Music Site very cool

Lookee what I found!!

Pandora

It’s a site where you plug in your favorite artist and it “creates a radio station” that plays songs/artists it thinks you will like.

It doesn’t know Terami Hirsch, I already tried :) But it knows Sarah McLachlan.

Enjoy!

Album Review: Beloved One by Lou Rhodes

Album Name: Beloved One
Artist: Lou Rhodes
Year/Label: 2005 / Independent

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Lou Rhodes is the singer of trip-hop band Lamb and this is her first solo record. She has left the beats behind for a more stripped-down approach. She’s in fine voice as ever and her songs are striking.

“Each Moment New” inspires hope and has a lovely melody.

“Treat Her Gently” sees her singing “Could it be the one I love hates me so” to a soft backing. Her trembling voice and the use of strings ensures that it’s moving.

“No Re-run” is equally gorgeous and sees Rhodes in affecting mode. The minimalistic approach was never put to better use than here.

The title track is a sweet declaration of love delivered in the best way.

Rhodes has made a credible solo debut and more is surely to come.

Posted on January 16, 2006

Track Listing
1. Each Moment New
2. Tremble
3. Treat Her Gently
4. Fortress
5. No Rerun
6. Beloved One
7. Save Me
8. In’lakesh
9. To Survive
10. Why
11. Deep

[Lou Rhodes Official Site]

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Album Review: Tin Can Head by The Looking

Album Name: Tin Can Head
Artist: The Looking
Year/Label: 2005 / Independent

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Todd Carter who fronts this group has an intriguing, androgynous voice and some fascinating songs. He’s studied opera, which might explain his unique approach to alternative rock.

“Revolt, I Do” is reminiscent of Morrissey in its sweet swagger.

”Lele” is a fascinating chamber pop song.

“Spinoza” describes its protagonist’s fascination with the philosopher. Carter sings beautifully whilst a lovely violin part by Ernesto Villa-Lobos adds tension.

The catchy, irresistible “The Silver” is a duet with Camomile Hixon. The two voices thrive together. It’s one of the album’s strongest tracks. But they are all good.

This is the birth of a new star.

Posted on January 18, 2006

Track Listing
Listen to track samples
1. Lily Mansions
2. Revolt, I Do
3. I am your Labyrinth
4. Lele
5. Come Heal my Mind
6. The Colors of Fall
7. Spinoza
8. The Silver
9. Tin Can Head
10. I Love from the Moon
11. Breathing Ether Dreams

[The Looking Official Site]

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Album Review: The Golden Planes by Gileah

Album Name: The Golden Planes
Artist: Gileah
Year/Label: 2005 / Grey Hat Records

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

I was enwrapped by the fourth note. This recording starts out very dreamy, far away sounding…almost tinny. With Gileah’s vocals drifting over the notes gently. Heavenly.

Gileah’s voice is so heart-warming it really has a floating quality to it without being too breathy or wimpy. She seems to hit both low and high notes with no effort. It’s reminiscent of another artist, but I can’t place it. Anyone help?

The songwriting is genius. The songs are sweet and interesting. That is, they don’t always go exactly where you expect. I like that.

She makes use of both piano and guitar (among other instruments) and plays most of them herself.

The only other artist that comes to mind is Tresspassers William. But think less toys. I think it’s the airy voice and swoopy guitar that brings up this comparison. Yet, she doesn’t sound like them, but I think if you like them, you’ll like Gileah.

The whole recording is really very comforting and soothing. If you’re looking for hard rock, you’ll need too look elsewhere. This is a chill out record. This is one that’s going into my personally regular rotation. I love it!

Posted on January 18, 2006

Comments:

Rating: 5 Stars
Comment: I’ve placed reviews wherever they would accept them, all positive. A solid 5 star effort!
name: Frank Gutch Jr. on Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Rating: 5 Stars
Comment: Gileah is an amazing singer who reminds me of another artist…Emiliana Torrini. Her voice sooths my soul & takes me on a musical road trip that I never want to end!
name: Kelly Hanks on Friday, June 9, 2006

Rating: 5 Stars
Comment: I have been an avid Gileah fan since 2000 when she gave me a copy of her first CD. I have long awaited this release. Her voice is indeed reminiscent of another artist, early Jewel. The music is definitely a departure from the meloncholy of her first album. I am no music critic so I will simply say this work is of course brilliant and I patiently look forward to her next.
name: Benjamin Caldwell on Friday, February 3, 2006

