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Rey Cabrera - Controversia
Review by Gary Hill
If you want to hear some traditional Latin music, this will definitely do the trick.

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Cactus - An Evening in Tokyo
Review by Gary Hill
This live album from Cactus was recorded in 2012.

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Call Security - To Whom It May Concern
Review by Gary Hill
This pop rock set has a lot of energy. It’s also packed with fun.

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The Call - A Tribute to Michael Been
Review by Gary Hill
The Call were always a legendary band.

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Chuckie Campbell - More Die of Heartbreak
Review by Gary Hill
I have to say that I like a lot of hip hop. I do have some problems with some of the stuff out there, though.

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Camper Van Beethoven - Key Lime Pie
Review by Gary Hill
Ethnic, alternative and art rock styles are combined on this album to create a very intriguing soundscape. The vocal work on the album is in a style which seems like a marriage of David Byrne and Fred Schneider vocal styles
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Pat Campo - Clouds in My Head
Review by Gary Hill
There are some great songs on here. Taken as a set, though, it does sometimes get a bit samey.

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Canned Heat - with John Lee Hooker - Carnegie Hall 1971
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite an interesting live album.

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Canned Heat - Stockholm 1973
Review by Gary Hill
It’s easy to think of Canned Heat as a 60s band.

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Leah Capelle - Leah Capelle
Review by Gary Hill
The vocals are the one unifying thing here.

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Leah Capelle - Joshua
Review by Gary Hill
I reviewed a previous release from Leah Capelle. I remember that the main thing holding the set together was the voice.

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Captain Beefheart - Harpo’s Detroit Dec 11th 1980
Review by Gary Hill
It is obvious right from the start that this was a bootleg recording.

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Captain Beyond - Captain Beyond
Review by Gary Hill
This 1972 release was the first of three albums by Captain Beyond, who was at the time Rod Evans (formerly of Deep Purple), Bobby Caldwell (who had played with Johnny Winter, among others), Rhino (Larry Rhinehart from Iron Butterfly), and Lee Dorman (also from Iron Butterfly) with several backing musicians. This one almost qualifies as progressive rock.

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Bun E. Carlos - Greetings from Bunezuela!
Review by Gary Hill
Those popping this disc in to spin and expecting a Cheap Trick album might be disappointed. Sure, Bun E. Carlos has been best known as the drummer for Cheap Trick, but honestly, this is not a Cheap Trick album.

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Paul Carrack - Rain or Shine
Review by Gary Hill
Most people probably first heard of Paul Carrack when he was in Ace.

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Paul Carrack - Soul Shadows
Review by Gary Hill
Perhaps best known for being part of the band Ace and their hit song, “How Long,” Paul Carrack also recently toured as part of Eric Clapton’s band.

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Carry Illinois - Siren
Review by Gary Hill
Those who follow Music Street Journal regularly will probably know that I’ve got a soft-spot for music that combines seemingly disparate musical styles into something fresh and new.

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The Cars - The Cars
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve wanted to do a retro review of this album for a long time. I finally got this chance this time around.

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Cornell C. C. Carter - In the Moment
Review by Gary Hill
If you like classic R&B and soul, particularly with a modern flair, you really need to check out this CD. It has such a timeless sound.

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Cornell C. C. Carter - Vindicated Soul
Review by Gary Hill
If you find yourself longing for the classic soul music of the 1970s, you will probably feel at home here. It's obvious that Cornell CC Carter shares that feeling to a large degree.

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Tom Carter - Look Around
Review by Gary Hill
This album is quite good. It isn’t without its issues, though. For one thing, the vocals aren’t always stellar.

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The Cavalry - Build Your Own Empire
Review by Gary Hill
With a sound that's based in modern pop, there is a healthy dosage of alternative rock, country and more here. This is a solid set.

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Celadon Candy - Celadonia
Review by Gary Hill

The general description of this set would be, "electronic music."


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Celldweller - Celldweller
Review by Mike Korn
For those who like plenty of electronic beats and bleeps mixed up with their rock and roll, Celldweller is a new name to conjure with. Looking like a cross between one of the Misfits, the Cure's Robert Smith and pro wrestler, the enigmatic maestro named Klayton is the mind behind the madness of Celldweller.

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Chains of Logic - Age of Progress
Review by Gary Hill
Electronic music is the order of business here.

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Courtney Chambers - Tales of the Aftermath
Review by Gary Hill
The range here is from hard rock to modern pop, shoegaze and more.

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Chameleon Technology - Blank Canvas
Review by Gary Hill
The most obvious audience for this set would be people who like punk rock.

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The Channel Drifters - The Channel Drifters
Review by Gary Hill
There is a modern movement that looks back to roots musical styles like country and folk. This set has a lot of that present.

