CD Reviews

Sugarcones inspire with sweet debut

Sugarcones inspire with sweet debut

A Rhode Island pop rock band fronted by the ubiquitous Malyssa Bellarosa, Sugarcones slap out eight fun tracks and a couple of radio edits on their eponymous debut CD. Leading on guitar as well as vocals, Bellarosa remains an enigmatic centerpiece in these songs that rock out with a unique sound and a tight crispness. […]

The Greg Silva Trio + 1 offer exceptionally good jazz on Her Autumn Sky

The Greg Silva Trio + 1 offer exceptionally good jazz on Her Autumn Sky

The Greg Silva Trio + 1 offers a particularly fine jazz album on their new Her Autumn Sky. Silva’s upright bass continues to drive things along with smooth sensation and understated grace. His tender, plaintive vocal moves through a few numbers with its own je ne sais quoi. Drummer Randy Cloutier gives everything his own […]

The Joshua Incident reaches higher artistic level with Ghosts In The Company Barn

The Joshua Incident reaches higher artistic level with Ghosts In The Company Barn

The Joshua Incident’s latest album Ghosts In The Company Barn is even mellower, quieter than their previous release, Red. Yet, this Portsmouth, New Hampshire band has reached even higher artistic levels, writing and recording songs that reach the true sublime quality of genuine American folk music. Within these gentle woven musical statements and warmly crooned songs, are […]

Matt York successfully mines darker territory on Between The Bars

Matt York successfully mines darker territory on Between The Bars

The online version of south shore-based Matt York’s new Between The Bars CD features nine very allluring and very mysterious tracks. The songwriter in York mines the darker territory of the human heart while pulling something more meaningful back up for the listener. His vocal delivery is always keenly aware of the song’s setting, and […]

Mark Cutler has arrived with Travel Light album

Mark Cutler has arrived with Travel Light album

Mark Cutler’s latest album Travel Light marks another fine release from this Rhode Island roots rocker. Here, he’s as smooth as Jack Daniels at the microphone. The musicians around him create a weave of rustic, acoustic notes and snaky electric instrumentation. Together, it’s a strong package of music from an Americana singer-songwriter who just keeps getting better and better.

Girls Guns & Glory take things to a higher level on Love And Protest

Girls Guns & Glory take things to a higher level on Love And Protest

Girls Guns & Glory have got their country flavored rock and roll down pat. The 12 songs on their latest Love And Protest album indicate the ease with which they can travel in two lanes, rock and country, at once. Love And Protest displays a rock and roll attitude, aggression, and structure while offering a huge variety of real purty country music idioms.

Live At Club 39 album cover

Amadee Castenell spreads his legend with Live At Club 39 album

Amadee Castenell has been a storied musician in New England for many years now. Many area players have invited the flutist-saxophonist to play on their CDs. Many have invited him to play at their jams and to sit in at their shows. Castenell’s Live At Club 39 is not a recording of a show but a recording of Castenell and friends playing live at Club 39 Recording Studio in Sudbury, Massachusetts. Some of these tracks were cut in just one take and their freshness makes them feel like they’re jumping right of the stereo speakers.

Ilana Katz Katz takes things to a higher level on Subway Stories

Ilana Katz Katz takes things to a higher level on Subway Stories

Ilana Katz Katz is a fast rising star in the greater-Boston/New England blues scene. Her last two album whet the regional crowd’s appetite. Her numerous live appearances, including many in the city’s Red Line subway station, have heightened her sense of presence. This third album, produced by Barry Levenson of Canned Heat fame, manages to preserve the integrity of Katz’s Appalachian folk and Delta blues influences and techniques while offering a hipper, edgier vibe this time around. She co-wrote with Levenson most of the songs while interspersing a few tasteful traditional ballads.

Linda Marks succeeds on all levels with Singer/Songwriter album

Linda Marks succeeds on all levels with Singer/Songwriter album

Linda Marks’ second release this year, Singer/Songwriter, shows more of her pop ballad side than her more jazz oriented Say Yes To Love, released last September. Like the previous album, Marks displays vocals that soar, rising up to a high register, waving in her breezy numbers like a flag of musical beauty. She also reaches the listener’s soft spot each time with her insightful lyrics.