One truly hot album, the latest from singer songwriter and amazing talent Nicki Kris, called “Heartbeat” and what a most fitting name for an album. The album has a pulse to it, as I started to listen I realized the powerful vocal range of Nicki Kris from the start. With her debut album from 2013 “I Come Alive” and her follow up EP “Dream Big” Nicki Kris has a sound that brings in who she is with her release of “Heartbeat”. The album is strong from the start and keeps the “Heartbeat” alive all the way through. The first song called “Captain America” has a real pulse to it an Nicki emphasizes her vocal reach with a powerfully charged song and has added electronica to keep the songs amazing composure. With the next song called “Heartbeat” Nicki brings in the grind with her powerfully charged vocals and I can really feel the singer in Nicki Kris arrive with full force. “Can’t Let You Go” has a really great sound and I really like this song, & where it made me want to get up and dance and the song has a sound that really reflects who Nicki Kris is as a dance pop diva and as a true singer songwriter. “Light It Up” keeps the steady beat moving into the almost techno zone but once again I was able to hear Nicki and her amazing vocal range that brings your ears closer to the speakers. “I Am Who I Am” the song has a rock feel to it with the almost sensitive side to it, I might add I felt some emotional touches in Nicki’s vocals that added the element of vulnerability that is a good thing, and was nice to hear. With the next song arriving called “You’ve Got A Hold On Me” Nicki pours on her tremendous and articulate vocals that have a crispness to them and added to the musicality of the song makes a great music mix. “Defenseless” Nicki has a sound that is truly unique and adds her element of personal feelings to the song that rolls you through it. “Everything I Do I Do For You” is a great and superb example of Nicki Kris and her wonderful and soothing vocals that are captured within this song. The song keeps that “Heartbeat” moving in the upbeat direction. “Lost In LA” another song that I enjoyed, and Nicki on this song rolls us down memory lane with her and recounting them as the song sails through. “Falling To My Pieces” a slower ballad, if you will, where Nicki once again brings in her vulnerabilities throughout the song an in addition brings in her powerful and yet strong vocals and I also felt some pure emotion in the lyrics of this truly amazing song. “Picture Yourself” is a true sense of who Nicki Kris really is and I feel sums up this album and reflects who Nicki Kris is as a singer and a songwriter and places her heart on the line with this song, another slow ballad, that supports the title of this wonderful album “Heartbeat”. “Stay” has a really great feel to it and Nicki reflects her awesome musicality on this one, and has a unique flavor of pop, dance and adult contemporary music throughout the entire song, and was nice to hear all the elements wrapped up within. “Call My Name” now this song really caught my ears attention, where Nicki really reflects her emotional level and the song has a true tender side to it and was heard in Nicki’s vocals that were raw and real and really truly reflects and allows you to hear her “Heartbeat” through the music and her sensitive side within her music. “Rise” Nicki brings in her powerful yet articulate vocals on this song and can really feel the vocals arriving from deep within Nicki as a truly awesome and powerful singer and a songwriter. All in all the album “Heartbeat” delivers and truly I felt the “Heartbeat” all the way through and really believe this reflects who Nicki Kris is and allows my pulse to be strong and keep the Heartbeat up and ready to be wow’d by a n amazing and truly reflective & honest singer songwriter Nicki Kris. I thank Nick for her tremendous gift o her friendship and her awesome gift of music and look forward to hearing more from her, knowing she is just a “Heartbeat” away.
