Sunday, March 27, 2016

CD Review: Willie Nile Battles Back With "World War Willie" & East Of Venus Brings Out Their "Memory Box"

American singer/songwriter Willie Nile returns with his tenth studio album titled "World War Willie." It will be released on April 1st through River House Records in association with Virtual Label. This album is Willie's attempt to fight back at all the of confrontations between good and bad going on in the world today. His music has grown into a classic American rock and roll sound since his debut over 35 years ago and his songwriting on this release is some of the best of his career.

Beginning with "Forever Wild," Willie Nile and his band are ready to have a good time with this retrospective up-tempo rocker. He continues with a call to arms as he sings for everyone to work together to fix the problems in this country in "Let's All Come Together," while "Grandpa Rocks" blazes a trail with its punk-like energy. He displays some of his folk-storytelling songwriting with the acoustic "Runaway Girl," and "Hell Yeah" is pure rockabilly fun. His tribute to The Band's Levon Helm is country-rock gold as you can't help but find yourself singing along to the chorus of "When Levon Sings." The album closes with the bluesy appeal of "Citibank Nile" and a burning cover of the Velvet Underground classic "Sweet Jane." To find out more about Willie Nile and his latest release "World War Willie," please visit willienile.com.

Indie-rock supergroup, East Of Venus, will be releasing their debut album "Memory Box" on April 15th through Omnivore Recordings. Featuring members of Winter Hours, The Feelies, Luna, and The Bongos; this new four-piece band mixes together their originals with a few of their favorite cover songs to showcase their modern, alternative country/rock sound. The new ten-song release begins with the up-tempo "Let's Find A Way," highlighted by some slide-guitar as you easily find yourself getting lock into the song's groove. Their music is not meant to overpower you, but instead wrap itself around you as in the alt-country sounds of "You Started Something." The first of their three cover songs on this album is Red Buckets "Jane September," which comes off like a long-lost Lou Reed tune. They pick-up the tempo with the raw, classic rock appeal of "Who's To Know," before stepping into the shoes of Tim Hardin for a gentle take of his song "Reason To Believe." The album finishes with the excellent songwriting of "Dallas" and their final cover of the lesser-known Rolling Stones song "Citadel," which showcases the band stepping outside of their comfort zone with their sound. The album was dedicated to band member Michael Carlucci who passed away during the recording of this album. To find out more about East Of Venus and their new release "Memory Box," please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

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