Leprous Premieres ‘Illuminate’ Single, Video

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

Leprous is giving audiences yet another preview of its fifth full-length studio release only days ahead of the album’s release.

The band unveiled ‘Iluminate,’ the third single from its forthcoming album Malina this week along with the single’s companion video.  Shot in Romania and directed by Costin Chioreanu for Twilight 13 Media, the video puts the band performing its new single in a very darkly lit background in order to help illustrate the song’s message.

The band explained that in a collective statement about the song.

“‘Illuminate’ is one of the most groovy songs we’ve ever made!  It’s the Leprous people know, but in a fresh version,” the statement reads.  “The abstract and dark video from Costin underlines the atmosphere of the song perfectly.”

Prior to this single and video, the band also released the singles and videos for ‘From The Flame’ and ‘Stuck.’  Other songs included in Malina’s 11-song body include ‘’Mirage,’ ‘The Weight of Disaster,’ ‘Captive’ and others.  The album’s full track listing is noted below.

LEPROUS – “Malina”:
1. Bonneville
2. Stuck
3. From The Flame
4. Captive
5. Illuminate
6. Leashes
7. Mirage
8. Malina
9. Coma
10. The Weight Of Disaster
11. The Last Milestone

Malina will be available in stores and online Friday, Aug. 25 via InsideOut Music on CD, digital, deluxe expanded CD and 2LP platforms.  Pre-orders are open now.

Leprous will embark on an extensive European tour this fall in support of Malina that begins Oct. 28 in Copenhagen, Denmark and currently runs through Nov. 25 in Oslo, Norway.  The tour also currently includes performances in Lyon, France; Dublin, Ireland; London, U.K. and other cities across Europe.

More dates are expected to be added to that schedule in the coming days and weeks.  The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

LEPROUS, Agent Fresco, AlithiA & Astrosaur – European Tour:
Presented in Germany by Eclipsed, Laut.de, Guitar & Metal.de
28.10.2017 Copenhagen (Denmark) – Pumpehuset
29.10.2017 Hamburg (Germany) – Logo
30.10.2017 Cologne (Germany) – Luxor
31.10.2017 Esch (Luxembourg) – Rockhal
01.11.2017 Haarlem (The Netherlands) – Patronaat
02.11.2017 London (UK) – The Dome
03.11.2017 Dublin (Ireland) – Voodoo Lounge
04.11.2017 Leeds (UK) – Damnation Festival
05.11.2017 Vosselaar (Belgium) – Biebob
06.11.2017 Paris (France) – Trabendo
07.11.2017 Nantes (France) – Barakason
08.11.2017 Bordeaux (France) – Rocher Palmer
11.11.2017 Toulouse (France) – Le Metronum
12.11.2017 Marseille (France) – Le Moulin
13.11.2017 Milan (Italy) – Magnolia
14.11.2017 Lyon (France) – CCO Villeurbanne
15.11.2017 Winterthur (Switzerland) – Salzhaus
16.11.2017 Colmar (France) – Grillen
17.11.2017 Munich (Germany) – Backstage Halle
18.11.2017 Vienna (Austria) – Szene
19.11.2017 Budapest (Hungary) – A38
20.11.2017 Prague (Czech Republic) – Rock Café
21.11.2017 Warsaw (Poland) – Proxima
22.11.2017 Berlin (Germany) – Musik & Frieden
23.11.2017 Aarhus (Denmark) – Atlas
25.11.2017 Oslo (Norway) – Vulkan Arena
And more dates to be announced soon…

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Pre-Orders Now Open For Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart Tour’ Recording

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Pre-orders are officially open for Madonna’s next new live recording Rebel Heart Tour.

The veteran pop performer’s latest live recording will be released Sept. 15 in stores and online on DVD, Blu-ray, CD, 2CD, and digital download.  The DVD and Blu-ray platforms also come with an audio CD featuring highlights from the tour.  It features performances recorded throughout the tour, which saw Madonna perform 82 shows in 55 cities worldwide on four continents over seven months.

