My Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: Week of 4/4/16

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My Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: Week of 4/4/16

1. Painting of a Panic Attack :: Frightened Rabbit

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Three-Sentence Review: The first few notes begin and I already have all-over emotional prickles dancing across my skin, and I can feel the tears building, teetering on the tips of my eyelashes, threatening (or promising) to fall. This album reminds me why I’m always telling people to listen to Frightened Rabbit, why I’m always throwing songs of them on playlists, and why I can’t stop listening to this new album. The way the songs build, the way the vocals overlap with the musical sounds, and the way the lyrics just rip me to shreds, yeah, this is going to be one of my favorite albums of the year – I can already tell.

Initial Favorite Track(s)Death Dream, Get Out, Wish I was Sober and The Wreck

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

Get Out

2. Cleopatra :: The Lumineers

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Three-Sentence Review: There is something timeless about this album, something that is both world-weary and fresh-and-new, a juxtaposition, or in-between, of emotion and sound. The opening song lends itself to a long road trip, one that has no roundtrip, one that is leading to some kind of change – a long life trip, perhaps. I can’t get enough of the second-to-the-last song, My Eyes – it just gets me, and I get it right back, and yeah, I feel obsessed with it.

Initial Favorite Track(s)Sleep on the Floor, Long Way from Home and My Eyes

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

My Eyes

3. Call It What It Is :: Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

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Three-Sentence Review: An album that starts out with a throwback look at the Los Angeles that I grew up in, and gives a real, peeled back, raw look at the city of “angels”, and a simpler/harder/little bit fucked up time, then yeah, I’m gonna fall fast and hard. I’ve always had a little bit of a thing for Ben Harper, like an on the fringe kinda sonic crush, that may have just moved on up to something bigger, and right in the center of things. Oh, and you should play this album LOUD, yes, like maybe bust the speakers loud…just do it.

Initial Favorite Track(s)When Sex was Dirty, Call It What It Is, Shine and Goodbye to You

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

When Sex was Dirty

4. Wrong Crowd :: Tom Odell

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Three-Sentence Review: I fell for Tom Odell’s music when I first head the song Another Love, in 2013. I was floored by the intensity, the emotional heft, and the power of the lyrics and his vocals, and had to immediately find myself a copy of Long Way Down. Wrong Crowd is the first single – a bit of a teaser – for his upcoming album that I can’t wait for (I can’t wait for his show at Hollywood Forever/Masonic Lodge either – May 6th).

Initial Favorite Track(s): N/A (single)

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4+

Wrong Crowd

5. Turns to Gold :: Gabe Dixon

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Three-Sentence Review: A new discovery for me that I stumbled on via a Twitter mention by Ernie Halter, Gabe Dixon’s new album, Turns to Gold has me curious and right here listening. I am reminded of the Seventies singer-songwriters that I grew up listening to, my pre-teenage musical sensibilities that stuck and stayed well into my adulthood of now, mixed with a more current pop-alternative. He reminds me a lot of Stephen Kellogg, Tony Lucca, America, Elvin Bishop and One Republic.

Initial Favorite Track(s)Holding Her Freedom, Don’t Make Me and Devil & the Deep Blue Sea

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

Holding Her Freedom

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