Randy Sabien - Rhythm and Bows Review by Gary Hill Rhythm and Bows is the latest CD by Randy Sabien. Billed as a “jazz” violinist, Sabien shows that he’s not willing to be tied down to any one musical motif. More
Sacha Sacket - Lovers & Leaders Review by Gary Hill I nearly put this one in the progressive rock section. Sackett’s style of moody pop rock is not that dissimilar from some of Porcupine Tree’s work or that of modern Marillion. More
Santana - Shaman Review by Gary Hill Carlos Santana has certainly had a long and wonderful career, and with the talent and spirit of the man he deserves it. His most recent effort is Shaman. More
Joe Satriani - Dreaming #11 Review by Josh Turner When the topic of guitar shredders comes up the same names are usually mentioned. In the early years of progressive music, there was Robert Fripp. More
Savage Garden - Savage Garden Review by Gary Hill Several backing musicians join this Australian duo (Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones) on this album. R & B/Dance music has never been a style to which I have been drawn. More
Seven Mary Three - Day&nightdriving Review by Gary Hill I’m sure a lot of people remember Seven Mary Three for their hit “Cumbersome.” That song was curse for the band that came disguised as a blessing.
William Shatner - Has Been Review by Gary Hill I have to confess to being a huge Star Trek fan. That is what drew me to William Shatner's first CD, The Transformed Man, More
Shaw - Blades - Influence Review by Michael Bader Influence is the second and latest release from Damn Yankees members, guitarist Tommy Shaw and bassist Jack Blades. Consider the hard hitting musical history of these musicians as key members of bands like Night Ranger and Styx.
Simply Red - Stay Review by Gary Hill I remember dismissing Simply Red as some ‘80’s pop vehicle that had no substance. Well, as my tastes have become more and more diverse over the years I’ve found that a lot of bands I used to write off have some merits. More
This is a short CD by the band which is fronted by Linnea Quigley. The music here is fun and punky, at times coming across a bit like the Ramones, at other times a bit like the Runaways, and even very old Blondie.
Skunk Anansie - Post Orgasmic Chill Review by Gary Hill Combining hard rock elements with pop, space rock, and punk layers, this album shows a very versatile and talented band that will not be tied to one musical style. All the musicians put in strong performances, but Skin`s vocals often steal the show. More
Smashmouth - Fush Yu Mang Review by Gary Hill While this album is certainly not a progressive rock album, it contains one aspect common to much progressive rock, the melding of varied musical styles into one coherent work.
VanVechten Smith - The Bridge Review by Jeremy Seffens VanVechten Smith definitely isn't afraid to let his mastery of the guitar show. Knowing how to express his faith in his music, this disc is great for worship.
The Snaggs - Hot Tomato Review by Gary Hill The Snaggs are a band you may not have heard of, but if you like modern pop rock, you probably should give them a chance. If you are a Cheap Trick fan, you might find a reason to give them a listen, too.
Social Distortion - Greatest Hits (iTunes version) Review by Rick Damigella For fans of the Orange County, California punk rock scene, it may seem hard to believe that nearly three decades have passed since Social Distortion came on the scene. Never has a band gone through so many starts and stops to end up succeeding in spite of itself.
The Paul Speidel Band - Guitar Bass Drums Review by Eric Meli Paul Speidel was gaining experence in Chicago playing jazz, blues, rock and punk by the time he graduated high school. He then went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in music at Augustana college and later a master’s degree in Theory and Composition.
Jeremy Spencer - Bend in the Road Review by G. W. Hill Jeremy Spencer has definitely been a fixture of rock music since his rise to fame in the 1960s for his work in the early days of Fleetwood Mac
Spin Doctors - Nice Talking To Me Review by Gary Hill After breaking up for a while funky jam band hit makers Spin Doctors are back with a new album, and it's a hot one. It captures the sound that made them famous, but also shows a band that has grown and matured from the time away.
Andy Spitson - All Eyes On You EP Review by Gary Hill This EP is being billed as a preview of Northern Illinois musician Andy Spitson's upcoming full CD and if these four tracks are any indication, that’s going to be a great disc.
Stank Willie - History Review by Gary Hill Recorded with their horn section The Red Hots (who technically are credited in the name on the CD. This reviewer left that off for brevity in the title of the page), this album is an interesting one in many ways.