The extensive set list varies from one platform to the next, though each platform includes performances of a number of Madonna’s hits including ‘Living For Love,’ ‘Burning Up,’ ‘Holiday’ and others.  The full track listing for each platform is noted below.  Those who pre-order the recording now will receive the recording with exclusive merchandise bundles.

DVD / Blu-ray Tracklisting CD Tracklisting
01. Rebel Heart Tour Intro 01. Rebel Heart Tour Intro
02. Iconic 02. Iconic
03. Bitch I’m Madonna 03. Bitch I’m Madonna
04. Burning Up 04. Burning Up
05. Holy Water / Vogue 05. Holy Water / Vogue
06. Devil Pray 06. Devil Pray
07. Messiah (Video Interlude) 07. Deeper and Deeper
08. Body Shop 08. HeartBreakCity
09. True Blue 09. Living For Love
10. Deeper and Deeper 10. La Isla Bonita
11. HeartBreakCity 11. Rebel Heart
12. Like A Virgin 12. Candy Shop
13. S.E.X. (Video Interlude) 13. Unapologetic Bitch
14. Living For Love 14. Holiday
15. La Isla Bonita
16. Dress You Up / Into The Groove
17. Rebel Heart
18. Illuminati (Video Interlude)
19. Music
20. Candy Shop
21. Material Girl
22. La Vie En Rose
23. Unapologetic Bitch
24. Holiday
EXTRAS
01. An Excerpt from “Tears Of A Clown”
02. Like A Prayer
DOUBLE CD / DIGITAL AUDIO
CD1 Tracklisting CD2 Tracklisting
01. Rebel Heart Tour Intro 01. Living For Love
02. Iconic 02. La Isla Bonita
03. Bitch I’m Madonna 03. Dress You Up / Into The Groove
04. Burning Up 04. Rebel Heart
05. Holy Water / Vogue 05. Music
06. Devil Pray 06. Candy Shop
07. Body Shop 07. Material Girl
08. True Blue 08. La Vie En Rose
09. Deeper and Deeper 09. Unapologetic Bitch
10. HeartBreakCity 10. Holiday
11. Like A Virgin 11. BONUS TRACK: Like A Prayer
DIGITAL VIDEO
Digital Tracklisting
01. Rebel Heart Tour Intro
02. Iconic
03. Bitch I’m Madonna
04. Burning Up
05. Holy Water / Vogue
06. Devil Pray
07. Messiah (Video Interlude)
08. Body Shop
09. True Blue
10. Deeper and Deeper
11. HeartBreakCity
12. Like A Virgin
13. S.E.X. (Video Interlude)
14. Living For Love
15. La Isla Bonita
16. Dress You Up / Into The Groove
17. Rebel Heart
18. Illuminati (Video Interlude)
19. Music
20. Candy Shop
21. Material Girl
22. La Vie En Rose
23. Unapologetic Bitch
24. Holiday
iTUNES ONLY EXTRAS
01. An Excerpt from “Tears Of A Clown”
02. Like A Prayer

Along with the extensive set lists, the DVD and Blu-ray platforms will also include exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and unreleased footage including a performance from her fan club show in Melbourne, Australia.  The show marked Madonna’s first time performing in Melbourne in 23 years.

The Rebel Heart Tour was produced by Live Nation Global Touring.  The upcoming live recording was directed by Jamie King with musical direction by Kevin Antunes (with band keyboardist Ric’key Pagot, drummer Brian Frasier-Moore, guitarist Monte Pittman and background vocalists Kiley Dean and Nicki Richards).  Choreography was directed by Megan Lawson.

Andy LeCompte handled hair while Aaron Henrikson was in charge of makeup.  Arianne Phillips led the tour’s costume design department.

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Voiceplay Releases New ‘Moana’ Medley Video

Fans of Disney’s hit movie Moana have new reason to celebrate.

A cappella outfit Voiceplay has just released a video of the group performing a medley of songs from the movie’s soundtrack via Yahoo! Music.  The group was joined by Broadway star Rachel Potter (The Addams Family, Evita) for the performance.

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Voiceplay member Eli Jacobson discussed the new medley and its partnership with Potter for the video in a recent interview with Yahoo! Music’s Lyndsey Parker.  He said during the interview that developing its take on the songs and bringing Potter on for the project was natural.

