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Birdsong at Morning

Annals of My Glass House

Blue Gentian Records

4 out of 5 stars

Birdsong at Morning’s new 4-EP boxed set entitled Annals of My Glass House sounds just like the name describes. If you like soft, rich acoustic hues with warm subtle vocals, this is your new favorite CD. Folky yet sophisticated, it plays a little like an acoustic Alan Parsons Project. The core group, made up of one university professor, one gourmet tea executive, and a media consultant, has a great deal of life experience which it draws from for musical inspiration. Immaculate production and slick arrangements also add to the allure.

Jenn Cleary

Back To The Wheel

Independent

3 out of 5 stars

Cleary’s second full-length album is chock full of nods to the blues women who came before her, and this release has an enormous list of high-profile Colorado players as guests. The playing is tight, but many of the lyrical arrangements fail to match the music.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

with Brendan Mullen: An Oral/Visual History

IT Publishing

4 out of 5 stars

A ton of really cool pictures coupled with a bunch of quotes and remembrances by the members of the band makes this coffee table book indispensable for fans of RHCP and also makes an intriguing introduction for the uninitiated.

Social Distortion

Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes

Epitaph Records

5 out of 5 stars

I doubt I was the only one skeptically intrigued when Mike Ness said the band’s new album sounded like “The Dead Boys meets The Black Crowes” and then started mentioning a tribute to ’70s era Rolling Stones on top of it. I’ll be dammed if the band hasn’t unleashed their own little version of Exile on Main Street and quite possibly the best album of the year, really.

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