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Nic Nassuet’s Eleutherios Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On February - 7 - 2016 0 Comment
Nic Nassuet's Eleutherios Album Review

Artist: Nic Nassuet; Members: Nic Nassuet – Guitars and Lead Vocals; Catrina Grimm – Background Vocals and Percussion; Edward Hong – Violin; and Cat Arthur – Bass Album: Eleutherios Production: Josh Riccio, Sing Engine Records People can often harrowingly focus on the despair they distressingly encounter throughout their lives. But if they undoubtedly hold onto their hope in their humanity, they’re more likely to realize and accept that their lives can dramatically improve. Award winning singer-songwriter Nic Nassuet has had a long history in creating dynamic dramatics in his music that helps his listeners understand that they can truly take control of their lives, if they remain determined to hold  [ Read More ]


Plastic Yellow Band’s Above Gravity Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On February - 1 - 2016 0 Comment
Plastic Yellow Band's Above Gravity Album Review

Artist: Plastic Yellow Band; Band Members: Gerald Jennings: vocals, guitar and keyboards; Joe Hurt: bass; Karl Derrick Tesch: drums; and Joe Smith (guitar) Album: Above Gravity Production: Label: ISI MUSIC; Produced by Gerald Jennings for ISI MUSIC; Music and Lyrics by Gerald Jennings; Publisher: ISI MUSIC, LLC; Recorded and mastered at: ISI STUDIOS Attempting to find and keep the right person who will unquestionably and wholeheartedly love you, who you can also profoundly support as you both value the world around you, can be one of life’s most harrowing and exhilirating experiences. Progressive rock band Plastic Yellow Band, which is inspired by the captivating sentimentalizes that are presented by both  [ Read More ]


Daniel Grinberg’s Short Stories Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On January - 26 - 2016 0 Comment
Daniel Grinberg's Short Stories Album Review

Artist: Daniel Grinberg Album: Short Stories Members/Instruments: Daniel Grinberg: guitars and keyboards; Maor Swartzberg: guitars, keyboards and bass guitar; Tal Tamari: drums and percussion; and Yoav Arbel: drums Production: Maor Scwartzberg Affectionately and thought-provokingly reflecting on your life’s most meaningful passions and connections can be a sentimental and gripping experience, particularly as you evaluate your most meaningful accomplishments. Instrumentalist Daniel Grinberg, who has created a successful career out of his admiration for science and technology, is now captivating audiences with his newly launched music career. The guitarist and keyboard player has recently released his debut record, the pop and melodic rock inspired ‘Short Stories.’ One the album, he collaborates with  [ Read More ]


Midwest Soul Xchange’s New American Century Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On December - 28 - 2015 0 Comment
Midwest Soul Xchange's New American Century Review

Artist: Midwest Soul Xchange; Members/Instruments: Ryan Summers – vocals, guitar, piano, b3, synthesizers, mandolin, lap steel and accordion; and Nate Cherrier – vocals, guitar, percussion, bass guitar and harmonica Album: New American Century Production: Produced by Ryan Summers and Nate Cherrier; Mixed and Engineered by Ryan Summers; Mastered by Ryan Summers; All mixing and mastering was done in Marshfield, Wisconsin; Songs recorded in Tempe, Arizona and Marshfield, Wisconsin Fully acknowledging the influence of those people who have left a sentimental and meaningful impact on your ideas and work is a gratifying experience for those who are nostalgically reflecting on their life’s journey. The folk and progressive rock band, Midwest Soul  [ Read More ]


Mind The Journey’s Color In The Gray Machine Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On December - 20 - 2015 0 Comment
Mind The Journey's Color In The Gray Machine Album Review

Artist: Mind The Journey Album: Color In The Gray Machine Production: Produced by singer-songwriter Spencer Sabo; Mastered by Tom Waltz Being an introverted individual often comes with a negative perception from society, as people are often quick to judge their peers for their reserved ideas and approach to life. Singer-songwriter Spencer Sabo’s musical project, Mind The Journey, is enthrallingly allowing the Boston resident to explore his creativity through his unique psychedelic rock, alternative and synth pop songs. His electronica-based full-length debut album, ‘Color In The Gray Machine,’ which is set to be released on January 5, 2016, distinctly proves that the musician does crave acceptance by those people he appreciates.  [ Read More ]