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Channel K - Super Queen
Review by Gary Hill
This outfit is essentially a female fronted new wave band, harkening to an earlier time. Yet, there are modern elements here.

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Charity - Yellow
Review by Gary Hill
There is a type of female performer in the modern age who does a version of soulful music that’s both classic and still fresh.

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Charley and Jesi - With Love
Review by Gary Hill
There is quite a bit of variety here. Part of that variety is obtained through the use of two different lead singers. Another part comes from the music itself.

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Cheap Trick - At Budokan-The Complete Concert
Review by Gary Hill
This disc is the classic Cheap Trick album At Budokan with several tracks added to make it both representative of the whole performance and a two CD set. It is safe to say that Cheap Trick both defined and transcended the power pop genre. They combined (and continue to) catchy melodies, metallic leanings,
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Cheap Trick - Bang, Zoom, Crazy...Hello
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve always had a special sort of relationship with the music of Cheap Trick. Growing up in their hometown of Rockford, Illinois gives one a sort of connectedness to Cheap Trick.

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Cheap Trick - We're All Alright
Review by Gary Hill
Cheap Trick hail from my hometown of Rockford, Illinois, so they have a special place in my heart, both because we share a lot of local cultural mindset and because I have at least some passing personal experience with some of the guys.

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The Chocolate Watchband - I’m Not Like Everybody Else
Review by Gary Hill
This outfit was one of the original garage bands of the 1960s.

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Karen Choi - Through Our Veins
Review by Gary Hill
There is a cool range of sounds here. We get everything from down home country to dreamy folk inspired modern rock.

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James Christian - Meet the Man
Review by Greg Olma
Melodic rock has been maligned a lot in the press but I have always been a fan of this type of music. There is not much depth as far a lyrical content goes but what it lacks in lyrics, it makes up in good catchy melodies and flawless performances.
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Cheetah Chrome - Solo
Review by Gary Hill
I think when it comes to punk rock bands that the Dead Boys were my favorite.

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Andre Chrys - Window to Nowhere
Review by Gary Hill
The mix of classic and modern sounds here is great.

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Popa Chubby - Universal Breakdown Blues
Review by Larry Toering
Popa Chubby returns with a hot upcoming release that is sure to crossover from contemporary blues to rock audiences.

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Popa Chubby - I'm Feelin' Lucky - The Blues According To Popa Chubby
Review by Gary Hill
I like this set a lot. I would say that not everything here really qualifies as blues, but there is blues in just about all of it.

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Popa Chubby - Big, Bad & Beautiful Live
Review by Gary Hill
Popa Chubby is considered a blues man. For the most part that is true.

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Popa Chubby - Catfish
Review by Gary Hill
Popa Chubby is a blues musician. While that's a true statement, it really doesn't cover it.

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Cimino - Angels & Animals
Review by Gary Hill
Apparently this is the third set from these guys.

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Circle - The Middle
Review by Gary Hill
I could almost see this landing in the progressive rock heading.

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Circus of the West - We'll See Ourselves Out
Review by Gary Hill
This is a band that shows a lot of promise. The first couple songs seem to be the most adventurous moving into territory like jazz, country and progressive rock.

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Eric Clapton - Behind the Sun (Limited Edition Hybrid SACD version)
Review by Gary Hill
This CD is one of the latest in a series of audiophile discs coming out.

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Eric Clapton - Journeyman (Limited Edition Hybrid SACD version)
Review by Gary Hill
This is a new audiophile release of a classic Eric Clapton solo album.

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Fast Eddie Clarke - Make My Day – Back to Blues
Review by Gary Hill
Fast Eddie Clarke is probably best known for his stint in Motorhead and his work with Fastway.

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David Clayton-Thomas - Soul Ballads
Review by Gary Hill
David Clayton-Thomas is probably best known for his work as the lead singer of Blood, Sweat and Tears.

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The Coasters - Magical Favorites
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve never really been a big fan of this kind of old time vocal music. That fact should tell you just how good this is when I say that I really like this album a lot.

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Billy Cobham - Compass Point
Review by Gary Hill
I was kind of expecting a fusion album here. I’d have to say that there are a few moments that land there, but overall this is more pure jazz.

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Cock Robin - After Here through Midland: Expanded Edition
Review by Gary Hill
I vaguely remember liking this outfit back in the day.

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Cock Robin - Cock Robin: Expanded Edition
Review by Gary Hill
This new edition of the self-titled Cock Robin disc features the full album and a lot of bonus tracks.

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Commander Cody - Live from the Island
Review by Gary Hill
There aren’t any big surprises on this live recording from Commander Cody.