“The music is just truly inspirational and we individually felt connections to the characters,” Jacobson said.  “We also all share the dream of providing music and voicing for an animated film and knew that Rachel would have a great take on Moana.  The fact that our kids and families love the music is just really just a huge plus.”

Potter said she was just as excited to work with Voiceplay as the group was to work with her.

“I was just so elated to get to do a Moana medley with these guys,” Potter said.  “It really captures the emotions throughout the entire film in just a few minutes and it’s something Jude (Potter’s son) and I can enjoy for years to come.”

Potter’s collaboration with Voiceplay on its new medley is not the first time that she has worked with the group.  She also worked with the quintet on The Phantom of the Opera and Charlie Puth’s Attention.   Voiceplay itself has already crafted a medley of popular Disney showtunes including numbers from The Little Mermaid, The Lion King and Aladdin as part of Disney’s celebration of its 20th anniversary on Broadway.

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Revolution Saints Unveils New Single, Video

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Revolution Saints has unveiled the video for its latest single.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Freedom’ Friday.  The song is taken from the band’s forthcoming sophomore album Light in the Dark, which is currently scheduled to be released Oct. 13 via Frontiers Music Srl.  Pre-orders are available now via Frontiers Records Srl, Amazon, iTunes and Google Play.

The song’s video is a hybrid presentation that mixes footage of the band’s live performances with lyrics and the song itself for an experience that stands solidly on its own merits. Musically speaking, the song throws back to the power rock compositions of the late 80s and early 90s from the likes of Def Leppard and so many others.

Drummer and singer Deen Castronovo said of the song’s lyrics that they were born during his recovery from addiction at the Betty Ford Clinic in June 2015.

“They’re just a powerful reminder of where my head and heart were at the time,” Castronovo said.  “It was the last song that Doug [Aldrich], (producer/songwriter) Alessandro Del Vecchio and I wrote and recorded.  The whole lyric came to me in about 10 minutes.  When I was at Hazelden Betty Ford, we would journal after each day to reflect on what we were feeling throughout the day.  At the end of each day, I’d written the words “FREEDOM, COMING MY WAY.”  It was the first thing that hit me and thought it’d be a great chorus for a song.  So when Doug brought the song idea in, his music just fit too perfectly.  I moved some things around and the entire lyric fit into the song!  It was totally effortless.”

Aldrich agreed.

“The inspiration came when Deen and I were listening to what we had so far for the record and we wanted to write something different that we hadn’t done yet,” Aldrich said.  One day Deen sent me a MP3 of him jamming on guitar. There were a bunch of parts going and I thought, ‘how cool is that? Deeno C throwing down!!’ I can just see Deen jammin’ and I didn’t expect that. I picked up the guitar and tried to play some stuff in the same tempo with the vibe he had. Basically on accident, I found a riff that I thought could be OK. When we all got to Milano, me, Deen and Alessandro talked about some ideas. We started talking about a jungle beat type of song, and I remembered the riff. The three of us did a rough demo and sent it off for label approval. Jack’s bass is super creative and fresh. Alessandro’s keyboards and production are stunning, and I love how it turned out. The lyric is very inspirational. I’m so impressed with Deen on this record! Let’s go! Freedom for all!”

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‘Sleeping Lions’ Is Another Successful Effort From Otherwise

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Otherwise is preparing to hit the road this weekend for a series of live dates in support of its latest full-length studio recording Sleeping Lions.  The band’s third album, it is scheduled to be released Sept. 22 in stores and online, and continues the success brought through the band’s first two albums – True Love Never Dies (2012) and Peace At All Costs (2014).  That is due in part to the mix of musical influences evident throughout the record.  The record’s collective lyrical content plays its own integral part in its overall presentation, too.  Its sequencing rounds out its most important elements.  When it is joined with the record’s musical arrangements and lyrical content, the whole of the noted elements makes it deserving of a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock albums.

