Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Idina Menzel has a new album of Christmas songs just in time for the holidays.  You may recognize her beautiful voice from the movie Frozen where she voiced Elsa and sang the super popular song Let It Go.  Who wouldn't want to hear that lovely voice singing Christmas songs?  While there is nothing really unique to the album, when you are fantastic vocalist you can really sing anything.  I hope one day she might write her own Christmas songs.  My favorite song is When You Wish Upon a Star because I have never really thought of it as a holiday song before and I enjoy finding new holiday songs.  For more information you can visit the Idina Menzel website.

Holiday Wishes is available to order on iTunes and Amazon.

Holiday Wishes Track Listing
  1. Do You Hear What I Hear
  2. The Christmas Song
  3. Baby It’s Cold Outside (Duet with Michael Buble)
  4. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  5. All I Want For Christmas
  6. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
  7. December Prayer
  8. When You Wish Upon A Star
  9. Silent Night
  10. River
  11. Holly Jolly Christmas
  12. White Christmas

Bonus Tracks on Target Exclusive
  1. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
  2. Mothers Spiritual

I participated in the Idina Menzel Holiday Wishes album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Mary J Blige The London Sessions Album Review

Mary J Blige's latest album, The London Sessions, was just released on December 2nd.  Each song is a collaboration with musical talent from the UK.  Some of the artists featured include Disclosure, Eg White, Emile Sandé, Jimmy Napes, Naughty Boy, Sam Romans and Sam Smith.  

Capitol Music Group Chairman Steve Barnett said, “Mary J. Blige created a one-of-a-kind blend of hip-hop and soul that has excited fans for more than 20 years, making her one of the most successful and acclaimed artists in any genre of music. The London Sessions is a fantastic album; another step forward for this great and enduring artist, and I am thrilled that she is now an important member of our Capitol Records family.”  Mary J Blige said, “The songs are fun, therapeutic and soulful. This is a beautiful change for me and I’m proud of what we have done here.”   

My favorite song is Right Now.  It has a nice, smooth dance beat.  You can see the music video below.  It is fun to hear the variety of songs that were created working with so many different artists.

For more information, check out the Official Mary J Blige Website.
The London Sessions is available on iTunes and Amazon.

Track Listing1. Therapy
2. Doubt
3. Not Loving You
4. When You're Gone
5. Right Now
6. My Loving
7.Long Hard Look
8. Whole Damn Year
9 .Nobody But You
10. Pick Me Up
11. Follow
12. Worth My Time

I participated in the Mary J Blige The London Sessions album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.  

Friday, October 24, 2014

Neil Diamond Melody Road Album Review

I have always been a fan of Neil Diamond.  He is one of my parents favorite artists, so I grew up listening to him.  He has so many great catchy old songs and I was hoping for some new ones.  While the album is full of beautiful, soulful, storytelling songs, none for them are super catchy.  Still, it is great to have Neil Diamond back producing original music.  Hopefully this will just be the first of many new albums. My favorite on the album is Something Blue.  He preformed it last week on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. You can check you the music video below.  Melody Road is Neil Diamond's first original release in six years.  His previous album, Home Before Dark, was released in 2008.  He will be going on tour in 2015 although, dates and information have not been announced yet.  

Something Blue Music Video

For more information, check out the official Neil Diamond website.

You can purchase Melody Road on iTunes and Amazon.

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I participated in the Neil Diamond Melody Road album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Mary Lambert Heart on my Sleeve Album Review

Heart On My Sleeve is Mary Lambert's debut full-length album.  She first came into the spotlight for writing and singing the hook on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ marriage equality anthem Same Love.  Then she signed with Capitol Records and released Welcome To The Age of My Body.  I actually did not her about her until her song Secrets started playing on the radio.  It is one of my favorite songs right now, so I was very excited to receive the full album!

Mary said of her album, “It’s a statement for me as an artist, but also a statement for me as a human being. I spent a lot of my life feeling really small and worthless, and to put out an album where I’ve gotten to say exactly what I want is gratifying beyond words. It’s a moment for me not to be a doormat anymore and to feel powerful and hopefully inspire that in other people in a way that's fun and makes people feel something. I think that's the message of the whole thing.”

I enjoyed the whole album!  Secrets is definitely the most catchy, but the other songs remind me of music that used to be on the T.V. show Dawson's Creek.  The songs are mostly about love and relationships.  There is also a cover of Rick Springfield’s classic Jessie’s Girl that is slower and darker than the original, but a great addition to the album.  This is definitely one of my favorite album right now! 

