Sleep Deprived Music Review: Caroline Rose

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Caroline Rose’s new album, Loner, will be released on February 23, 2018. So run out tomorrow and get it. I know, people don’t really go to the record store to buy music like they used to back in the day.

Anyway, the album is available online in case you don’t want to leave your house.

So far, I’ve only heard “Money” and “Soul No. 5.” If those songs are any indication of what the rest of the album is like, then it will probably be a good time. Both songs are rank high on the danceability scale. I’d give it a 4 out of 5. (It’s not a real scale but you will probably dance or at least tap your toes.)

There are no guarantees in life. I like the songs but not everyone like catchy tunes. If you’re looking for something soulful with depth, then this is not the album you’re looking for.

Check out her music on the internet and see what you think.

 

Caroline Rose on Twitter

Caroline Rose on Bandcamp

Caroline Rose website

 

 

 

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Sleep Deprived Music Review: Michael Kiwanuka

 

 

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This review is more of a spotlight than an actual review. Most of my music reviews are suggestions. “Listen to this album. It’s amazing.”

Love & Hate is one of the best albums that I’ve heard in the last few years.

Love & Hate by Michael Kiwanuka was released in 2016. It’s still better than anything on the radio today. I read somewhere that he used to open for Adele.

I love his voice. It breaks my heart and then puts it back together. It’s the blues with a little soul, baby.

“Cold Little Heart” is one of my favorite songs – even beyond this album. It has a long intro but sometimes we need to be a little bit patient. I’m probably responsible for a large percentage of the Youtube views.

“I’ll Never Love” is also a great song. It makes me want to smoke a cigarette and stare longingly out of a train window. I don’t even smoke.

If you want to hear an album that will make you feel all of the feelings, then Love & Hate is a good place to start.

 

Cold Little Heart Video on YouTube

Michael Kiwanuka

Love & Hate on Spotify

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Lady Wray

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Lady Wray’s Queen Alone came out in 2016 but I just found it today. It’s not a secret that I love old school R&B/soul singers like Chaka Khan. Some singers are real beyond their talent and it shows in their music.

Lady Wray reminds me of all of those chicks from the 70s who really put their heart out there for everyone to hear. There’s also a hint of the Jackson 5 in the music.

She has had some success in the past but due to some minor setbacks, it took awhile to get her career going. It would be a shame to not listen to Lady Wray. So go out and listen to this album, follow her on Twitter, go see her shows. She is worthy of all of your devotion.

Lady Wray is magical.

Lady Wray on Twitter

Lady Wray on Spotify

Queen Alone album

Lady Wray “Do It Again” video. Youtube

Sleep Deprived Music Review: J and the 9s

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J and the 9s have a newer album available for your listening pleasure. I was supposed to tell you about this album a few months ago. Apparently, my brain was not cooperating. So this may not be an actual review – don’t be surprised most of my reviews are non-reviews. I mostly just point you in a direction of good bands and their albums

Their new album, the terrible twos, is available on Spotify, Amazon and iTunes.

Of course, I like it. I’m their number 1 fan of all time.

My only complaint is that it is a short album. There are only five songs. Two of the songs are the same, except that one is the radio version and one is not.

Their music reminds me of rebelling against adulting. Whenever I feel like I should be more like normal adults, I listen to J and the 9s. They have so much energy. Maybe the album is short because they are exhausted and have run out of candy.

 

P.S. Here are several links. (Since I am their #1 fan, I know all of their online hangouts. For the love of God, please follow them on Twitter.)

J and the 9s on Twitter

J and the 9s on Instagram

J and the 9s on iTunes

Terrible Twos on Spotify

J and the 9s website

J and the 9s on bandcamp

J and the 9s on cdbaby

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Jacob Banks

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Do yourself a favor and listen to this album, The Boy Who Cried Freedom by Jacob Banks. I’m not telling you because Mr. Banks needs more views on YouTube. He doesn’t.

It’s an amazing album and you will be missing out if you don’t hear it.

His voice is definitely the best thing that I’ve heard in awhile. The music is a mix of soul and the blues. It’s not exactly like contemporary R & B music but if you like R & B you will probably love this album. Chances are that if you have ears, you will appreciate his voice.

You can find Jacob Banks and his music at the following links.

Jacob Banks website

The Boy Who Cried Freedom on Spotify

Chainsmoking video on YouTube

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Bear Ghost

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Bear Ghost might be saving my life right now and they don’t even know it. They could probably play any type of music but what they play is difficult to describe. I mean, it’s alternative rock but it’s kind of campy. If their music was a person, it would be Tim Burton.

I’ve been listening to their last album, Blasterpiece. It’s the perfect antidote to being in a funk. It’s very upbeat and fun.

Some bands are fun but they aren’t great musicians, like Poison. Bear Ghost is not like that – they have definitely have musical skills.

You can find their music on Spotify, Bandcamp and iTunes.

Bear Ghost on iTunes

Bear Ghost on Twitter

Bear Ghost’s Blasterpiece on Bandcamp

Bear Ghost website

Listening to their music might keep the anti-depressants away for another day!

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Shawn James

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In the midst of all of the videos that my kids and I watch on YouTube, this guy appeared like an answer to my prayers. I’m grateful that Shawn James made it through the hodge podge of Minecraft and “Don’t Laugh” challenge videos.

He used to be in a band called Shawn James and the Shapeshifters, which played more hard rock. James solo stuff is a mix of hard rock and the blues. Some people say there’s a folk music element. I guess I’m not familiar enough with folk music to hear it.

His last album, On the Shoulders of Giants, is available on Bandcamp and Spotify. My favorite song on the album is Delilah. It’s nothing like Delilah by Tom Jones. I’m pretty sure that James writes his own music. Maybe he could do a cover of the Tom Jones song on YouTube. Until then, you can follow Shawn James on all of the usual social media outlets.

Shawn Jones. On the Shoulders of Giants. Bandcamp

Shawn James on Twitter

Shawn James website