Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Rosemary Clooney: “Sings Songs From Irving Berlin’s ‘White Christmas’ (Expanded Edition)” (2014) CD Review


As you’re probably well aware, Christmas is eager to push Halloween out of the way, give a slight nod to Thanksgiving and then get on with its merry, holly jolly business. One thing that means is a whole lot of Christmas albums, most of which will be awful. There are exceptions, of course. Rosemary Clooney’s Sings Songs From Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” is an obvious exception, and the new expanded edition includes seven bonus tracks. Interestingly, it’s the bonus tracks that make this a Christmas album. Of the original eight tracks, only two are really Christmas songs: the title track and “Snow.” All of the original tunes were written by Irving Berlin.

In addition to the bonus tracks, most of which were previously unreleased, this expanded edition has extensive liner notes explaining why there was no proper soundtrack to White Christmas, and giving some background on Rosemary Clooney’s career. The liner notes also include some photos.

The album opens with the title track, and Rosemary Clooney’s rendition of this classic song is gorgeous. It features the addition of sleigh bells coming in just before the lyrics mentions them. This version also has strings. When that swell occurs in the instrumental section, the song takes on another level of beauty.

Rosemary Clooney clearly has some fun with “Mandy,” turning in a joyful, playful version. Her version has more of a 1940s band feel to it than does Bing Crosby’s rendition, which has kind of a groovy jazz feel. She also does a lively version of “Gee, I Wish I Was Back In The Army.” In the film version, there are four vocalists, two men and two women, and when the women come in, it’s a surprise. Obviously here that’s not the case. She does have a male vocal group backing her, and they come in later. This version embraces the song’s inherent silliness, and gives a direct nod to Crosby himself in the line, “Crosby, Hope and Jolson all for free” (instead of the original “Jolson, Hope and Benny all for free”).

But one of the real highlights is “Love, You Didn’t Do Right By Me,” a song Rosemary Clooney performed in the film. It has a sexy jazzy base, then a beautiful string arrangement over it, which never becomes overpowering, for it is Rosemary’s voice that is the star here. What a vocal performance she delivers on this track. Listen to the way she holds onto “wrong” toward the end in the lines “As they say in the song/You done me wrong.” This is a wonderful recording.

Another highlight is the duet “Sisters,” because unlike the film version, this one Rosemary actually performs with her sister, Betty Clooney. Here is a taste of the lyrics: “Those who've seen us/Know that not a thing can come between us/Many men have tried to split us up, but no one can/Lord help the mister who comes between me and my sister/And lord help the sister who comes between me and my man.” And those lines are followed by a very cool instrumental section, much livelier than that in the film version.

Bonus Tracks

As I mentioned, it is the bonus tracks that make this really a Christmas album. Her choices are mostly good ones (apart from “Jingle Bells” and “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”). These tracks are from the Bing Crosby archives, and most of them were previously unissued on CD or vinyl.

The first, “Happy Christmas, Little Friend,” was recorded in 1953, and features The John Scott Trotter Orchestra. It’s a sweet and gentle recording. “Home For The Holidays,” “Jingle Bells,” “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” and “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm” were all recorded in December of 1955, with Buddy Cole & His Trio backing Rosemary. The best of this bunch is her bright, jazzy rendition of “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm,” written by Irving Berlin. She also does a nice rendition of Mel Tormé’s “The Christmas Song.”

The album concludes with Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby’s duet of “Silver Bells” from 1952. This is a somewhat playful version.

CD Track List

  1. White Christmas
  2. Mandy
  3. Snow
  4. Gee, I Wish I Was Back In The Army
  5. Love, You Didn’t Do Right By Me
  6. Sisters
  7. The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing
  8. Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep
  9. Happy Christmas, Little Friend
  10. Home For The Holidays
  11. Jingle Bells
  12. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  13. The Christmas Song
  14. I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
  15. Silver Bells

This special expanded edition of Sings Songs From Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” is scheduled to be released on November 4, 2014 through Real Gone Music.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Hilary Scott: “Freight Train Love” (2014) CD Review


In December of last year, Hilary Scott released a four-song EP on vinyl. Titled Flowers On Mars, this record gained her an award from the Rural Roots Music Commission of the National Traditional Country Music Association. Three of those songs appear on her new full-length CD release, Freight Train Love. On this album, Hilary Scott combines country, rock, folk and pop to create a wonderful and diverse collection of songs. This singer/songwriter has a voice rich with emotion and power. This CD also showcases her songwriting ability, for she wrote or co-wrote the majority of the tracks. There are just three covers, two of which were written by Kevin Fisher, including “If You Don’t Love Me,” a country duet he performs with her.

