Posts Tagged ‘ Kenneth E. Oquist ’

Tim McGraw – ‘Emotional Traffic’: A Review

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January 30, 2012
Tim McGraw - Emotional Traffic

Missing the big Christmas music blast wasn’t a bad thing for Tim McGraw. With big name releases being few and far between early in the year, his new release ‘Emotional Traffic’ really stands out. I liked the title of this right away. “Felt Good on My Lips” has an interesting alternative guitar sound. One...
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Preview: Bruce Springsteen’s 17th Studio Album ‘Wrecking Ball’

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January 29, 2012
Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball

Song titles for the March 6th, 2012 release of Bruce Springsteen’s 17th studio album ‘Wrecking Ball’ are the new single “We Take Care of Our Own”, which sounds haunting — like a song from Springtsteen’s earlier releases ‘Born to Run’ or ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’. After hearing this, I can say I...
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Dia Frampton – Red: A Review

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January 12, 2012
Dia Frampton - Red

If January is weighing heavy on you, perhaps you should lighten the load with Dia Frampton. I had her new release ‘Red’ on the back burner, but when I heard  it, I wanted to analyze this further.  Move this up on the playlist in a hurry if you know what is good for you....
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Sergio Mendes – Confetti: A Retro Review

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January 8, 2012
Sergio Mendes - Confetti

Sergio Mendes’ classic release ‘Confetti’ has been much under appreciated due to the heavy Adult Contemporary focus. To some it is not Latin enough. Most of the airplay he gets in the U.S. is from Easy Listening or Adult Contemporary stations, so this thinking makes little sense. The minor Top 40 hit, featuring Joe...
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Popular Releases: Florence + the Machine’s ‘Ceremonials’ and Coldplay’s ‘Mylo Xyloto’

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December 23, 2011
Florence + the Machine - Ceremonials

Florence + the Machine’s new release ‘Ceremonials’ (Deluxe Edition) features the song “Heartlines” in a jungle beat form with a mind blowing ambient sound and a bonus acoustic version which is vastly different. This is about the lines on your palm. “Bedroom Hymns” has a killer ambience along with an intriguing beat. “Shake it Out”...
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Cage Rages With ‘Supremacy of Steel’: A Review

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December 20, 2011
Cage - Supremacy of Steel

Eye popping album artwork still lives, and the cover of Cage’s new release ‘Supremacy of Steel’ is a fine example. The standout  track “Braindead Woman”, apparently a previously unreleased song now revived, is fast paced, quirky, and excellent Metal. If Metal is dead, Cage doesn’t know or care. Powered with some hot lead guitar, ”Blood Steel”...
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Michael Franks – ‘Objects of Desire’ and Others Reissued

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December 17, 2011
Michael Franks - Objects of Desire

Having been unavailable for a long while, the reissue of Michael Franks’ ‘Objects of Desire’ is a welcome surprise. While songs such as “Tahitian Moon” and “Love Duet” have been available for some time, and are spectacular examples of how good this is, they leave you wanting more. Now ‘Objects of Desire’ is here...
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The Black Keys – El Camino: A Review

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December 7, 2011
The Black Keys

By Kenneth E. Oquist Just in time for the end of the holiday releases is the latest from the Black Keys — El Camino. “Lonely Boy” is the first single. This is too good to get overlooked by radio. This song has rockin’ guitars, funky drums, and an infectious chorus of background singers bleating...
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Hot Chelle Rae – ‘Whatever’: A Review

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December 2, 2011
Hot Chelle Rae - Whatever

“Tonight, Tonight” from Hot Chelle Rae’s new release ‘Whatever’ has been available in several different versions for awhile. It has also been a chart favorite this year. Following in those footsteps could be the match up with New Boyz’ “I Like it Like That”. “Tonight, Tonight” is a great example of rap being good...
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Nickelback – ‘Here and Now’: A Review

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November 27, 2011
Nickelback

By Kenneth E. Oquist Starting out this mad rush to the holidays is Nickelback with their latest release ‘Here and Now’. “This Means War” has an “unable to get along” mentality to it. The Pop/Rock of “Lullaby” shows the mass appeal of Nickelback and is just simply a really good song. “Midnight Queen” is...
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Kate Bush – ’50 Words For Snow’: A Review

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November 26, 2011
Kate Bush - 50 Words For Snow

By Kenneth E. Oquist You know you are in for a treat when the shortest song from Kate Bush on her new release ’50 Words For Snow’ is 6:49. That would be the song “Among Angels”. Piano, vocals and strings added on the second half pretty much sum up this track. The title track...
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Lost Gems: The Delfonics – ‘Sound of Sexy Soul’

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November 14, 2011
The Delfonics - The Sound of Sexy Soul

With “Ready or Not Here I Come” only getting to #35 for one week in January 1969, The Delfoncs’ Sound of Sexy Soul is a prime example of an overlooked classic by a largely overlooked artist. Sure there was “Didn’t I” on their self titled release, and “La La Means I Love You” on...
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Toby Keith – ‘Clancy’s Tavern’ Deluxe Edition: A Review

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November 7, 2011
Toby Keith - Clancy's Tavern

The first single “Made in America” off of Toby Keith’s new release ‘Clancy’s Tavern’ is a pretty good song that has been out awhile. It has a nice sentiment, but I personally cannot buy all American products. “I Need to Hear a Country Song” finds Toby in need of a Country song, and staying mostly...
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