy” and “Chewy Chewy” as well as “Down At Lulu’s.” Or was it the same band?

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Best Coast, The Only Place

Posted on May 25, 2012

These songs are like singing phone texts.

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Various Artists, Rave On Buddy Holly

Posted on July 21, 2011

I downloaded this collection for $8.99. It was worth the nine bucks to aurally experience the various interpretations Charles Hardin Holley, but I find myself coming back for repeated listenings to only five songs, Smith’s “Words of Love,” The Black Keys’ “Dearest,”, My Morning Jackets’ “True Love Ways”, Lou Reed’s “Peggy Sue” and Jenny O’s “I’m Gonna Love You Too.” I like the Cobra’s cut as well as Cee-Lo’s and Florence & The Machines’ version of “Not Fade Away” is worth a listen too.

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Cake, Showroom of Compassion

Posted on January 17, 2011

Is it a marvel in song construction, mimicking the sheep that we are in our willingness to follow our leaders?

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Toots & The Maytals, Flip & Twist

Posted on June 12, 2010

Artist: Toots & The Maytals Title: Flip & Twist Label D&F Music 52722 Genre: Reggae I love Toots and I’ll buy everything he puts out, with or without the Maytals. But this one, I have some regrets. The saddening aspect of this is that this CD could’ve been great by employing a horn section. Instead, […]

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Morningwood, Diamonds & Studs

Posted on June 9, 2010

There’s an identity crisis happening with this band. There is an obvious amount of production minutia to make the piece sound idiosyncratic. The most obvious is the arena rock power chords contrasting with simple single finger synth riffs and pop hooks. There is a youthful buoyancy in the female singer’s delivery with some sweet nonsense syllables, reminiscent of the sixties girl group sound

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Roy Wood Wizzo Band, Super Active Wizzo

Posted on April 4, 2010

Roy Wood Wizzo BandSuper Active Wizzo Warner Brothers UK  K6388, 1977 Genre: Rock Format: Vinyl Price Paid: $8.99 Roy Wood has lead his band mates down some strange roads and they have followed. How he got them in this convoy I have no clue. Super Active Wizzo is a strange mess. It’s Emerson Lake & […]

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The Cheeks, Raw Countryside

Posted on February 1, 2010

Hooked or hoodwinked?

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