Lisa Torem - Reviews

James McMurtry

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


Poppermost - 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

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

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

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

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

Nature's Neighbor - Otherside

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

Joanna Connor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Soul Asylum - Hurry Up and Wait

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

Andrew Gold

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

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