Richard Murray: Desert Wind

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In 2008, Irish singer-songwriter Richard Murray released Desert Wind, a mixture of acoustic guitars, pop music, and country music that spotlights his gift for writing music. If you didn’t know he was from the UK, you might guess Murray was a contemporary of Central Texas native Steve Earle or the Mississippi-born Steve Forbert. Murray’s storyteller songwriting style draws you in to hear his tales.

“Forgive Me Sera” is a bouncier song, merging a pop sensibility with an Americana vibe. The accompanying female vocal adds a pleasant contrast against Richard’s more raw, gruff voice. The second song on Desert Wind is a ballad, “Enlighten Me.” While the acoustic guitar intro isn’t remarkably in its originality (think Lifehouse’s hit “You and Me”), the song offers a great deal lyrically in its call to be carefree and to wholly enjoy of life.

Something that stands out about Richard’s music is his lyrics, detailed in the imagery he paints for his audience. His words offer a window into his thoughts. It seems that Richard expresses himself best through his lyrics instead of his music, which serves more of a backdrop for the stories he tells. “Thinking of Cristina” picks up the pace and shows the side of Murray that is different and fun, as he shows that he has variety in his music by playing a more straight-forward country song.

Desert Wind is an enjoyable record, and it is nice to hear an artist go deep into songwriting to tell a compelling story with their lyrics. It is clear that Richard Murray only wants to give his fans and new listeners the best experience possible when listening to his albums. You can listen to Desert Wind on Richard’s Youtube channel.

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Kelly Campbell: Sweet Therapy

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Kelly Campbell, a singer-songwriter from Ohio, has released a five-song EP entitled Sweet Therapy. While Campbell herself claims not to have natural talent when it comes to music, this recording proves otherwise. Throughout the album, not not only does her musical skill stand out, but her band’s tightness and fluidity add to the solid musical performance.

The record begins with “Sweet Therapy,” a song that addresses how music can provide solace for many of life’s situations whether happy or sad. The song is a folk tune with shades of country, featuring Campbell’s voice and showing off her talented backing band who support her well. The band paints a colorful backdrop for Campbell, allowing her to express herself, vocally, lyrically, and musically.

“Cody’s Song” is about accepting people for who they are. The song tackles some subjects that are not always happy, yet it maintains a hopeful and gleeful feeling musically. “Something Beautiful In You,” a ballad about Kelly recognizing the beauty in those close to her, is a simple song. But in its simplicity expresses a deep, personal sincerity.

Sweet Therapy is an enjoyable musical venture. Kelly Campbell writes rich and vibrant songs sure to leave a lasting impression. And with Sweet Therapy, Campbell offers an album that both uplifts and inspires.

Plug In Stereo: The Acoustic EP

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The latest EP by Portland musician Trevor Dahl, also known by his stage name Plug In Stereo has released four acoustic songs from his upcoming album. Once again, Plug In Stereo does not disappoint. Following in the footsteps of his previous releases, the songs that Dahl has written for the Acoustic EP are beautiful and simple.

The EP opens up with To Be Wanted, a piano ballad that is about being wanted by someone, platonic or otherwise, while also showing Trevor’s musical gifts, as his vocals shine on this song. The next song, Priceless, brings in a guitar and Trevor’s impressive songwriting abilities. Sounding like a young Jack Johnson, Plug In Stereo is ready for radio airplay, writing radio friendly guitar hooks while drawing in listeners with his warm and inviting voice.

Wait For Me, the third song on the EP has a laidback feel that makes Trevor’s songs very addicting.  When listening to Wait For Me, Trevor’s audience will wish that Plug In Stereo was a much more successful act.  While the hooks are plentiful with catchy moments, the drum beat adds another element to the song that begs for a sing along. The Little Things is the last song on the EP, which is the perfect closing song, with its peaceful vibe and harmonies that will get the crowd singing along. Another positive song about treasuring the little things in life, Plug In Stereo’s appeal will hopefully extend beyond the teenage crowd, as The Acoustic EP shows just how talented Trevor is in his musical pursuits. Plug In Stereo’s full length album will be released soon.

Justin Bieber: Believe Acoustic

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Teenage music sensations are gaining ground in popular music and Justin Bieber is no exception.  Six years after his start on Youtube, he is back with his second acoustic album Believe Acoustic. The album features nine tracks from his latest album Believe and three new tracks. While Bieber is not a popular choice among adult music fans, this acoustic effort may give way to a change of heart. If nothing else Bieber’s young fan base which is made up entirely of teenage girls will eat it up and want more from the singer.

