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Review of Sand In My Shoes - Ralph McTell by 2mennycds

Advantages: Wide scope of subject, moving lyrics, great music
Disadvantages: Becoming rare

+++++ Music reviews don’t earn the writer a single penny regardless of what rates are awarded. You may want to bear this in mind when rating. On the other hand, it’s taken quite a bit of time to write and edit this review! +++++ Note that the title of t ... Read review

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I like a bit of Ralph McTell but haven't heard this one. by Secre
E review by SirJoseph
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26.04.2017 06:06
Not The Same Old Song
Review of Same Trailer Different Park - Kacey Musgraves by Soho_Black

Advantages: A beautiful vocal delivery which matches the music perfectly
Disadvantages: Perhaps a little too much melancholy for my personal taste

...of being released in the same year as Chris Stapleton's "Traveler", an album which swept award ceremonies, her first major lab ... Read review

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Nicely done x by stacie17
vh :o) by euphie

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13.02.2017 17:30
Hunt this album doon!
Review of Hunter's Moon - Calum Stewart by 2mennycds

Advantages: Fine tunes, varied sounds and tempos
Disadvantages: Won't appeal to all tastes

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Great by Saraa23
Brilliant review =) by BrutalHonesty91
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15.11.2016 06:45
Great fiddle playing from Shetland
Review of Fin Da Laand Ageen - Kevin Henderson by 2mennycds

Advantages: Range of tempos and moods, beautifully played, nicely arranged
Disadvantages: A little short at 37 minutes

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Great write up, E. by sophie342
Informative and passionate as ever!! by bettyboo47
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08.11.2016 08:14
No creaks on this fine live album!
Review of Walnut Creek (Live Recording) - Dave Swarbrick by 2mennycds

Advantages: Exuberant, superb playing, fine songs and great tunes
Disadvantages: More "feel" of a live album could have been included when edited

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grt by rolandrat123
E from me. by jb0077
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29.10.2016 08:49
Musgraves? Must Have!
Review of Pageant Material - Kacey Musgraves by Soho_Black

Advantages: A lot of fun lyrics, which shows Musgraves can entertain as well as sing
Disadvantages: Couple of slightly weaker down-tempo moments

One of the advantages to getting old is that I can no longer handle the music on Radio 1 and get easily irritated with the constant repetition of songs I’ve been listening to for years on Heart. This led me to Radio 2, a station that seems to be a huge s ... Read review

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I don't think I've ever tuned into Radio 2, even by accident. Brill review! by anonymili
Love a bit of country. Nice review. E from me. x by ilusvm

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21.08.2016 19:08
Frequent Traveller
Review of Traveller - Chris Stapleton by Soho_Black

Advantages: An album fully deserving of all the awards it has won
Disadvantages: Couple of slightly weaker tracks

It seems as if you can’t go anywhere in country music recently without hearing great things about Chris Stapleton. Stapleton is a man who has earned a great following in country music by writing songs for other people, but has recently released a debut a ... Read review

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Nicely done by anonymili
Very nice review by justarube
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18.07.2016 20:39
5 stars to be underneath...
Review of Underneath the Stars - Kate Rusby by 2mennycds

Advantages: Great songs, beautifully sung and arranged
Disadvantages: None

+ + + + + + + + + + + + I hope this pre-amble won’t be considered too “off-topic”.... SO... without any advance warning, the sitemasters announce that music reviews will no longer be remunerated. I understand and accept the decision – the site isn’t e ... Read review

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Excellent! by CelticSoulSister
I'd not heard of this artiste until now :) by anonymili

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03.07.2016 12:50
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G
Review of Born with the Caul - Cian Nugent & the Cosmos by norfolksquare

Advantages: Great music, takes you to another planet
Disadvantages: One must love a certain kind of music

A REVOLUTION I have always said that jazz is something I really love, at the same time it is quite a challenge for me to say 'what jazz is', exactly. There are far too many artists, styles, albums and performances that are gathered under the ... Read review

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well covered by rolandrat123
Vh by NBCMad92
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27.06.2016 11:23
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A Very Good Start
Review of Start Here - Maddie & Tae by Soho_Black

Advantages: Some fun and catchy country music
Disadvantages: The slower numbers lack a little emotional depth

When I first discovered Maddie and Tae, it was via the video for “Girl in a Country Song” on You Tube. I liked it, but I wasn’t entirely sure whether they would turn out to be a novelty act, seeing as the song was a take on the misogynous side of country ... Read review

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excellent review by honesteye
Excellent by catsholiday
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06.06.2016 20:07
When C&W Met R 'N' B
Review of Montevallo - Sam Hunt by Soho_Black

Advantages: Some interesting genre collisions
Disadvantages: Sometimes it doesn't work quite as well as at others

Alt. Country has been around for a while now. Dolly Parton certainly had a feel for it when she combined country and disco in 1978 for "Baby I'm Burning", but there was plenty of Southern rock around well before that and it could potentially be argued th ... Read review

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Good by justarube
vh :o) by euphie
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30.05.2016 15:43
This is what I do.
Review of What I Do - Alan Jackson by CoffeeQueen68

Advantages: A lovely and sublime album with beautiful songs on it.
Disadvantages: None.

I have reviewed one of Alan Jackson's other albums previously. I do enjoy Country music, especially the traditional sounding Country music and Country singers. And I find with Alan Jackson he fits that bill for me. He sings a wide selection of Country ... Read review

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Not for me but excellent write up!x by Chippytarka
An E from me, top reviewing. by jb0077
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15.05.2016 16:07
You Kan't get much better than this!
Review of Sleeper - Kan by 2mennycds

Advantages: Lovely playing, changes of pace and mood, great intro to Celtic instrumental
Disadvantages: Genre won't appeal to all

I first came across the fabulous flute and whistle playing of Brian Finnegan at a Cara Dillon gig (he was part of her band on the tour). I think he was selling his own CDs at the event and was annoyed with myself later for not buying one and asking the g ... Read review

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Well reviewed. by IzzyS
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14.05.2016 08:34
Not the country I love
Review of By the Time I Get To Phoenix/Tonight Carmen - Marty Robbins by norfolksquare

Advantages: None
Disadvantages: Not original, boring

WHAT I MEAN WITH "COUNTRY" Sometimes words are tricky. We all barely resist the temptation to reduce something very articulated, complex, to something simple and apparently easy to understand, like a single word. This is what happens with a w ... Read review

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VH by justarube
Very well written! by ccmccartney
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11.05.2016 11:49
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Ill-fated love, withering and dying - but some smiles too
Review of Little Lights - Kate Rusby by 2mennycds

Advantages: Accessible folk music, lovely voice, poignant lyrics
Disadvantages: Slightly niche but not as much as you may think!

Despite the impression my reviews may convey I don’t love all traditional (or contemporary) folk music. For it to tick the boxes of my taste it needs to be melodic, nicely sung, and with good calibre of instrumental accompaniment or solo performance. Th ... Read review

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Very nice by LiveMusicLoverLyn
Well reviewed by Nar2

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10.05.2016 05:37
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