By Dan Pavelich
Haven’t Seen It Yet (Sparrow)
Although he was eliminated after reaching the top three on “American Idol,” Milwaukeean Danny Gokey had already won over a legion of diehard fans. He signed to BMG Records, and released “My Best Days Are Ahead Of Me,” which became a bonafide country hit in the U.S.
With a strong church-rooted upbringing, Gokey soon turned to making contemporary Christian music. “Haven’t Seen It Yet” combines that mindset with contemporary pop sounds. “New Day” is a slick, soulful thumper, followed by “Love God Love People,” an emotional ballad sung with Michael W. Smith. Fellow “American Idol” alum Mandisa is featured on the pretty “Tell Somebody.” Gokey is in fine voice and appears to have figured out exactly where he should be. “Idol” fans and appreciators of modern gospel will not be disappointed.
Peter Frampton Band
All Blues (UMe)
Peter Frampton has just embarked on what he says is his final tour. Stricken with inclusion body myositis, degenerative muscle disorder, Frampton’s performing abilities have been hampered by severe muscle inflammation and weakness. Releasing what I hope is not his swan song, “All Blues,” Frampton looks like he aims for this last tour to be a fun one.
Gathering highly-respected friends Larry Carlton, Sonny Landreth, Steve Morse and Kim Wilson, this outing is a fun, casual listen. Wilson sings Willie Dixon’s classic “I Just Want To Make Love To You,” and Frampton voices B.B. King’s “The Thrill Is Gone.” He also brings the old talk box out of mothballs for a rousing “I’m A King Bee.” Highly recommended.
Zenith (Nuclear Blast)
While many are heralding this Swedish band as the saviors of speed metal, to my ears they share kinship to the Sunset Strip hair bands of the 1980’s. Lead vocalist Olof Wikstrand couldn’t sound more like Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil if he tried, and I do believe that he is trying.
These guys don’t play it as tongue-in-cheek as Steel Panther, and they’ve actually come up with ten songs that don’t rely on filthy language to be memorable. “Die For The Devil” is a mid-tempo stomper, and “Forever We Worship The Dark” is their “I Believe In A Thing Called Love.” Like every hair metal band before them, they also come bearing a backseat ballad in “Regrets.” Well done and a lot of fun.
Maurice and The Stiff Sisters’
Built To Last
Maurice Spencer of The Yule Logs returns with his new outfit, The Stiff Sisters. Blending power pop and classic songwriting elements, their new single “Built To Last” is a rollicking and buoyant toe-tapper that will sound great in the car this summer. Rough guitars and playful sax make it simply irresistible, looking forward to more!
Willie Nelson/Ride Me Back Home (SMG)
Prince/Originals (Warner Bros.)
The Raconteurs/Help Us Stranger (Third Man)
Collective Soul/Blood (Fuzze-Flex)
Various Artists/Toy Story 4 Soundtrack (Hollywood)
Mark Ronson/Late Night Feelings (RCA)
Philip Bailey/Love Will Find A Way (Verve)
Jamie Cullum/Taller (Blue Note)
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