Otherwise’s third full-length studio recording Sleeping Lions is a record that is deserving of a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock albums.  That is due in part to the musical arrangements presented over the course of the record’s 11-song, 44-minute run.  Right from the album’s outset, listeners are treated to a heavy, guitar-driven arrangement in ‘Angry Heart’ that lends itself easily to comparisons to so many songs from Alter Bridge.  The arrangement presented in the record’s title track, which comes early in the album’s run, changes things up instantly, conjuring thoughts of Shinedown.  Much the same can be said of the melodic hard rock arrangement presented in ‘Crocodile Tears.’ ‘Suffer,’ the album’s third track, changes things up just as much, leading to thoughts of Staind with its arrangement.  That is due both to the song’s arrangement and front man Adrian Patrick’s vocal delivery style here.  One could even compare the arrangement presented in ‘Close To The Gods’ to compositions from a handful of well-known hard rock acts including Soil, Drowning Pool, Sevendust and other similar acts.  These comparisons are just some of the ways in which the album’s musical arrangements prove so important to its presentation.  They show the album’s musical reach for all intents and purposes, which is clearly rather extensive.  Considering this, that reach builds a solid foundation for Sleeping Lions.  It is only one of the album’s key elements, too.  The album’s overall lyrical content is just as important to discuss as its musical arrangements.

The lyrical content presented throughout the course of Sleeping Lions is important to discuss because it is just as varied as the album’s musical arrangement.  Case in point is the lyrical content presented in the album’s closer, ‘Bloodline Lullaby.’  The song’s lyrical content comes across perhaps as Patrick (or one of his band mates) singing to a child before heading out on the road as he sings in the song’s lead verse, “Never worry child/Everything’s alright/It may take a while to see the good light/I’m right here with you/Always true/So don’t say goodbye/I’ll see you soon/Another day/Another moon.”  The song’s second verse lends itself just as much to that thought as Patrick sings, “Crazy as it seems/Life in the spotlight/Chasing down a dream/Living through a phone line/You are all I need/You’re my everything/Counting down the hours/Oh how the time flies/Running the miracle mile/Crossing the state line/I’m right here with you/Always true/So don’t say goodbye/I’ll see you soon/Another day/Another moon.”  It’s hardly the first time that a musician or act has ever crafted a song about life on the road and the strains connected therein.  But the lyrical approach taken here makes it original.  The addition of the heartfelt musical arrangement, which itself can be compared to compositions from so many of Otherwise’s current counterparts, adds to that emotional impact.  Considering this, the song becomes just one clear example of why the album’s lyrical content is just as important to its presentation as its musical arrangements.

The lyrical content presented in ‘Nothing To Me’ is another example of what makes this album’s lyrical content so important to discuss.  While the album’s closer presents a moving message of familial love in its lyrical content, ‘Nothing To Me’ is the polar opposite.  It is clearly a song about a broken relationship, but is certainly not the standard oh-woe-is-me message.  Rather, it presents a very self-confident tone in its wording as is evidenced right off the bat as Patrick sings, “So this is what you have been waiting for/Just to be uglier than me/I’m not a line in the sand/You sin has been wasted/And you’ve become the very thing that you hated/Careful/You might find what you’re looking for.”  That confidence continues in the song’s second verse as Patrick sings, “Yeah, you should focus on yourself/To pretend you’re not scared/I can tell that you’re shakin’/Don’t look down/Your safety net’s breakin’/Careful/You might find what you’re looking for.”  There is plenty of fiery energy behind these words thanks to Patrick’s delivery.  That fire and the message in the lyrics makes fully evident the message here.  As with ‘Bloodline Lullaby,’ it is not the first song of its style.  Other proud, confident breakup songs have been crafted by other bands, but the lyrical fashion in which that message was delivered here makes the message just as powerful and welcome as ever.  With that in mind, it makes the song yet another example of why the album’s lyrical content is so important to its overall presentation.  It still is not the last example of what makes the album’s lyrical content so important to discuss.  ‘Close To The Gods’ is yet one more example of what makes the album’s lyrical content so important to discuss.