Believe Acoustic gives fans a more intimate feel than his typical bubblegum pop albums. The production has a more stripped down and raw feel, going back to Justin’s days of playing his guitar outside the Avon Theatre in his hometown of Stratford, Ontario, Canada. No fancy sounds and effects, just a voice and guitar, which works in Justin’s favor.

The first song on the album is a bare bones version of his hit song Boyfriend.  Justin’s vocals in this song are strong and show how much his voice has matured over his career.  The guitar is a nice accompaniment as well.  “She Don’t Like the Lights” is another solid track that leaves one to wonder how Justin will sound when he enters his 20’s and beyond.  While the guitar playing is not great, it suits the purpose of this album, which show’s a softer side of Bieber when it comes to his music, something that is not seen too often.  Take You is a strong song musically, but Justin’s vocals seem to waver a bit on this cut, as he seems to be mumbling the words, but towards the middle of the song he picks it up and finishes the song on a high note. Fall is by far the best song on the record. The music and vocals are well done, letting the listener relax and let everything fall away.

While Justin’s latest effort at an acoustic album will take several listens for many adult music fans to recognize his talent, Bieber’s fans will love the record as it gives them a taste of Bieber’s roots and how he got his start.

Justin Bieber: Believe Acoustic

justin bieber believe acoustic album

Teenage music sensations are gaining ground in popular music and Justin Bieber is no exception.  Six years after his start on Youtube, he is back with his second acoustic album Believe Acoustic. The album features nine tracks from his latest album Believe and three new tracks. While Bieber is not a popular choice among adult music fans, this acoustic effort may give way to a change of heart. If nothing else Bieber’s young fan base which is made up entirely of teenage girls will eat it up and want more from the singer.

Believe Acoustic gives fans a more intimate feel than his typical bubblegum pop albums. The production has a more stripped down and raw feel, going back to Justin’s days of playing his guitar outside the Avon Theatre in his hometown of Stratford, Ontario, Canada. No fancy sounds and effects, just a voice and guitar, which works in Justin’s favor.

The first song on the album is a bare bones version of his hit song Boyfriend.  Justin’s vocals in this song are strong and show how much his voice has matured over his career.  The guitar is a nice accompaniment as well.  “She Don’t Like the Lights” is another solid track that leaves one to wonder how Justin will sound when he enters his 20’s and beyond.  While the guitar playing is not great, it suits the purpose of this album, which show’s a softer side of Bieber when it comes to his music, something that is not seen too often.  Take You is a strong song musically, but Justin’s vocals seem to waver a bit on this cut, as he seems to be mumbling the words, but towards the middle of the song he picks it up and finishes the song on a high note. Fall is by far the best song on the record. The music and vocals are well done, letting the listener relax and let everything fall away.

While Justin’s latest effort at an acoustic album will take several listens for many adult music fans to recognize his talent, Bieber’s fans will love the record as it gives them a taste of Bieber’s roots and how he got his start.

Justin Bieber: Believe Acoustic

justin bieber believe acoustic album

Teenage music sensations are gaining ground in popular music and Justin Bieber is no exception.  Six years after his start on Youtube, he is back with his second acoustic album Believe Acoustic. The album features nine tracks from his latest album Believe and three new tracks. While Bieber is not a popular choice among adult music fans, this acoustic effort may give way to a change of heart. If nothing else Bieber’s young fan base which is made up entirely of teenage girls will eat it up and want more from the singer.

Believe Acoustic gives fans a more intimate feel than his typical bubblegum pop albums. The production has a more stripped down and raw feel, going back to Justin’s days of playing his guitar outside the Avon Theatre in his hometown of Stratford, Ontario, Canada. No fancy sounds and effects, just a voice and guitar, which works in Justin’s favor.

The first song on the album is a bare bones version of his hit song Boyfriend.  Justin’s vocals in this song are strong and show how much his voice has matured over his career.  The guitar is a nice accompaniment as well.  “She Don’t Like the Lights” is another solid track that leaves one to wonder how Justin will sound when he enters his 20’s and beyond.  While the guitar playing is not great, it suits the purpose of this album, which show’s a softer side of Bieber when it comes to his music, something that is not seen too often.  Take You is a strong song musically, but Justin’s vocals seem to waver a bit on this cut, as he seems to be mumbling the words, but towards the middle of the song he picks it up and finishes the song on a high note. Fall is by far the best song on the record. The music and vocals are well done, letting the listener relax and let everything fall away.

While Justin’s latest effort at an acoustic album will take several listens for many adult music fans to recognize his talent, Bieber’s fans will love the record as it gives them a taste of Bieber’s roots and how he got his start.