Posts Tagged ‘Singer-Songwriter’

Album Review | Alexz Johnson’s ‘Voodoo’

April 2, 2010

If you check my last.fm, you’d see that Alexz Johnson happens to be my third most played artist overall. I absolutely love her voice and her music, and naturally I thought she could do no wrong… well that was until I heard Voodoo. This album mark’s Alexz Johnson’s debut as an official solo artist, okay that may sound a bit confusing to anyone not familiar with this Canadian songstress. Have you ever seen, or possibly heard of, the Canadian television show Instant Star? Well it was a series by the creators of Degrassi that starred Alexz as a winner of an Idol-like show, and as it chronicled her life after winning it also created real songs that went along with the series that were compiled on original soundtracks at the end of each season. While the show was mediocre at best, the music was kind of outstanding (esp. seasons 1+2). I’d easily recommend those albums, though I can’t say I’d recommend Voodoo. Now I know there were complications in starting her career after she quit the show seeing how her old label, Epic, dropped her and kept all of the masters of what should have been released (easily 10x better than anything on this album), but I just expected better. Aside from “Gonna Get It“, this album bounces back and forth between being a borefest to being just plain awful. Don’t let the amazing back catalogue or the amazing album cover fool you, Voodoo fails to be nothing more than a bad decision made by a brilliant artist.

Score: 2 out of 5

What Epic decided to keep in the divorce, and what should have been on her debut:

Chicago, Golden, Easy, Running With The Devil, and Swallowed. (there could be more, but these are the ones I know of)

All of the Epic masters are GENIUS, it’s sad that these aren’t being released… as far as I know.

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Come get your beat back in the game.

February 25, 2010

Xenomania is literally the mecca of outstanding pop music. New to the solo scene is Singer – Songwriter Florrie who was a drummer in Xeno’s house band (those drums in ‘The Promise’, that’s her). Check out a remix of what is possibly her first single. It ridiculously fresh, addicting, and extremely dance worthy.

Florrie – “Call 911 (Fred Falke Remix)”

Download this track for free @ Florrie.com

Paolo Nutini is back with his sophomore album ‘Sunny Side Up’.

April 29, 2009

22 year old ‘New Shoes’ singer/songwriter Paolo Nutini will release his follow up album Sunny Side Up on June 1st (UK) and June 2nd (US). Here is the outstanding lead single entitled ‘Candy’:

I love this new song and I really feel it is different that his previous work. It has more of a folk-esque vibe to it and is a more mature sound for him. Now it looks like this is going to be released May 18th in the UK, but it appears it’s already available here in the states on iTunes, yeah! So if you like the song then click here and I’ll take you to it.

In support of his new album, Paolo will be touring the UK, with a 12+ date North American tour coming this summer. I most definitely will be going. Tickets are $20 and are on presale now @ Paolo Nutini Ticketing

Here are the dates for North America (so far):

JULY

20th – The Stephen Talkhouse , Amagansett, NY

21st – Webster Hall, New York, NY

23rd – 9:30 Club, Washington, DC

24th – House of Blues, Boston, MA

25th – Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA

27th – The Vogue Theatre, Indianapolis, IN

28th – Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA

29th – Cannery Ballroom, Nashville, TN

31st – Opera House, Toronto, ONT

AUGUST

1 st – St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI

2nd – Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL

3rd – Weesner Amphitheater, Apple Valley, MN

Support on the tour will come from Erin McCarley and Matt Hires

Paolo’s Official Website + Myspace

Song of the Day: ‘Our Battles’

March 5, 2009

Artist: Maria Mena

Country:  Norway (Norge)

‘Our Battles’ is my absolute favorite song from Norwegian singer/songwriter Maria Mena. She also happens to be one of my all time favorite artists! She is just immensely talented which is showcased by her beautiful lyricism and emotion filled vocals. She has released an album  in America with 2004’s White Turns Blue and some of you may recognize her only US single ‘Your The Only One‘ (that’s when I fell in love with her) or possibly her hit acoustic ballad ‘Sorry‘, but she most definitely needs to release her subsequent work! IT MAD GENIUS!! Esp. Apparently Unaffected. Come on Maria, Come back.

Song of the Day: ‘Mr. Therapy Man’

February 20, 2009

Artist: Justin Nozuka

20 year old Canadian/American singer-songwriter Justin Nozuka made his American debut last year with his first album Holly (listed as one of my favorite albums of 2008). I was lucky enough to see him last year in concert and it was amazing! I love his beautifully crafted lyrics and he puts so much emotion into every performance, both on the CD and live. ‘Mr. Therapy Man’ is my favorite song on his album, it’s just how he sings it that makes me love it so much (of course the fact that it has great lyrics too). I hope you enjoy it and as always feel free to leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

Me and Justin Nozuka, 2008

Me and Justin Nozuka, 2008