Album Review: The Little Willies by The Little Willies

Album Name: The Little Willies
Artist: The Little Willies
Year/Label: 2006 / Milking Bull Records / EMI

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

OK first of all the title? I mean come on, that’s funny!

The first I heard of this was when someone sent me an email with sound samples and asked if I wanted to review this new release. When they told me whom the vocalist was I almost fell down.

I’d love to keep it a secret from you and see if you can guess it, but you might know already. You might also guess it, but I sent the music clip to some friends and family members and they were stumped. She has a distinct voice, I just think that you wouldn’t expect sweet little Norah Jones (yep, it’s her) to sing songs like this.

From the first time I heard her voice I loved it. There’s just something so peaceful and beautiful about the way she sings that I can’t get enough. But here you’re going to hear something really different.

These songs are honky-tonk, they’re country, they’re bluegrass, whatever. They’re fun. Norah is as captivating as ever and the songs are played expertly. This is a great record, even if you don’t like the genres mentioned. I am not really what one would consider a fan normally, but I love this.

Stand out songs: Roly Poly, Gotta Get Drunk, Easy as Rain (nice duet)

Posted on March 6, 2006

Track Listing
1. Roly Poly
2. I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive
3. Love Me
4. It’s Not You It’s Me
5. Best of All Possible Worlds
6. No Place To Fall
7. Roll On
8. Gotta Get Drunk
9. Streets of Baltimore
10. Easy As The Rain
11. Tennessee Stud
12. Night Life
13. Lou Reed

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Album Review: Waiting for My Conviction by Leslie Clemmons

Album Name: Waiting for My Conviction
Artist: Leslie Clemmons
Year/Label: 2006 / Independent

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

I reviewed Leslie Clemmon’s previous CD, “Stop the World” in 2004. I liked it’s funky jazzy style and I’m glad that she has not taken too much of a departure on this record.

The opening track, “Perfect Imperfections”, is very likeable, somewhere between AAA radio and your favorite folk song.

She is still in touch with her funky side and shows it off on “Lonely for Two”. The staccato guitar is a nice touch. It gives it a certain energy.

“Don’t Sing at The Table” makes me want to clap and move.

Most of these songs actually will make you want to move. I found my self chair-dancing a little while listening.

This is a fun pop-jazz-funky CD that I think will appeal to many.

Posted on March 6, 2006


Rating: 4 Stars
Comment: Being a guy who likes cake, I have to love having seconds, – and when you like the seconds at least as much as the first helping – Yeah Baby ! How could it be better… 25 minute Blues numbers, maybe ? Keep ya feelin’ it, hearing your song. Mmm. Thank you , Miz Clemmons Desmond Shaw
name: Desmond Shaw on Friday, March 10, 2006

Track Listing
Listen to track samples
1. Perfect Imperfections
2. Lonely For Two
3. 52nd Street
4. Don’t Sing at The Table
5. Waiting for My Conviction
6. Like My Mother Said
7. Wishes and Whys
8. Black Cat
9. Know One Thing
10. Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans
11. Forgive You
12. Don’t Let Them Take Your Blues Away

[Leslie Clemmons Official Site]


Album Review: For the Quiet by Katie Sawicki

Album Name: For the Quiet
Artist: Katie Sawicki
Year/Label: 2006 / Independent

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

I reviewed Katie Sawicki’s previous release, Black Boots in 2004 and thought it was good, but found the melodies “lacking excitement” (I don’t actually recall that, I just re-read the review). I’m happy to report that her melodies are complex and interesting on this recording.

I guess I found the last record to be a little bluegrass-y, but I don’t hear it so much on this one. This is pretty much straight up folk. There may be a little twinge. This is perfectly fine with me, I prefer this sound.

I was also impressed with her lyrics before and these songs have the same effect on me.

Sawicki has a very emotional voice, that is, you really feel what she’s singing about. It’s perfect for the genre. It can be strong or vulnerable, whichever the song requires.

Baggage has a really cool melody and is a nice song about loving someone even with all the crap they bring with them.

Ship is very pretty and shows her voice well.

Though Black Boots was a good, quality production, I’d say For the Quiet is even better.

Posted on March 6, 2006

Track Listing
Listen to track samples
1. 300 Miles
2. Most of my Life
3. Baggage
4. Sidewalk Nights
5. Good Girls
6. Bushes and Weeds
7. Ship
8. Come on Home
9. Hipsters
10. Leave Me Behind
11. For the Quiet

[Katie Sawicki Official Site]


Album Review: EP by Joan As Police Woman

Album Name: EP
Artist: Joan As Police Woman
Year/Label: 2006 / Reveal Records

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Review by David Adair

The Real debut

When you have had to make your voice heard alongside the likes of Rufus Wainwright and Anthony and the Johnsons, it is not surprising that you have a commanding voice that could bring a room to a stand still.

Joan possesses the winding vocal strut of the two aforementioned artists and combines this with grinding melodies to produce longing reflection in the style of Emilliana Torrini via opener ‘My Gurl’.

Then the six track mini-album builds to take a gamble on ‘The Game Of life’ that bobs and weaves like Tyson in his prime, then hitting you hard philosophically speaking, with wispily sung lyrics and a rumbling accompaniment that shows up the versatility on offer.

Note: this is a review of the EP that came out just before the full length.

Posted on March 6, 2006TED

Track Listing
1. My Gurl
2. Prime Mover
3. Stagger Into The Light
4. Game Of Life
5. How Come You’re So Solid Gold
6. Could It Still Be Tonight?

[Joan As Police Woman Official Site]


We’re international

Of course I knew that Collected Sounds was viewed by people in countries other than the US, but in looking at my stats today I saw the top 10 countries. Here they are:

1. US
2. Canada
3. Netherlands
4. United Kingdom
5. Sweden
6. France
7. Germany
8. Australia
9. Norway
10. Italy

We had over 38,000 visitors in Feb. That’s actually down from last month (at over 41 thousand) but February was a short month, right?

Vienna Teng signs with Zoe/Rounder Records

vienna.jpgFrom Vienna’s Official Site:

2/28/2006— posted at 10:56 pm

We’re very excited to announce that Vienna has recently signed with Zöe/Rounder Records! With the independent label’s long history of successes, reputation for artistic freedom, and a roster that includes Duncan Sheik, Kathleen Edwards, Sarah Harmer and the Cowboy Junkies, it looks like Vienna’s forthcoming releases are in very good hands.

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