Quick plays: ANDREW COMBS, MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

Andrew Combs - All These Dreams

ANDREW COMBS – All These Dreams

www.andrewcomsmusic.com [Released 26.01.15]

This is the second album from Nashville based singer-songwriter Andrew Combs. As you would expect being based in Nashville there is a little country in the musical flavours on offer, along with hints of those laid back 1970′s West Coast albums. The song ‘Nothing To Lose’ could easily be lifted of a 70′s Jackson Browne album, a lovely piece of music.

However, he has a few other surprises up his musical sleeve with the jaunty pop of ‘Foolin’ recalling the late, great Roy Orbison. There is even a hint of Jeff Lynne in the backing music. Then there is the quirky humour of ‘Strange Bird’, it is not about the feathered variety either!

An album to chill out and get swept away by Andrew Combs gentle vocals and laid back tunes. ***1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie

MICHAEL ARMSTRONG – The Radio Years

www.michaelarmstrongmusic.co.uk [Released 02.03.15]

This the first single of his forthcoming debut album and the album has some name guest musicians including  Albert Lee and Steely Dan guitarist Elliott Randall. ‘The Radio Years’ is a tribute to ‘his long term mistress the radio’ to quote the PR blurb. Needless to say this catchy pop tune is made for daytime radio. The other song on this double A-side (can you have a double A-side on a CD???) is ‘Back To Work’, a tale of the commuter who ‘strive so hard so hard for the weekend’. Again, a chorus that sits easily with the listener and nice guitar throughout. ****

Review by Jason Ritchie

THE CYON PROJECT – Tales Of Pain

Pavement Entertainment [Released 26.01.15]

Italian based band who mix metal and stoner, along with a little thrash. The band consists of Marco Priotti (vocals), Fabio Cyon (guitar), Mad Mike (bass) and Nicola Palma (drums).

They certainly cross a few musical genres on this album, as ‘Cheesy Song’ sounds like Nickelback, albeit with a thrashy vocal outro. ‘Joe’ is an instrumental that opens the album completed with strings, whilst ‘Sandglass’ is a gentle song giving some light relief on the album. Nice bit of a QOTSA vibe on ‘John Ryder’, vocalist Marco Pirotti channeling his rage nicely on this one.

Not a bad album at all, there is a little stoner rock in the guitar riffs at times, otherwise it will appeal to modern metal fans who like some musical variety.  ***1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie


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