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Upside Down World by Doris Brendel and Lee Dunham

 Life is a funny old thing, when at its best it usually throws some stunning surprises at you. I have been awaiting news of the next release by Doris Brendel and Lee Dunham for some time now. This incredibly creative pair has already made a strong mark in the music world. Once again, Doris is collaborating with producer and multi-instrumentalist Lee Dunham, guitarist of rock/metal band Primary Slave, this time using an array of musicians to contribute to the progressive sound. Doris is the daughter of famed classical pianist Alfred Brendel, her distinctive vocals were the driving force behind 1990s alt-rockers The Violet Hour, who were signed to Sony when they released their now revered, classic album ‘The Fire Sermon’ in 1991. Combine all of this with the delightfully driven husky vocals delivered with true inimitable style and then you may get an inkling of what to expect. Do not be fooled and expect the unexpected as Upside Down World will take you on a sumptuous journey through a musical kaleidoscope lasting about 48 minutes. This album both explores and showcases a plethora of musical facets, Upside Down World is a thrilling ride.

Doris Brendel And Lee Dunham

From the start of this album, beginning with the outstanding cover art by surrealist Igor Morski, this album nails you down and spins you around. Upside Down World kicks off with a deliciously raunchy track, “The Devil Closed The Door On Me” which pushes Doz’s incredible vocals to a variety of limits and is a hard hitting dynamically delightful tongue in cheek rock track. Every time that I hit the play button this album stops me in my tracks, it is beyond belief and utterly irresistible. “The Devil Closed The Door On Me” is a magnificent introduction to Upside Down World. Release date April 20th.

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CD Review: Cobalt and the Hired Guns “Everybody Wins!”

Cobalt and the Hired Guns

Jesse Alexander, Tomlinson Fort and Mike Roth seem to be able to draw on each other’s musical influences when creating their songs. Having existed for many years as both friends and bandmates, it seemed only natural that they would decide to form a band together. The resulting songs created by their Chicago-based band Cobalt and the Hired Guns incorporate rock, ska, punk, pop even horny rock. This musical combination is alive and well on the band’s latest release entitled Everybody Wins!

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CD Review: Emanuel and The Fear S/T

Emanuel and the FearBrooklyn, New York is where you will find the band Emanuel & The Fear. It is this band this ensemble that has recently released their debut self-titled EP on Paper Garden Records.

Emanuel & The Fear has brought back the term “orchestral rock,” and with good reason: The ensemble is a mini orchestra. With strings and brass instruments to fill out their sound. While having the base of rock music, leader/composer Emanuel Ayvas also incorporates people like Rachmaninoff, Beethoven and other composers into the style of their music.

The average rock band has 3 to 4 members in the group, five if you stretch it. So to find a band that has eleven members in it is very unusual. Coupled with the fact that most bands are either Rhythm & Blues based or Blues based, it is a little strange to find a rock band that boasts about having eleven members and being an orchestra.

With the size of the ensemble and the style of their music, Emanuel & The Fear are virtually the only group in the music world today in their situation, with only World Leader Pretend and The Polyphonic Spree as recent contemporaries.

The self-titled release from Emanuel & The Fear has been out since the beginning of 2009. The band’s EP features five songs that make use of their symphonic style.