Steven F. Adams
Promoter/Publicist Music Reviewer Owner Sound Wave One
c 2019 used by permission
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Damn hot and full of flavor and plenty of ear candy. That’s what I heard when receiving my copy of the latest from jazz musician and amazing and superior talented Patrick Yandall. His out of this world latest project called “When It’s Hip” and from the get go, Patrick blows the covers right off the bed with the song called “When It’s Hip” and the sound is incredible and totally amazing and exciting. The whole song is wrapped in solid and superior crafted style, that I have come to know over the last five years. I have been feeding my jazz fix with Patrick Yandall’s amazing and full of flavorful music. With this being said, the next song is equally upbeat and really jams the soul with a total fix of non stop electrifying and heart pounding real jazz. The next track called “B Boy”, Patrick and company feed your ears to an amazing and upbeat song that takes jazz to the next level. One thing I have noticed about Patrick Yandall he never disappoints, he brings in fresh vibes and the assortment that keeps the fire roaring. “Who’s That Lady” Patrick takes on the Isley Brothers with a major groove and keeps that pulse beating away, and does a fine job and allows the purest of talent into his world with this tremendous cover of the song. The next song called “Soul Instincts” Patrick shows off his tremendous power of the Latin influences in an almost Santana feel, but chimes in with full flavor & gusto to shake your groove thing all night long. “Makai” a slower song, and brings down the tempo a little to cool you off and allow you to savor all the goodness that Patrick brings with every song that he lends his talented digits. Just as you begin to rest your earbuds Patrick begins another song with a full line up with flavorful and impactful horn section on the song called “the Groovefather” and quite honestly blows you away, the complete package brings out the electric guitarisms and the fullness of the horn section allow your ears to actually feel the burn, the song is amazing and rips through like a hot knife through cold butter. “At the Bijou” a slower ballad that has orchestration leading you into the open and full monty of Patrick’s sophisticated and intricate guitar works. The song keeps the tempo alive and got my head and foot taping and shaking to this amazing music. With this being said the next song called “Chill Factor” Patrick shows his very eclectic style and instantly recognizable guitar works, in which I term “smooth Jazz” and Patrick totally satisfies the taste for a solid jazz album. “Money” yes it is the cover of Pink Floyds song, however Patrick brings his guitar virtuoso playing to a new level that allows you to hear the intricate and superbly masterful digits at work on the fancy fret work. “Blues For JP” a song that really showcases Patrick and his smoothness and highly intricate picking work. Plain & simple, the guy is amazing and I am and have been impressed throughout this amazing and packed with red hot flavor album. The song has that true marriage between blues and jazz that is soft to the touch. “Heartland” a song that starts off with a recognizable Hammond and goes full swing intro to has an earthy feel to it that I can’t put my finger on but never the less is a amazing part of Patrick’s ability to always satisfy your taste for masterful musicality. “Bring on The Funk” yet another quality of music that Patrick brings to you and has the horn section that is perfect and keeps up the tempo and lifts you through an amazing song that arrives with full of funk flavor to keep you hopin’ and bopin through each movement. The next song called “Lover’s Moon” Patrick shows off his picking skills and kicks royal butt and has the feel of a great acoustic set that moves in a new direction and has the feel of one on one which adds a nice feel to the album. “Star Prelude” Patrick brings in his full guns and allows your attention to be drawn into an electrifying approach, only to give way to the national anthem “Star Spangled Banner” and Patrick & company make it feel real emotionally involved and has that true anthem feel and give the song full flavor and respectability.. As a musician Patrick I salute you for your tremendous talent and superior and masterful works on the guitar and your amazing contribution to the jazz & music scene. I always look forward to writing your reviews of your amazing music, you never disappoint, you keep my ears wide open and wanting to hear your superior talent in action. I thank Patrick Yandall for his tremendous friendship over the years and always looking forward to what is next on the music menu for Patrick Yandall. With 20 albums to his credit and various awards and recognition I am forever a true fan and loyal supporter of Patrick’s music and always will be.
Steven f Adams
Promoter/Publicist Music reviewer Owner Sound Wave One
c 2019 used by permission
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What an incredible and amazing singer songwriter & musician and a sound that is truly unreal. The album from Karen Tobin, originally from Pennsylvania, who made a her sound a household name in Nashville. The album is called “Before It’s Too Late”, and what a pure delight to hear Karen and her totally polished and refined music. Karen at the start has a kind of Carole King sound, but even more so a Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris and with a set of lyrics that have true meaning and are amazing. The album starts with a song that is already a “hit” it’s called “Homeless Heart” and Karen slides right in with her amazing and natural style of lyrical content and smoothly polished vocals. With this being said Karen and her next song called “Before It’s Too Late” is a simply amazing and intriguing song that has true singer songwriter threads woven within.
