1. "WAS IT SOMETHING I SAID" - BRANDON FLOWERS - 3:19 Being the lead singer of The Killers was not a hindrance to his first solo album. I never quite "got" The Killers, but this track knocked my doors down. Great arrangement, playing and singing as well as a great song.To me it's a big hit.
2. "BACK OF MY MIND" - THE AUTUMN DEFENSE - 3:13 An offshoot of Wilco members John Stirratt and Pat Sansone, this track sounds a little like the '60s band The Left Banke and that's not a bad thing. A very pleasant listen!
6. "SPEED OF LIFE" - THE GRIP WEEDS - 3:51 This New Jersey band has been around since the '90s with only a revolving bass chair. They eventually built their own recording studio which has been used by many other bands as well. Maybe that's why this sounds so good. Very Beatles and Byrds with exceptional drumming.
7. "PLAGUE OF LOVE" - KATIE MELUA - 3:26 Comparatively unknown in the US, this songstress is HUGE overseas. She has a unique voice and is a strong writer. I like the fact that she covers other people's songs as well. This is from her latest album and I got on board with just one listen. I suspect 2011 will be her time of breakthrough in the States.
8. "YOUR SWEET NAME" - HARRY MANX - 3:21 I have added a new artist (for me) who started out in Toronto and then moved to India to study and live with master musicians. Then he came back and fused the blues of his initial upbringing with Eastern music in an un-obvious way. On this track from his 2010 album Isle of Manx, he is accompanying himself with an instrument that sounds like a four-string mandolin, but my gut says it's an instrument I don't know. I pledge to find out in 2011. Watch out, Richard Thompson!
9. "AIN'T NO HIDIN' LOVE" - DEADSTRING BROTHERS - 4:10 These guys are VERY Stones-influenced - more Keith than Mick. This track rocks right on out in a jack flash kinda groove. Good singer avoids the obvious Jagger temptation because he's a damn good singer on his own. I love this. It grows on ya right away.
TALKING" - JEFFREY FOUCAULT - 3:15
Keith Richard influence here - kind of a "Start Me Up" groove.
Follows the last
song quite well. These bands should tour together.
Prolly a lot cheaper than a
Stones ticket and muuuch younger!