For a change, I decided to take a listen to some solo material.
BBQ All Stars is a new release from Chris Cassone & Friends. And these are just not a bunch of drunken mates round the barbeque. He has a certain Ace Frehley, formerly of Kiss and Frehley’s Comet, on board, as well as Van Morrison and Chic and James Taylor alums. John Regan, who has played bass with Peter Frampton, Billy Idol, and some group called the Rolling Stones are along for the ride. They are having a laugh, for sure, but what a laugh it is. The songs are centered around the barbeque and are rather meat-based, as you might expect. One that will no doubt be a big hit is “Crazy ‘Bout My Bacon”. This is perfect soundtrack to your first spring barbeque. Vegetarians need not apply.
Duncan Evans offers up Lodestone. The first thing that will strike you is the fact that the bloke’s voice is very Robert Plant-esque. And naturally it follows that his voice is very English. The first track, “Bird of Prey,” sounds like an outtake from a Led Zeppelin acoustic session or something from Band of Joy. In fact, for a while I was convinced that this was in fact Plant pulling a fast one on all of us. Whatever, this guy has an amazing voice and crafts some cracking acoustic tunes which will enthrall and entice.
Ihsahn has unleashed another great album in the form of Das Seelenbrechen. It is as quirky as you would expect from this guy. It ranges from death metal, to vocals, to tunes that almost sound like ’80s synth pop and/or Depeche Mode on the song “Pulse”. That said no matter what it is, it is enthralling as all hell and drags you into the maelstrom. This guy is one of those artists that takes just the right mood to appreciate for the first time, and when the planets align, man, is it good.
Kimi Kärki has an interesting release by the name of The Bones of My Bones. The name of the album might denote the bare bones approach to the music here. Mostly it is voice and an acoustic guitar, but some mild keyboard shows up, as well as female backing vocals. This is stripped down music at its best. Tracks like “My Name is Free” are especially good for the soul. “Red Rooster” is a cracking track as well. More mellow than our usual fare, but quite the album all the same.
As always, have a safe and happy one all.Powered by Sidelines