Album Reviews
by Tom Beninate
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Artist: Joanna Newsom
Album:
Divers
Year Released: 2015
Rating:

This original recording is one notch away from mainstream and represents a cool break from today's tedious tunes. Newsom's vocals are right on despite her shrill upper register which will vibrate the wax out of your ears. This is not a collection of hits. It is an album of art.
Key Songs: "Leaving The City", "Goose Eggs", "Divers", Same Old Man", Time, As A ...".
Artist: One Direction
Album:
Made In The A.M.
Year Released: 2015
Rating:

This hugely successful band released another dud, yet continues to make a lot of money. There are no hooks, no art, and no originality. This record makes you wonder about the state and influence of the big record companies..
Key Songs: "Perfect", "What A feeling".
Artist: Selena Gomez
Album:
Revival
Year Released: 2015
Rating:

If you want to release an album written by committee, then get a good committee. The very talented Gomez struck out here because these tracks are too trivial, dull and predictable.
Key Songs: *none*.
Artist: Demi Lovato
Album:
Confident
Year Released: 2015
Rating:

The barely average key song on this record cannot support the other ten tracks. I am confident that this record will not be a collector's item ten years from now.
Key Songs: "Cool For The Summer".
Artist: Alabama Shakes
Album:
Boys And Girls
Year Released: 2012
Rating:

Their sound is a throwback to the 1960s and 1970s. The songwriting is fairly good. Brittany Howard's emotionally-charged vocals float on top of clever rhythms and rubbernecking hooks. None of these songs are predicable
Key Songs: "Hold On", "You Ain't Alone", "Be Mine".
Artist: Don Henley
Album:
Cass County
Year Released: 2015
Rating:

Henley and coauthors wrote ten songs all of which are revisited iterations of his past work. These tunes are fun to listen to but lack new creativity. Unfortunately for him, he did not write the best two tracks (listed below).
Key Songs: "Bramble Rose", "When I Stop Dreaming".
Artist: Billy F. Gibbons
Album:
Perfectamundo
Year Released: 2015
Rating:

Gibbons is partying with his buddies on this one. There is no new music here and certainly nothing original. The jamming is cool, but you would be better off spinning some of those old ZZ Top records..
Key Songs: "You're What's Happening, Baby".
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Artist: Rod Stewart
Album:
Another Country
Year Released: 2015
Rating:

Stewart improved upon his previous release by writing ten better songs. Additionally, there are two cover tunes. If you have the actual CD, you can read some interesting comments about each song in the accompanying booklet.
Key Songs: "Please", "The Drinking Song".
Artist: Janet Jackson
Album:
Unbreakable
Year Released: 2015
Rating:

The big vocal talent, Jackson, wrote seventeen tracks for this record. The key tracks shine, where as the rest lack depth. The mood is well-balanced in these smooth, relaxed, and up-tempo songs.
Key Songs: "The Great Forever", "After You Fall", "Take Me Away".
Artist: Avicii
Album:
Stories
Year Released: 2015
Rating:

Although it is not used as often as in his previous release, this guy cannot get away from the values and theme used in "Wake Me Up". Here, the verses are different on many tracks and the vocalists are mostly different, but the songs are similar. They do not rise above the crowd.
Key Songs: "Ten More Days"