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My Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: Week of August 21, 2015

1. Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied :: The Fratellis

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Three-Sentence Review: Oh The Fratellis, how I have been longing for a new album of songs from this band. I still obsessively love and listen to Costello Music (their debut) and am quite fond of Here We Stand and We Need Medicine, but I have to say, Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied may replace them all as my absolute favorite. Complex, charismatic, melodic, genre-crossing, lyrically rich, and just all-around wonderful – I am so loving this album!

Initial Favorite Track(s): Me and the Devil, Imposters (Little by Little) and Baby Don’t You Lie to Me! (and the ENTIRE album!)

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

Baby Don’t You Lie to Me!

2. Positive Songs for Negative People :: Frank Turner

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Three-Sentence Review: Folk-Punk at its very best, Frank Turner makes me want to scream and shout, dance until I tear my dress (like a “rebel, rebel”) and always makes me feel better. The album was produced by Butch Walker, one of my favorite singer-songwriter-producers, and I can feel Butch’s live music energy in this recorded album, if that makes sense. This album feels celebratory, it is infused with release and exclamation, and when I play it loudly, and sing-a-long, it is a cathartic experience.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Get Better, Glorious You and Josephine

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

Get Better

3. Carry the Ghost :: Noah Gundersen

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Three-Sentence Review: Majestically melancholic in that way that sometimes my heart needs, and so completely gorgeous, Carry the Ghost is definitely a “haunter” of an album. Reminiscent of Band of Horses, Ryan Adams and David Ramirez, as well as some Seventies rock that I adore, the songs on this album dig in deep, under the skin, and in those fragile bits of self where so much emotion lies. I am going to be listening, and loving, this album for a long, long time, I can already tell.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Slow Dancer, Halo (Disappear/Reappear) and Heartbreaker

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

Slow Dancer

4. Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats

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Three-Sentence Review: Delicious blues that are sexy and strong and edgy and just damn fine to listen to. Peppered with Old-Timey Country, Americana, Soul and Rock and Roll, this is a must hear album in the “new soul” genre. If this doesn’t make you want to dance, and take someone home with you (or take the person you are with to bed), then I don’t know what will.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Howling at Nothing, S.O.B. and I’ll Be Waiting

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

S.O.B.

5. The Making Of :: The Bohicas

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Three-Sentence Review: A little bit 90’s Power Pop, a little bit 90’s Brit Pop, and a lot catchy is the new release from the he Essex quartet, The Bohicas. There are a lot of influences going on here, and some of this has to do with producers that worked on the album, Mark Rankin (Queens Of The Stone Age), Chris Hughes (Tears For Fears) and Oli Bayston (Toy). This is good for late Summer, make you want to dance around and scream-sing-a-long listening.

Initial Favorite Track(s): I Do It For Your Love, Swarm and XXX

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

Swarm

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