Category Archives: Music

Jared James Nichols, Black Magic. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

There is no mystery, no sleight of hand or conjuring trick visible, intended or perceived when you listen to Jared James Nichols perform. The appeal, the dedication and the captivating are all too real, all too genuine to be anything but truth wrapped up in fingers that play with the authority of the Blues Masters of old and the mind that won’t stop playing with notes and lyrics; if it must be seen as magic, then it must be dark, that ol’ Black Magic which even Faustus would shy away from.

Pete McClelland, Carolina Sky. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Too often do we believe that what is not seen to be producing or adding to the bloated slug like economy is worthless or undeserving of allowing the senses to be commanded by its appearance or its quality. It is a point of rancour and heartbreak that nature and art has to be adding a series of zeros to a number in which to be considered fruitful, that it must add to the bank balance before it can be seen as anything more than indulgence.

Black Country Communion, BCCIV. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

When the past has been so good, it is always a shame that the future might be considered blank, a void, the page that will remain unwritten and with the ink kept inside its pen, nothing great lasts forever, yet in the hands of the four giants that make up Black Country Communion, it can at least be seen to add a smile to the lips of musical eternity.

JW Jones, High Temperature. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

There is not much you can do when you feel the pull of the High Temperature, when the sweat drives on and the pulse begins to race just that little bit harder than you would otherwise feel comfortable with. When the heat, when the temperature runs high, you just have to lay back and feel the warmth, express the desire to let it be cool and let a musician such as JW Jones open up his hands and rub the Blues and Rock right through you.

Sally Barker And Vicki Genfan, In The Shadow Of A Small Mountain. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

A mountain is universally not measured to the same scale on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean; the definition of such is awkward, the symbolism perhaps uncomfortable, one person’s mountain is another’s hill and yet both require the mind and the body to imagine conquering the heights and laying down the flag on the very pinnacle of expression and heartfelt scales of demonstration.

Stone Of A Bitch. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Often in life anarchy presents itself as well meaning, it is only when you look at it objectively and close up that what you first perceived as rebellion and possible revolution, is merely playful change, a flexing of muscles which have no discernible interest in revolt, it just wants to be noticed; it is the age of the petulant and the grumpy asking for attention and thus the cycle continues.

Buffalo Go!, Cave In. E.P. Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 7.5/10

Any venture into the unknown should be celebrated with the loud and cheerfully fulfilling; it is the fear that keeps us in our own personal caves, eyes used to the meagre light afforded us by holding back, not willing to see what lays beyond the crevice and the crack in the rocks. The fear may hold us back but humanity always perseveres and in some cases, the first step out into the blinking light is worth the sound of the metaphorical Cave In, the abandoning and crumbling of that fear, that will inevitably follows.

Tom George, Gravity. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Gravity will always do its best to keep us firmly in our place; its function is to stop reaching out beyond our sphere and arguably play with our hopes, our aspirations, gravity keeps us grounded; however gravity can also be fooled, it can be given dignity by those who find a way to harness its energy and who can teach it to sing with bright sedateness and not insignificant magnitude.

Alun Parry, Freedom Rider. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

There are many voices in Liverpool, an abundance of words written about the musical city by the Mersey cannot find enough paragraphs or sentences to contain them all, to allow them to flourish and see the artist as someone who espouses a different kind of freedom, one in which the mind should be allowed to grasp and nurture the urge to see fairness and reflect the major differences between the Government lie and the Westminster village definition, and that of the truths of the area. It is a truth that has always been searched for, experienced by and audibly resonated by Alun Parry, the Freedom Rider.

The London Jazz Players, The News Where You Are. Single Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

The News Where You Are is one that can be so unique that it seems as if it doesn’t affect the rest of the world; yet as soon as you realise the wider implications, the course of the way that dominos fall, the way that they crash under pressure, then the news is one that can be felt across the globe; it is a signal that the instruments of Time are far reaching and full of congress; it is after all the beat of Jazz.