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CD REVIEW: BLACK VEIL BRIDES - VALE

CD REVIEW: BLACK VEIL BRIDES – VALE

Label: Lava / Republic Records Release Date: January 12, 2018 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Black Veil Brides is one of those musical guilty pleasures of mine that I indulge in randomly, but certainly whenever a new disc is on the horizon.  The latest – Vale – is no exception.  While the sound hasn’t […]

CD REVIEW: ERICA BLINN - BETTER THAN GOLD

CD REVIEW: ERICA BLINN – BETTER THAN GOLD

Label: Curry House Records Release Date: February 16, 2018 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I saw the video for Erica Blinn’s new single and new I had to hear the whole disc – and I am so glad I have.  Opener and video track “Softer Side” comes across the speakers and grabs your […]

CD REVIEW: ELI LEV & THE FORTUNES FOUND - ALL ROADS EAST [EP]

CD REVIEW: ELI LEV & THE FORTUNES FOUND – ALL ROADS EAST [EP]

Label: Eli Lev Music, LLC Release Date: November 17, 2017 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur While folk music isn’t really my thing, I was drawn to listen through this EP after hearing the first track.  “Making Space” kicks this disc off on a positive note and blends together an Americana sound with a […]

CD REVIEW: MYJA - MYJA

CD REVIEW: MYJA – MYJA

Label: Windmark Recordings Release Date: January 12, 2018 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Myja is a new band with some old faces and voices including Michael Marquart of A Bad Think and one of my favorite singers Jacob Bunton (still regularly spin my copy of Mars Electric’s debut release).  This self-titled disc kicks off […]

CD REVIEW: MONTGOMERY GENTRY - HERE'S TO YOU

CD REVIEW: MONTGOMERY GENTRY – HERE’S TO YOU

Label: Average Joe’s Entertainment Release Date: February 2, 2018 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I couldn’t wait to finish my review of this disc.  I received an advance while on vacation and the songs were absorbed while driving across country.  I put the songs away for a little while so I could listen […]

CD REVIEW: WILDESTARR - BEYOND THE RAIN

CD REVIEW: WILDESTARR – BEYOND THE RAIN

Label: Scarlet Records Release Date: December 8, 2017 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur “Metamorphus” is a cool guitar-driven piece that sets up the listener for some solid rock and roll.  The vibe of the track is woven throughout the rest of the disc, making this a cohesive collection.  “Beyond The Rain” shifts the […]

CD REVIEW: THE PERMS - MIRACLE

CD REVIEW: THE PERMS – MIRACLE

Label: Hugtight Records Release Date: November 7, 2017 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur The Perms released a new CD in late 2017 that is still spinning regularly in my office.  The nine-track disc is good rock and roll and allows for business and phone calls without being overpowering in the background.  “Julie” kicks off […]

CD REVIEW: VANDENBERG'S MOONKINGS - MK II

CD REVIEW: VANDENBERG’S MOONKINGS – MK II

Label: Mascot Records Release Date: November 3, 2017 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Vandenberg is a name that is not unknown to me.  From his days leading his own band to his tenure in Whitesnake during the late 1980’s Adrian’s guitar licks and solos have been ingrained in my musical database.  The latest […]

ALBUM REVIEW: LIAM GALLAGHER – As You Were

ALBUM REVIEW: LIAM GALLAGHER – As You Were

ALBUM REVIEW: LIAM GALLAGHER – As You Were Warner Bros October 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Having been subjected to Gallagher-the-younger’s arrogant chav posturing live a few years back, where he was more concerned with bitching about people having a chat in the far distance than he was in playing to the ardent fans […]

ALBUM REVIEW: WHITESNAKE - 1987 [30th Anniversary Remaster]

ALBUM REVIEW: WHITESNAKE – 1987 [30th Anniversary Remaster]

ALBUM REVIEW: WHITESNAKE – 1987 [30th Anniversary Remaster] Warner Bros October 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 1987 (or self-titled, if you prefer) sold eight times platinum in America, as well as being a smash hit around the rest of the world, possibly saving David Coverdale’s career in the process. Before this, Whitesnake was a […]