To find out more, visit Mary Lambert's official site.
You can purchase Heart on my Sleeve on iTunes and Amazon now.

I participated in the Mary Lambert Heart On My Sleeve album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.   

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Train- Bulletproof Picasso Album Review

Train's latest album, Bulletproof Picasso, was just released on September 16th.  This album is fantastic!  The first single, Angel in Blue Jeans, has been on the radio for a month now and is already at the top of the charts.  While the song is catchy, it sounds a lot like Mermaid to me so I was worried the whole album might sound like a repeat of previous songs/albums.  I am happy to say that I was wrong.  The songs are definitely unique and original the album is worth checking out.  My favorite songs are Bulletproof Picasso and Give It All.  Pat Monahan, Train's frontman said, “I’ve always wanted to emotionally connect with people through the songs.  But I also want to get into people’s lives with this album. We’re very excited about Bulletproof Picasso and we’re looking forward to performing some of the new songs for all our fans.”  To find out more, visit Train's website.

You can order Bulletproof Picasso on iTunes or Amazon.

Tracklisting for Bulletproof Picasso
1. Cadillac, Cadillac
2. Bulletproof Picasso
3. Angel In Blue Jeans
4. Give It All
5. Wonder What You're Doing For The Rest Of Your Life
6. Son Of A Prison Guard
7. Just A Memory
8. I'm Drinkin' Tonight
9. I Will Remember
10. The Bridge
11. Baby, Happy Birthday
12. Don't Grow Up So Fast

Train On Tour:

8/28 Gilford, NH Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook
8/29 Lenox, MA Tanglewood
8/30 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Hotel and Casino

Record Release Shows:

9/5 5pm ET Live 1-hour performance on QVC 
9/17 Los Angeles, CA Pantages Theatre
9/18 Los Angeles, CA Pantages Theatre
9/21 San Francisco, CA The Masonic
9/22 San Francisco, CA The Masonic
9/25 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall

Band Members:

Pat Monahan (vocals)
Jimmy Stafford (lead guitar)
Jerry Becker (rhythm guitar and piano)
Hector Maldonado (bass)
Drew Shoals (drums)

I participated in the Train Bulletproof Picasso album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

David Gray Mutineers Review

David Gray's latest album, Mutineers, was released this week!  This is his tenth album and his first in four years.  To coincide with Mutineers, Gray will tour the UK for the first time in three years. The headline tour, commencing at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on June 23 will include a show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on June 24.

Recorded in Church Studios, London and produced by Andy Barlow (Lamb), whose brief was to not let Gray “make the same record I’ve made before.” Gray said, “I know I’ve done something here that has an authority that is inspiring me and I don’t have to worry about my past or any of that. The lovely thing about this is we’ve had the time to experiment, and it’s been wonderful.”

David Gray's breakout multi-platinum hit White Ladder, the first of three No.1 UK albums, earned him both Brit and Grammy nominations.  His more recent albums Draw The Line (2009) and Foundling (2010), both reached the Billboard Top 10 in the US.

I am so glad that David Gray has returned to recording.  He has a great voice and this is one of his best albums.  While his voice is unmistakeable, it is apparent that he worked really hard to make Mutineers unique.

You can order Mutineers on either iTunes or Amazon now.

Mutineers Track Listing:
Back in the World
As the Crow Flies
Beautiful Agony
Last Summer
Snow in Vegas
Cake and Eat It
Birds of the High Arctic
The Incredible
Girl Like You
Nearly Midnight (bonus track)

North America Tour Dates & Cities:
See all dates and ticket info here.
Aug 01 - Boston
Aug 04 - NYC
Aug 05 - Philadelphia
Aug 07 - Columbia, MD
Aug 08 - Charlotte, NC
Aug 09 - Nashville
Aug 11 - Raleigh, NC
Aug 12 - Atlanta
Aug 13 - Indianapolis
Aug 15 - Cleveland
Aug 16 - Cincinnati
Aug 17 - Detroit
Aug 18 - Chicago
Aug 20 - Denver
Aug 21 - Salt Lake City
Aug 22 - Boise
Aug 23 - Troutdale (Portland), OR
Aug 25 - Redmond, WA
Aug 26 - Vancouver, BC
Aug 28 - Oakland, CA
Aug 29 - Reno, NV
Aug 30 - Las Vegas
Aug 31 - San Diego
Sep 03 - Los Angeles

This is a review post sponsored by One2One Network. I received a free download of the album to review from One2One Network.  All opinions shared are my own.