Nesbeth’s My Dream Single Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On December - 19 - 2015 0 Comment
Nesbeth's My Dream Single Review

Artist: Nesbeth Single: My Dream Production: Entertainment Soul The hardships people are forced to contend with during their childhoods often powerfully influence the type of person they become as an adult. Jamaican reggae artist Nesbeth, who grew up in Trench Town, West Kingston, an area that regularly experiences high crime rates and widespread economic hardship, powerfully refused to fall victim to the harsh circumstances of his community. He was able to find a way to improve his life and future, and connect with people who understand the struggles of living in an economically suppressed area, through his love and talent for music. He has become a respected and admired musician  [ Read More ]


Delta Deep’s Take Me Home For Christmas Single Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On December - 9 - 2015 0 Comment
Delta Deep's Take Me Home For Christmas Single Review

Artist: Delta Deep; Members-Phil Collen-all guitars, lead vocals (Def Leppard, MANRAZE); Robert DeLeo-bass guitars (Stone Temple Pilots); Forrest Robinson-drums/percussion (TLC, India.Arie, Engelbert Humperdinck, Joe Sample & The Crusaders); Debbi Blackwell-Cook-lead vocals (background singer with Luther Vandross, for Michael Buble and the late Gregory Hines, among others) Single: Take Me Home For Christmas Heedlessly rebelling against the expectations placed upon you by society and your family is an enticing prospect that many young adults happily embrace as they strive to determine what direction they want to take their lives. Phil Collen, who is most well known for garnering success during the 1980s and early 1990s as the lead guitarist of Def  [ Read More ]

Joel Ansett The Nature of Us Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On December - 7 - 2015 0 Comment
Joel Ansett The Nature of Us Album Review

Artist: Joel Ansett Album: The Nature of Us Production: Produced by Brandon Weaver and Chase Weber Naturally understanding and grippingly embodying the most basic and understandable human emotions is one of the most essential abilities of any musician. Denver singer-songwriter-guitarist Joel Ansett is the latest performer to not only enthrallingly understand the instinctive feelings of needing to feel loved and accepted by those you care about, but also effortlessly infuse those emotions into his music. The entertainer, whose folk-pop and R&B-inspired debut album, ‘The Nature of Us,’ is now available, including on iTunes, explores all the joys and disillusionments of being in love. From blissfully always wanting to spend time  [ Read More ]


bitter’s kiss’ Love Won’t Make You Cry Music Video Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On December - 4 - 2015 0 Comment
bitter's kiss' Love Won't Make You Cry Music Video Review

Band: bitter’s kiss; Chloe Baker (vocals/guitar/piano) and Michael Baker (guitar/piano/bass/drums) Music Video: Love Won’t Make You Cry Production: Michael Baker Emotionally examining your feelings as you determinedly strive to stay true to your identity, as well as something that makes your life meaningful, can be an intensely poignant process. One of the most personally significant decisions in life that passionately defines your existence is whether or not you can make your romantic relationship work after you have gone through painful times together, and the other person has teared you down. New Jersey-based indie pop band bitter’s kiss has powerfully explored that difficult exploration into whether or not you should remain  [ Read More ]

Nemo James’ The Minstrel Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On November - 1 - 2015 0 Comment
Nemo James' The Minstrel Album Review

Artist: Nemo James Album: The Minstrel Unbiasedly traveling to diverse societies around the world is meant to help people learn to appreciate distinct cultures and beliefs, but that objective examination can shockingly often lead to the same realization: that people of all stature experience the same heartbreak and joy. Musician Nemo James endearingly learned that lesson when he willingly left his successful career as a London session guitarist, in order to concentrate on exploring life outside of music. While his versatility as a guitarist kept him in constant demand, and he garnered work in such varied venues as classical guitar concerts, jazz and folk clubs, rock concerts and country and  [ Read More ]


Kimia Penton’s Lessons From Life and Love EP Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On October - 15 - 2015 0 Comment
Kimia Penton's Lessons From Life and Love EP Review