ALBUM REVIEW: BECK - Colours

ALBUM REVIEW: BECK – Colours

ALBUM REVIEW: BECK – Colours Capitol Records October 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Beck never fails to take his fans on a journey with each successive studio record, and Colours – his thirteenth – is no exception. Generally he shares his prevailing mood with his listeners: when he was a broke slacker fiddling with […]

ALBUM REVIEW: STONE TEMPLE PILOTS - Core

ALBUM REVIEW: STONE TEMPLE PILOTS – Core

ALBUM REVIEW: STONE TEMPLE PILOTS – Core Warner Bros October 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Most records don’t sell 8 million copies without a very good reason indeed, and Stone Temple Pilots’ 1992 debut album is no exception, delivering the exact right sound for the nascent grunge movement to latch onto and run with. […]

CD REVIEW: DIZZY FOX - Demo [EP]

CD REVIEW: DIZZY FOX – Demo [EP]

Label: Independent Release Date: August 12, 2017 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I love getting new music – whether I buy it or get it mailed to me, it is always fun checking out something new… even better if it is something I dig listening to.  A recent addition to my collection was […]

ALBUM REVIEW: LEGACY OF SUPREMACY – The Morning After

ALBUM REVIEW: LEGACY OF SUPREMACY – The Morning After

ALBUM REVIEW: LEGACY OF SUPREMACY – The Morning After Independent 23 September, 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 /10 From the first soaring chorus of opener Mystic Seven, it’s clear that Legacy Of Supremacy are well named in homage to the legacy of supreme melodic rock and roll that once ruled the hearts and minds […]

CD REVIEW: ROGER WATERS – Is This The Life We Really Want?

CD REVIEW: ROGER WATERS – Is This The Life We Really Want?

CD REVIEW: ROGER WATERS – Is This The Life We Really Want? Sony June 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Never one to write anything so facile as a silly love song, Roger Waters’ first new solo album in 24 years is a bile-laden tirade against all that is wrong with our modern world – […]

ALBUM REVIEW: JESPER BINZER – Dying Is Easy

ALBUM REVIEW: JESPER BINZER – Dying Is Easy

ALBUM REVIEW: JESPER BINZER – Dying Is Easy Warner Bros Denmark November 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 D-A-D frontman Jesper Binzer’s first solo album will, upon first listen, sound very much like the eleven records he’s made in his day job, and D-A-D’s admirers will have plenty to enjoy here. But upon repeat listening, […]

ALBUM REVIEW: ARTIFICIAL AGENT – Programmed To Destroy

ALBUM REVIEW: ARTIFICIAL AGENT – Programmed To Destroy

ALBUM REVIEW: ARTIFICIAL AGENT – Programmed To Destroy Independent July 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10    “Rock is dead,” they sob, “no-one is doing anything new any more,” they cry, “there is no good new rock and roll,” they dismiss. Wrong, wrong and wrong! Take Artificial Agent, one of Detroit’s finest, who […]

ALBUM REVIEW: ROBERT PLANT - Carry Fire

ALBUM REVIEW: ROBERT PLANT – Carry Fire

ALBUM REVIEW: ROBERT PLANT – Carry Fire Warner Bros 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Robert Plant’s love of folk and world music has been well documented since Led Zeppelin II dropped way back in 1969, and has come to the fore in his records more and more in the past decade or so. Billed […]

ALBUM REVIEW: SPACEWAVE - Space Dubs

ALBUM REVIEW: SPACEWAVE – Space Dubs

ALBUM REVIEW: SPACEWAVE – Space Dubs MVD Audio April 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Last year I reviewed the Must Be Free album by reggae and dub producer legend Lee Scratch Perry. This album by Spacewave – effectively John S. Palmer – is the original music that he made for Perry to manipulate on […]

CD REVIEW: RIFLEMAN – Silver & Gold

CD REVIEW: RIFLEMAN – Silver & Gold

CD REVIEW: RIFLEMAN – Silver & Gold Independent October 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 30-year vet of the Oz rock industry dw Norton has just dropped this excellent collection of songs, written and recorded as Rifleman on the Mornington Peninsula. Melodious and introspective, there’s a post-grunge shadow to the album – a […]

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