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US Review: Michael Tracy “Still Got Soul”

5 Apr

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Michael Tracy

Still Got Soul

Review by Gary Hill
If you are looking for outside of the box, super-creative music, you probably will want to steer clear of this. However, if you are looking for a modern artist who is creating classic sounds with great hooks and chops, look no further. Combining classic rock sounds with country and more, this album is really so cool.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2018  Volume 2 at lulu.com/strangesound.

Track by Track Review
Laughter
I dig the cool guitar riff that starts this. The vocals come in over the top in fine fashion. This is a fast paced, hard rocker that has some country in the mix. The chorus is melodic and hook laden. This thing just works so well, making it a great opener.
My Lisa
Less hard-edged than the opener, this is still a rocker. It has more of that roots music, country aspect to it. It’s all tempered with a classy pop rock sound, though. This is another catchy cut.
Still Got Soul
The title track seems to combine bluesy rock with a country element. This cut is full of lyrical references to classic rock songs. Musically it really fits into that category, too. I particularly like the melodic guitar solo on the number.
Call Me Wild
Another cool rocker, there is plenty of Americana in the mix here. This is both catchy and classy. It has some meaty riffing built into it, too.
No More Waiting
A balladic piece at the start, this is another with a real classic musical texture. It builds out to a more rocking take of its musical concepts as it works forward. This really feels like something that would have been at home on the radio in the late 1970s.
Sweet Smile
With a country edge to it, this is a killer rocker. This one could probably qualify as country music these days, but honestly, it’s more of a mainstream rocker. It has some great hooks and riffs. There is even a bit of a rap mid-track.
Savannah Nights
This is more of a balladic cut. It has plenty of country along with classic rock in the mix. It’s a catchy tune with some great musical textures and melodies.
Shake It
The guitar sound that starts this really has a lot of Jimi Hendrix in it. One might expect that we’re about to head out into that type of song. Instead it drops away leaving behind some serious jazz guitar based music. The chorus has more of a raunch and roll vibe to it.
Hopeful
While there are still plenty of classic textures here, this is the most modern pop rocker of the disc. It’s catchy and cool.
Raven
More balladic in nature at the start, this turns toward power ballad later. There is some killer guitar soloing on the number, and it’s a catchy cut on a disc full of catchy music.
Bonus Track

 

Poinsettia Rose
Percussion starts this cut. The track comes in with an old school rockabilly vibe. This is a Christmas tune that really rocks.

 

To order STILL GOT SOUL on iTunes and other services please visit http://smarturl.it/stillgotsoul

To order on Bandcamp please visit https://michaeltracy.bandcamp.com/album/still-got-soul

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Canada Review: MICHAEL TRACY “STILL GOT SOUL”

12 Feb

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Germany Review: Michael Tracy “Still Got Soul”

17 Jan

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Michael Tracy / Still Got Soul – CD Review

Artist: Michael | Tracy Label: Self-Produced Music Style: AOR , Melodic Rock , Stadium Rock

Michael Tracy / Still Got Soul 

Translated:

In 2011, Michael Tracy started his musical career as a singer / songwriter. That was on the occasion of a live performance in Charlotte, North Carolina. Already in the same year appeared the first album, “Enough Small Talk”. Four more records followed and now there is the new, “Still Got Soul”.

Tracy presents wonderful melodic old school rock full of harmonies and predominantly beautiful sound in widescreen format. A rich sound reminiscent of musicians like John Mellencamp , Bob Seger , Tom Petty,and occasionally coupled with the kind of music presented by Boston or Asia . This has resulted in a combination of typical eighties rock with an occasional touch of Westcoast Rock. Here you can listen well and relaxed and feel good.

Over the course of the season you will be confronted with different moods. From typical mainstream rock, melodic rock, it goes to varieties of arena rock, mostly on the bottom of the classic rock. Basically, it is mainly Adult Orientated Rock (AOR), which is sometimes fuller and stronger, sometimes gentler and more melodic, but always with the certain hooklines, pleasantly flowing in the solar plexus. With an expressive, if not necessarily powerful voice, which is often accompanied by background vocals, the singer Tracy creates a harmonic mood and more than once the eighties seem to be quoted, as the title song says:

»I still remember in ’81
I saw that Lucy in the sky and I was done
So now I dust off my old 45s
Here I am like I was 10 playing records thru the night«

“It’s been a long time since I rock n ‘roll
Got no faith but I still got soul
Might of been lost along the way
But I’m not afraid of yesterday.”

Anyway, you can feel how much Tracy is standing behind the songs with his soul and heart, always eager to convince a pleasant sound that quickly grabs and takes you as a listener. So the pleasing compositions have succeeded, albeit no masterpieces, but with a guarantee for a beautiful listening experience.


