Noteworthy new additions to our music collection.
Make My Head Sing...
Singer-songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield follows up her critically acclaimed 2011 release, Tell Me, with a new album that takes a simpler approach. Recorded in Nashville, it includes the single "I Wanna Love You." "3.5 out of 5. ...she's grown into a world-weary alt-rock dreamer" -Rolling Stone
Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
Sturgill Simpson isn't one to rest on his laurels, which is why, less than a year after the release of his critically acclaimed debut, the singer-songwriter is coming out with his captivating and wholly unique sophomore album. The album title, an allusion to Ray Charles's groundbreaking 1962 record, hints at the psychedelic sounds found within, a departure from Simpson's first album, which drew comparisons to the music of Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard.
Spearpoint is playful in its range – often heavy metal with an Evanescence edge. Lead vocals are shared between Elyssa Girtman and Spencer St. Pierre. In On Target, Girtman’s lilting vocals can have a brogue quality that is reminiscent of Christian rocker Sarah Kelly and yet at times Kelly Clarkson in nature. She hits her stride on “Born to Be Free.” Her YouTube covers showcase the evidence -- Girtman is a vocalist to watch. St. Pierre is an amalgam of voices. But while he reaches towards his influences like Five Finger Death Punch, his gift is his more crooner side. “Dream Come True” is the gem on this CD. The song starts with a 50’s feel and morphs into a pop/rock sound that is as original and distinctive to Cincinnati as Fun is to current pop and what Live was to the 90’s. The band members are young but their musicality is mature. These are talented instrumentalists. They take twists and turns and that bar of experimentation seems to be raised by drummer Ethan Adams. Spearpoint will perform at Fountain Square as part of the Self Diploma Summer Concert Series on July 19.
Trouble and Love
Gauthier's first studio album in four years tells yet more tales of survival and struggle with new rays of hope and growth piercing the caverns of hurt. "Wrenching folk-rock testimony" -NPR Music
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