Karen Tobin has that immediate appeal to her style, she showcases this all the way through this beautiful and heartfelt music assortment. “Those Blue Eyes” another example of how great Karen’s vocals and her innate ability to write a song with such deepness and conviction. As I listened further to this miraculous and inspiring album the song called “Shadow on The Wall” Karen shows her musical talent and one can really feel the sound influence of Linda Ronstadt throughout, however Karen puts her own spin on it and makes the music alive that has the sound that is totally convincing. “Beautiful Day” Karen paints a vivid picture of the day through her amazing incredible way with words that emotionalize the song and bring in that dose of reality to an amazing comfort level. “Bed of Promises” has a bluesy feel to it & Karen brings you with her as her incredible vocal range stretches you along the path with her talent in the blues department and is unbelievable. “What I Used to Be” has a real Nashville feel to it and Karen continues to amaze me. This album gave my ears an earful & has a real classic or vintage sound that that brings you along for the ride. “Give Me Back My Heart” Karen slows the tempo down a little, to really feel and hear the Linda Ronstadt pulse in her vocals, despite this, Karen shows total vulnerability and honesty and I love it. “Honky Tonk Heart” brings in that bar sound that invites your ears to come in and have a seat or dance along with this danceable and catchy song. “Walk Through Fire” a truly amazing song, that projects Karen’s true talent and one of my most loved on this amazing and totally polished album. “Burnin’ another song that has meaning and gets the foot stompin’ away with the guitar strums and the amazing rhythm that keep the tempo in check.. “Ring Around The Moon” the song that reflects who Karen Tobin is as a musician and a songwriter, the lyrics have true feeling and emotion contained inside them and Karen keeps the harmonies real and most enjoyable and inviting. “All That It Takes” has another foot stomping style and delivers a beat that keeps you wanting more and more. Karen is a truly amazing and talent to hear. I have got to get to see her in one of her many music venues to hear and feel the pulse of her music, it’s not the same just listening to the album track by track. There is something about the “live” experience that one truly can feel. With this being said the next song called “Until We Meet Again” Karen allows the emotional feelings to surface with this amazing and truly heartfelt song that touched my heart to the core. As most of you know I am a true sucker for the love ballad and if you happen to look up the word ballad, you’ll find a link to Karen Tobin and this incredibly and touching song. The song actually brought goosebumps and a stream of tears from my eyes. “Those Lovin’ Arms” Karen showcases her talent and true vocals at it’s finest, the song has pickin’ going on and can hear the amazing and catchy and most flavorable vocals of a true musician, Karen Tobin. What an amazing find. The wonderful and amazing and beautiful and emotionally packed and all around talented Karen Tobin and her album called “Before It’s Too Late” deserves to be in anyone’s music library and one who loves music that delivers on demand feeling & emotion. I thank Karen Tobin for her incredible friendship, and totally amazing music and look forwards and knowing she will be the one at the top of the charts “Before It’s Too Late”.
