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By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 16, 2014

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Ebb and Flow

Judith Owen (Album)

3/5

THE ethereal quality of Judith Owen’s voice is the main thing which lifts this summery CD.

Other than that, there is little to lift it above many other albums.

It was nice, though unmemorable, despite the fact it featured some reworkings of well known songs such as In the Summertime.

There are some poignant tunes, including two about the loss of both of her parents, and they are touching, but it is not enough to make a truly exceptional album.

It was diverting, and I would listen to it again, in the car, or on a lazy Sunday afternoon, but, for me, it was far from startling.

(Laura Hammond)

Holy Ghost

Marc Ford (Album)

3/5

THIS is the latest album of the former Black Crowes lead guitarist, and a continuation of his previous typical American blues-rock work.

Although the genre is not particularly my cup of tea, each song is well written and tuneful and it’s obvious to see why the band he once fronted has sold over 30 million albums to date.

If I had to single out one track in particular, it would have to be ‘Sometimes’, which really typifies the American Deep South.

(Matthew Cobb)

Liars

Mess (Album)

0/5

IT’S not often that you get an album title that goes hand in hand to describe the tracks that feature on it, but this is most definitely one of those beautiful rare occasions.

The first thing that struck me when listening to this album that Liars have made sure there’s an overly heavy bassline in every single track, just so that your ear drums feel the full force of the music.

I also learned that there’s such a thing as ‘noise rock’ which is the genre the band apparently falls under.

Maybe drop the ‘rock’ part and just label it ‘noise’.

(Matthew Cobb)

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