After taking a week off to organize all the album review requests, we are back with three more Get it or Forget it reviews. Check out the latest from Amilia K. Spicer, Grammy-nominated artist Janiva Magness and Scout Durwood, the latter two both being on the amazing Blue Élan Records.
Artist Name: Amilia K Spicer
Album Name: Wow and Flutter
Label: Free Range Records
Genre: Americana Folk
Track Listing: 1. Fill me Up; 2. Harlan; 3. This Town; 4. Shotgun; 5. Lightning; 6. Train Wreck; 7. Shake it Off; 8. Windchill; 9. Down to the Bone; 10. Wild Horses; 11. What I’m Saying; 12. Shine
Publicist: Miles High Productions
Review: Amilia K Spicer is the consummate Americana artist. Her music is folky and soothing while her earthy vocals perfectly tell the stories in her songs. What an amazing collection of songs she has gathered, seamlessly written to tell those stories in the down-home tradition of great folk music. Spicer kicks the album off with the wonderful track “Fill me Up,” and then proceeds to take the listener on a journey of sound that could soothe even the most colicky baby. From gem to gem she takes us on that journey, until all too soon it is over. But never fear, you can simply restart the journey at any time. This is definitely the kind of album you want to hear again and again. It is hard to pick the best songs on this album, but we really like “Harlan,” “This Town,” “Lightning,” “Down to the Bone,” and “Wild Horses.”
Recommendation: Wow and Flutter was released on April 28, and is a sure-fire hit for Spicer. We highly recommend you Get it as soon as you can. You won’t be sorry.
Artist Name: Janiva Magness
Album Name: Blue Again
Label: Blue Élan Records/Fathead Records
Track Listing: 1. I Can Tell; 2. I Love you More Than You’ll Ever Know; 3. If I Can’t Have You; 4. Tired of Walking; 5. Buck; 6. Pack it Up
Review: Janiva Magness has the perfect voice for blues – deep, soulful and full of passion. Her musical accompaniment is also first rate, with appearances by such legends as Kid Ramos, Sugaray Rayford and T.J. Norton. It is easy to understand why her last album was nominated for a Grammy, and why we think there are more Grammy nominations and wins in her future. Blue Again is a true blues album, and firmly places Magness among the greats in blues, like BB King, Etta James, Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin. To prove my point, check out the incredible second track, “I Love you More Than You’ll Ever Know.” This is the album for the consummate blues fan, who will love every track. We just wish there were more than six tracks. For the ultimate reminder of blues perfection, check out the duet on track three with Rayford.
Recommendation: Blues Again was released on May 12 and is a requirement for every blues-loving music aficionado. Get it today.
Artist Name: Scout Durwood
Album Name: Take One Thing Off
Label: Blue Élan Records
Genre: Comedy/Spoken Word
Track Listing: 1. Intro; 2. Sex Positive; 3. Take one Thing Off; 4. Drinking; 5. All the Pretty Bottles; 6. Baseball Game; 7. Fallin’ in Love; 8. Men in LA; 9. Brooklyn Ca. 2009; 10. The NFL; 11. The Wedding Song; 12. I’m Cool, Right?; 13. My Funny Valentine; 14. Strip Club; 15. Go Go; 16. Anxiety Lions; 17. Taxi Take me Home; 18. Hate Crime; 19. Here we Are
Publicist: The Syndicate
Review: We were not prepared for this awesome album, with its tongue-in-cheek sexiness. Scout Durwood is a comedic force to be reckoned with, and the female version of Weird Al. Whether delivering a comedic monologue or singing the title track, Durwood delivers sexy, adult-themed comedy for real adults. This album is definitely not for kids and is NSFW. Her songs are fun and hilarious, while her stand-up routine keeps you in stitches. Our favorite songs include the title track, “Fallin’ in Love,” Brooklyn Ca. 2009,” “I’m Cool, Right?” and “Go Go.” The album includes live comedy routines from her show at The Pack Theater in Los Angeles, and entices the listener to get out and see her live. If you live in LA, you can see her at The Hotel Café on May 20 at 9 p.m. We wish we could be there. Grab your tickets today.
Recommendation: Take one Thing Off is scheduled to be released on May 19. We strongly suggest you Get it and see her live on May 20.