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BRIAN LISIK/Curtisinterruptedus: With his clever word play and jangly guitar riffs, Lisik takes a riff from Corinthians and leaves his childhood toys behind making a mature AOR set worthy of a long time rocker that's been playing the game by the man's rules and is finally ready to call his own shots and let the chips fall where they may. A solid piece of entertainment, this is a fine reaction to all the cookie cutter stuff that is just to vaporous for the real muso fan to grab hold of.

SARAH PARTRIDGE/I Never Thought I'd Be Here: What an appropriate album title for a gal whose career got started because of a dare in a karaoke bar where an agent was in the audience (in Hollywood, natch). With a bunch of solid New York players bringing the highlights to her originals, this set rides the range where jazz meets art in a lounge where the drinks are just right. A high water mark of a sitting down jazz vocal date.

ANTHONY ROGERS/Wrong: Someone's letting his atavistic genes show. With a cover that smirks of his own version of Dylan's "Self Portrait" and music that sounds like it was made a few iterations of electric frippery a few generations back by the test tube baby of Brian Wilson and Todd Rundgren with Van Dyke Parks shaking the test tube, this vet of the DC area might be a retired road warrior but he still has the skewed pop vibe alive and well in his bag of tricks. A jazzbo/rocker that's covered the ground pretty well in his time is just letting the good times roll. Skewed pop fun for anyone with a hankering to find out what happened to all those freek genre records that gleefully colored outside the lines, so much so that this was conceived and released as an lp.

Volume 38/Number 137
March 17, 2015
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2015 Midwest Record

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