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Review of albums and singles. CD, LP, and MP3.

“Show Me The Way Back Home” (Single) by Held Hostage

Artist: Held Hostage
Title: “Show Me The Way Back Home” (Single) w Joe Lynn Turner
Label: Independant
Release Date: 10/24/2018
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

Today is Veteran’s Day in these United States and in honor of the holiday, the American Rock Band named Held Hostage have offered up a tune that speaks from the mind of someone involved in conflict. The song begins with the Pledge of Allegiance which I felt was a fine touch based on our living in a time where Old Glory is not as respected as she once was. The mid-tempo tune showcases the pitfalls that many of our enlisted seemed to sadly face after active combat in faraway lands. Coming home to relatives that barely recognize them and to larger public scrutiny or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD for short).
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“Dance Macabre” (Carpenter Brut Remix)

Artist: Ghost
Title: “Dance Macabre” (Carpenter Brut Remix)
Label: Loma Vista Recordings
Release Date: 8/24/2018
Genre: Hard Rock/Pop Rock
Rating:

Greetings followers of the comings and goings in the world of the band Ghost. The band recently offered up a remixed version of their single “Dance Macabre” and I am here to tell you a few of my thoughts out it. You might recall that back in May they shared what amounted to an “Instagram Story” video that showed reactions and interactions about the tune and if you missed my summary on that one just click HERE to be up to speed. So now what do we think about the bands remix by Carpenter Brut?
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“Nothing Compares 2U” (Single) by Toni Cornell w Chris Cornell

Artist: Toni Cornell/Chris Cornell
Title: “Nothing Compares 2U” (Single)
Label: Independent
Release Date: 6/18/2018
Genre: Rock
Rating: 4.5/5

It’s been just over a year since the world lost the voice of the great Chris Cornell and while so many of us still mourn the singer, there is no one his passing has affected more than his daughter Toni. Now, in honor of Father’s Day, she has released a cover single of the hit made famous by Sinead O’Connor with “Nothing Compares 2U”. The amazing thing about this is that it is done as a duet with her Father Chris and was recorded shortly before his death. Over the years I can admit to never really following the career of O’Connor, but I always enjoyed this track since it was such a powerful and heartfelt number. Could a duet by the Cornell’s work in the same fashion? The answer to that question is a rousing “YES”, it can, and it does.
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“Africa” (Single) by Weezer

Artist: Weezer
Title: “Africa” (Single)
Label: Crush Music/Atlantic Records
Release Date: 5/29/2018
Genre: Rock
Rating: 5/5

Before I begin this one I should make an admission that I cannot for the life of me remember when the last time that I actually sat down and listened to Weezer was. This is not a hater thing so please don’t come “Undone” about the matter (sorry cheap joke for sure), but the truth is I was listening to much heavier stuff at the time of their emergence. Sure they might have looked just like Buddy Holly but their sound was more for the friends I had playing covers in bars than my own which brings us to the here and now. The other day I was tipped to the bands cover of the megahit “Africa” which was oritgnally done by the legendary Toto. With this being a favorite track of all time I just had to give it a listen and here are some thoughts about it.
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“Zombie” Acoustic (Single) by Bad Wolves

Artist: Bad Wolves
Title: “Zombie” Acoustic (Single)
Label: Eleven Seven Music
Release Date: 5/25/2018
Genre: Acoustic Rock
Rating: 4.5/5

What’s that saying again? “So nice they did it twice” – I think that is the line or something else very close to it. Whatever the exact verbiage might be, the thought I am getting at is the fact that the brand new band Bad Wolves have achieved a level of bombastic success with their cover of The Cranberries song “Zombie” that was released as a single in memory of that bands singer Dolores O’Riordan. At the point of this writing the world at large still does NOT know the cause of the singers passing which is a shame. Now the Bad Wolves version of the song was nothing less than jarring and powerful and after I listened a few times was added to the content of our website on a summary you can examine HERE. The other day the band issued an acoustic version of the track and here are my thoughts about it.
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