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Lisa Torem - Reviews

James McMurtry

The Horses and the Hounds
First new album in seven years from singer songwriter and guitarist James McMurtry which features killer stories and raucous guitar


Hits to Spare
Enjoyable album from one-man Glaswegian multi-instrumentalist The Poppermost which sheds a bright light on the British Invasion and 1960s American bands

Pulsar Ensemble

Bizarre City
Excellent second album from five-piece Italian band Pulsar Ensemble who create a sci-fi world and bring it to to life with nine, disparate compositions

Joe Bonamassa

Now Serving: Royal Tea: Live from the Ryman
American guitarist Joe Bonamassa, refusing to rest on his laurels despite the Covid-19 pandemic, reunites with his vast number of fans on a new DVD of livestream filmed in Nashville.


The Mountains, The Sun And The Sea – The Art of Antonio Carlos Jobim
Fantastic five CD compilation from Cherry Red of the early recordings of bossa nova artist and pioneering 50’s composer Carlos Antonio Jobim

Earl Slick

Fist Full of Devils
Versatile latest album from Brooklyn guitarist Earl Slick, who has played with Bowie, Lennon and Jeff Beck, which will please devout blues fans and more.

Damn Truth

Now or Nowhere
Explosive psychedelic rock on first-rate album from undiscovered Montreal-based band The Damn Truth


Riding The Rock Machine: British Seventies Classic Rock
Well-researched three CD box set which provides to the listener with a compelling sonic history of 1970's rock's lesser-known acts as well as also its legends

Nature's Neighbor

Eclectic twelfth album from Chicago-formed band Nature’s Neighbor which reflects upon the current pandemic

Joanna Connor

4801 South Indiana Avenue
Extraordinary album from Joanna Connor, which, produced by Joe Bonamassa, pays tribute to the Chicago blues club scene

Ace of Cups

Sing Your Dreams
Fantastic psychedelic-influenced second album from 1960’s-era all-female band Ace of Cups

Robin Trower, Maxi Priest, Livingstone Brown

United State of Mind
Memorable collaboration between guitarist Robin Trower, singer Maxi Priest and bassist/producer Livingstone Brown

Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters

Rise Up
Fantastic collection of reworked classics, original songs and live tracks from blues veterans Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters

Kevin Godley

Muscle Memory
Singer/musician/producer Kevin Godley’s new album creates original lyrics and music against instrumental tracks sent in by fans.

Lawrence County

The Frailty of Humans
New album from Nottinhamshire-based sextet the Lawrence County is full of great vocal and instrumental solos and original ideas

My Girl The River

Cardinal in the Snow
Revealing and beautiful second album from My Girl The River’s , the project of American-born but British-based vocalist/guitarist Kris Wilkinson

Mandoki Soulmates

Living in the Gap/Hungarian Soulmates
Enthralling double album from prog rock supergoup and collective Mandoki Soulmates which is a cultural and musical revelation

Soul Asylum

Hurry Up and Wait
Fantastic twelfth album from American alernative band Soul Asylum which serves up a ton of variety

Andrew Gold

Something New: Unreleased Gold
Andrew Gold’s legacy is given its due in a new project rife with 16-original songs; some done as solo demos and a few more with a full band

Jah Wobble and the Invaders of the Heart

Ocean Blue Waves
British bassist Jah Wobble & The Invaders of the Heart explore multiple genres on their new album

Sonny Landreth

Blacktop Run
Louisiana guitarist Sonny Landreth joins forces with a team of instrumental stalwarts on his new album

Tami Neilson

Strident and dramatic new album from award-winning Canadian but now New Zealand-based singer-songwriter Tami Neilson

Allison Moorer

Honest and brave new album from Nashville-based singer-songwriter Allison Moorer, released to coincide with her memoir of the same name, which tells of her father's murder of her mother and suicide

David Latto

Show Me How to Feel
Stunning EP from American singer-songwriter David Latto is rife with striking imagery, original ideas and his harmonic vocals

Stephen Wade

A Storyteller's Story
Storyteller/vocalist/instrumentalist Stephen Wade, originator of Chicago premiere ‘Banjo Dancing’, collaborates with iconic musicians in a rich tribute to traditional American music

Bruce Cockburn

Crowing Ignites
Surprisingly all instrumental latest album from Canadian singer-songwriter and political activist Bruce Cockburn

Joe Bonamassa

Live at the Sydney Opera House
Excellent new live album from American guitarist Joe Bonamassa features blistering solos and sincere sentiments

Roger Reale And Rue Morgue

The Collection
Riveting compilation from late 70's new wave artist Roger C. Reale, which includes several unheard recordings and guitar work by Mick Ronson

Patrick Samuel

Distant Star
Convincing debut album from Patrick Samuel, which is a stunning tribute to the young musician’s father with its wide range of instrumentation and touching themes

One Man Bannister

Rubber Solo
Imaginative reworking of the Beatles 'Rubber Soul' by New Zealand singer-songwriter and musician One Man Bannister

Billy Joe Shaver

The Collection
Superb double CD retrospective of prolific American country musician, Billy Joe Shaver, which packages together four of his albums and deserves a deep listen.

