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Comment Archives: stories: Music: CD Reviews


Thanks for reviewing Jonah's latest CD. Jonah has been a Cleveland institution for along time and those of us in our "mid life" still have Michael and Jonah's CD's in our rotation. Both songs you thought had too many cliches are two of his biggest hits...maybe they don't hold up as well today (but I would argue Nothings Gonna Change My Mind is just as great of a song today) but they were pretty awesome soundtracks to our late 1970's through the 1980's. Thanks again for giving his new CD some press.

Posted by Screen name on 11/05/2010 at 5:44 PM

Re: “CD Review: Liz Phair

smoke is a great song. those instrumental breaks with her singing "let's smoke all night" are such earworm-y, hard to dismiss. but it's difficult to relate to her sentiments. this is her anti-label album which is not always a good thing to write about that but bang bang, oh bangladesh, and he slayed her, you should know me are great tracks.

Posted by machinegun on 10/29/2010 at 6:35 PM

Re: “CD Review: Coheed & Cambria

ps. this website kinda sucks. sorry for the double post.

Posted by draegen on 04/16/2010 at 1:28 AM

Re: “CD Review: Coheed & Cambria

I've gotta drive from Memphis, TN to Atlanta, GA. For Coheed So Worth It! I broke down in Columbus once. It wasn't bad aside from the broken down part.

Posted by draegen on 04/16/2010 at 1:27 AM

Re: “CD Review: Coheed & Cambria

I've gotta drive from Memphis, TN to Atlanta, GA to see Coheed but its SOO worth it. I broke down in Columbus once. Wasn't that bad. True story.

Posted by draegen on 04/16/2010 at 1:23 AM

Re: “CD Review: Coheed & Cambria

Yet, no Cleveland date on the tour. The only date reasonably close is for Rock on the Range in Columbus where they won't get enough stage time and I've got to sell a kidney to spend the weekend when I just want to see C&C.... makes me sad.

Posted by WingZombie on 04/14/2010 at 7:10 PM

Re: “The Doom Patrol

This is Chris Lester. I would like to get in touch with Theo. I have a project for him.
Please have him call me at 216-469-4958 ASAP!!!

Posted by lothar22 on 04/01/2010 at 11:39 PM

Re: “CD Review: Gretchen Wilson

GREAT ALBUM! It’s Gretchen at her very finest! True Honest Rockin Country! It’s an album you’ll leave in your CD player/IPOD and never get tired of listening too! WELCOME BACK Gretchen we’ve missed you!

Buy this album for your collection!

Posted by CountryRocker on 03/31/2010 at 8:43 PM

Re: “CD Review: Machinedrum

Amazing producer, well put when you say: "the best producer you've never heard."

Posted by NinjaNeishon on 03/13/2010 at 10:05 PM

Re: “CD Review: High on Fire

gelatinously somnambulant... nice

Posted by YourNameHere on 03/03/2010 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Joanna Newsom

I knew officially that I would completely disagree with this review when I read, "Baby Birch ascends to a sexy climax"? Seriously?!? D: Did you even attempt to read the lyrics?

Posted by ragtag on 03/03/2010 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Bob Gatewood

Is there still a Kent Guitar website now Geocities has gone? I get lots of enquiries at about Kent guitars as Hagstrom contracted a couple of models in the 60's.

Posted by Hagstrom Vintage on 02/09/2010 at 4:11 AM

Re: “Colette

I find your article interesting but not well researched. The guys who recorded Collette's album did so as a favor to a her. None of them were actually in a band with Colette. Dan and Mark produced and recorded her entire album (start to finish) in two weeks at Dan's home studio. They had only two weeks because Dan was moving out of state. It was the first project Dan had ever attempted as a recording engineer - it turned out pretty well given the time limitations and the fact that he was a novice. While it's certainly not perfect, it definitely served its purpose and helped Colette gain some notoriety. I think she even won a major songwriting contest based on these recordings. I'm surprised Colette would allow you to publish a review that discounts her friends' efforts to help her.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by ClevelandMusicFan on 02/08/2010 at 8:01 PM