Hilary Scott has gathered a seriously good group of musicians for this release, including Mike Finnigan on piano and organ. If his name isn’t familiar to you, you’ll certainly recognize the names of some of the people he’s played with over the years: Jimi Hendrix, Peter Frampton, Joe Cocker, for example. And Bob Glaub is on bass. He’s played with Leonard Cohen (he did that bass intro to “Closing Time”), Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan and Neil Diamond, among others.

The title track, “Freight Train Love,” opens with a good groove, with a slight reggae thing happening. I love it, but it’s the song’s first lines, “I’ve got a head full of nothing/Since I’ve got a heart full of you,” that grab me. What a perfect description of an intense, consuming passion. It’s an excellent song about being under someone else’s power, and has a sweet vibe. And I love the lead part on keys by Mike Finnigan.

“Help” is one of the songs that was included on her 2013 vinyl release, though a different version from that which is included here. It features some good lyrics, like these lines: “When you look at me like I am a stranger/You should know I feel the same about myself.” There are some pop elements to this song, and her vocals remind me of Dar Williams at moments.

My favorite track is “Diamonds,” which Hilary Scott co-wrote with Michael ONeill. It’s beautiful and moving. It opens with a sweet and kind of quiet intensity, with these lines: “Sometimes we don’t really want to be known/All these mistakes we collect as we go/Misdirection’s taken me too far/That’s who we’ve been, it is not who we are.” It then builds a bit, but retains that gorgeous groove. This is the song that really made me fall for this album, and for this singer/songwriter.

“Whiskey Bottle Dry” is another favorite of mine, partly due to this line: “You’ve been messin’ around more than I’ve been drinking.” I love these beautiful, sad songs about relationships in trouble. “How am I going to sleep when the whiskey bottle’s dry/What I’m going to see if I close my eyes.” The song builds in intensity, as if the power of her voice might save things, might make everything better. And for a moment I believe it will.

Hilary Scott does a cover of “Lotta Love,” a song written by Neil Young that was a hit for Nicolette Larson in 1978. Hilary's version is good; her vocals are so smooth, over that simple beat.

Freight Train Love ends with “Didn't Make It Alive,” a kick-ass country rock tune with some surprising lyrics about a man heading for trouble, and the woman seeming to want it to happen. After all, she sings, “Don't want to see your name in lights/Just on a cross by the side of the road.” Wow. And it’s delivered with a sense of humor. This is an unusual song wrapped in the clothing of a typical country rock bar song. “There was a time I thought I loved you/But I was drinking then.” How’s that for a great country rock line?

CD Track List

  1. Freight Train Love
  2. Help
  3. Get Your Love
  4. Diamonds
  5. Losing You
  6. Flowers On Mars
  7. Whiskey Bottle Dry
  8. If You Don’t Love Me
  9. Lotta Love
  10. Didn’t Make It Alive

Freight Train Love is scheduled to be released on November 4, 2014 on Belltown Records.

The Kingston Trio: “The Last Month Of The Year” (1960/2014) CD Review


It’s just about that time of year again, when Christmas will do its best to impose itself on every waking moment of our lives. One unescapable element of the season is Christmas music, so each year I’m on the lookout for good holiday songs, because so much of it is just awful. Well, one album I’ll be adding to my play list this year is The Kingston Trio’s The Last Month Of The Year. It was originally released in 1960, when the group still had all its original members, and is getting a nice re-issue through Real Gone Music, complete with new, extensive liner notes by Tom Pickles.

This album of course features those wonderful voices, but another thing I appreciate is that it includes only one typical Christmas song – “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” (this version featuring the frightening line, “Why can’t we have Christmas the whole year around” – oh, dear god, no!). The rest are much more interesting, a mix of European sounds, spirituals and traditional folk. Not your typical Christmas fare, and for that I am thankful.

The Last Month Of The Year opens with a pretty, though serious song, “Bye, Bye Thou Tiny Little Child,” about the Massacre of the Innocents, a story from The Bible in which King Herod calls for the death of all male children in the area. Their voices sound absolutely perfect, and they follow it with another gorgeous and somewhat haunting song, “The White Snows Of Winter,” in which a man searches for his love. “It soon will be Christmas/Bells will be ringing/Bring us another round/But here in the white of a cold winter night/My love cannot be found.” There is something delicate about the music, which works so well with the story of this song, as it keeps us wondering how things will turn out.

