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Meghan Patrick – Country Music Made Me Do It (2018)

Meghan Patrick – Country Music Made Me Do It (2018)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) – 286 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps – 89 MB | 00:38:53
Country | Label: Warner Music Canada
There’s always a high and lonesome song that keeps on pushing me along. This line from the title track and lead single of Meghan Patrick’s latest album Country Made Me Do It is classic country and serves notice that she is determined to revive and carry the traditional torch. Meghan lives hard and loves hard, and her songs reflect this passion. She loves trucks, fishing and hunting, riding horses and a good stiff glass of whiskey, and all of these elements fuel her countrified lyrics. Think the free spirit of Emmylou Harris from those magical days when she performed with Gram Parsons, combined with the spark and sensuality of Tanya Tucker, the only female to crack the Outlaw genre, and you begin to have some idea of what Meghan Patrick is all about.
It’s been a banner year-and-a-half for the Bowmanville native in terms of radio play, live shows and awards ceremonies. Her debut album Grace and Grit, sprouted four Top 20 singles including her stirring duet with Joe Nichols on the Top 10 hit Still Loving You. In concert, she’s performed with superstars like Lady Antebellum, Dwight Yoakam, Kip Moore and Martina McBride, peaking with a show-stopping duet with Keith Urban at the Timmins Stars & Thunder Festival. She topped things off by winning Female Artist of the Year and Sirius XM Rising Star awards at the 2017 Canadian Country Music Awards.
I did not expect those awards and I was certainly overwhelmed at the time. Now I just feel really appreciative and grateful that my fans and peers felt that I deserved those honours. In one sense you can say that my career has been kind of short in terms of being in the mainstream and having a record deal, but within the last year the trajectory has been huge.
Country Music Made Me Do It was produced by veteran Nashville song writer and producer Jeremy Stover, and mixed by studio heavyweight Chris Lord-Alge who has won Record of the Year Grammys for his work with everyone from Alison Kraus to U2. Meghan’s debut record had a potpourri of producers including Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger and Vince Gill but this time out she was looking for a more homogenous sound and she feels that she struck gold with Stover.
When we started the project we wrote together, coming up with several songs for the album. Jeremy and I really clicked well and we had great chemistry in terms of writing. We eventually got a large chunk of the songs together through him and some of the other writers in his publishing company. When he said he’d love to produce the album I said, Well yeah, I thought you’d never ask’.
Meghan, who now lives in Nashville, co-wrote all but one of the 12 tracks on the album. Some of her other co-writers include Kelly Archer (Brett Young, Dustin Moore) and Justin Weaver (Kip Moore, Jason Aldean), who helped pen Walls Come Down, an ominous number about family strife. Case Of Beer And A Bed, written with Derick Ruttan and J.T. Harding (Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney), is a sentimental song about going back to the basics. Meghan co-wrote the title track with Stover and roots singer/songwriter Dan Isbell. The singer has recently experienced a lot of highs with the CCMA Awards and chart successes that she has earned, but there have also been a few lows such as the end of a long term relationship. Country Music Made Me Do It captures some of the peaks and valleys with heartfelt emotion in a traditional country setting.
It’s just kind of a thing where music in general has been the driving force behind almost every decision I’ve made in my life. To facilitate my career it’s always been my priority and my number one objective, so you could say that country music made me do a lot of things. I love traditional country music. It’s my passion and my goal has been to bring a little more of that traditional sound into the mainstream country market. A lot of what’s out there right now is more on the pop side of country and there’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s just not what I want to do.

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Maria Luisa Macellaro la Franca – 4 Pièces pour piano ~ Nocturnes (2018)

Maria Luisa Macellaro la Franca – 4 Pices pour piano: Nocturnes (2018)
Classical, Piano | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 00:41:03 | 95 MB
Label: Da Vinci Classics
Baroness Charlotte de Rothschild under the name Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild published four piano pieces for the Parisian publisher Maho: a Nocturne and a Polka, both in C minor and two Waltzes, in A minor and F minor. The publication goes unnoticed until 2014. Pianist Philip Sears, in search of rare pieces on the site of the Bibliothque National de France Gallica, found that two of these pieces are identical to Frdric Chopin’s posthumous works: the Nocturne in C Minor B. 108, unpublished until 1937, and the Waltz in A minor B. 150, unpublished until 1955. Only dynamic indications are different, especially in the Nocturne. The homogeneous dynamics of the Maho edition in the version published by the Chopin Institute in Warsaw are more pronounced. In addition, Nocturne is indicated with Andante sostenuto instead of Andante.

