Wednesday, March 30, 2016

CD Review: New Releases Arriving From Marcus Singletary, Daniel Hutchens, Richard Lynch, Michael Kroll, Animalia & Gillian Nicola

The musical chameleon known as Marcus Singletary returns with his most politically charged album to date, "Subversive Blues." The new ten-song release begins with the sound of arguments that will have you drawing your own conclusions as to what is being said and recorded. The short synthesizer instrumental "Astronaut's Daughter" and voice affects experiment "Bonnie Wright" has you wondering which direction this album is headed, but the back-porch blues of "That's The Way It Is" showcases Marcus' pure talents. He expands his sound with the atmospheric tones of "Blessing Of The Guru" and the work-day chant of "My Slave Life." The album finishes with his return to the confrontation of "Dead Cops And Starfighters" as a political rally turns into a great musical instrumental that leads into the soundscape of "The Hero Returns Home." To find out more about Marcus Singletary and his latest release "Subversive Blues," please visit

Singer/songwriter Daniel Hutchens will be releasing his new solo album, "The Beautiful Vicious Cycle Of Life" on April 22nd. He is best known for his work in the rock band Bloodkin, as well as appearing with Lou Reed, Gov't Mule, Drive-By Truckers and Widespread Panic. The album was produced by Panic's Dave Schools and engineered by David Barbe of Drive-By Truckers fame. The new eleven-song release begins with the up-tempo, roots rocker "Jack Nicholson Grin" and continues with the acoustic blues of "American Country," which fully shows Daniel songwriting potential. He brings in the big guitars for "The Beautiful Vicious Cycle Of Life," then heads over to the country pop of "Pretty Girls In Summer Dresses," but its the laid-back acoustic setting of "Wings And A Walking Cane" that perfectly fits Daniel style. The album finishes with the guitar rocker "Epitaph Town" and the seventies, folk-style of "All Golden Traces." To find out more about Daniel Hutchens and his latest release "The Beautiful Vicious Cycle Of Life," please visit

American country artist Richard Lynch recently released his latest album "A Better Place." It features a dozen songs filled with that classic honky-tonk country sound. Beginning with "Daddy's Radio," Lynch's vocals bring back that good ol' southern charm that is missing from today's country radio singles. He continues with the waltz of "New Beginnings And Old Honky Tonks" and "It's All In My Head," before picking the tempo back up with the rocker "She's Got Me Drinkin' Again" with help from fellow country artist Billy Yates. Lynch keeps the energy on high with the toe-tappin', two-steppin' sound of ""Look Out Below," then slows down the pace for the new cowboy ballad "You're Why God Made Oklahoma." The album closes with Lynch bringing back the fun of "I Like My Music Country" and the soft-hearted emotional sway of "A Better Place." To find out more about Richard Lynch and his latest release "A Better Place," please visit his Facebook page at

Connecticut native Michael Kroll will be releasing his new album "Clamorous" on April 22nd and he will be leading up to that release with a trio of shows in New York, Bridgeport and New Haven. The new thirteen-song release begins with the classic roots, Americana feel of "Blue," before adding a funky bass line to "Soul Of A Summer." The slow sway of "Crush" showcases Kroll's bluesy side, while he injects some soul into the grooves of "Come Back" and " Allegiance." The folk-rock appeal of "The Light" sounds like a lost outtake from the Rolling Thunder Revue, while "John Henry" builds into a great, complete band performance. The album closes with the quiet, steady rhythm of "Back No More" and the inspirational shine of "Joyful." To find out more about Michael Kroll and his latest release "Clamorous," please visit

From Toronto, Canada comes the latest release from female pop artist Animalia titled "(dissonance)." It features eight, electro-pop tunes that has many addictive qualities, but may be a little too dark for modern pop radio. Beginning with the synth-fueled rhythm of "Little Earth," Animalia leads the way with her sweet, sultry vocals. She experiments with her sound a little further in "Against Nature," by not conforming to the normal pop song structure. She seems to get more intense in "Dead Weight," before slowing down for the piano ballad "Paradise." The album's first single, "Face On" keeps the beats in the background, which allows Animalia's vocals to be the star. The album closes with the soft, starkness of "Hurting" as Animalia pours her all into this performance. To find out more about Animalia and her latest release "(dissonance)," please visit her Facebook page at

Also from Canada comes the sophomore release from singer/songwriter Gillian Nicola titled "No Place To Call." It features a handful of songs that begins with the acoustic rock of "February" as you picture Gillian performing in a coffee-house in Greenwich Village. She picks up the tempo with the country-rock appeal of "Lose You" as her voice is powerful enough to demand your attention. The acoustic strumming of "Unconditionally" and the gentle approach of "Stay" should have Gillian Nicola on everyone's lips as a must-hear artist of 2016. To find out more about Gillian Nicola and her latest release "No Place To Call," please visit

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