Ray Davies: Americana [Album Review]
Apr26

Ray Davies: Americana [Album Review]

Ray Davies Americana Sony/Legacy Recrodings [2017] Fire Note Says: Kinks’ rocker Ray Davies joins with alt-country Jayhawks to take a musical journey through the wild west, sorting reality from fantasy in pursuit of the American Dream Album Review: Ray Davies, 73, is still best remembered for a pop song he wrote and recorded with the Kinks in 1964, “You Really Got Me,” which was covered successfully by Van Halen in 1978. Davies...

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Chris Shiflett: West Coast Town [Album Review]
Apr24

Chris Shiflett: West Coast Town [Album Review]

Chris Shiflett West Coast Town SideOneDummy Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Foo Fighter’s Chris Shiflett’s high octane approach emphasizes the rock in country rock. Album Review: If you didn’t know that the Foo Fighter’s lead guitarist Chris Shiflett had also played with Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, the country rock direction on his latest solo album would come as a big surprise. As a member of punk rock’s favorite spoof cover band...

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Robert Randolph & The Family Band: Got Soul [Album Review]
Apr19

Robert Randolph & The Family Band: Got Soul [Album Review]

Robert Randolph & The Family Band Got Soul Sony Masterworks [2017] Fire Note Says: Nothing else sounds like the mysterious pedal steel guitar in the hands of Robert Randolph, who mixes blues, gospel, R&B with jam band rock on his latest studio outing. Album Review: Fifteen years ago, Robert Randolph and his Family Band burst into rock music consciousness with Live at the Wetlands — a concert album of the band’s final...

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Aimee Mann: Mental Illness [Album Review]
Apr13

Aimee Mann: Mental Illness [Album Review]

Aimee Mann Mental Illness Superego [2017] Fire Note Says: Aimee Mann returns to her most comfortable acoustic folk/pop surroundings. Album Review: If Aimee Mann had another pop/rock band album in her after the break-up of her 80’s breakout as vocalist and bassist with the band ‘Til Tuesday, she got that out of her system with Ted Leo on the duo’s one release in 2014 (“The Both” by The Both), producing one of the best...

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Craig Finn: We All Want The Same Things [Album Review]
Apr10

Craig Finn: We All Want The Same Things [Album Review]

Craig Finn We All Want The Same Things Partison Records [2017] Fire Note Says: The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn finds his own voice, a stark story teller juxtaposing a bleak world view with uplifting music. Album Review: Craig Finn’s songs, with his band The Hold Steady and on his two previous solo releases, have always felt like short stories set to music, but never before in the spoken word narrative style of “God in Chicago.” Over...

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