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Matthews Band, Dave - come tomorrow [2018]
Endlich, nach sechs langen Jahren: Ein neues Studioalbum der Dave Matthews Band - handwerklich und musikalisch wieder auf höchstem Niveau. Sehr starke Vorstellung!

Hier ein Original U.S.-Review:

At some point in time a wise human accurately stated that what makes us happy are the little things. I’ll circle around to this sentence later on. For now, happy FriYAY, it’s a Dave Matthews Band album release Friday, so indeed, YAY! Come Tomorrow is the ninth chapter in the storied career of these jam-band Virginia legends, and the first offering since 2012’s Away From The World. Clocking in at roughly 55 minutes, this LP arrives at a time of need for balance and soothing simplistic stories that drift us away from the feather ruffling of everyday Hollywood and politics. Not that there is anything simple about Dave Matthews and his mates, but their complex sound does calm and bring smiles to those willing to delve in.
As previously stated, little things. It figures as we get older, people tend to find joy in everyday occurrences. Let’s not talk about government or our divided neighbors, let’s shy away from the music industry beefs and the unfair turbulence caused by the rich few. These topics have there importance, of course, but sometimes we just need a break. That is where Dave Matthews and the gang’s new offering chimes in. Come Tomorrow is a record about the simple things. Relatable material. In a world that’s taken a turn to Kafkaesque settings, Dave Matthews is another voice reminding us that maybe we could take a step back and enjoy – say it with me – the little things.
Album opener “Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin),” titled after a sub-par film released in 1991 with a cool title, is a drums-n-guitar driven power-ballad focused on the hopeful purity that overtakes us when a newborn arrives. By contrast, “Do You Remember” is an upbeat swanky mix of playful strings and horns that reflects on our time on this fickle Earth and what love is supposed to look like. Namesake “Come Tomorrow” is a mid-paced tune of both optimism and acquiesce. Croons Matthews “An old man spat and cursed as he spoke // It’s all going to hell and the whole world is broken // The little kid is busy making plans // To save the whole world // Along with that old man,” to a future generation that takes the reins and looks to fix our past missteps – at least that is the plan.
Material from yesteryear shines through on Come Tomorrow as well. The late great Mr. LeRoi Moore‘s notorious horns make a cameo on straight-out-of-the-vault anthems “Can’t Stop” and “Idea of You.” Rounding out the stronger core are the funky soul trappings of “Again and Again” and the longing tales of childhood on the maturely suave “Virginia In The Rain.” Nonetheless, the spectacular apotheosis within Come Tomorrow rests in the unlikely “That Girl Is You.” A tune detailing a casual meet cute that plays simple enough by tune, but is high and mighty through a seldom used gritty-falsetto from Matthews. This is Dave like you have never heard him before – and it is refreshing.
Overall, Come Tomorrow is a sane and vulnerable album. No outlandish statements are made and much of the material comes across as organic and synced. Per usual, Rashawn, Stefan, Carter, and the rest of the gang play it tight, play it right, and create beauty within the elation of sheer musicianship. There are no auto-tunes or computerized gimmicks of enhancement. Come Tomorrow is just a bunch of gifted artists making simple themed jams in a world looking to save itself, from itself. You know, the little things. Cheers!
(Andrés Alvarado/Loudsound Magazine)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin) - 4:22
2. Can't Stop - 4:43
3. Here On Out - 3:18
4. That Girl Is You - 3:16
5. She - 3:51
6. Idea Of You - 4:44
7. Virginia In The Rain - 6:09
8. Again And Again - 4:25
9. bkdkdkdd - 0:27
10. Black And Blue Bird - 3:33
11. Come On Come On - 4:39
12. Do You Remember - 4:17
13. Come Tomorrow - 4:46
14. When I'm Weary - 1:56

Art-Nr.: 9640
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Montgomery Gentry - here's to you [2018]
Finales Album ges großartigen Country-/New Country-/Countryrock-Duos. Das Album wurde kurz bevor Troy Gentry bei einem tragischen Hubschrauber-Absturz im September des letzten Jahres ums Leben kam eingespielt und stellt das Werk zum 20-jährigen Jubiläum der beiden dar. Eddie Montgomery vergleicht es, wie er jetzt betonte, ein wenig mit dem seinerzeitigen Debutalbum "Tattoos & Scars". Wie dem auch sei, es ist ein typisches Montgomery Gentry-Album mit klasse Songs, mal rockig, mal balladesk, so wie wir es von den Beiden kennen. Ihre Musik wird immer weiterleben.

Aus der offiziellen Produktbeschreibung:

Just days before Troy Gentry passed away in a tragic helicopter accident in 2017, he and longtime musical partner Eddie Montgomery wrapped this album, their ninth in a 20-year career. It feels fitting, then, that Here’s to You sounds like some of their earliest cuts from Tattoos & Scars: raw, rollicking, laced with witty one-liners. The subjects are also classic Montgomery Gentry—there are bar anthems ( “Drink Along Song”), freedom tributes (“That’s the Thing About America”), and odes to small-town values (“Get Down South”). Be sure to listen to “Better Me,” a brave, tear-jerking ballad about picking yourself up that Gentry brings home beautifully.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Shotgun Wedding - 3:21
2. Better Me - 3:26
3. Needing a Beer - 3:44
4. What'cha Say We Don't - 3:40
5. Crazies Welcome - 3:37
6. Get Down South - 3:14
7. Drive on Home - 3:05
8. Feet Back on the Ground - 3:19
9. Drink Along Song - 3:06
10. King of the World - 2:49
11. That's the Thing About America - 3:48
12. All Hell Broke Loose - 3:42