The content presented in ‘Close To The Gods’ is another prime example of what makes Sleeping Lions’ lyrical content so important to discuss because it comes across as one of the record’s deepest songs, lyrically speaking.  Patrick sings in the song’s lead verse, “Are you willing to do/What it takes to be truthful/Can you cut through the filth/And get down to the beautiful” before singing in the song’s lead chorus, “Now I’m crawling on a face of stone/I’m trying hard to leave a mark/So reckless on a path unknown/Hoping to catch a spark/Getting close to the gods/And the devil is falling/Now there’s no way to stop/No escape from the calling/So you don’t fall behind/We’re holding the line/Fighting for life as we climb/Close to the gods/All the temples are falling/Getting close to the gods.”  Additionally, he sings in the song’s second verse, “Feel the energy slip/Through your hands as you witness/All the steel turn to rust/We are sand/We are ashes and dust.”  The message that is seemingly delivered here perhaps addresses people’s striving to be better than they are, trying to escape all of the world’s negativity and evil.  That is of course just this critic’s interpretation.  It would be interesting to find out what exactly Patrick is saying with the words presented here.  That depth in the song’s lyrical content shows once more why Sleeping Lions’ lyrical content is so important to the album’s overall presentation.  It most certainly is not the last example of what makes the album’s lyrical content so important.  The seemingly uplifting message in ‘Weapons,’ the hard-hitting commentary in the album’s title track and the contemplative reflection of ‘Angry Heart’ each present their own interesting thoughts.  Taking this into consideration along with the lyrical content not noted here, it should be clear why Sleeping Lions’ lyrical content is just as important to its overall presentation as its musical arrangements.  That collective content is not the last of the album’s most important elements.  Its overall sequencing rounds out its most important elements.

Sleeping Lions’ sequencing is just as important to discuss in analyzing the album as its musical and lyrical content because it of the time and thought that was clearly put into this part of the record’s presentation.  The album opens with full, fiery energy in its first two songs before presenting a slightly more reserved arrangement in ‘Suffer’ that still boasts its own energy.  The album’s energy and mood are relatively well-balanced from start to end.  For the most part, the album’s energy is maintained throughout the record even as the songs’ moods change from one work to the next.  Even as the album reaches its finale, the energy barely lets up.  The song’s verses are quite reserved, but the choruses are just as powerful as any of the album’s other compositions.  Considering this, it becomes clear why the album’s sequencing so easily ensures its listeners’ maintained engagement throughout the record.  Its energy never goes too far one way or another at any point throughout.  Rather it is just right from start to finish.  Keeping that in mind, it should be obvious by now why the album’s sequencing is just as important to its presentation as its musical arrangements and lyrical content.  The whole of those three elements together makes Sleeping Lions a work that continues Otherwise’s previous successes and is, again, deserving of a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock albums.

Otherwise’s latest full-length studio album Sleeping Lions continues the success of the band’s previous efforts in so many ways.  From musical arrangements that clearly show the band’s influences and reach to lyrical content that is just as varied to sequencing that maintains the album’s energy from one end to the other, there is plenty to the positive to say about this new effort from Otherwise; so much so that it makes its deserving of a spot in any critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock albums.  It will be released Sept. 22 in stores and online and will be available at the band’s upcoming live fall dates with Red, 10 Years and Pop Evil.  More information on Sleeping Lions is available online with all of the band’s latest tour updates, news and more at:

 

 

 

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Otherwise Joining Red, 10 Years For Fall Tour

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Otherwise is hitting the road.

The Las Vegas, NV-based hard rock outfit will embark on a North American tour in support of its forthcoming third album Sleeping Lions, which is currently set to be released Sept. 22 in stores and online.  Audiences can hear the album’s title track and lead single online now ahead of the album’s release here.

Otherwise’s tour begins Oct. 14 in Winchester, VA.  The band will join Red and 10 Years for the month-long tour, which also includes stops in Greensboro, NC; Cincinnati, OH; Kansasville, WI among other cities.  Front man Adrian Patrick said in a recent interview that the band is anticipating its run with Red and 10 Years.

“We are overflowing with good vibrations to be heading out on a strong, unique run in the states with 10 Years and Red as we support our new album, Sleeping Lions!” Patrick exclaimed.  “Not only are both bands incredibly artistic and spiritual, but we’ve toured with both groups to resounding success in the not-so-distant past; we thoroughly enjoyed our time with the guys in Red, and our homies in 10 Years are practically family.  To share the stage with all of them this Fall is spectacular news for us dirty Vegas boys!”