“All Through The Night” is a sweet and beautiful lullaby. Their voices sound particularly wonderful on this track, with even an a cappella moment: “Children’s dreams cannot be broken/Life is but a lovely token.” Just beautiful. “While the weary world is sleeping all through the night/Through your dreams, you’re swiftly stealing visions of delight revealing/Christmas time is so appealing all through the night.” This is one of the CD’s best tracks. It’s followed with a more lively lullaby, “Goodnight My Baby,” a fun and catchy song in which the parents wish their baby boy a good night. This one is truly delightful, another of my favorites.

“Go Where I Send Thee” is a spiritual, and this version by The Kingston Trio is a really good and interesting mix of gospel and folk, and is another highlight of the CD. This one really shows the power of their vocals, not just their beauty.

“Mary Mild” is kind of an odd tale in which Jesus wants to play ball with other kids. But they won’t let him play with them due to their elitist hatred for the poor. So Jesus uses his heavenly powers for revenge. And it all has an eerily sweet and innocent tone. It’s kind of an amazing track, certainly unusual, especially for what is purportedly a Christmas album. The original song, titled “The Bitter Withy,” features a few more verses, in which Mary beats Jesus after the other children are drowned.

The Last Month Of The Year ends with its title track, an interesting gospel tune which, according to the disc’s liner notes, “originated among the slaves of the American South, who supposedly used it as a way of teaching their children the order of the months of the year.”

CD Track List

  1. Bye, Bye Thou Tiny Little Child
  2. The White Snows Of Winter
  3. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
  4. All Through The Night
  5. Goodnight My Baby
  6. Go Where I Send Thee
  7. Follow Now, Oh Shepherds
  8. Somerset Gloucestershire Wassail
  9. Mary Mild
  10. A Round About Christmas
  11. Sing We Noel
  12. The Last Month Of The Year (What Month Was Jesus Born In)

This special re-issue of The Last Month Of The Year is scheduled to be released on November 4, 2014 through Real Gone Music.

Ellis Paul at McCabe’s, 10-25-14 Concert Review


Ellis Paul and Radoslav Lorkovic during soundcheck
It might sometimes seem like there isn’t that much you can count on in life. But one thing I’ve learned to count on is an Ellis Paul concert, which is guaranteed to raise my spirits. Ellis Paul always puts on a good show, and always makes a genuine connection with his audience. Saturday night he performed at McCabe’s in Santa Monica, doing many of the tracks from his wonderful new album, Chasing Beauty.

He kicked off the set with the album’s title track, first talking about how the song was inspired by his first road trip. And his story brought me back to my first road trip when I was in my teens (like nearly all of my road trips, it was music-related), and made me want to hit the road again. Sure, it won’t be the same, but I think the road still holds some magic (especially if there's a concert at the end of it). He followed that with “Drive-In Movie,” also from the new CD.  It’s interesting that the first two songs of his set had a nostalgic feel, a look back while also an optimistic look forward.

Radoslav Lorkovic then joined him on piano, and they played “Maria’s Beautiful Mess,” still one of my personal favorites. This is a song that always works for me, and this rendition was beautiful. When one of the folks at McCabe’s put a foam cover over Ellis’ vocal microphone after that song, Ellis joked that they’re worried about Ebola.

Rebecca Loebe then joined Ellis on backing vocals for most of the rest of the set. By the way, she did a really sweet opening set. I had seen her perform a couple of years ago in Massachusetts, and it was a treat to see her again. She also provides backing vocals on Ellis Paul’s new album, on the track “Love Is A Curious Thing.” The first song they performed together last night was “Kick Out The Lights,” which of course was complete with the audience participation part. This was a fantastic rendition, with some wonderful stuff on piano by Radoslav.

Ellis followed that with “Rose Tattoo.” Before the song he talked about how it was a metaphor. “I’m telling you that because people come up to me after shows to show me their rose tattoos.” This is such a beautiful song, and Rebecca’s vocals blended so well with Ellis’ voice. Ellis also played harmonica on this one, and ended the song with the line “Like a metaphorical rose,” which got a laugh.

Ellis Paul has improvised several songs at McCabe’s over the years, and last night he revisited one about the store itself, which is titled “This Is Where All Good Trees Go” (which he originally performed in 2011). That led to “Hurricane Angel” and a nice cover of “If I Had A Hammer,” both with Ellis on piano and Radoslav on accordion. Rebecca Loebe took the second verse of “If I Had A Hammer.” Ellis also did a sweet cover of Joni Mitchell’s “The Circle Game.”

