Randy Krbechek's Metronews
January 1, 1997
Bush, Glamour & Grits
(Sugar Hill 1996) - As a founding member of the New Grass Revival,
and the leader of Emmylou Harris' Grammy-winning band,
The Nash Ramblers, for five years, Sam Bush finds himself
astride multiple musical worlds. From straight-ahead bluegrass to soulful
traditionals to pop baubles, Sam Bush and his mandolin deliver the goods.
And Glamour & Grits should help spread his all-Americana,
Bush is one of Nashville's hottest session players, with credits on albums
by such artists as Trisha Yearwood, Steve Wariner,
and Pam Tillis. For the new album, Sam recruited such
friends as John Cowan on bass, Bela Fleck
(banjo on two tracks), Jon Randall on guitar, and Larry
Atamanuik on drums.
Bush spent more than a year recording Glamour & Grits,
which features a variety of styles, from the bluegrass "Whayasay"
to the blues-oriented "All Night Radio." The album also includes
a fair cover of Bob Marley's, "Is This Love?"
(including Al Kooper on organ), and the gospel, "The
Lord Came Unto Me."
With his ability to merge multiple styles while also staying true to his
folk and bluegrass roots, Sam Bush is an original. And Glamour
& Grits highlights his skills.
Bros. 1996) - The quartet of God's Child is
moving into the future, physically and musically: from New York to Los
Angeles, from spiky dark grooves to hook-laden supersonics. Together since
1992, God's Child is the Christian rock version of U2. And it works.
God's Child was formed three years ago in New York City when Chris
Seefried (guitar and vocals), Gary
DeRosa (keyboards), and Craig
Ruda (bass) recorded some demos. The group
eventually signed to Qwest after meeting with label founder, Quincy
Jones. "It's great to have a musician like Quincy involved,"
says Chris. "There's a common language."
The band's self-produced debut, Everybody,
included the hit single "Everybody's 1," which scored on Billboard's Rock and Alternative charts. After extensive soul searching,
the band left its New York home in 1995 for new digs in Los Angeles. With
the addition of Adam Hamilton on drums, God's Child is ready to move to the next level.
is littered with damaged guitars, distressed mellotron, and raw vocals.
But there are also new influences. "We were listening to a lot of
English bands, old and new, and we were really getting into that attitude,
always putting the songs first," says Chris Seefried.
was produced by Tim Palmer
(who has worked with such acts as Pearl Jam,
and Mission UK)
and features a spaced-out aura. With solid musicianship and soaring sonics,
is rock and roll with style and spirit.
C'E Musica/Donde Hay Musica (Where
There Is Music) (Arista
1996) - Despite arguments that music is an "international language,"
pop music is usually culturally-specific. It's a rare release that can
span different cultures. The 32-year-old Italian, Eros
Ramazzotti, seeks to bridge this gulf with
Dove C'E Musica.
I don't speak Italian, and therefore don't understand the lyrics. (The
album has also been release in a Spanish version.) But I do understand
the music; the album is a series of well-crafted pop ballads.
Ramazzotti has been recording since he was 18, and has a string of successful
European releases under his belt. His last album, 1993's Tutte
Storie (All Stories), sold three
million copies in Europe alone. Despite the international success of his
eight albums, Ramazzotti also tries to maintain a private life. Next to
music, soccer is his passion, and he is the president of Nazionale Cantanti,
a soccer club comprised entirely of Italian musicians.
Dove C'E Musica
is a smooth, unified pop album that would make any United States producer
proud. Which isn't surprising, since the project includes such skilled
session hands as Michael Landau
(who has recorded with Celine
Dion and Mariah Carey
), bassist Nathan East (who
has recorded with Eric Clapton ,
, and Phil
and a pair of highly-touted Quincy Jones'
sidemen: percussionists Lenny Castro and trumpeter
I can't point to any songs on Dove C'E Musica
as a special favorite (probably because I don't understand the lyrics).
However, I do like the ballad, "L'Aurora." But the overall result
is satisfying, and should reward fans of international music.
Mosser, Around Townes (Winter Harvest 1996)
- Townes Van Zandt may be
a legend in the Austin, Texas singer-songwriter scene, but he's no household
name. Blues belter Jonell Mosser seeks to change that with Around
Mosser is a well-respected performer, having worked with such artists
as Bonnie Raitt,
B. King, and David
Hidalgo of Los Lobos
. The 13 tracks on Around Townes
showcase her talents; such songs as "I'll be Here in the Morning"
and "St. John, the Gambler" have an intellectual spark.
However, while Mosser's delivery is heartfelt, the songs don't have the
same emotional impact or biting insight displayed on Jennifer
Warnes' fabulous collection of Leonard
Cohen numbers entitled Famous
Blue Raincoat. Around Townes aims high, but doesn't score a bull's eye.
-- Randy Krbechek
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