STEVEN F. ADAMS
MUSIC REVIEWER PUBLICIST PROMOTER OWNER SOUND WAVE ONE
C 2019 USED BY PERMISSION
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As began to listen to embark on my next music review, I came across a music artist named Sherma Andrews, and wow what a voice! One of two albums one of the albums is called “Legendary Lady Singer, which features Sherma performing all the lady singers from the past and present and Sherma has that voice, that quite simply put incredible”
Sherma Andrews with her album called “Guilty” from 2010. What a royal treat for the ears. Amazing and incredible. The first track called “Run” and what a gorgeous voice. The song is so amazing and Sherma kicks in her incredible voice that oozes beauty. The next song is called “Something ‘Bout The Way You Love Me” and once again Sherma arrives with a boom and that incredible vocal range that is amazing and sounds wonderful. With all this complete goodness, Sherma Andrews has that amazing and almost enchanting voice that carries you away with her as she sings her songs. Track three a song called “You’ll Never Know” has a sound that is unmatched and Sherma nails the notes to the “T’ with a capitol “S” Sheez. As I listened further to the album and the song called “Lost” Sherma just continued to amaze me and keep my ears wide open for pure beauty and complete procession of her vocals all the way to the end.
Sherma has a voice of all the legends and throughout this miraculous album she brings a little of each in every song. A great example of this is the next song called “Here” and I can here so much of the legendary ladies in her style and really love this song. A love ballad that keeps you glued to your speakers.
“The next song must be a song that was inspired by Sherma’s father as I can feel the passion and the major conviction in the lyrics. Her arranging and production values that are just amazing and beautiful. “Insane” another example of beauty coupled with purity and that ability to bring your ears and body into the music. “Rain’ another song that carries you through Sherma and her pure honesty & simplistic way of singing and interpreting the music. It arrives from her tremendous writing capabilities and arrives from her heart. “Guilty” another amazing beautiful and smoothly polished to perfection song that Sherma allows you to really hear and absorb her ability to convey her message through her tremendous and marvelous vocal ability and songwriting. “Talk to Me” Sherma takes on a hint of the late legendary singer & songwriter Donna Summer’ but remains within her own styling that adds a element of total vulnerability to her beautiful vocals. Sherma carries her emotions with the song called “Looking For Something” and really makes her statement come alive within this song. She shows heart, and true pureness and incredible vocal diversity and the song once again brings you along for the ride and kept my ears entertained throughout.
On the last song “I will Love You In This Song’ Sherma has an almost Barbara Streisand feel to it, but has a style that remains to be who Sherma is as a singer and a songwriter and an amazing and incredible vocalist. Sherma has that sound that brings in the immediate appeal in an almost Whitney Houston approach, however Sherma is the real deal, and has a style of her own that brought me to her level, where in every song on this album was an incredible, and most entertaining. I would like to thank Sherma Andrews for taking through this musical journey that brought me through her perspective on what matters to her, and filled my heart with joy. I look forward to hearing her amazing vocal arrangements and incredible voice on the radio soon.
Steven F. Adams
Music Publicist & Promoter Owner of Sound Wave One
c 2019 used by permission
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I have been “following the Indie pop sensational band named this Sharon Lia Band. They have always been very impressive to me. With this being said, I set my sights and ears to write a review on her latest single “Why Can’t We Pretend”, The song is purely magical and powerful. Sharon’s vocals are strong. vivid and amazing. this quite honestly is an amazing song. There are (many) music artists out there and despite this in my opinion the Sharon Lia Band is one to be watched and one to be seen with in the “mainstream” flow of popular music today.
Not only is the Sharon Lia Band a powerful force within the industry, it will be a household name. I must add that what originally attracted me to the band was a song called “Dancing In The Rain”
Sharon has strong beliefs, and one of those early on I loved and respected that she had the sense of belonging and survivorship, experiencing various situations in her own personal life, Sharon and her creation of “Rock 4 A Cause” that assists in supporting various charitable causes. In my 32 years of writing music album reviews, Sharon Lia and her band stand for what life is all about, always assisting others and promoting it with (her) god given talent’s.
To get back to the element of Sharon’s amazing music the latest song “Why Can’t We Pretend” is a wonderful and amazing song. Sharon brings her amazing and powerful yet purely magical vocal arrangements on this beautiful song and in my opinion totally deserves your affection and full attention. The song has purpose and Sharon Lia and her band have blown the top off with this latest single called “Why Can’t We Pretend”. I love it and you will also. I thank Sharon for her tremendous friendship and most gracious life story and above all her tremendous impurely magical gift of music.