Art-Nr.: 9578
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Ray, Michael - amos [2018]
Nach den beachtlichen Erfolgen mit seinem Debut von 2015 legt der aus Florida stammende Michael Ray nun sein zweites Album vor, das ihn noch einmal deutlich weiterentwickelt und gereift zeigt. Nach seinem Großvater "Amos" betitelt, der ihn musikalisch stark geprägt hat, liefert Michael 11 großartige New Country-/Mainstream Country-Songs voller Nashville Hit-Potential ab, ohne dabei allerdings allzu sehr auf elektronischen und Country-fremden "Schnickschnack" zu setzen, was das Ganze äußerst angenehm macht. Nein, er setzt auf ehrliche, "handgemachte" New Country-Musik, die sehr erfrischend rüberkommt. Großen Anteil daran hat sicher auch Produzenten-Ikone Scott Hendricks (u. a. Blake Shelton, Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, Restless Heart), der eben einen unverfälsxhten, zeitlosen, dabei alles andere als unmodernen, klaren Sound bevorzugt. Das Songmaterial reicht von rockigen Uptempo-Nummern bis hin zu wunderbaren, kraftvollen Balladen, immer geprägt von Michael's toller Stimmer, prächtig hängen bleibenden Strukturen und einer vielschichtigen, satten Instrumentierung. "Amos" ist die nächste Erfolgsgeschichte von Michael Ray. Bester, niveauvoller New Country im musikalischen Umfeld solcher Kollegen wie Blake Shelton, Jon Pardi, Chris Young, Justin Moore & Co..

Hier noch ein Original U.S.-Review:

There’s something noteworthy about what Michael Ray brings to the table on his new album, Amos. Maybe it’s the spirit of his beloved grandfather that Ray personifies in the album’s namesake, but Amos is more than just a body of country songs – it’s a symbol of Ray’s growth as an artist. Since Ray topped the chart in 2016 with “Think a Little Less,” he’s proven that Amos was worth the wait, drawing in one’s attention with his compelling voice and convincing delivery that makes for his most dynamic project to date.
The timing of the album’s summer release is a perfect match for the feel-good vibe that’s weaved throughout Amos’ spirit, as evidenced by the nostalgic “Summer Water,” lively “Fan Girl,” flirtatious “You’re On” and the irresistible “One That Got Away.” The 11-track project is slick all the way down from Ray’s polished vocals to the skillful production that blends authentic country elements with the genre-bending sounds that have broadened the country perspective.
With the lighthearted tracks comes a series of sentimental moments that demonstrate an emotional depth that diversifies Ray’s artistry. The moving “Her World or Mine” reflects this, as Ray delivers an emotive conviction that makes it the most captivating song on the record. Through both the pain-soaked lyrics and the honest passion in Ray’s vocals as he sings “One of us moved on, one of us got stuck, one of us sleeps good, one of us hates to face the night, just depends if you’re talking about her world or mine,” it feels as though your heart is breaking alongside his own, exhibiting a raw vulnerability that proves his artistic strength. Should he continue to offer songs in this vein, he could place himself in the category of the legends and timeless heartbreak songs he so admires. The album’s lead single “Get to You” also demonstrates Ray’s earnest side as he tries to reach out to a woman afraid to love, staying in tune with the heartfelt nature he portrays on his other romantic numbers.
While Ray has always been a promising vocalist, his voice truly glows on Amos, making each song come to life with his combination of strength and purity. But it’s the sense of conviction he brings to each track that shows just how much Ray has grown, seeming to truly envelope himself in every story portrayed in this compilation of songs.
Though Ray has already established himself in the genre with two chart-topping hits, Amos is bound to not only expand upon this success, but prove his stamina as a well-rounded artist capable of honesty and depth, two qualities crucial to the core of the genre he embraces whole-heartedly.
(Cillea Houghton / Sounds like Nashville)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Fan Girl - 3:30
2. One That Got Away - 3:38
3. Summer Water - 3:06
4. Get To You - 3:11
5. Forget About It - 2:46
6. Her World Or Mine - 3:28
7. You're On - 3:04
8. I'm Gonna Miss You - 2:44
9. Dancing Forever - 3:34
10. Girl From Spring Break - 3:20
11. Drink One For Me - 3:28

Art-Nr.: 9637
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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Sugarland - bigger [2018]
Darauf haben die Fans sehnsüchtig gewartet. Ihre Auszeit ist vorüber. Jennifer Nettles und Kristian Bush, alias Sugarland, sind mit einem neuen Studioalbum zurück - und zwar in allerbester, altbekannter Stärke. Die 11 erstklassigen Tracks auf "Bigger" sind ein Musterbeispiel dafür, wie gelungen eine Synthese aus New Country und Pop klingen kann, ohne das dabei das Niveau auf der Strecke bleibt. Hier reiht sich ein potentieller Hit mit tollen Refrains und Melodien an den nächsten - mal voller Energie und mit Tempo, mal eingehüllt in wunderbare Balladen. Sehr starkes "Comeback"-Album, dass sich durchaus eher an den Frühwerken Sugarland's, als an den späteren Werken orientiert, wenngleich etwas poppiger. Doch das tut der Sache hier, wie gesagt, keinen Abbruch". "Bigger" ist tatsächlich richtig "big" - ein neuer "Knaller" von Sugarland.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Bigger - 3:25
2. On A Roll - 3:01
3. Let Me Remind You - 3:45
4. Mother - 3:48
5. Still The Same - 3:38
6. Lean It On Back - 3:39
7. Babe [feat. Taylor Swift] - 3:35
8. Bird In A Cage -
9. Love Me Like I'm Leaving - 5:26
10. Tuesday's Broken - 3:14
11. Not The Only - 4:54

Art-Nr.: 9638
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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