Brandi Carlile’s sixth studio album proves that she has been getting better with new record. Her voice is smooth and a perfect fit for this type of Country/Folk. Very nice album!
Rocker Jorma Kaukonen’s album is true to its title: he is in no hurry with the songs. All tracks are slow-moving but do not seem to drag on forever. Quite on the contrary, they are all truly enjoyable and showcase the talent of a mature musician. If you’re looking for something similar to John Hiatt, this is a good place to look.
Sleeping With Sirens have returned with a sound that makes me wonder whether they are getting older or just going back to their teens. The reason is that their vocals sound like kids now an not like the adults that they are. Really strange. I wonder what happened… are they trying to sound younger on purpose?
Indie Pop duo Best Coast’s album is very entertaining and energetic while also pointing to a certain degree of sophistication. There is variety here, something that many bands in this and related genres are not capable of… let’s watch and see where this group goes, but based on what I’ve seen in this record they are likely to be successful.
Halestorm has returned with an album that features a substantially different sound: it’s raw, more emotional, and less refined. I’m still making up my mind about this one. I like it, but at the same time I miss the energy and “go get it” attitude of the first record. I’ll probably have to listen to this one again. For now it stands at 3 stars.