Album Reviews
by Tom Beninate
Artist: David Guetta
Album:
Listen
Year Released: 2014
Rating:

The basic songwriting is better than average here. However, Guetta shoehorns almost all of these tunes into the same formula that dovetails into a small section emphasizing an EDM beat. Now, that's not bad in itself, but almost every "EDM section" sounds the same. That's too bad because with the finer orchestrations featured, some tracks simply want to be built out on their own merits. And this would make a much better album.
Key Songs: "Lovers On The Sun", "Dangerous", "What I Did For Love".
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Artist: P!nk
Album:
The Truth About Love
Year Released: 2012
Rating:

A few radio hits, some "B" tunes, and a couple of clunkers are on this refreshingly good record. The vocals are gutsy and pristine and the engineering is perfect.
Key Songs: "Lights", "Your Song". P!nk gives 100 percent on every track and so you really can't go wrong with this CD.
Key Songs: "Try", "Just Give Me a Reason", "The Great Escape".
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Artist: Ginger Baker
Album:
Why?
Year Released: 2014
Rating:

Why? Why not? Ginger Baker and company are having a lot of fun on this one. The songs are not great but the performances are organic with a professional level of wobbliness. There are no big sound effects, in-your-face kick drums or ProTools comping. Baker, who in the past keep timing on some big hits simply relaxes on these interesting jazz instrumentals.
Key Songs: *Listen to all of them*
Artist: Colbie Caillat
Album:
Gypsy Heart
Year Released: 2014
Rating:

There is only one key song on this album and of course it is "Try". Most of the other tunes are too mediocre and formulated to be considered. Other than that, Caillat's somewhat timid vocals sound right and fit well into the mix
Key Songs: "Try.
Artist: Phillip Phillips
Album:
Behind The Light
Year Released: 2014
Rating:

Phillips' new material moves forward from his previous release. However, a number of tracks use material that is highly borrowed from that last album. Interestingly, he sounds even more like Dave Matthews here than previously. You also get some nice complimentary string arrangements
Key Songs: "Raging Fire", "Trigger".
Artist: Jackson Browne
Album:
Standing In The Breach
Year Released: 2014
Rating:

These days a lot of disappointing records are released from well known songwriters who in the past have written very good tunes. This is Jackson Browne's "whatever" effort. Browne and company may have had fun recording these songs. But they are a bit dull and uninspiring and often remind us parts of tunes previously released.
Key Songs: *None*
Artist: FKA Twigs
Album:
LP1
Year Released: 2014
Rating:

If you can get past some high school baloney lyrics and Twigs' occasional high pitched screeching, you will find more art and originality than on this year's top ten records combined. Although the tracks are not great, they certainly are interesting. Do yourself a favor. Turn off you phone for the 41 minutes required to listen to this one.
Key Songs: "Video Girl", "Closer".
Artist: Fall Out Boy
Album:
American Beauty/American Psycho
Year Released: 2015
Rating:

They guys have a nice and tight polished pop sound. Their songwriting tends to be narrow. Occasionally they break out of that rut. If they pushed themselves away from the center of top 40 they just might create something more interesting and unique.
Key Songs: "Centuries"
Artist: Sharon Van Etten
Album:
Are We There
Year Released: 2014
Rating:

Van Etten approached this slowpaced album (mostly) about relationships from a unique perspective. The organic arrangements are interesting though a bit sleepy. Her emotional and somewhat wavering vocals fit nicely into each track. The biggest issue is too many tunes sound alike.
Key Songs: "Taking Chances", "Everytime The Sun Comes Up".
Artist: John Fogerty
Album:
Wrote A Song For Everyone
Year Released: 2013
Rating:

I usually do not review greatest hits or compilation albums but this one is a bit different. Big time songwriter John Fogerty actually (and uncharacteristically) shares the spotlight with a different act on each of these songs. It would have been nice had he learned to do that in the CCR days. Anyway, these arrangements are fresh and interesting.
Key Songs: *Too Many To List*
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