Thursday, November 13, 2008

Casual Listening - Beres Hammond, Taylor Swift, Adversary

Casual Listening

a review of cool new music

by Jeff Pinzino

November 14, 2008

* Beres Hammond – A Moment in Time (reggae)

Uplifting, easygoing lovers rock from a master performer. Sax, organ, and drums lend a relatively organic background to Hammond’s soulful singing. You can’t help but smile listening to this one.

Listen to Beres Hammond “No Good Bye

Taylor Swift – Fearless (country)

Slick production helps foreground the sweet voice of this pop-country talent. Her vocal style is more coffeehouse than honky-tonk, with only an occasional pedal steel or mandolin in the background for texture. Expect Swift to get an audience beyond the country music faithful.

Listen to Taylor Swift “Fifteen

Adversary ­– Singularity (metal)

For those interested in a little musicianship amidst the racket. This is still extremely heavy music, but the guitar riffs are melodic, and some singing accompanies the growling.

Listen to Adversary “Singularity

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* highly recommended

! highest recommendation

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