Rating: 5 Stars
Comment: Just lovely. She reminds me of the singer from Devics a little.
name: Anna Thursday, February 2, 2006

Track Listing
Listen to track samples
1. The Golden Planes
2. Comfortable
3. Be The One
4. Wrap Your Arms Around Me
5. Medicine
6. White Florida Sun
7. Say You Love Me Still
8. Just
9. C’mon C’mon
10. For Things Beyond

[Gileah Official Site]

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Album Review: Live in Concert by Victoria Lynn

Album Name: Live in Concert
Artist: Victoria Lynn (Schultz)
Year/Label: 2005 / Independent

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

There is some confusion on my part. Her press kit calls her Victoria Lynn Schultz. Her CD says only Victoria Lynn and her website is Victoria Schultz. I think it might be a good idea if she and her people decide what her name is so that people can remember it.

That aside, this is a beautiful recording of harp and vocal music. I’ve always had a fondness for the harp (it even prompted me to buy the new Joanna Newsome CD, but that’s another review). It’s such a beautiful instrument, both looking and sounding.

When I was little I told me mom I wanted to play the harp and she told me that it was really difficult to learn and that it was too big for me. It’s OK, I’m sure it was a fleeting notion and I really was a very small child. But I can certainly enjoy the sound from afar. There’s something about it that sounds so magical.

This is mostly an instrumental CD however there are some operatic vocals on a few tracks. I don’t see the info on the CD so I assume that it’s Victoria singing. Whoever it is has a lovely voice. It’s not my favorite vocal style, but the singer is very talented.

Victoria has toured with The Chieftains and has performed with Josh Groben and Clay Aitkin (though not necessarily together).

This is a wonderful CD for either a dinner party or for just relaxing and listening to every little breath of her harp. Simple and beautiful.

Posted on January 18, 2006

Track Listing
Renaissance Harp
1. Siciliana
2. Dance
3. Tout cede a vos doux appas (with voice)
4. Salterello en Rondeau needs that ‘D’ in Rondeau
5. Bianco Fiore
6. All In a Garden Green
7. Ah! qu’il fait beau (with voice)

Irish Harp
8. Nobody’s Gigge
9. Down by the Sally Gardens
10. Carrickfergus (with voice)
11. Sheebag and Sheemore / Fanny Power
12. On and On (with voice)
13. Foggy Dew
14. Danny Boy (with voice)
15. Kathleen Ashore
16. Cockles and Mussels (with voice)

Original Works
17. Mystic Waters
18. Whisper Dreams

Celtic Suite
19. Avalon Myste
20. Glenaire
21. Heather Dance
22. MackIntosh Gigge / Celtic Journey

[Victoria Lynn Official Site]

Album Review: From the Padded Cell of Suburbia by Apryl Electra

Album Name: rom the Padded Cell of Suburbia
Artist: Apryl Electra
Year/Label: 2006 / Independent

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

This is one instance where the cover image has you expecting something other than what is actually inside. Judging by Apryl Electra’s look I was expecting punk or at least hard-ish rock. But this is actually more of a pop-rock album. A great one at that. I’ve been pretty addicted to it since I first listened.

There’s just enough edge to her music to make her really interesting while still being pretty close to mainstream appeal. Plus she’s a piano player and that’s always appealing to me.

Great strong, yet pleasant voice. The songs are very well written and interesting. The songwriting reminds me a little of Jonatha Brooke (especially on “Kiss the Wind”) but more piano based and with a harder edge.

“Who’s Keeping Score” is kind of discordant and very cool. She puts just enough electronica in to jazz up the songs a little without overpowering them.

This is a great record for those who enjoy well written pop-rock music with great vocals and lots of energy.

Posted on January 18, 2006

Track Listing
Listen to track samples
1. Easy As Pie
2. Kiss the Wind
3. Who’s Keeping Score
4. Tie-On Wings
5. A Little Something
6. Don’t Want It Back
7. All I Know
8. Double Standard
9. Payback
10. Make Me a Lady
11. Slight of Hand
12. Down the Line
13. Close Enough
14. Risk It

[Apryl Electra Official Site]

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