Thursday, September 22, 2016

CD Review: New Music From Daphne Willis, Kate Fagan, Cory Goodrich, Lara Filip & Brooklyn Doran

From Nashville comes the latest release from singer/songwriter Daphne Willis titled "Come Together." It features five classic songs by The Beatles, re-imagined with her own special interpretation. Beginning with "Eleanor Rigby," you are bombarded with all these instruments as the song carries a more psychedelic feel than the original. She adds a blues vibe to the title-song, "Come Together" and turns "Something" into a simple, acoustic folk/jazz tune. The album finishes with a funked-up pop delivery of "All You Need Is Love." To find out more about Daphne Willis and her latest release "Come Together," please visit daphnewillis.com.

As a member of the Chicago ska band, Heavy Manners, Kate Fagan and her band opened for 1980's punk/ska bands, The Clash and The English Beat. Kate's song "I Don't Wanna To Be Cool," which was recently re-released through Manufacturing Recordings, became a hit single in the dance clubs during this time period. The newly released four song EP features the hit single, along with it's B-side "Waiting For The Crisis." The other two songs making up this new re-release comes from recording sessions with members of My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult and Scarlet Architect on the unreleased modern dance/pop songs "Master Of Passion" and "Come Over." To find out more about the new re-issue from Kate Fagan, please visit omnianmusicgroup.com.

Singer/Actor/Musician Cory Goodrich recently released her latest album titled "Wildwood Flower," which is a tribute to the music of The Carter Family. Cory's portrayal of June Carter Cash in the musical "Ring Of Fire" inspired her to pick-up the Appalachian autoharp and learn these songs. Beginning with the title song, "Wildwood Flower," Cory delivers the songs with such grace and respect. Her voice soars in her rendition of "Tiny Sparrow" and she brings out the traditional tones of "Far Side Of Lovin' You." She adds four originals on this new release like the gentle folk ballads "Sycamore Tree" and "Still In Love." Sandwiched between these tracks are Cory's versions of the classic songs "Ring of Fire" and gospel-like quality of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken." To find out more about Cory Goodrich and her latest release "Wildwood Flower," please visit corygoodrich.com.

Next from Chicago comes the latest release titled "Stop Time" from singer/songwriter Lara Filip. The album showcases Lara's personal triumph over breast cancer and the themes of love and life. The new ten song release begins with the acoustic, folk strumming of "The Other Side" which centers around closing the distance between loved ones. Her voice builds in the pop tones of "She's Not Coming Home" and then she shines on the emotional ballad of "Stop Time." The highlight of the album is the country-folk delivery of "Mountain Song," which has a timeless quality. The album finishes with Lara rocking out with the choir-like chorus of "Feathers & Glass" and then quieting down for the country acoustics of "Jericho Road." To find out more about Lara Filip and her latest release "Stop Time," please visit larafilip.com.

Finally from Canada comes the latest release titled "These Paper Wings" from independent singer/songwriter Brooklyn Doran. Right from the opening notes of "Not The Time," you easily get swept up in Brooklyn's sweet voice. She opens up on the folk/rock delivery of "Sing Me Your Song" and digs deep into your soul with the powerful piano ballad "I Found A Home." The title-song, "These Paper Wings" is the perfect blend of her vocals and smooth melody, as she is an undiscovered gem waiting to shine. Her new seven-song release closes with the gentle touch of her voice within the pop tempo of "Say The Words." To find out more about Brooklyn Doran and her latest release "These Paper Wings," please visit brooklyndoran.com.

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