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Lorne Balfe – 12 Strong (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2018)

Lorne Balfe – 12 Strong (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2018)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) – 309 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps – 164 MB | 01:10:45
Soundtracks | Label: WaterTower Music
12 Strong (also known as 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers) is an upcoming American war drama film directed by Nicolai Fuglsig and written by Ted Tally and Peter Craig. The film is based on Doug Stanton’s non-fiction book Horse Soldiers, which tells the story of CIA paramilitary officers and U.S. Special Forces sent to Afghanistan immediately after the September 11 attacks. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Pea, Navid Negahban, Trevante Rhodes, Geoff Stults, Thad Luckinbill, William Fichtner, and Rob Riggle. The plot reminds me a bit of 13 hours: The secret soldiers of Benghazi and guess what, to my joy, Lorne Balfe who wrote a cracking score for that one signs the music of 12 strong.
Being the musical chameleon that he is and having a 70 minutes long playground at his disposal, Lorne starts with a slow burning reflective piece Generations that starts giving me my ambient fix; this emotional opening combined with the anticipation for the action pieces make me thing that we could have another Terminator Genisys on our hands. It’s not Genisys yet but 20000 feet above definitely has that dark menacing percussion sound that the first Terminator movie had and I feel nostalgia gripping me. Soldier’s wife deepens that feeling as it reminds me of Fate and hope from the aforementioned movie with the moody, heroic piano motif. I am all in for the sweet RCP sound in this score.
The Taliban element appears for the first time as a distorted, electronic ethnic insert in Waiting for Dostum; I like it that Lorne Balfe didn’t compromise his sound and managed to bring ethnicity in the music while keeping the electronic vibe. The tension of the story is evoked with ticking percussion motifs that don’t give me a moment to breathe when they appear. I find these elements and pieces to like but I keep waiting for the fireworks to show up. Drop bombs is a long cue, 7 minutes, that once again focuses on the tension; these first few pieces are all about the suspenseful texture which is well done but kind of restrictive. The music stays in that tense place for a while without taking off.
The percussion finally picks up pace in First attack but the music still doesn’t fully explode. I like the title theme with the slow piano that finally drowns the nervous, trembling strings in the background. Eventually as the composer digs deeper into it this slow burning, quiet sound gets to me; there are subtle inflexions in the sound that when discovered open up the score for me. Fight like you ride is another moody piece that grows on me after a couple of listens with that ambient echo and the different layers of sound. As I readjust my expectations for this score Lorne Balfe brings on the melodic emotion in Prayers but just as I grab on to it the music dissolves again into that constant tension.
Naturally when a composer and especially one as gifted as Lorne makes the decision to keep 12 strong mostly suspenseful without letting it go loud or wild it makes me thing that hearing it in context will change my view on it; as it stands right now, the standalone listening experience gave me less than I was expecting, especially after Geostorm and Ghost in the shell; the action pieces were as uneven as my thoughts on this score and often interrupted very quickly. Still I am left with a few meaningful ambient motifs that I will listen to again.

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Lithium – Red (2018)

Lithium – Red (2018)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) – 276 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps – 113 MB | 00:50:59
Jazz | Label: Hevhetia
‘Red’ is the debut album from new band, Lithium. Lithium is the result of a collaboration of four talented jazz musicians and composers: Joonas Tuuri, Jonne Taavitsainen, Alexi Tuomarila and Andr Fernandes. With many tours both as leader and with trumpet player and ECM artist Tomasz Stanko, pianist and composer Alexi Tuomarila has become a fixture in many European jazz projects. His fellow countryman, drummer Jonne Taavitsainen, is one of the jazz scene’s emerging talents. Joonas Tuuri plays double bass and electric bass. In his career as a bassist, he has played in many different formations. In his youth, Joonas studied music at the Central Karelia Music Institute in eastern Finland and today studies at the Sibelius Academy’s Jazz Department. The line-up is completed by the youngest band member, the Portuguese guitarist Andre Fernandes, who already has worked with a number of top artists such as Lee Konitz, Mrio Laginha, Chris Cheek, Maria Joao, Tomasz Stanko, Bill McHenry, Perico Sambeat, Jeff Ballard, Julian Arguelles, David Binney, Avishai Cohen and Eli Degib.

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Leaves' Eyes – Sign of the Dragonhead (2018)

