Friday, December 6, 2013

CD Review: The Young Presidents Lead A "Coalition" And Karrin Allyson Finds A "Yuletide Hideaway"

The successful writing duo of Mitch Kaneff and Jake Hertzog recently released their new digital album "Coalition" as The Young Presidents. The new release features a load of special guest voices including Living Colour's Corey Glover, The Neville Brothers' Ivan Neville, Blondie Chaplin and Adam Ezra. Also helping out are Anton Fig and Rich Crowley on the drums. The new album was also produced by Grammy award winner Rob Fraboni (Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton).

The album begins with the R&B groove of "Time" with Ivan Neville lending his timeless voice to song's uplifting sound. Corey Glover is sprinkled all over this album with the hard rock of "Stand Up For Love" and the funky "Universal Pain." The highlight of the album is the complete collaboration of all these iconic voices on a cover of Edwin Starr's "War." Blondie Chaplin's weathered voice lends to the authenticity of "Love You Forever," while Adam Ezra's vocals gives "Grey Space" that nineties alternative rock feel. The album closes with the gentle sway of "You Will Be On Your Way" as Blondie Chaplin brings it all back home with his passion for singing.

The physical copy of the album will be available in February. To find out more about "Coalition," please visit theyoungpresidents.com.

Grammy nominee Karrin Allyson just released her new holiday album entitled "Yuletide Hideaway." It's filled with new Christmas originals as well as some holiday classics.

We begin with the jazzy sounds of the title-song "Yuletide Hideaway," as Allyson's vocals just warms your heart on these cold winter nights. It's easy to get into the holiday spirit with another original "Christmas Bells Are Ringing," before Karrin Allyson heads to the classics like "Winter Wonderland" and "Let It Snow." Her vocals on "Christmas Time Is Here" is silky smooth with her gentle delivery, while she peps up the tempo a bit on the Bill Evans' unknown jazz holiday classic "It's Love, It's Christmas." The album closes with Karrin showing off her vocals talents on the timeless tale of "The Christmas Song."

Karrin Alliyson is bringing her holiday cheer to the road with a number of dates, including Northampton, MA on December 14. Her tour will last all the way into the new year, be sure to visit karrin.com for more information.

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