Monday, April 10, 2017

CD Review: Blues Singer Gina Sicilia Plays "Tug Of War," While Max Bouratoglou Debuts New Album

Blues vocalist Gina Sicilia is preparing to release her new album, "Tug Of War" on June 2nd through Blue Elan Records. The theme of her songs deal with the complexity of everyday life and just getting through the day. The new 11-song release begins with the soulful delivery of "Don't Want To Be (In Love)," as Gina's vocals have a mature quality to them. Her music carries a classic, Bonnie Raitt vibe as she locks into the blues groove of "He Called Me Baby" and "Never Gonna End." Gina slows down for the gospel-like tone of "I Cried," then builds the energy back up with the acoustic blues of "Abandoned," before finishing with a super-slowed down version of The Beatles' "All My Loving" and the up-beat, country swing of "Heaven." 

Gina Sicilia will be hitting the road following the release of her new album as she make her way across the U.S. To find out more about Gina Sicilia and her latest release "Tug Of War," please visit ginasicilia.com.


From Brooklyn comes the full-length debut album from singer/songwriter Max Bouratoglou titled "Idle Intuition." Max was mentored at a very young age by acclaimed singer/songwriter Ken Stringfellow (R.E.M., Big Star), who also produced the album. The new 9-song release begins with the up-tempo, poetic lyrics of "Contagious," which really showcase Max's songwriting talent on the album's opening track. He delivers the modern shuffle of "Strangers" and then quickens his pace on "Clay" as his music takes on a retro-sound. Max finishes his new album with the slow-sway of "Puppeteer," and the up-tempo pop/rock of "Reminisce." To find out more about Max Bouratoglou and his latest release "Idle Intuition," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/max.bouratoglou.

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