Before Otherwise joins Red and 10 Years for that tour, it will perform a handful of headlining dates beginning this Saturday, Aug. 19 in Uncasville, CT.  The band’s headlining dates run through Friday, Sept. 15 in the band’s home town.  Those dates and the band’s schedule with Red and 10 Years are noted below.

OTHERWISE – Upcoming Live Shows
Saturday, August 19 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun (Wolf’s Den)
Sunday, August 20 – Carterville, IL @ Moonstock Festival
Saturday, September 2 – Madison, WI @ Taste of Madison
Friday, September 8 – Seal Beach, CA @ Affliction Studios
Friday, September 15 – Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Casino (Vinyl)
OTHERWISE – US Tour Dates w/Red & 10 Years

Saturday, October 14 – Winchester, VA @ Blue Fox Billiards *
Sunday, October 15 – Morgantown, WV @ Schmitt’s Saloon *
Tuesday, October 17 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel Lounge
Wednesday, October 18 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theater
Thursday, October 19 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
Friday, October 20 – Lynchburg, VA @ Phase 2
Saturday, October 21 – New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
Monday, October 23 – Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger
Wednesday, October 25 – Darlington, SC @ Carolina Nightclub & Grill
Thursday, October 26 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Heaven)
Friday, October 27 – Destin, FL @ Club LA #
Saturday, October 28 – Cape Coral, FL @ Dixie Roadhouse **
Sunday, October 29 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues – Orlando
Tuesday, October 31 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theatre
Thursday, November 2 – Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall
Friday, November 3 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
Saturday, November 4 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
Sunday, November 5 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
Tuesday, November 7 – Kansasville, WI @ 1175 Sports Park
Wednesday, November 8 – Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrews Hall
Friday, November 10 – Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
Saturday, November 11 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue Theatre

* – 10 Years & Otherwise Only
** – w/Pop Evil & 10 Years (no Red)
# – w/Pop Evil, 10 Years & Red

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Mike Mangione & The Kin’s New LP “Shines”

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Mike Mangione and The Kin is scheduled to release its new album But I’ve Seen the Stars on Oct. 20 via RODZINKA Records.  The 10-song, 44-minute record is just the latest effort from band founder Mangione, and the first for Mangione and his new group, The Kin. Its musical arrangements will appeal to any fan of Delta Rae, Mumford & Sons, The Dunwells, Marc Broussard and other similar acts while its lyrical content boasts an equally wide appeal if not wider.  That is exemplified right from the album’s outset in ‘Three Days,’ which will be discussed shortly.  ‘Riding Down,’ which comes later in the album’s run is another example of the album’s wide-reaching musical and lyrical appeal.  It will be discussed later.  ‘The Question & The Cure’ is yet another example of how far-reaching this album proves to be, and is hardly the last of the record’s songs that can be cited to support that statement.  From start to finish, this record is nothing but positive.  Considering all of this, it proves to be not only one of the year’s top new independent records but potentially one of the year’s top new Americana/folk records and even top new albums overall.

Mike Mangione and The Kin’s new record But I’ve Seen The Stars is a shining new effort from the veteran singer/songwriter and his new group of musicians. That is thanks in no small part to the album’s musical and lyrical content.  The combination of those two elements makes this record a work that will reach an innumerable audience.  This statement is supported right from the album’s outset through the song ‘Three Days.’  The song’s gentle, flowing acoustic guitar line and harmonies instantly conjure thoughts of Delta Rae.  The string arrangements and barely there percussion serve to strengthen that comparison even more.  The balance in those elements easily evokes powerful emotions in any listener’s heart and mind.  The song’s lyrics will move listeners just as much as the song’s musical arrangement as Mangione sings, “Three more days/I’m coming home/Leave the candle by the door/Three more days/Will you be there, too/Please be gentle, I’ll be true to you/Every day” right off the top.  From there Mangione goes on to sing in seeming introspection, “Had no feeling and no main/I had a story to arrange/The birds sang in missionary prose/Good intentions can impose/So I headed on my own/To seek the origin alone/Headed on my own/I sought the elders/Heard them speak/And I saw forever and the meek/And with fear they focused on my eyes/Fear was hatred in disguise/But the heart is lined with gold/And in there the story’s being told.” Mangione’s introspection continues in the song’s second verse just as much as the song’s lead verse as he sings about accepting mortality, personal emotions and other items.  Simply put, there is a lot of lyrical ground covered in a small space, and Mangione does a truly good job of making listeners think considering the seeming introspection presented in the song’s lyrics.  When the emotions and thought generated through that introspection is coupled with the song’s equally moving musical arrangement, the end result is an opus that will touch any listener deeply, proving right from the beginning the record’s impact and reach. It is just one of the songs included in this album that serves to show that impact and reach.  ‘Riding Down’ serves just as much as ‘Three Days’ to show why this album is such a success.

