Tuesday, April 8, 2014

CD Review: Bloodshot Records Releases Indie Magic, While Akasha Finds "Joy" With New Album

From North Carolina comes the brother and sister duo of Dexter Romweber and Sara Romweber, better known as the Dex Romweber Duo. They recently released their latest album "Images 13" back in March and they have been receiving praise from the likes of Jack White (White Stripes) who calls them "a huge influence on my music." The album begins with the raw, reckless, outlaw country rock appeal of "Roll On" and "Long Battle Coming." Dex's vocals slither around "Baby I Know What It's Like To Be Alone," then does an identical cover of The Who's sixties single, "So Sad About Us." He tries singing like Elvis Presley on the country ballad "I Don't Want To Listen" then works the classic country angle with "Beyond The Moonlight." The album closes with the surf guitar attack of "Blue Surf" and the sci-fi, spacey sound of "Weird (Aurora Borealis)."

The Dex Romweber Duo have a handful of shows lined up along the southern east coast. To find out more about the new album "Images 13," please visit ruraltone.com/dex/.

Next, from Nashville comes the latest album from Bobby Bare, Jr. (son of Country Music Hall of Famer Bobby Bare) entitled "Undefeated." He and his band, Young Criminals' Starvation League blast through ten songs with a sense of purpose. Bobby Jr. does not take any of his musical career for granted as he sets out to make his own way. The album begins with the alternative country rock of "North of Alabama By Mornin'" as the song's groove becomes very addictive. Bobby leaves the country genre for the modern alternative rock appeal of "The Big Time" and allows his vocal style to shine through on the pop/rock feel of "Undefeated." Bobby and the band seem much more relaxed on this album as displayed in the playful sounds of "My Baby Took My Baby Away." The album finishes up with the acoustic sing along "As Forever Became Never Again" and the aggressive sixties rock of "Don't Stand At The Stove."

Bobby Bare, Jr.'s Young Criminals' Starvation League are hitting the road on April 15 for a two month U.S. tour. To find out more, please visit www.bobbybarejr.com/.

From Chicago comes the new album from reggae/pop band Akasha entitled "Joy Song." The thumping bass and gentle vocals allows the listener to get lost amongst the island-vibe of the opener "Recipe For Love." Their music, (as with Bob Marley's) gets a shot of adrenaline when discussing politics as in "Start A Revolution." Bloodshot Records artist JC Brooks lends a hand on the cover of PM Dawn's "I'd Die Without You," which still carries the dreamy feel of the original. The band looks to rock that "Lil' Black Dress" and tread into R&B territory with "When You Lift Me" as they take a step back from their reggae sound a bit of soul to their sound.

The new album was released back in March. To find out more, please visit akashaband.com.

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