Leaves’ Eyes – Sign of the Dragonhead (2018)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) – 752 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps – 234 MB | 01:41:59
Symphonic Metal, Gothic Metal | Label: AFM Records
Leaves’ Eyes was formed in 2003 by Norwegian vocalist Liv Kristine and German singer Alexander Krull. I would describe the band as symphonic metal with a taste of Viking/Pagan/Celtic and folk. In 2018 they will release their seventh studio album, Sign Of The Dragonhead, their first with new singer Elina Siirala who joined in early 2016 after the departure of founding member Kristine. I have been lucky enough to get my hands on an early copy for the purposes of this review.
Their 2015 album, King Of Kings, was my number one CD for the year. In October of 2016, they released an EP with a new song, Fires In The North. Also contains three re-recorded tracks from the King Of Kings CD featuring Elina on vocals. Fans lucky enough to have seen the new lineup live were well aware that she was more than capable of performing their classic material. This EP proved without question that the in-studio chemistry between the members was without question. The EP proved that the in studio chemistry between the band members was without question.
When I first caught wind of details of the 2018 release it had all the makings of another great album. Once again, the legendary London Voices Choir, best known for their work on blockbuster movie productions such as Lord Of The Rings, Star Wars and The Hobbit, were employed to add their incredible talents. Additionally, the amazing Victor Smolski’s Almanac Symphony Orchestra were hired to contribute Medieval nyckelharpas, fiddles, uilleann pipes and whistles.
The new CD kicks off with the first single and title track Sign Of The Dragonhead. Upon first listen, I quickly get the impression that Leaves’ Eyes is continuing right where they left off with King of Kings. The composition is full of everything you want in a symphonic metal song. The beautiful voice of Elina combines with the breathtaking voices of The London Voices Choir, and Alexs growls are tastefully thrown into the mix. I can just imagine the fans in full force, jumping to the Viking inspired rhythms during a live performance.

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Kari Sal (Karina Srocka) – Betesda (2017)

Kari Sal (Karina Srocka) – Betesda (2017)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) – 296 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps – 116 MB | 00:50:59
Jazz, Vocal Jazz | Label: Hevhetia
Betesda is spiritual music. Created under the influence of painting, a trip to Iceland, where in the small town of Kirkjubajarklaustur, Kari wrote most of the songs. Multiculturalism and its dialogue are therefore reflected in its music. It contains elements of jazz, classical music and world music. In the lyrical layer, most of them were Kari’s original texts, as well as apocryphal works from the mid-sixth century.
Betesda is a biblical place of purification. This record is for me a kind of symbol of purification, I would like people listening to my music to break away from everything that troubles them every day and find peace in it. The Betesda CD is the result of the extraordinary creative commitment of each of the musicians. I am glad that I was able to invite such strong and colorful characters together, because thanks to them, this music creates a truly unique color.

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Kantorei and Joel Rinsema – Kim André Arnesen ~ Infinity (2018)

Kantorei & Joel Rinsema – Kim Andr Arnesen: Infinity (2018)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:06:27 | 155 MB
Label: Naxos
Kim Andre Arnesen is one of Norway’s most frequently performed contemporary composers. International recognition of his music includes a performance of the beautifully evocative Cradle Hymn at the White House for Barack Obama in 2016. Arnesen’s association with Denver’s Kantorei resulted in their commissioning the warmly expressive The gift I’ll leave you’ and the eloquent Making or Breaking.’ Even when He Is Silent’ sets a text written by a prisoner on a concentration camp wall, and Arnesen’s own summing-up of Flight Song’ is that music making is the song of new life, fragile as the fall of a feather.

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Julie Erikssen – Out of Chaos (2018)

Julie Erikssen – Out of Chaos (2018)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) – 281 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps – 108 MB | 00:46:57
Jazz, Vocal Jazz | Label: Sound Surveyor Music
Julie Erikssen is the magnificent aplomb of the one who knows and the subtle lightness of the one who doubts. It’s a five-year preamble before unveiling his music: an elegant sound, jazz & folk influences, stringed musicians and a bright, frank voice. Out of chaos, his new album, this soft wood and polite in which flows the sap of what makes Julie’s essence. Come and have a look in his cosmos. Julie Erikssen is an artist whose grace is with unlimited and powerful vocal technic. Always surrounded by musicians among the best, she also comps herself on the piano and on the guitar. She’s also an amazing songwriter. 12 original songs with poetic, brightful, and aerial musical universe.

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Jordi Masó – Turina ~ Piano Music, Vol. 13 (2018)

Jordi Mas – Turina: Piano Music, Vol. 13 (2018)
Classical, Piano | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | Digital Booklet | 01:02:02 | 145 MB
Label: Naxos
One of the most ambitious and complex works in Spanish piano repertoire, the picturesque Sanlucar de Barrameda is one of Turina’s true masterpieces, the composer describing it as my homage to this wonderful city of silver where the salt spray of the ocean is mixed with the aroma of manzanilla.’ The varied pieces that form Trilogia include a grief-stricken dedication to the memory of his daughter and an entertainingly humorous finale filled with quotes from other works. This final volume in the Naxos edition of Turina’s complete piano works concludes with the tantalizingly unfinished Seven Sorrows of the Virgin Mary.

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Johnny Horton – The Best Of (2018)

Johnny Horton – The Best Of (2018)
Country, Oldies | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 02:01:34 | 283 MB
Label: One Day Music
A country singer well known for his film themes and storytelling songs, Johnny Horton had a great career and has been assured of a place in country music history. His good looks, story-telling songs and amiable voice have guaranteed that. As it is, he is celebrated now thanks to songs like North To Alaska, When It’s Springtime In Alaskaand The Battle Of New Orleans. A worthy testament to a talent who deserves to be better remembered.

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