Capsule Critiques: New CDs offer variety of music
Some capsule critiques of some CDs that have crossed the entertainment desk:
“Romp” by Chris Duarte Group: A lively collection of original material and some covers provides a some good listening from this blues-rock guitarist. “Do the Romp” gets the disc off to a fast start and “101: keeps it rolling. The group even turns it up a notch on “Like Eric.” They also do an interesting cover of Bob Dylan’s “One More Cup of Coffee.” “Bb Blues” offers a change of pace but proves to be lively in its own right. The group will be playing at Moondog’s in Pittsburgh on Saturday.
“Cigarette Beach” by Grand Buffet: features music by a hip hop duo offering some catchy sones. Some of the better ones are “Barbecue Gloves,” and the catchy “On My God You’re Weird” also with
“Matt and Nate” and “Nate Kuklas’ History of Lemonade.” The disc has a language advisory and the Pittsburgh duo will appear at Clarion University on Tuesday.
“Late Harvest” by Sarah: Offers some original material and a couple of covers and again her voice sells the material. She kicks the disc off with “I Think I Know” and follows it with a good version of “Stand By Me.” It’s a good collection of material with the lilting “Joined at the Wing” and the country-influenced “Pieces of Dreams.” She also has a good version of “Crazy Love” and gives a peek at her inner voice in “Dialogues.” She also does a cover of “Will You Still Love Me.” One other highlight is “Forgive the Moon.”
“Loverland” by the Jeff Pryor Band: This is some very good adult contemporary music offering some lively songs in “Turn Around” and “Affectionate Fools” as well as some slower love songs with “Forever True” and “Raining Love.” The band delivers a smooth “Dream it True” and the soulful lament, “Pull Me Through.” Other highlights include “Melody” and “Ticket to Malibu” as well as a love song duet, “Love Is Gone” and the lively send-off to wrap up the disc, “Loverland.”
“Facing Beloved” by Facing East features a lively blend of Eastern (India) and Western (Europe and North America) music in something unusual but very good. The disc starts off with a joyous, infectious “Continuous Celebration.” “John Beyond” features some very interesting music including vocal percussion, described as the equivalent of “Scat,” performed by Subash Chandran and a flute solo. There is also the lilting “Irish Prelude” leading into “Irish Raga” with a Celtic style flute in a song that is lively yet haunting. “Facing Beloved” features trio playing flute and percussion in a haunting, lonely sound. “Celebration Continuous” wraps up the disc as the second part of the opening number.
“The Spark” by Chris Daniels, the Kings, and Friends: features a variety of musical styles in a disc that some wild good time music. Some of the highlights are the county-influenced “Biggest Heartache on the Block” as well as an infectious song entitled “Jump.” It’s an interesting collection as Daniels says he is returning to his roots with the acoustic guitar as well as his steel guitar. Other keys on the disc are “If I’d Only Taken You Dancing,” “Kelly Jean” and “50/50.”