Monday, July 3, 2017

CD Review: New Music From Singer/Songwriters Jennifer Saran & Tyler Edwards, Plus Indubious Returns "From Zero"

American singer/songwriter Jennifer Saran is preparing to release her third studio album in three years. Her new release features guests like Carlos Santana and Ladysmith Black Mombazo and is titled "Wake Up." Saran mixes together originals with covers songs, done her way. The new 15-song album begins with the wonderful harmonies of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, highlighted by the lead guitar of Carlos Santana on the island flavor of "Wake Up." She pays tribute to the recently departed George Michael with a smooth, gentle cover of his song "Jesus To A Child" and also pays tribute to Billy Paul with a cover of "Me And Mr. Jones." The energy picks back up with the African rhythm of "You Are My Star" as Saran duets with members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The tributes continue with her nostalgic cover of "Old Cape Cod" as a tribute to Patti Page and then an emotional delivery of "Lean On Me" as a tribute to Bill Withers. The album finishes with the beautiful ballad "My Love And Devotion" for Doris Day and the soulful prayer "Aad Guray." To find out more about Jennifer Saran and her latest release "Wake Up," please visit jennifersaran.com.

From Portland, OR comes the island/reggae sound of the new album from Indubious titled "From Zero." The band has collected a following by performing at festivals like Wakarusa and Gathering Of The Vibes and have been influenced by current artists like Michael Franti and Stephen Marley. Their new 14-song release begins with their mix of pop and reggae on "He Who Has Ears" as the beats keep the energy flowing, while "Rocketship" uses a more laid-back, island vibe. Dancehall artists Sizzla and Vaughn Benjamin lend a hand to the dubstep/dance sound of "Gold Ones" and "Don't Lose Sleep." The reggae/pop energy flows through "If You Follow," before reaching the love song of "Perfect." R&B singer Zahira lends her vocal talents to the smooth rhythm of "Root Down," before Indubious close their new album with the hip-hop movement of "Sky High." To find out more about Indubious and their latest release "From Zero," please visit indubiousmusic.com.

From Seattle comes the latest release from singer/songwriter Tyler Edwards. The new album titled "A Few Good Hearts" may be one of the best independent Americana, folk/rock albums of 2017. His new 11-song release begins with the short, quiet, acoustic introduction "Before The Question," before Tyler plugs in for the southern, country rocker "Hazy Goodbye." He continues with the steady flow of "Don't Rush Me" as his vocals will easily find their way into your soul. The folk appeal of "A Few Good Hearts" allows you to hear how good his songwriting is, while "Southern Belle" has a quiet, majestic tone that makes Tyler seem experienced beyond his years. Tyler plugs in one more time for the fun, up-tempo rocker "Talk So Tough," before closing his new album with the wonderful, Americana touch of "Plain And The Valley" and the slow blues of "As You Need." To find out more about Tyler Edwards and his latest release "A Few Good Hearts," please visit tyleredwardsmusic.com.

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