‘Riding Down’ is an important piece to discuss in examining this album because it is completely unlike ‘Three Days’ both musically and lyrically.  Its pure 12-bar blues arrangement will move audiences not by tugging at their heartstrings but by putting a smile on their faces and getting their feet tapping.  While the song is nearly four-minutes long, its arrangement makes it feel like that time passes by so much faster, which in this case is a good thing.  The arrangement is so enjoyable that listeners won’t even realize how much time has passed by its end, easily leaving them wanting more.  The song’s lyrical content is just as fun with its own classic blues approach.  He sings in the song’s lead verse, “In the midnight hour/Of the seventh day/There was a light around my window/Heard I couldn’t stay/I’m gone/I’m gone/When the hellhounds call with the whistle blowin’ baby/I’ll be riding down.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “Go and tell my mama/Tell my sister I’m gone/I’m gonna hitch the black snake/A hundred-thirty strong.”  One is lead to think Mangione is singing here about that fabled long black train that has been noted in so many blues (and gospel) songs so many times before.  Mangione’s approach to the subject in this case is an original approach, yet still as enjoyable as that in those other songs.  When it is joined with the song’s infectious blues arrangement, the result is a song that quickly becomes one of this album’s best songs, if not its best.  It is yet another example of what makes this record such a surprising hit, and not the last.  ‘The Question & The Cure’ is yet another example of what makes this record stand out.

‘The Question & The Cure’ is yet another critical addition to But I’ve Seen The Stars because it stands on its own merits just as much as the previously discussed songs (and those not mentioned here).  The combination of Mangione’s vocal delivery style and the song’s gentle, flowing arrangement makes the song yet another emotionally powerful work.  The whole of those elements lends the song to comparisons to Bruce Springsteen and Mumford & Sons.  The same can be said of the song’s lyrical content, which sees Mangione singing, “And the halo/Of the living/Lies the ancient and the dead/The broken/We don’t read too good/Cause we can’t spell too good/So I’ve read/God bless the innocent/They’re just waiting on a home/And the course is wide and heavy/And the winter’s bite is cold/No way/Will my family lie/We’re the downcast cry/In the soil/they’re hungry…and the tears just change to blood and oil/But god bless the broken-hearted/They’re just waiting on the day/When they’re free from falling victim/When they can give it all away.  Yet again listeners have here an example of true lyrical depth that will tug at listeners’ heartstrings and leave them thinking and talking.  Even more impressive is the fact that Mangione and company did not just rehash the lyrical content or arrangements used in the album’s other works to have that powerful impact here.  Considering that, the song shows in whole why it is such an important part of this new record.  When it is joined with the previously discussed songs and those not noted here, the end result is a record that proves to be a truly shining success.

Mike Mangione and The Kin’s new album But I’ve Seen The Stars is a record reaches the stars without even trying.  Its musical arrangements and lyrical content together can leave listeners feeling such deep emotions at times while bringing great joy at others as well as emotions in between at yet others.  That is evidenced through the songs noted here and those not noted.  All things considered, this record shines just as bright as the stars seen, proving to be one of the year’s top new independent albums and potentially even one of the year’s top new albums overall.  But I’ve Seen The Stars will be released Oct. 20 via RODZINKA Records.  More information on the album is available online along with Mangione’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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