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REVIEW: IMAGINE DRAGONS – SMOKE + MIRRORS…

The sophomore album – that event that spells out make or break for an artist. Imagine Dragons has now reached that second album, following 2012’s blockbuster Night Visions, an album that kept rock music in the pop charts when few others could. Of course having crossover success brings harsh criticism. It brings a whole new […]

REVIEW: MARILYN MANSON – THE PALE EMPEROR…

Mr. Manson has returned with a ferociousness on his new album The Pale Emperor, following a hot streak and return to glory started with his last album, Born Villain. This time around he has new company. In fact, the band now only consists of Manson and two other people – both newcomers. First is multi-instrumentalist […]

REVIEW: JEFF WORKMAN – DIRTY WATER REVIVAL…

It’s a treat to be able to present reviews of musicians that I actually know once in a while. Cincinnati’s own Jeff Workman is quite a hard artist to pin to one specific genre. In the past he has played with both rock and country bands, his most recent being Ridge Runner, also from Cincinnati. […]

REVIEW: D’ANGELO AND THE VANGUARD – BLACK MESSIAH…

D’Angelo’s latest, and first new album since 2000’s Voodoo is not an easy album to review. A few listens in, I’m still trying to absorb it. The music is so varied and has so many dense layers. It recalls everything from Prince (well, at all times there’s some Prince influence – at times I think […]

REVIEW: MARY J. BLIGE – THE LONDON SESSIONS…

Last summer, Mary J. Blige put out a brand new album with very little fanfare. It was the soundtrack to the comedy Think Like A Man Too. The album was pretty decent for a Mary album, containing a few deep slow songs about relationships that seemed tailored to the film, and a couple upbeat tracks […]

REVIEW: BASTILLE – VS. (OTHER PEOPLE’S HEARTACHE PT. III)…

My first review of the year is for a band I was playing constantly throughout last year, Bastille. There’s something just a little bit different about their sound that distinguishes them from any other modern British rock groups. They aren’t afraid to use electronics to broaden their sonic palate, but at their core they are […]

TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2014 – #1: PRINCE – ART OFFICIAL AGE…

Finally… the top of the list! This year it wasn’t easy. In fact there were easily over 50 albums this year that I really liked and had to choose from. There were even a couple that I hadn’t even heard until I had the list completed. But there was one album that topped my favorites, […]

TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2014 – #3: PINK FLOYD – THE ENDLESS RIVER…

I had to think long and hard about this one. Pink Floyd is a band that is way up at the top of the list in many respects for me. Yes, The Endless River is essentially a collection of outtakes from The Division Bell that have been embellished with better sounding guitar and drums, and […]

TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2014 – #4: U2 – SONGS OF INNOCENCE…

Hopefully now that the frenzy over the iTunes fiasco has died down, people can appreciate Songs of Innocence for what it is: one of the best albums U2 has recorded in a long time. All OF those things that make U2 great are here. They are tight still as a four piece. They use atmosphere, […]

TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2014 – #5: PHARRELL WILLIAMS – G I R L…

Pharrell was certainly everywhere this year wasn’t he? From the unexplained monstrous success of his little tune called “Happy”, to being just about everywhere on TV, producing some great songs by Ed Sheeran and Paloma Faith, and staying busy as ever. But in there he finally released a solo album worthy of the weight his […]