MUSIC REVIEWS

Brian Shapiro Band “It’s Amazing!” (LP)

Los Angeles-born and Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter Brian Shapiro and his band aren’t interested in entertainment alone. Their latest album It’s Amazing! follows their 2021 debut All That We See in several ways and its desire to leave a lasting impact on listeners rates high among them. Multiple sources fuel that hunger for such a transformative …

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Not Ashamed “In Spirit and Truth” (SINGLE)

Not Ashamed’s single “In Spirit and Truth” is more than a contemporary Christian song. The Irish four-piece embraces their faith without embarrassment, but they’ve likewise succeeded in writing a song that embodies some of the finest human virtues. We long for transcendence, to live beyond the limits our humanity imposes …

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Pete Miller “A Light out There” (SINGLE)

Where a lot of his contemporaries seem to have a problem overthinking the Americana they’re weaving into their music, Pete Miller has no such issue in his new single “A Light out There,” the first release to bear his name in the byline. There are no fireworks here, nor a …

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Alex Krawczyk “Le Olam” (LP) 

“I wanted you to know / If you choose to know, there is time for a change / It is written in your soul,” pleads Alex Krawczyk in the powerful “Remember,” one of my favorite songs from her new album Le Olam. Krawczyk’s lyrical protagonist is desperate to get through to …

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Larry Jay “Written in Whiskey” (EP)

In the title track from his debut EP Written in Whiskey, Larry Jay isn’t asking the audience to hear him, but instead putting his voice front and center where we have no choice but to bask in the glow of its melodic presence. This urgent desire to take his place at …

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Robin Kelly “Shadowman” (LP)

Shadowman, Robin Kelly’s sixth album release, remains very much the New Zealand songwriter’s album despite the cadre of five-star talent supporting him. Singer Sonia Wilson and guitarist Nigel Gavin playing alongside Kelly is a big deal, the mid way point of Shadowman might fall apart with it, but Kelly’s talents are the …

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Random Parade “Never Meant to Last” (EP)

Random Parade’s most recent album release Never Meant to Last is a nine song collection continuing the Southern California band’s ongoing evolution. They’ve toured with seminal 80’s acts such as The Fixx and Missing Persons while echoes of Joy Division and The Cure, among others, are present in their music. …

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Ella Blicker “Owe It All” (SINGLE)

Owe It All” is the stunning new single from Ella Blicker. Casting a dreamy, yet veiled in a brooding piano, this romantic pop offering is a coveted love letter. Blicker’s hushed, gentle melodic voice seems to tickle the ear much the same as a whisper. Drawing out the pronunciation of …

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Bettman & Halpin “Timeless” (LP) 

From passive melodies ala “It’s Only a Paper Moon” to a quaint harmony around every bend in “Summertime,” Bettman & Halpin manage to cover all the bases with their new album Timeless, all while promoting a rather minimalistic attitude when it comes to songcraft. The majority of the songs in Timeless are standards, …

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