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Commander Cody - Live at Ebbett's Field, Boulder Colorado, Aug 11 1973
Review by Gary Hill
This live show from Commander Cody is a fun one for sure. His blend of old time country music, rockabilly and jazz is entertaining.

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Coffin Daggers - Aggravatin' Rhythms
Review by Gary Hill
I guess these guys are considered punk by some people. Sure, they do occupy a lot of the same musical territory as groups like The Cramps.

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Clark Colborn - Baba O’Riley (Digital Single)
Review by Jason Hillenburg
Clark Colborn's cover of "Baba O'Riley" makes an earnest effort to approximate the original.

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Clark Colborn - Ones And Zeros
Review by Greg Olma
We now live in a world where artists release digital singles and in many cases forgo the whole album experience.  

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Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song Hybrid SACD
Review by Gary Hill
When you talk classic holiday music, you really can’t ignore Nat King Cole.

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Colin Spring and the Band That Murdered Silence - Cancion De Pollo
Review by Gary Hill
I have to give kudos to any band whose name has a literary origin, and this is one such outfit. Their moniker comes from a passage by Joseph Conrad where he says that the house band in a club was "not so much making music as murdering silence."
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Collective Soul - Dosage
Review by Lisa Palmeno
Collective Soul's Dosage is definitely "collective"; the sum of the the parts make a very cohesive, coherent, and unified artistic piece. The CD is percussively unique overall, with many different sounds that would appeal to gen x'ers, but loaded with influences from the '70s on up.
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Judy Collins - Live in Ireland
Review by Gary Hill
Judy Collins may not be considered “cool” these days.

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Judy Collins - Both Sides Now: The Very Best Of
Review by Gary Hill
I like this compilation quite a bit. Sure, it seems like just about everyone will argue about what the “best” of any artist is.

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Judy Collins - and Ari Hest - Silver Skies Blue
Review by Gary Hill
Folk music can sometimes feel tired and a bit samey. While I wouldn't call this album "folk" music, it is clearly very folk driven.

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Color You - The Grand Trine
Review by Gary Hill
This release is quite an interesting one. There is a lot of modern alternative rock meets pop here.


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Colorstone - Steam
Review by Gary Hill
These guys do such a great job of combining old school hard rock, power pop and metallic sounds and merging them into a modern and accessible sound.

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Colorway - The Black Sky Sequined
Review by Gary Hill
There is quite a wide variety of sound presented here.

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John Coltrane - So Many Things: The European Tour 1961
Review by Gary Hill
This compilation gathers up all the live recordings from Coltrane’s 1961 European tour.

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John Coltrane - Trane 90
Review by Gary Hill
This four CD set was released in honor of the 90th birthday of the late, great, John Coltrane. It's quite an intriguing disc.

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Lucia Comnes - Love, Hope & Tyranny
Review by Gary Hill
There are some strong cuts on this set. I’d also say that nothing is particularly weak.

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The Como Brothers Band - Baby Steps
Review by Gary Hill
This is a great album. The music covers a pretty wide range, but overall falls into a general mainstream pop rock category.

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Concrete Blonde - Bloodletting
Review by Gary Hill
This album is a very nice work, featuring many musical themes and textures. Although not all of the album`s lyrics fit the Halloween mode, the title track is firmly rooted there, and much of the music has tones that work well.
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Concrete Blonde - Live In Brazil
Review by Gary Hill
With Live In Brazil Concrete Blonde have given us a solid album showcasing their live performance. Those whose only introduction to the band are the singles might find this to be a bit raw, but truly that edge really adds something.

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The ConSoulTant - New Year, New You. (Digital Single)
Review by Gary Hill
The groove here is energetic. The vocal hook is catchy.

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The Convent - 1986-2016
Review by Gary Hill
I've never heard this band before. If you like the new wave sounds of acts like the Cure, this is definitely your kind of thing.

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Eli Cook - Primitive Son
Review by Gary Hill
I know Eli Cook is considered in some ways a blues artist.

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Alice Cooper - The Eyes of Alice Cooper
Review by Gary Hill

Alice Cooper has never been the most consistent artist. When he has it right he is brilliant.