STEVEN F. ADAMS
PROMOTER/PUBLICIST OWNER SOUNDWAVEONE
C 2019 USED BY PERMISSION
THERE’S A BAND THAT I WAS TURNED ONTO A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO, AND QUITE HONESTLY IT TOOK ME A LITTLE WHILE TO FORM A REVIEW ABOUT THEM. THE BAND “FLUFFER’ THE ALBUM “WORLD’S ON FIRE” A TERXTURED AND MILDLY DARK ALBUM THAT HAS RHYTHM A WHOLE LOT OF DEEP TONES THAT KEEP THE FOOT TAPPING ON THE DESK. THE FIRST SONG ON THIS ALBUM IS CALLED “BEG, STEAL OR BORROW”, AND FOR A MINUTE THE LEAD SINGERS VOCALS REMINDED ME OF EARLY BILLY IDOLISH, BUT HAS THE GUITAR RIFFS OF EARLY GENERATION X. THE GUITARS RIP FROM THE BEGINNING & DON’T LET LOOSE UNTIL THEY’VE RUN THEIR GAMMET ON YOUR EARS. THE NEXT SONG CALLED ” REVENGE’ THE SAME TONE. THE BAND EVOLVES WITH LEAD VOCALS OF ROBERT TROSINO AND HAS A SOUND OF BANG TO IT, THERE ARE SOME FANCY GUITAR LICKS PLANTED DEEP WITHIN THE SONG. THE LYRICS ARE REAL FEELINGS AND HAVE EMOTION RUNNING THROUGH THEIR VEINS. THE NEXT TRACK CALLED “FALSE FLAG” HAS A PUNKISH FEEL TO IT, BUT WITH A MESSAGE AND BRINGS IT LOUD AND CLEAR. WITH THE NEXT TRACK CALLED “FOLLOW ME DOWN” THE GUITAR SHOW NO SIGN OF GIVING UP, AND TROSINO KEEPS THE BANGING JUICE THOUGHOUT. ROBERT & HIS MESSAGES AND GIFT OF SONGWRITING, THAT SEEMS TO HAVE A DARK ELEMENT THROUGHOUT. “FADE AWAY” HAS A SOUND THAT IS UNIQUE AND THE GUITAR BASED BAND SHOWS AWESOME GUITAR TECHNIQUE THAT HAS A ECHO AND THE USE OF REVERB AND RHYTHM GUITAR THAT SOUNDS REALLY SMOOTH AND BRINGS A UNIQUE TWIST TO THE ROCKERS OF TODAYS MUSIC. THE SPEED CONTINUES WITH THE NEXT SONG CALLED “BLOOD ON THE SHEETS” WHERE THE BEAT AND GUITARS CONTINUE TO RIP THROUGH THE SONG AND ADD PUNCH AND JABS TO THE GUT AS YOU LISTEN. “EQUAL DISTRIBUTION OF HATE” A SONG THAT FOLLOWS ALL PREVIOUS SONGS ON THIS AMAZINGLY AND FAST PACED ALBUM, THAT IS QUITE RELENTLESS, WHEN IT COMES TO THE GUITAR LICKS AND DOSN’T SEEM TO LET YOUR EAR MUSCLES REST. WITH THIS BEING SAID THE NEXT TRACK CALLED “DON’T BLAME ME” IS ANOTHER RIGHT FROM THE GET GO, THE GUITAR RIP RIGHT THROUGH AND BEGAN STRUMMING AND BLAST OUT WITH A STRUMMING ACTION THAT RESEMBLES THE BAND CALLED THE CULT, HOWEVER, WITH A HEAVIER DOSE OF STRONG STRUMMING. WITH THIS BEING SAID, THE NEXT SONG CALLED “AGAIN” ROBERT TROSINO AND FELLOW FLUFFERS TONY DEMORE AND THUNDERIN’ JOE HAYES, REALLY PACK YOUR EARS WITH FULL OUT HEAVINESS