Paul Stanley - Live To Win Review by Greg Olma If you are a male and a Kiss fan, I think I can say with some degree of confidence that your favorite member of Kiss was either Gene or Ace. Gene blew fire and spit blood which made all of us think he was super cool. Ace was cool just because he seemed the most rock ‘n’ roll.
Ringo Starr - Liverpool 8 Review by Michael Bader Ringo Starr released his fifteenth solo album on Capitol Records in February 2008 which was aptly named after his home town and zip code. This album is very solid and flows nicely from cover to cover.
Jim Steed - Fall Review by Gary Hill This EP showcases a musical talent who produces music you’ll feel like you’ve known for years. His sound would have fit in quite nicely in the 1970’s or 1980’s. More
Steely Dan - The Definitive Collection Review by Gary Hill I’ve been wanting to work Steely Dan into Music Street Journal for a long time. I keep trying repeatedly to fit one of the older releases in as a retro review, but it just never happens. More
The Step Kings - 3 The Hard Way Review by Mike Korn Yo! Listen up, youse guys! Dis here is da latest plate from da Step Kings, 3 tough-lookin' mooks from Noo Yawk who been crankin' out a rough and ready brand of rock for a few years now. More
Stolen Babies - There Be Squabbles Ahead! Review by Mike Korn I don't know what the boss will make of this. It's not heavy metal yet it has metal parts. It's not typical progressive rock yet it is indeed very unique and therefore "progressive" in its outlook. I throw the towel in and defer to his judgment on where to place this kooky and eccentric release.
Stormtroopers of Death - Rise of the Infidels Review by Gary Hill There used to be a time when punks and metal heads would literally fight each other. I’d like to think that Stormtroopers of Death were one of the bands that calmed the tide by giving fans some common musical ground.
George Strait - 22 More Hits Review by Gary Hill Best of compilations are always a tough bet. On the one hand you can be pretty sure they’ll have a number of songs you like.
George Strait - It Just Comes Natural Review by Gary Hill Anyone who has followed MSJ for a while will know that I’m not a huge fan of country music. The truth is until a few years ago I didn’t like the genre at all.
Strippop - Factory Review by Eric Meli Strippop is a three member band from Italy whose music ranges from a melodic Beatles style to a Siouxsie and the Banshees kind of sound, with some R.E.M. and other influences mixed in. Factory is an enjoyable CD that you shouldn't get tired of quickly.
Stuff - Live at Montreux 1976 Review by Gary Hill This release is, as the title suggests, a concert recorded in 1976. It took place at the Montreux jazz festival – and this is a jazz performance – how fitting! More
Styx - Big Bang Theory Review by Gary Hill There are those who don't give a second glance to albums of covers. Well, in this case that would be a big mistake. More
Styx - Styxworld Live Review by Gary Hill This live disc from the latest lineup of Styx should please long-time fans, but it really does have a few flaws. The first flaw is the lack of Dennis DeYoung. More
Styx - Crystal Ball Review by Gary Hill Crystal Ball was the first Styx album to feature Tommy Shaw and his sound and influence can be heard here – at least at times. In many ways, though, this album feels a lot like its predecessor Equinox.
I have to say that, while this CD set is entertaining, after seeing the current lineup of Styx live, and comparing it to this, I think they, ultimately are a stronger band without Dennis DeYoung than they would have been had he continued in the group.
Summer Rain - Tye Dye Review by Gary Hill There is a certain sound that bands from the midwest have, especially on the vocals. All you have to do is listen to such diverse groups as Cheap Trick, Off Broadway and Enuff Znuff to hear what I mean. More
Sunn 0))) - White 1 Review by Mike Korn Readers, it's pretty hard to describe what this album sounds like, but the term "music" is applied very loosely! I would not call it heavy metal either, though it is marketed through a mostly metal label. More
Sunset Black - Common Ground Review by Gary Hill Common Ground shows a band that seems a bit green and in-experienced, but with a lot of potential. If these guys do it right, expect great things from them. More
Supertramp - Some Things Never Change Review by Gary Hill Although Roger Hodgson is no longer in the band, this album certainly proves that Supertramp can work their particular form of magic without him. One really does not miss Hodgson on this disc.
Recorded on August 30th, 2008, at the Morongo in California, by the Westwood One Mobile Recording Unit, this was a major undertaking for them which could not have been done better if you really love Sweet.