Melanie’s CD Reviews

Candi Lynn – Ill Miss Behavin

Untalented, uninspiring, and downright trashy, if this is what the criteria is for a musician today, then Candi Lynn is you “gurl.” If you can first get past the album cover that looks like it was a bad day at glamour shots, then be prepared for song titles such as: Bitch Please, Stop Trippin, and Love Ya Body (none of which exemplify any talent.) This all comes out as harsh, but better to stop it in its tracks rather then let the embarrassment go on. The only good that could come from this album is if you are in a state of depression and need a good laugh, it will sure cure you! Maybe Candi Lynn was going for a Lil Mama inspired sound, but  Lil Mama managed a single of her debut album. Out of five !’s  Candi Lynn’s album “Ill Miss Behavin”  gets a ?.

Twin Atlantic – Vivarium

Oh how the UK gives us such great names in music! Twin Atlantic’s album “Vivarium” is no exception. The band carries a distinctive voice, but that could be because of their lovely Scottish Accents. Yes, Scottish!  Twin Atlantic originated in Glasgow, Scotland in early 2007, and from there on have been building a fan base opening for such great acts as: Circa Survive, Smashing Pumpkins, Funeral for a Friend, and Thrice. If you like Taking Back Sunday and Head Automatica (who were both on tour together in 2006) then it is almost a guarantee you will fall just as hard for Twin Atlantic. They only downfall of this mini debut album is how it may seem a little repetitive. One might have trouble telling one song apart from the others. However, with a pretty boy lead, Sam McTrusy, and talented bandmates following, Barry McKenna, Ross McNae, Craig Kneale, the album will at least gather some attention rather then going unnoticed. Out of five stars Twin Atlantic’s “Vivarium” gets three and a half.

Cavo – Bright Nights Dark Days

The minute Cavo’s single “Champagne” starts playing in your iTunes, you will recognize that mainstream rock sound. This is Cavo’s fourth album, but is their first record with the well known Reprise Records, and is produced by David Bendeth. “Bright Nights, Dark Days” songs are filled with emotion, that will allow an abundance amount of people to relate to their heart felt lyrics, leaving the audiences everywhere wanting more. Cavo is for fans of: Nickelback, Three Doors Down, and Seether.  Lead singer Casey Walker’s voice gives the band an effortless sound, along with catchy guitar riffs of Chris Hobbs, opening bass lines from Brian Smith, and captivating drum patterns from Chad LaRoy. The sound being so universal will be there biggest dilemma, but aside from that, expect Cavo to be on a radio station near you. Also don’t be surprised if your mother or father in their late 30’s to 50’s think they are “hardcore” and “hip” for liking one of the band’s songs, because face it, look at the fan base of the bands listed above…..exactly. Out of five stars Cavo’s “Bright Nights, Dark Days” gets three stars.

Holly Williams – Here With Me

Heavy on the Country, so if you are not a fan of it, Holly Williams will not be a artist for you. But if you are, Holly Williams has a soulful voice that has this peaceful and calming affect. Holly exemplifies talent through her instrumental abilities, beautifully trained vocals, and her touching lyrics. One of here songs titled “Mama” is wistful for any mother and daughter, and shows how grounded and down to earth her family made her. Also in the song, Holly talks about her mother who “never wore your (her) pain to thick,” giving Holly a strong foundation for the many obstacles to come in the music industry. Ms. Williams has made an appearance on The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and was also featured in People Magazines. Holly Williams is making a name for herself, and I do believe CMT will being hearing much more from the 28 year old in the coming years. Out of five stars, Holly William’s sophomore album receives a three.

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