Line-up Michael Tracy:

Michael Tracy (vocals, all instruments)
Brock Whitfield (drums, except – # 11)

Tracklist “Still Got Soul”:

  1. Laughter (3:11)
  2. My Lisa (4:11)
  3. Still Got Soul (3:29)
  4. Call Me Wild (3:47)
  5. No More Waiting (3:57)
  6. Sweet Smile (3:20)
  7. Savannah Night (3:48)
  8. Shake It (3:11)
  9. Hopeful (3:26)
  10. Raven (4:32)
  11. Poinsettia Red (Bonus Track) (2:26)

(All songs written by Michael Tracy and Sahaj Ticotin )

Total playing time: 39:27, release year: 2017

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Portugal Review: Jennifer Saran “Wake Up”

16 Jan

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Reviews – August 2017 (I)

Wake Up (Jeniffer Saran)

(2017, Tarpan Records)

Translated:

Jennifer Saran is a very prolific artist. After her debut with a Christmas album, Merry Christmas You Are Loved (2015), she released Walk With Me in 2016 and already has a new album on the market. Named Wake Up, the Hong Kong-based American singer returns to work with respected Narada Michael Walden to present 15 tracks where she joins versions of her favorite artists ( Patty PageDoris DayBill Withers and George Michael ) to a set of original pop Alternative and contemporary adult music. Highlights for the collaborations of the South African choral group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the legendary Carlos Santana. ( 4.7 / 6 )

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US Review: Ray Vaughn “Wounded Bird”

15 Jan

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Vaughn, Ray: Wounded Bird

A musical child of the late 70s, singer and guitarist Ray Vaughn was a founding member of punk art rockers Hostages before going on to bring avant-garde outfit Die Bosa Nova to bare on an unsuspecting audience. However by 1992 Vaughn was off the scene, another in the many who seemed destined to make a long lasting mark, retreating into obscurity. A surprise solo return, Way Down Low, appeared in 2013, a singer-songwriter approach finding Vaughn still sharp in attack and tough in outlook. Wounded Bird is the follow up, Vaughn still shining a light on the modern world and the issues hitting it, while offering up equally shuddering musical backing. Aided by a band made up of James DePrato (Chuck Prophet) on guitar and mandolin, Ed Rawlings (Hostage) on electric guitar, Kevin T White (Chuck Prophet) on bass and Prairie Prince (The Tubes, Todd Rundgren) on drums, it should come as little surprise that the spiky, urgent rock music Vaughn serves up, is tight and focused, while still holding a real vibrancy.

Vocally Vaughn may be an acquired taste, his unconventional Jello Biafra meets Tom Petty attack never the most precise missile, although in terms of attitude it hits the bull’s eye every time. And that’s key here, if you’re looking for the honest, but sometimes easy ride that many guys like Bruce Springsteen or Jackson Browne provide, you need to take Vaughn’s punk background into account when you approach Wounded Bird.A cover of New Order’s “True Faith” is barely recognisable and yet it hits hard and gets it point across, while the uneasy country vibes of “Change In Latitude” soothe and unsettle in equal measure. However it’s through the controlled anarchy of “Human Calculator” and hustle bustle of “Wounded Bird” where Vaughn and his chums really take their strongest swipes, the former sharp and jagged with a no compromise stare, the latter injecting a real sense of urgency. That said, with “Been Away Too Long” infusing an off kilter R.E.M. judder and “Rain” a controlled call for help, there really aren’t many moments in this relatively short CD that don’t, given time, pull you into Ray Vaughn’s way of thinking.He may be a Wounded Bird, but with his latest album, Ray Vaughn is still flying high.
Track Listing
1. Human Calculator
2. Wounded Bird
3. True Faith
4. Change in Latitude
5. Song for You
6. Been Away Too Long
7. Rain
8. It Happened on Willow Street

Added: January 1st 2018
Reviewer: Steven Reid
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US Review: Lindsay Bellows “Wake To Dream”

14 Nov

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Music In Belgium Review: Indubious “From Zero” (translated)

18 Oct

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“The story of the Indubious group is not made for sensitive souls. Like a phoenix rising from his ashes, Indubious was forged in pain. Evton and Skip, brothers in life and partners on the stage, born with cystic fibrosis and condemned by doctors to an imminent death from an early age, emerged as a powerful force for change and the future of music consciousness. Their new album “From Zero” features legendary guests: dancehall icon SizzlaVaughn Benjamin (formerly Midnite and Akae Beka ) and singer Reggae / R & B Zahira Soul. From Zero is a mix of conscious dancehall, reggae roots with a high level production. All songs were written, produced and designed by Indubious and published on their own label Righteous Sound Productions.

Based in Southern Oregon, Indubious has released three albums in recent years, including “Wake The Lion” , produced by pioneer EDM / Dub / Reggae Gaudi. From Zero was produced and recorded entirely by Evton and Skip, and it shows an astonishing rise in sound and production, while maintaining an emphasis on their reggae roots. The new album covers many genres, including dancehall, reggae roots, electronica, and even alt-pop, while highlighting the positive messages that have made the band known.”

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To purchase or preview “From Zero,” please visit: http://smarturl.it/fromzero

For more information about FROM ZERO or upcoming tour dates, please visit the INDUBIOUS website and social media pages via http://www.indubiousmusic.com/

For Booking inquiries please email booking@indubiousmusic.com

For Press and Interview inquiries please contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR:  (828) 350-8158 or glassonyonpr@gmail.com 

For Reggae Marketing or Radio please contact King I-Vier at Independent Distribution Collective: kingivier@gmail.com

For Digital Marketing please contact Jerome Forney at Independent Distribution Collective: jerome@independentdistro.com

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