Posts Tagged ‘ Rock ’

Bachman’s ‘Heavy Blues’: Grammy Possibility

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April 17, 2015
Bachman’s ‘Heavy Blues’: Grammy Possibility

First the good news — a solid recording by a totally unappreciated guitar player, who is not on Rolling Stone’s top list. The last song is a blues ballad called “We Need to Talk”, boring at times, does not fit in and fizzles out the album, being the bad news. That said, this album...
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Harry Chapin Inducted Into Acoustic Guitar Hall of Fame

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March 22, 2014
Harry Chapin Inducted Into Acoustic Guitar Hall of Fame

       I am inducting Harry Chapin into The Arts and Entertainment Playground’s Acoustic Guitar Hall of Fame. An amazing guitar player, storyteller songwriter and really great singer that left us way too soon. He was also humanitarian that fought tirelessly for hunger. Coming from Brooklyn, New York, he had some success, but...
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Rick Springfield’s ‘Songs For the End of the World’ is Essential Rock: A Review

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December 29, 2012
Rick Springfield’s ‘Songs For the End of the World’ is Essential Rock: A Review

When chicks were screaming for Rick, I called it Rick ‘n’ Roll. Even those guys that may have thought he wasn’t cool, they were probably jealous. Teen icons come and go, but the latest from Rick is 4++ solid veteran Rock listening. Do not let this get lost in major releases. This is really...
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‘Psychedelic Pill’ — Neil Young is Nearly Perfect

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November 9, 2012
‘Psychedelic Pill’ — Neil Young is Nearly Perfect

By Kenneth E. Oquist ‘Psychedelic Pill’ by Neil Young and Crazy Horse is nearly perfect at 4 and 3/4 stars. The song “Driftin’ Back” at 27+ minutes is nearly an album in itself. The title track is in original and alternate versions. This song does indeed set the tone for all the songs. The...
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Van Morrison — ‘Born to Sing: No Plan B’: A Review

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November 2, 2012
Born to Sing: No Plan B - Van Morrison

If four years seem like a long time between releases for Van Morrison, that is because this is the longest break ever in Van’s long career. The title tune “Born to Sing” is a jazzy workout for Van’s sound these days. I would starve with my voice. I guess I should stick to the...
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Taylor Swift – ‘Red’: A Review

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October 18, 2012
Taylor Swift – ‘Red’: A Review

“We Are Never Ever Gettting Back Together” explodes of moving on big time. Big hit, great song. What else do we have here?  ”22″ is the do it all and see what happens song. This will have mixed results at best. More rock than country here. “Treacherous” is more laid back, but the edge...
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Hank Williams III – Attention Deficit Domination: A Review

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May 31, 2012
Hank Williams III - Attention Deficit Domination

I am very glad to finally hear Attention Deficit Domination. This is the best of Hank Williams III in 2011. His transition to metal/punk rock on this release is quite stunning. Hank may do this as well as the best who do this all the time. Not a song on this does not work....
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Counting Crows – ‘Underwater Sunshine’: A Review

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April 20, 2012
Counting Crows - Underwater Sunshine

By Kenneth E. Oquist I started Counting Crows’ new release Underwater Sunshine with “Return of the Grevious Angel”. Right away, I thought  this was just a “so so” song. The fact is they strayed from sounding like the Counting Crows and I did not care much for it. When they stay on their game, they come...
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Meat Loaf – Hell in a Handbasket: A Review

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March 18, 2012
Meat Loaf - Hell in a Handbasket

As the title suggests, the latest release from Meat Loaf, Hell in a Handbasket, finds the long-time rocker disgruntled — as many of us are at times. Sure it’s a cliche, but it’s not surprising that it is now the title of his new album. I was figuring on the usual fare from Meat...
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Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Wrecking Ball’: Review – Five Stars

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March 4, 2012
Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball

The new single “We Take Care of Our Own” off of Bruce Springsteen’s new album Wrecking Ball is a great Grammy performance. My favorite on this is “Shackled and Drawn”, which not only has a interesting Celtic feel, but a party hangover atmosphere to it. It would be impossible for most to accomplish this,...
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54th Annual Grammy Award Winners

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February 13, 2012
Adele Wins Grammys

By Kenneth E. Oquist Tony Bennett won for Pop Vocal Traditional and Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse for Pop Vocal Duo/Group also won. This is not a huge surprise. Allison Krause won for Bluegrass and Steve Martin did not. Weird Al Yankovic lost to “Hilarious” by Louis C.K..I guess he wasn’t funny enoughfor Best Comedy Album. Wilco...
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Ringo Starr – ‘Ringo 2012′: A Review

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February 10, 2012
Ringo Starr

By Kenneth E. Oquist Once you get over the fact this is under thirty minutes, you will like Ringo Starr’s new release Ringo 2012. “Step Lightly” is redone very well here. From Ringo (1973), this was the b-side of “Oh My My”. The beat had a lilt to it. It’s done quite a bit different...
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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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