AND PARDON THE TERM NO FLUFF INVOLVED. THE BAND HAS A CATCHY FLARE AND KEEPS THE FOOT TAPPING GOING ON THROUGHOUT.THE NEXT TRACK CALLED “STARVE THE SINNER” THE DARKER SIDE COMES OUT AND GUITARS STILL CONTINUE TO RIP THROUGH MY EARS AND NEVER GIVE UP. IT SEEMS AS IF THE LYRICS AND WORDS OF SONGS WERE WELL THOUGHT AND THE BAND FLUFFER HAS A MESSAGE THROUGHOUT THEIR MUSIC CATALOG AND COMES THROUGH LOUD AND CLEAR ON EVERY SONG. AT LAST THE TITLE TRACK CALLED “WORLD’S ON FIRE” STARTS OUT WITH A SPACEY KIND OF KEYBOARD TO CLEANSE THE MUSIC PALLET & ONLY TO OPEN UP AND GIVE YOU THE PUNCH AND FLAVOR OF WHO FLUFFER IS AS A BAND, A HEAVY AND FULL OF HEART POUNDING, FIST CLENCHING MUSIC WITH A LITTLE ANGST ALONG THE WAY. THE LAST SONG ON THIS ALBUM IS CALLED “IDENTITY CRISIS’ HAS A MELODIC AND KEEPS THE THEME OF HEAVY AND DARK BUT RHYMICALLY WELL DONE. THE GUITAR DRIVEN AND CONTINUAL BEAT OF THE DRUMS BECOMES WHAT THIS BAND IS, A REALLY HARD DRIVEN AND YET CATCHY RIFFS THAT KEEP THE EYELIDS WIDE OPEN AND READY TO CATCH YOU WHEN YOU AREN’T AWARE AND KICK YOU RIGHT WHERE THE SUN DON’T SHINE OR ATLEAST A SWIFT GUT WRENCHING PUNCH. I THANK ROBERT TROSINO AND THE BAND FLUFFER FOR THEIR MUSICAL CONTRIBUTION AND LOOKING FORWARDS TO HEARING MORE FROM THEM IN THE FUTURE. I ALSO THANK ROBERT FOR HIS FRIENDSHIP AND OTHERS WHO HAVE MADE ME AWARE OF A BAND WITH NO FLUFF ATTACHED.
STEVEN F. ADAMS
PUBLICIST/PROMOTER MUSIC REVIEWER OWNER SOUND WAVE ONE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIA
C 2019 USED BY PERMISSION
WITH THE FADING OUT OF WHAT I GREW UP WITH IN WHICH I CALLED ROCK & ROLL. IT SEEMED THAT THERE WERE NOT A LOT OF ROCK AND ROLL MELODIES OR EVEN REAL ROCK & ROLL OUT THERE. WITH THE USHERING IN OF “GRUNGE” MUSIC IT SEEMED THAT I HAD SOLD MY SOLE TO ROCK & ROLL, AND ROCK & ROLL NEVER FORGETS. THE FADING OUT OF THE TOM PETTY SOUND, THE BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE BOSTON AND KANSAS SEEMED TO BE TUCKED UNDER THE MUSIC WORLD’S TABLECLOTH. AS I BEGAIN TO ENBARK AS A MUSIC REVIEWER IN THE EARLY EIGHTIES, THERE WEREN’T ALOT OF THAT OUT THERE. AS TIME WENT ON MY HOPES WERE THAT ROCK & ROLL WOULD MAKE A COMEBACK” FADED. EVERY NOW & THEN I’D HEAR A TRACK OR TWO THAT KIND OF RESEMBLED WHAT I DEFINE AS ROCK AND ROLL , BUT NOTHING REALLY TO KEEP THE PROVERBIAL BOOKMARK ON. FLASH FORWARD TO 2018 AS I BEGAN A