Friday, March 4, 2016

CD Review: Take A Trip To The Islands With Razteria Or To The Lake With Eric Ambel

If you are looking for a musical trip to the islands, look no further than the Bay Area sensation Razteria. Her new album "Aventurera," is breath of Latin/Reggae music that will have you wishing for warmer climates. The new twelve-song release begins with the island flair of the title-song "Aventurera," before working in the pop/hip-hop feel of "Change." She brings us the up-tempo, hip-shaking rhythm of "Life" and adds some more hip-hop vocals to "Once Again." Razteria lets her voice fly over the reggae beats of "Thankful," before delivering the Latin feel of "The World." The new twelve-song release closes with the exotic movement of "Can't Touch" and the vocal bonus mix of "Once Again," which allows you to concentrate on her voice without the distraction of the music. To find out more about Razteria and her latest release "Aventurera," please visit razteria.com.

Arriving on April 1st is the latest release from singer/songwriter/guitarist Eric Ambel titled "Lakeside." It is his first solo album in over a decade and to celebrate, he is taking his new album out on the road, supported fellow singer/songwriter Sarah Borges. His tour includes a stop at Atwood's Tavern in Cambridge, MA on March 5th and Cafe 9 in New Haven, CT on March 6th. The new ten-song release begins with the up-beat, acoustic rocker "Here Comes My Love" as Eric shows flashes of Ryan Adams, especially during the guitar-infused, alternative buzzing of "Hey Mr. DJ." Eric's music carries a rawness to it as he follows along the footsteps of Neil Young with "Have Mercy" and showcases a country side to his music with "Let's Play With Fire." He delivers a blast of energy with the punk-like fury of "Massive Confusion" and shows his softer side with the ballad "Miss Ohio." The album closes with the slow, dripping guitar solos of "Buyback Blues" and the sweeping instrumental "Cryin' In My Sleep." To find out more about Eric Ambel and his new album "Lakeside," please visit ericambel.com.

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