Friday, October 24, 2014

CD Review: Singers/Songwriters Lloyd Cole, Madeleine Peyroux And Ronnie Fauss Shine On New Releases

English singer/songwriter Lloyd Cole began his career thirty years ago with his first band The Commotions. Their debut album "Rattlesnakes" became an instant hit in the U.K. reaching Gold status. After five years, Cole decided to go solo, stringing along five "top 40" albums in the U.K. during the nineties. On October 14th, Cole released his fifteenth solo album through Omnivore Recordings. The new album entitled "Standards" features the rhythm section of his debut solo release, which included Fred Maher on drums and Mathew Sweet on bass. Cole also brought back former Commotions keyboardist Blair Cowan and Joan Wasser on piano. The new eleven song release shows that Cole can still rock as he displays with the dirty guitar sound of the opener "California Earthquakes." Matthew Sweet's bass line leads the way of the upbeat rhythm of the pop/rock of "Period Piece," before the tempo slows for the ballad of "Myrtle And Rose." Cole works his folk side with the gentleness of "No Truck," before the guitars get plugged again for the driven "Opposites Day." The album closes with the country blues feel of "Diminished Ex." To find out more about Lloyd Cole's new album "Standards," please visit

Singer/songwriter Madeleine Peyroux is finally getting the recognition she deserves with her first-ever career retrospective release. Rounder Records released "Keep Me In Your Heart For A While: The Best of Madeleine Peyroux" on October 14th. The album contains fourteen of her best songs and one new, never-before-released song, "Keep Me In Your Heart." Her career dates back nearly twenty years as her Billie Holiday-like vocals turned songs by Bob Dylan and Warren Zevon in jazzy originals. Her version of Dylan's "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go" gives her gentle vocals the perfect canvas to turn this into a smooth jazz favorite. Leonard Cohen's "Dance Me To The End Of Love" seems as if it was written just for her as she keeps Cohen's lyrical measures amongst a steady jazz backdrop. One of the highlights is Madeleine's vocal delivery of the Italian classic "Le Vie En Rose" as it matches so perfectly to her singing style. The album features two songs from Warren Zevon, an extended version of "Desperadoes Under The Eaves" as Madeleine provides the perfect setting for Zevon's lyrics. The other Warren Zevon song is the previously unreleased "Keep Me In You Heart," which is one of the final songs Zevon recorded before his death. This version also tugs on your emotions just as much as the original does. To find out more about this new release, please visit

Texas native Ronnie Fauss returns with his second album "Built To Break," which will be released on November 4th through Normaltown Records. The new music has been receiving positive reviews and follows the success of his 2012 debut album "I Am The Man You Know I'm Not." The new eleven song release begins with the country rocker "Another Town" as Fauss shows no signs of slowing down. The country twang of "The Big Catch" has a smooth delivery that would make his influences proud. Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller joins Fauss on the honky-tonk flavor of "18 Wheels," before things slow down for the acoustic duet of "Never Gonna Last," featuring the sweet vocals of Jenna Paulette. Ronnie Fauss lets his emotions flow with the gentle country folk cover of the Phosphorescent's "Song For Zula," before finishing with the storied lyrics of "Come On Down." To find out more about Ronnie Fauss and his new album "Built To Break," please visit his Facebook page at

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