Tuesday, August 11, 2015

CD Review: New Debut Albums Arriving From Singer/Songwriters Brent Best, Melanie Crew And Mieke

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Brent Best, former member of the Texas alt-country band Slobberbone, recently released his debut solo album "Your Dog, Champ" on Last Chance Records. While these songs may be many years old, Best looked at these tunes with a book author's eye for detail and story. The new eleven-song release begins with the up-tempo country romp of "Daddy Was A Liar," which has a John Mellencamp quality to it. He slows the rhythm down for "Good Man Now" as you can feel the hardships and experience in his vocals. He pours all his feelings into his delivery of "Aunt Ramona" and then warms your soul with the feel-good instrumental "Travel, Again." The album finishes up with Best digging deep with the gentle acoustics of "Clotine" and the slow sway of "It Is You." To find out more about Brent Best and his latest release "Your Dog, Champ," please visit brentbest.com.

From London comes the debut release from singer/songwriter Melanie Crew entitled "Until The End." On this six-song EP, Melanie found inspiration in her influences like Elliott Smith and Neko Case as she slowly draws you in with the gentle, acoustic touch of "Hiding Away." She finds comfort in the melodic delivery of "Finding A Place," while "Do You Know?" has a bit of a soft, jazzy backdrop as her voice is so sweet and pure. The album closes with the innocence of "Waiting For Someone" as her music is hard to resist. To find out more about newcomer Melanie Crew and her latest release "Until The End," please visit her Facebook page at facebook.com/melaniecrewmusic.

We also get the self-titled debut release from Canadian singer/songwriter Mieke. As a traveling artist, her album was written and recorded practically all over the world. The EP will be released on August 28th and carries a wonderful, refreshing pop sound as displayed in the song "Move On." Her lead single, "Sleeping Alone" showcases the full attraction of Mieke's talents. The song treads gently into the folk/pop genre as her singing becomes the main focus of this soft, meaningful tune. To find out more about Mieke and her latest  release, please visit her website at miekemusic.com.

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