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Alice Cooper - Dragontown
Review by Gary Hill
Last year Cooper introduced to a world he called "Brutal Planet", and it was a brutal sounding very hard-edged release that had a strong concept to it. One would expect more of the same on his follow up, but that is not what he delivered.
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Alice Cooper - Dragontown (Special Edition)
Review by Gary Hill
This Special Edition version of Alice Cooper's Dragontown contains the entire original album as the first CD of this 2 CD set. A second CD has been added wiuch contains four previously unreleased songs and two videos.
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Alice Cooper - Brutal Planet
Review by Gary Hill
Quite probably Alice's strongest release in years, and possibly one of the best ever, this disc is a concept album that musically seems to take the classic Alice sound and bring it up to date with a hard (even brutal) edge. The album really seems to fully integrate those two types of sounds, which is something that he seems to have been struggling with in recent years.
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Alice Cooper - Welcome to My Nightmare
Review by Gary Hill
To many this classic album represents Alice Cooper at his theatric best. It is a loosely knit concept album that at times is a bit weak, at times a bit over the top, but in many ways a spooky masterpiece.
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Alice Cooper - The Last Temptation
Review by Gary Hill
This album is show biz from Cooper. It really feels like much of the high entertainment of `70`s era Cooper, while bringing a new intensity and power to them. This one has plenty of spooky moments along with humor.
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Alice Cooper - A Fistful of Alice
Review by Gary Hill
It has been said that this release is redundant because hard-core Alice Cooper fans already have a solid live album in The Alice Cooper Show. However, I find that this release is a a considerably better recording, and that the performance presented herein is superior to that one.
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Alice Cooper - Hey Stoopid
Review by Gary Hill

This album showcases a metal perpective on the classic Cooper sound and also shows prog tendencies in several places. Alice is joined on this album by many musicians, including several very notables guests (Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Ozzy Osbourne and others).


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Alice Cooper - Trash (Reissue)
Review by Gary Hill
I remember when this album first came out, I wasn’t really very impressed by it.

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Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies (Limited Edition Hybrid SACD version)
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve always loved this album. It’s one of the “band” albums from Alice Cooper.

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Alice Cooper - The Last Temptation (20th Anniversary Edition)
Review by Gary Hill
So, I’ve already reviewed this album in an earlier release. 

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Alice Cooper - Muscle of Love Hybrid SACD
Review by Gary Hill
I remember borrowing this on vinyl from a friend many years ago.

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Alice Cooper - Paranormal
Review by Gary Hill
I always look forward to new Alice Cooper albums. While I don't love everything he's done, he generally manages to entertain, and I'm a big fan.

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Marcus Corbett - Strung Deep
Review by Gary Hill
This is world music. At times one might call it progressive world music because it has a lot of proggy elements.

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Corrosion of Conformity - IX
Review by Mike Heitzman
As you may have guessed by the title, this is COC’s ninth full studio release. 

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Cosby - Heartracer (digital single)
Review by Gary Hill
As someone who is a big progressive rock fan, it might seem odd to some that I like pop music.

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Cost of Attrition - There You Go
Review by Gary Hill
This is a good, but not great, set. It shows promise for sure. There are only three songs here and they are all solid alternative rock music.

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Cracker - Garage D'Or
Review by Gary Hill
One of the bands that emerged when the great Camper Van Beethoven broke up, Cracker has always been an intriguing band that merges a poppy sort of mentality with a great alternative take on retro sounds. They are perhaps similar to what REM might be if Stipe and company didn't take themselves so seriously.
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Billy Crain - Family Matters
Review by Gary Hill
The central balance here runs between Celtic music and country.

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Cranford Hollow - Color/Sound/Renew/Revive
Review by Gary Hill
The mix of sounds here is pretty unique. It has a lot of country built into it. Overall, probably folk is the most frequent visitor in terms of genre.

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Cranky George - Fat Lot of Good
Review by Gary Hill
In some ways, I would liken this outfit to the kind of music Camper Van Beethoven created. Now, I'm not saying that this like that, because it isn't.

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Craving Strange - A Life Exceptional
Review by Gary Hill
These guys hail from Amityville, New York. They have an intriguing blend of sounds.

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Robert Cray - Twenty
Review by Gary Hill
Robert Cray has always been lumped into the blues category, but this disc (along with the rest of his catalog) really shows that while his music at times fits well within that genre, more often than not it is far more wide reaching than the compartmentalized pigeon hole that the moniker creates.

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Creation Mind - The Crimson Sun
Review by Gary Hill
I love the mix of sounds here. Overall the main things are 1960s and 1970s pop rock, with a heavy infusion of The Beatles.

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Christopher Cross - A Night in Paris
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite a classy package. Not only do you get a double CD set of the concert, but the DVD is included, as well.

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Michael Cullen - True Believer
Review by Gary Hill
It’s hard to pinpoint this or land it in one particular place. There’s a lot of Americana here, but things like folk music and old time rock and roll are joined by Goth rock and Pink Floyd like elements.

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Bill Curreri - Son of an American Dream
Review by Gary Hill
Every song here is solid. It’s in an Americana style that’s quite familiar.

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Dru Cutler - Hometown
Review by Gary Hill
This new single lands in the neighborhood of alternative pop. The two songs are quite different.

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Cutting Crew - Add to Favourites
Review by Gary Hill
I remember Cutting Crew from their hey day.

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