EXHAUSTIVE AND SEARCH FOR MY THIRST FOR REAL MUSIC WEATHER IT BE ROCK & ROLL OR OTHER GENRE I JUST WANTED TO HEAR GREAT MUSIC AGAIN, I STUMBLED ACROSS THE BAND CALLED “IVORY TOWER” MARK RUGULA AND THE BAND REALLY SPARKED A SMALL FIRE IN MY BRAIN AFTER HEARING THE AMAZING & SITTING RIGHT NEXT TO ROCK AND ROLL ALBUM CALLED “HOW MUCH MORE” I WAS UTTERLY AMAZED AND IN MUSICAL AWE. THE ALBUM STARTS OUT WITH THE SLOW AND BEAUTIFUL BALLAD OF “HOW MUCH MORE” AND MARK AND THE BAND SHOW THEIR TRUE HONESTY AND A SONG WORTH YOUR EARS ATTENTION. THE NEXT TRACK CALLED “THE IDES OF MARCH” WHICH HAS A BLUES FEEL TO IT, BUT BRINGS IN THE ROCK FEEL & MAKES ME BELIEVE AGAIN THAT THERE IS ROCK & ROLL AND BECAME MUISCALLY AROUSED WITH THIS SONG. THE SOUND HAS A BOSTON, AND KIND OF A TRIUMPH ROCK & ROLL FEEL TO IT AND REALLY HAS AN AWESOME SOUND. THE GUITARS ARE RIPPING IN THE BACKROUND, AND MARK HAS GOOD LYRICAL CONTENT. “GOTCHA”HAS AN OUTER SPACE KIND OF SOUND THAT FEELS LIKE FUTURE MUSIC THAT HAS DANCE, AND SAX AND A WHOLE LOT OF EVERYTHING IN IT, THE SONG IS AN POTPOURI OF MUSICALITY. IT REALLY FELT NICE TO HEAR THIS SOUND AGAIN. AS I LISTENED THE NEXT SONG CALLED “RING AROUND ROSIE” THE SOUND IS REALLY ENTERTAINING AND HAS A FEEL OF GOODNESS TO IT. THE SONG SEEMED TO BE A SPACE AGE LOVE SONG THAT HAS SUBSTANCE AND THE MUSICALITY IS EQUALLY GOOD. THE GUITARS SEEMED TO TAKE YOU WITH THEM AS THE SONG PLAYS IN THE BACKROUND AND I REALLY LOVE THIS SONG. “WAY TOO LATE” HAS A BEAT OF TRUE ROCK & ROLL AND GETS DOWN TO THE PUNCH IMMEDIATLEY AND HAS THAT FEEL OF TOM SHOLTZ & BRAD DELP OF BOSTON FAME. ONCE AGAIN THE SOUND HAS A WELL MIXED AND THE GUITAR RIP AN ROAR THROUGH LIKE A HOT KNIFE THRU BUTTER. “ALWAYS” ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL SONG THAT HAS A SENSITIVE FEEL TO IT AND MARK HAS THAT SOUND IS UNMATCHED AND KEPT MY BELIEVABILITY IN ROCK AND ROLL HAS A SPOT, THE HARMONIES ARE AS PURE AND FRESH AND NICE TO KNOW THAT THERE IS ROCK & ROLL OUT THERE AGAIN. “WHEN FRIENDS BECOME LOVERS” ANOTHER SONG THAT ALLOWS YOU EARS TO HEAR THE SOUND THAT SHARES A SOUND OF REAL ROCK & ROLL AND AS I LISTENED IT HAS A STYLE OF TODD RUNDGREN BUT DESPITE THIS MARK RUGULA PUTS HIS TOUCH ON IT AND KEEPS THE BEAT GOING AND HAS A AMAZING ABILTY TO SHOWCASE HIS TRUE WRITING ABILITIES ON THE LYRICS. “PLEASE TELL ME” BRINGS IN THAT FEEL OF FUTURE OUTER