Album reviews

Ocean Carolina – Maudlin Days

2 years ago Liv Carter Comments Off on Ocean Carolina – Maudlin Days
The artist bio describes Ocean Carolina’s new album, Maudlin Days, as “an exercise in giving up control and allowing the music to be what it’s meant to become.” Since the turn of the century, more and more artists bended toward what they were being told was market demand, and lots of music was created based Read More

Album Review: Tracks of My Years – Bryan Adams

3 years ago Liv Carter Comments Off on Album Review: Tracks of My Years – Bryan Adams
Tracks of My Years – Bryan Adams (Verve Records, 2014) For his first studio album in six years, Bryan Adams reached back to the songs that made him want to be a musician. Drawing on classics from the late ’60s and the ’70s, along with one new song, Adams created a musical scrapbook with Tracks Read More

Album Review: Moonshine in the Trunk – Brad Paisley

3 years ago Liv Carter Comments Off on Album Review: Moonshine in the Trunk – Brad Paisley
After a month of album “leaks” via various social media platforms, Brad Paisley finally dropped his new album, Moonshine in the Trunk, this week. I was ready to submit my review by Tuesday, but ended up spending the rest of the week with the record. I am glad I did. After the extremely impressive 2013 Read More

Album Review: The No-Hit Wonder – Cory Branan

3 years ago Brittany Fisher Comments Off on Album Review: The No-Hit Wonder – Cory Branan
He makes his home in Nashville, TN, but singer-songwriter Cory Branan hails from Southaven, MS, a small city just across the state line from Memphis, TN. About an hour south of Cory’s hometown is the famous crossroads where blues musician Robert Johnson is said to have sold his soul to the devil in exchange for Read More

Album Review: Roots – Daniel Lee

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Roots – Daniel Lee (2014, Average Joes Entertainment) Average Joes Entertainment artist Daniel Lee is releasing his debut album at an interesting time for country music. With the genre seemingly splitting into evermore diverse streams of influence, he is entering the arena with a disc that shuns many of the current stylistic must-haves in favor Read More

Album Review: Thanks for Listening – Colt Ford

3 years ago Liv Carter Comments Off on Album Review: Thanks for Listening – Colt Ford
Thanks for Listening – Colt Ford (Average Joes Entertainment, 2014) From the moment he decided to pursue a music career, Colt Ford has fought up uphill battle. He didn’t seem to have any of the prerequisites to achieve success in an intransigent genre which increasingly favored looks over substance. He didn’t have any save one: Read More

Album Review: Lazaretto – Jack White

3 years ago Liv Carter Comments Off on Album Review: Lazaretto – Jack White
Lazaretto – Jack White (Third Man/Columbia, 2014) Jack White took his time to create Lazaretto, his second solo studio album, amid working on projects with other artists on his own Third Man label. Often accused of too much eccentricity, White brings his psychedelic energy to Lazaretto, as he states on the title track “even God Read More

Album Review: The Outsiders – Eric Church

4 years ago Liv Carter Comments Off on Album Review: The Outsiders – Eric Church
The Outsiders – Eric Church (EMI, 2014) After a strange, and at times sociopathic, marketing campaign, Eric Church dropped his fourth studio album, The Outsiders, today. Anyone enjoying the privilege of recording for EMI with a six-figure budget cannot by any definition be considered to be an outsider, but Church has done his best to Read More

Album Review: Feels Like Carolina – Parmalee

4 years ago Liv Carter Comments Off on Album Review: Feels Like Carolina – Parmalee
Feels Like Carolina – Parmalee (Stoney Creek, 2013) North Carolina rock band Parmalee entered country music by way of the quite stupid ‘Musta Had a Good Time.’ It functions as the opening track of their Stoney Creek debut album, Feels Like Carolina, and the tawdriness of that song is soon eclipsed by the strong set Read More

Album Review: ‘Whiskey & Lace’ – Krystal Keith

4 years ago Liv Carter Comments Off on Album Review: ‘Whiskey & Lace’ – Krystal Keith
Whiskey & Lace – Krystal Keith (Show Dog-Universal, 2013) It takes a certain amount of courage to pursue a music career when you run the risk of merely being seen as “daughter of…”. Sure, Krystal Keith might not have had to shop around for a record deal and releases her debut album on dad Toby Read More