Re: “CD Review: Allison Iraheta

Diluted, yes maybe, but still a strong, kick your behind brew! (and even more standout if you compare to what it is out there these days)

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by roquemocan on 12/17/2009 at 12:43 PM

Re: “CD Review: Allison Iraheta

It's okay to not like some of Allison's songs and I do respect your opinion on the songs you mentioned but there's something wrong with a review when it doesn't mention 'Holiday' and 'Trouble Is' - those songs (and 'Scars') are brilliant and distinctive standouts from her debut album. Trouble Is is a beautiful ballad that showcases Allison's vulnerablity, vocals and range the best. Holiday is this cocky and spunky rock song which reminds us of the Allison from AI (but with more edge). It's weird you left them out from your review

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Posted by Annie on 12/17/2009 at 9:44 AM

Re: “CD Review: Chris Brown


Posted by YourNameHere on 12/09/2009 at 3:30 PM

Re: “CD Review: Bob Seger

A good combination of covers, older material and a few unreleased tracks. When I heard "Wildfire", I couldn't help but think of "Roll Me Away". It has that distinctive Bill Payne (Little Feat) piano work. If you are a hard core Seger fan, this CD a must. Can't wait to hear Volumes 2 and so on.

Posted by CopperKingKid on 12/03/2009 at 12:58 PM

Re: “CD Review: BlakRoc

The videos on are really well made and definitely bring the vision of this interesting concept to fruition. For I saw The Black Keys last night at Musica in their hometown of AKRON and they delivered SOLIDLY all night for a sold out crowd of screaming hometown fans.

Check out the vids for sure

Posted by maidmyriad on 11/28/2009 at 4:25 PM

Re: “CD Review: Rammstein

i totally agree with sablespecter..i listened to a little rammstein back in high school when i was taking german classes, and didn't really keep up with them til now. my boyfriend brought home LIFAD and i fell in love all over again. the band sounds and works together as well as they ever did, and their sound has matured so much since the angst-ridden 'herzeleid' from back in the day, when i think 5 of the 6 men were going through divorces and breakups..over six albums, their sound has changed so much and always in a good way, but not necessarily for the better.

i love everything they've done, and i mean every song..till is an amazingly expressive and articulate poet, never mind his amazing singing voice. plus, he's ridiculous buff, haha. he's an artist of language, and while i can pretty much translate the lyrics for myself, if you look up the lyrics, you'll be surprised at how deceptive the music is in relation to the words. for example, the title track off the album 'reise, reise' is pretty militant-sounding and has huge explosive musicality and instrumentation, with till's signature growling vocals, but what you might not know is that it's essentially a wake-up call [literally--'reise' is low german sailor slang for 'wake up'] about the state of humanity, and the lyrics are effectively anti-violence. the song 'haifisch' [meaning 'shark'] off the new album might sound like a pounding angry german marching song to the insensitive ear, but the lyrics are a good-natured expression of solidarity between the band members amidst the very public existence they find themselves in, no matter what. just listen and stay open to the messages, and you'll find so much more than strange words and deceptive themes of s&m, other paraphilia and cannibalism, i promise.

Posted by reise on 11/08/2009 at 12:35 AM

Re: “CD Review: Rammstein

The great thing about Rammstein is that if you give them a chance, you find there's a little something on there for everyone. You don't need to understand the lyrics to feel the intent, emotion, and mood of the songs, which are quite varied. No two songs on an album sound the same. I can understand a fair amount of the lyrics because of my passable Deutsch, but if it really bugs you to not know what's being sung, you can find translations here:

That's worth checking out even if you don't care what's being sung because it highlights the the slang and dual meanings commonly found in the songs. German is a very inventive language, and the band puts it to good use with playful double entendres quite often. (Check out the explantions for the lyrics of "Mann gegen Mann" for example). It's one of my favorite elements of their music.

Posted by sablespecter on 10/22/2009 at 10:22 AM



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