Wednesday, November 7, 2012

CD Review: Chicago Artists Cole DeGenova And Hemmingbirds Roll Out New Albums

From Chicago comes soul singer Cole DeGenova with his second full-length album “Another Country.” The album was produced by Greg Magers (Lupe Fiasco, Matt Santos) and released back in August.

The album begins with the R&B/dance of “Those Kids” as the song combines the perfect mixture of up-beat tempos and pop lyrics. Cole brings a little of that Stevie Wonder soul into his music in the songs “Miles and Miles” and “Blues No More.” He also adds some funk to his musical repertoire with “Lovely Generation” and “Whose Baby Are You,” before finishing with the experimental keyboard sounds of “Decolonized Minds.”

Cole DeGenova has a busy schedule through the end of the year with shows scattered around Chicago, plus a show in London and in Nashville, TN. For more information on Cole DeGenova and his new album “Another Country,” please visit coledegenova.com.

Also from Chicago comes the return of Hemmingbirds with their sophomore album, “The Vines Of Age.” The album was released back in September and was funded by Kickstarter, which allowed the band to reach their goal of $2500 in 16 days.

The new album starts off with “My Love, Our Time Is Now” a modern rocker with some great musical breaks and an upbeat sound that is very infectious. Guitars are blazing a path in “Line Of Bones,” before the band slows down for the gentle acoustic ballad, “Oak Tree.” The band’s mainstream alternative rock sound shines on “Toxic Noise” and “Better Than,” before experimenting with the screeching guitar sounds of “Evening Is Rising.” The album closes with the big, epic sound of “Falling Through The Aether.”

The Hemmingbirds have some shows scheduled in the middle of the U.S. beginning November 8 at The Fremont in Des Moines, IA. For a complete list of live show and for more information on the new album, please visit hemmingbirds.com.

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