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Lisa Torem - Reviews


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.


Various


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


Various


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


Otherside
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


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


Allison Moorer


Blood
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


Island
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


Muet


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


Kevin Armstrong


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


Snowdrops


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


Possessed
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


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


Various


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.


Tautologic


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


Various


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


Smithereens


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.


Laurence Juber


I Can’t Stop Playing the Beatles
New acoustic album from guitarist Laurence Juber which gives Beatles fans an evocative spectrum of taste and of skill


Albert King


Fillmore East, NYC, 1971 Plus Early Studio Recordings
Impressive compilation of live and studio recorded electric blues from the legendary Albert King, on which he plays alongside a legion of superb backing musicians







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