Peter Berwick

Honest and inspiring country-influenced sixth solo album from Chicago-based singer-snngwriter Peter Berwick

George Benson

Walking to New Orleans
Fantastic 50's rock and roll covers on latest album from jazz guitarist veteran George Benson


Chicago punk trio Muet hits the spot with their tragically, contemporary riffs and impassioned vocals

Kevin Armstrong

Impressive solo album from British guitarist/songwriter Kevin Armstrong who has worked with Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Morrissey and Iggy Pop


Manta Ray
Uncompromising soundtrack by Snowdrops, the duo of Mathieu Gabry and Christine Ott, for award-winning soundtrack ‘Manta Ray’

Reese Wynans and Friends

Sweet Release
Excellent new album from keyboardist Reese Wynans, which produced by Joe Bonamassa, includes a series of special guests such as Sam Moore

JP Soars

Southbound I-95
Fourth album by singer/guitarist/songwriter J.P. Soars which has great appeal because of its diverse and unpredictable material

Alien Sex Fiend

Offbeat goth rock on their thirteenth studio album and first in eight years from London-based duo Alien Sex Fiend

Ape Shifter

Ape Shifter II
Outstanding album that pays tribute to classic/stoner rock from predominantly instrumental powerhouse trio Ape Shifter

Taj Mahal

Taj's Blues
Excellent reissue of 1992 compilation album from American blues artist Taj Mahal which pays glorious tribute to a roster of classic blues songs

Ben Osborn

Letters from the Border
Engaging and convincingly mature debut from composer, poet and multi-instrumentalist Ben Osborn

Alessio Bondi

Superb second album from Alessio Bondi which finds the Sicilian singer-songwriter reaching new heights as a communicator of depth and tenderness


Yesterday and Today: A Tribute to Yes
Fine compilation album from a series of top-notch musicians, including statesmen from historic line-ups, who pay excellent tribute to Yes on the celebration of the band’s 50th Anniversary

Richard Thompson

13 Rivers
Excellent new album from Richard Thompson which features a set of profound, technically astute songs but proves not for the light-hearted romantic

Ashley Reaks

The Earth Swan Sings Again
Imaginative latest album from Harrogate-based experimental musician Ashley Reaks which is a great culmination of uncompromised talent

Chilly Gonzales

Solo Piano III
Canadian musician Chilly Gonzales completes his iconic trilogy with 'Solo Piano III', which will appeal to both jazz buffs and classical purists

Socalled with the Kaiser Quarttet

Di Frosh and Other Yiddish Songs
New album from Montreal-based Socalled shines a deep spotlight on traditional and contemporary Yiddish ballads

Roger Daltrey

As Long as I Have You
Era-spanning, richly-orchestrated ninth solo album frome Who frontman Roger Daltrey which proves to be essential listening

Jann Klose

In Tandem
Excellent latest album from singer-songwriter Jann Klose which include spirited duets, lush strings, expressive choirs and exciting world influences

Rita Coolidge

Safe in the Arms of Time
Excellent new recording from Rita Coolidge, who working with a talented team of co-writers and A-list musicians, shines on this latest studio album

James Cotton Band

Buddah Blues
First-rate reissue of three albums which blues-harp/vocalist/songwriter James Cotton recorded for Buddah Records which features exhilarating live/studio tracks, classics and originals.


Re: Psychle
Long-awaited second album from socially concscious prog rock Chicago-based band Tautologic

Peter French

Ducks in Flight
Excellent until now unreleased 1978 album which headed by rock vocalist Peter French and also including Brian Robertson from Thin Lizzy and Kenney Jones from the Faces finally receives the acclaim it deserves


Strange Angels: In Flight with Elmore James
Fabulous new compilation which in celebration of blues legend Elmore James finds his work interpreted by a variety of contemporary artists in a delightful way

Beth Nielsen Chapman

Hearts of Glass
Singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman’s new album features evocative songwriting, delicate instrumental arrangements and poignant themes

Keith Emerson

Emerson Plays Emerson
Legendary Keith Emerson, of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, draws from his best on this reissued album from 2002 which offers a great variety of instrumental compositions

Buffy Sainte-Marie

Medicine Songs
Fantastic new album from Buffy Sainte-Marie which combines both unreleased songs with new versions of old songs

Project Mama Earth

Mama Earth
Fantastic album from super group Project Mama Earth, which featuring Joss Stone, Nitin Sawhney, Jonathan Joseph, Etienne M’Bappe and keyboardist Jonathan Shorten, is an exploration of African rhythms and themes


A Date With The Smithereens
Although fairly predictable in chordal structure, ‘A Date with the Smithereens’ serve up some delightful moments in this recently reissued 1994 CD from the New Jersey-formed band.

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