Sunday, May 22, 2011

NEW ROCK RELEASES OF THE WEEK - MAY 22

"Give Till It's Gone", by Ben Harper
BEN HARPER - GIVE TILL IT'S GONE (Virgin Records)
For Give Till It’s Gone, Harper returns without one of his multiple bands behind him, splitting his time between slow ballads and hard-hitting rock tracks.

The album is definitely more refined, lacking some of the gritty brutality that made White Lies great, but more often than not, it is simply a fantastic example of Harper doing what he does best, making music.

Harper has said that this record is billed as a solo performance, as it cannot be easily differentiated what band is playing behind him. The truth is, it doesn’t matter. Harper is in top form, crafting songs that succeed lyrically and musically, capturing much of the blues-driven energy of White Lies while mixing in a delicate simplicity that adds a layer of depth to the bluesman’s latest effort. Rock



"Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray", by Seether
SEETHER - HOLDING ONTO STRINGS BETTER LEFT TO FRAY (Wind Up Records) 
Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray further expands on the dynamic musical growth curve heard on Seether's 2007 release, Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces, while maintaining a sonic imprint that is undeniably Seether. There are many reasons to be excited. Not only does Seether branch out stylistically on the album's first single, 'Country Song' - which blends a buoyant, aurally addictive hook with the band's signature searing guitar work.

Recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, Seether definitely had an all-star player on its team for Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray in the form of producer Brendan O'Brien (Rage Against the Machine, AC/DC, Pearl Jam). Seether fans identify the band with songs that are not only sonically heavy but which also carry a lyrical emotional heft. Rest assured that those qualities are still intact on Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray.

The deluxe version of the package contains four bonus tracks, as well as a behind the scenes look at the 'Country Song' video, as well providing fans with track by track commentary from the band and an exclusive look at the making of the album.
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"Hillbilly Joker", by Hank Williams III
HANK WILLIAMS III - HILLBILLY JOKER (Sidewalk Records)
In an era of plastic, manufactured music, it is always refreshing when someone goes against the grain and does what they want to do. Hank Williams III is the best example of this in music today. Cast by certain people in the shadow of his legendary grandfather, Williams has fought long and hard to create his own sound and style, and to preserve the true outlaw spirit of real country music. 

Much like his grandfather and his father before him, Hank III is his own man. He doesn't care what expectations people have in him, and he will do it the way that he does it so long as he is alive. Americana

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