SPACE ROCK & ROLL TO IT, THE GUITAR AND RHYTHM KEEPS A STEADY PULSE AND THE SONG HAS A CATCHY LYRIC “TELL ME’. THE GUITAR WORK IS EXTRAORDINARY AND HAS AN INTRICATE STYLE TO IT THAT ADDS FLARE AND TRUE PIZAZZ TO THE SONG. “WOMAN OF THE TIMES’ HAS A KIND OF FUNKY, POP FEEL TO IT AND BRINGS IN A DANCE BEAT THAT HAS A LATE NIGHT MUSIC FEEL TO IT, AS I LISTENED TO THE SONG HEARING THE SAX, AND THE MUSICALITY MY MIND AND BODY WENT BACK TO A TIME OF LATE NIGHT CLUBS, WHERE WE DANCED TIL CLOSING TIME. “BURNING” ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL SONG THAT HAS A DEEPER FEEL TO IT, AND BRINGS UP THE LEVEL OF MUSICALITY THAT BRINGS IN A FEEL OF HEAT TO IT AND CONTINUAL RISES AS THE SONG PLAYS. “THE SURF SONG” REALLY HAS A TRUE SURF SOUND TO IT, AS I HEARD A “VENTURES” OR A” CHANTAYS” “PIPELINE” FEEL TO IT MARK AND IVORY TOWER REALLY KNOW THE TRUE DIVERSITY OF MUSIC AND SHOWCASE IT IN ALL OF THEIR SONG ASSORTMENT ON THIS AMAZING AND ENJOYABLE ALBUM. “YOU CAN SEE IT IN MY EYES” ANOTHER LOVE BALLAD THAT HAS TELLS A STORY THAT SHOWS MARK RUGULA AND HIS TRUE TO LIFE WRITTEN LYRICS THAT HE HAS THAT HE SHOWCASES THROUGHOUT THIS TERRIFIC AND WELL COMPOSED ALBUM. THE NEXT SONG CALLED ” LA DARE UN ANILLO A ROSI” AND HAS A REAL FLARE FOR THE LATIN SOUND AND WAS AMAZED TO HEAR THIS SONG ON THE ALBUM, SINCE HEARING THE REST OF THE ALBUM AND MY EARS WERE TUNED IN FOR ROCK & ROLL, THE SONG HAS A LATIN FLARE TO IT AND SHOWS ANOTHER SIDE OF MARK AND IVORY TOWER PROJECT. “MY NAME” THE LAST SONG ON THIS AMAZING AND TRULY ECLECTIC ALBUM THAT REALLY HAS TOTAL MUSICALITY TO IT, THIS SONG HAS THAT DANCE AND TECHNO FEEL TO IT WHICH I WASN’T PREPARED TO HEAR, HOWEVE RIT ADDS THAT FEEL OF THE WHOLE PACKAGE AND GRAND MUSIC DIVERSITY THAT MARK RUGULA AND THE IVORY TOWER PROJECT BRING TO THE MUSIC TABLE. THE ALBUM IS A SOLID ALBUM AND HAS AN AMAZING ABILITY TO TRANSFORM YOUR EARS FROM TRUE ROCK AND ROLL, MIX IN A LITTLE DANCE, SPRINKLED WITH BLUES AND FUNK ALONG THE WAY AND ALL MIXED TOGETHER YOU FORM AN AMAZING AND REFRESHING EARFUL OF THE BAND MARK RUGULA & THE IVORY TOWER PROJECT. I THANK MARK FOR HIS AMAZING FRIENDSHIP & HIS AMAZING MUSICAL GIFT OF SONG AND TRUE MUSICAL DIVERSITY AT IT’S FINEST.
STEVEN F. ADAMS
MUSIC PUBLICIST/PROMOTER REVIEWER OWNER SOUND WAVE ONE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIA
C 2019 USED BY PERMISSION