Artist: Kimia Penton EP: Lessons from Life and Love Production: Album produced by Kimia Penton and Francis Moka at Crystal Clear Sound in Dallas While studying and observing life themes is often times a meaningful way for people to truly understand overall human behavior in the world around them, that essential process is also an insightful way to contend with how the actions of their loved ones has a direct impact on their emotions. Dallas based singer-songwriter-violinist turned psychologist Kimia Penton expertly relied on her experience of helping others to channel those heartbreaking themes of unconditional and unrequited love, as well as the loss of loved ones, in her new  [ Read More ]


Five Hundredth Year’s A Rose from Ashes EP Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On October - 2 - 2015 0 Comment
Five Hundredth Year's A Rose from Ashes EP Review

Artist: Five Hundredth Year EP: A Rose from Ashes Production: Wall of Sound Studio/B.J. Perry (I Prevail, The Product) While society has at times struggled to learn how to accept people whose ideas and interests are different from their own and the social norm, those who experience unjustified prejudice often experience the same emotions as their fellow citizens. The gripping exploration into how people who have distinct interests and views do experience those same desires and sentiments as their peers is showcased in ‘A Rose from Ashes,’ the new EP from hard rock-metal band, Five Hundredth Year. The Fenton, Michigan-based group’s release captivatingly mixes creative vocals and instruments to emphasize  [ Read More ]


Space Apaches’ Smokin’ Voyages Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On September - 20 - 2015 0 Comment
Space Apaches Smokin' Voyages Album Review

Artist: Space Apaches Members/Instruments: Drums: Jim Arrendell Bass: Rob Geisler Key/Piano/Guitar: Aaron Price Guitar: Andrew Reed Guitar: Tom Leiner Album: Smokin’ Voyages Production: Record Label: Artists International Inc.; All songs written by Andrew Reed, except ‘I Am the Six O’Clock New’ by Larry Norman; ‘Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)’ by Mickey Newbury; and ‘Ghost Riders in the Sky’ by Stan Jones; Produced by Andrew Reed; Recorded at Sedgwick Studios, Asheville, NC; Engineered by Jim Georgeson, chief engineer and Jason Pitroff, 2nd engineer; Mixed by Jim Georgeson; Mastered by Stephen V. Smith at SoundSmiths Honoring the past and embracing the experiences that have shaped your  [ Read More ]


Elessar Thiessen’s A Rainy Week In Paradise Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On September - 16 - 2015 0 Comment
Elessar Thiessen's A Rainy Week In Paradise Album Review

Artist: Elessar Thiessen Album: A Rainy Week In Paradise Production: Produced and Engineered by Elessar Thiessen; Vocals Engineered by Jordan Jackiew; Mixed and Mastered by Jordan Jackiew Having the instinctive ability to naturally touch other people’s hearts and emotions is an alluring attribute that not everyone organically possesses. But being able to uplift others by courageously exposing the darkest corners of your soul is an even more resolute quality that not everyone maintains, which makes those who do have it even more inspiring. Canadian singer-songwriter-producer Elessar Thiessen’s recently released full-length debut album, ‘A Rainy Week in Paradise,’ proves that he does have that quality, which helps make him an exhilarating  [ Read More ]


The Como Brothers Band’s Imagination EP Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On September - 6 - 2015 0 Comment
The Como Brothers Band's Imagination EP Review

Artist: The Como Brothers Band EP: Imagination Production: All words and music by Matt and Andrew Como; Recorded at Germano Studios; Producer/Mixing/Engineer: Graham Marsh; Mastering: Johnny Horesco; Assistant engineer: Jason Staniulis Fully embracing life’s true emotions isn’t always encouraged among men in society. But those who can completely and nobly accept and proclaim their genuine sentiments about life’s most relatable and heartfelt personal struggles will surely garner attention for their sensitivity, especially by women. The Long Island, New York-based singer-songwriters, Matt and Andrew Como, have done just that with their newly released pop-rock-blues-inspired third EP, ‘Imagination.’ The EP, which also features Matt on the bass and Andrew on the guitar,  [ Read More ]

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