Wednesday, December 31, 2014

CD Review: A Couple Of Great New Independent Releases To Close Out The Year

Ever since the untimely death of Amy Winehouse, there has been a void to fill in the music industry. While Winehouse's jazzy pop was nothing new, her attitude in her delivery made her a star diva. Since then, music fans have been looking for the second coming of Amy Winehouse. Well, their search is over with the debut album of Canadian singer Laura Cole. Her new release entitled "Dirty Cheat" was produced by Grammy winner Steve Bigas (Taj Mahal) and executive producer Daniel Lanois (U2, Bob Dylan) and draws upon her influences of Billy Holiday and Etta James. The new nine-song release begins with her sultry vocals on the 50's-swing of "Sweet Escape" as the ghost of Amy Winehouse has taken form in this twenty-something diva. She draws from inspiration of Tom Waits on the dark tone of "Death Row" then dances with her flirtatious vocals in "Unworthy." She slinks her way around the jazzy rhythm of "Week There One Day," before closing with the seductive revenge of "Dirty Cheat." To find out more about Laura Cole and her latest release "Dirty Cheat," please visit her Facebook page at

From Ohio comes the latest EP from blues rockers Scarlet & The Harlots entitled "We Can't Seem To Get Enough." Right from the beginning of "There Once Was A Girl," you instantly get swept away from the vocals of Scarlet as she takes control of the music. The uptempo rocker "Moonshine Ghost" is a shot of adrenaline as the music will definitely move you. The British blues riff of "What To Do" along with the aggressive rock and soul of "We Are In Control" shows a strong foundation in their music. To find out more about Scarlet & The Harlots and their latest release "We Can't Seem To Get Enough," please visit their Facebook page at

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