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Beady BelleCricklewood Broadway ... LP
Jazzland (Norway), 2013. New Copy ... $11.99
Stunning sounds from Beady Belle – one of the greatest albums we've heard from the group in years – and that's saying a heck of a lot! Beady Belle are as soulful as ever, but also have a new sort of crackle too – a bit more clavinet mixed in with their Fender Rhodes, and this cool moogy way of laying down a groove that at times is almost a 21st Century version of Shuggie Otis during his Inspiration Information years! The lovely vocals of Beate Lech still keep a great degree of humanity in the music – with these beautifully personal lyrics that have always made the group one of the warmest of all their contemporaries on the Scandia scene – sung this time with a maturity that could well get these guys the much-needed audience they've always deserved on this side of the Atlantic. A gem through and through – with titles that include "Saved", "Party Pooper", "Song For Irie", "Faith", "Circlet", "So Far So Good", "My Name On The World", and "Poppy Burt-Jones". LP, Vinyl record album

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Brand New HeaviesSweet Freaks ... CD
Eagle Rock, 2014. New Copy ... $8.99 13.99
The Brand New Heavies never seem to lose their power at all – and while it might show our age a bit to say we've been digging these guys for 25 years, we're still very proud to be keeping tabs on their music! This time around, BNH work at a level that still has all the great funky touches of their roots, but which also expands things a bit too – adding in some fuller backings at points, to give the music more of a 70s funky soul vibe – instead of just a straight funk approach – and occasionally even hitting some early 80s elements in the rhythms, but still with that warm, live instrumentation that's always made these guys a crucial force in keeping real soul music alive and well. Singer Dawn Joseph handles most of the vocals – and titles include "Sweet Freeek", "95 Tonight", "Bring The Rain", "Get On", "We Live For The Summer", "Self Portrait", "Sledgehammer", and "You Are The Fire". CD

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