In addition to Chasing Beauty, Ellis Paul has a new children’s book out. It’s titled The Hero In You, and includes a CD. Last night he read Thomas Edison, accompanied by Radoslav on piano, which was really cool. He first borrowed a pair of reading glasses from an audience member. By the way, he also mentioned that Chasing Beauty is going to be released on vinyl. (I seriously need to get my turntable fixed – or replaced.)

Ellis ended the set with “Take All The Sky You Need,” another personal favorite. The encore was “Home,” with Ellis on piano and Radoslav on accordion. I think this is one of Ellis Paul's most moving songs. A gorgeous ending to a great night.

Set List

  1. Chasing Beauty
  2. Drive-In Movie
  3. Maria’s Beautiful Mess
  4. Kick Out The Lights
  5. Rose Tattoo
  6. Alice’s Champagne Palace
  7. This Is Where All Good Trees Go
  8. Hurricane Angel
  9. If I Had A Hammer
  10. Love Is A Curious Thing
  11. The Circle Game
  12. Wasted
  13. Thomas Edison
  14. Never Want To Lose You
  15. Take All The Sky You Need

Encore

  1. Home
Ellis Paul's set was approximately an hour and forty-five minutes.

"Maria's Beautiful Mess"
borrowing reading glasses
"Thomas Edison"


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Jack Bruce (1943 - 2014)


When I was in seventh grade, my science teacher made a Cream reference, and my friend Dan and I were the only ones who got it. From then on, in that teacher’s eyes we could do no wrong. Then in high school I went to see The Moody Blues at the Centrum in Worcester, Massachusetts. Before their show, there came an announcement over the sound system: “Please welcome special surprise opening act, Jack Bruce!” And I leapt out of my seat. Jack Bruce! I couldn’t believe it. I also couldn’t believe the people around me, who asked me, “Who is that?” I remember he did “Theme For An Imaginary Western” and “White Room” that night. The Moody Blues were great, but a bit anti-climactic for me after getting to see Jack Bruce. That was October 26, 1988. Quite a while ago, sure, but it’s a show I think about somewhat regularly, and even then I recognized it as something special. Today the world lost Jack Bruce, and I am more thankful than ever that I got to see him perform.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Lloyd Cole: “Standards” (2013/2014) CD Review


Lloyd Cole is known for leading the band The Commotions in the 1980s, and since then for an excellent solo career. His newest album, Standards, was released in Europe in 2013 and now has gotten a U.S. release, thanks to Omnivore Recordings. All but one are originals, and this album features some extraordinary songwriting. If you appreciate good songwriting and creative approaches to music, you’ll dig this album. It mixes rock, pop and folk to really good effect. Plus, Lloyd Cole is joined by some talented musicians, like Matthew Sweet, Fred Maher, Blair Cowan and Joan Wasser.

Lloyd Cole kicks off Standards with the album’s only cover, a rock rendition of John Hartford’s “California Earthquake.”  It’s interesting that someone who is known these days for his acoustic performances would start an album with a rock version of what is essentially a folk song. But it’s a really good rendition of a song about the fault line in California. “Atlantis will rise/Sunset Boulevard will fall/Where the beach used to be there will be nothing at all.” I really love Lloyd Cole’s vocals. His voice is not a typical rock voice, and so it really grabs you over that steady rock rhythm. “They tell me the fault line runs right through here/So that maybe, that maybe what’s going to happen is going to happen to me/That’s the way it appears.”

He follows that with “Women’s Studies,” one of my favorites. It reminds me a bit of Lou Reed, in the vocal rhythm of the verses, plus the odd humor of lines like “Drinking tea and taking unpaid leave from my women’s studies.” The chorus has the bright feel of the best of classic pop, the backing vocals adding to that feel. But the lyrics are anything but usual (“To complete my education I had to wake up in your bathtub”).

“Myrtle And Rose” is my personal favorite track. It’s sweeter, mellower, with a passionate feel. It’s gorgeous and sad, a product of seriously good songwriting. It feels like a short story, the situation and characters so vividly portrayed. Check out these lines: “And I would come to you but you'd be nowhere to be found/So I would turn to her for she was always, always there/Lost will be the souls of the wanton and the weak/And in the morning she'd be lying next to me/And I would want for more/And she would give me more.” And I love this line: “The longer you were gone, the less the longing” – a line that bears repeating, and so he does repeat it. This is such a fantastic and moving song, one of the best I’ve heard this year.

“No Truck” is another highlight, feeling more like a country folk tune of the sixties or seventies. Here is a taste of the lyrics: “I have seen the high road and the low/I found no satisfaction/I have seen the mountains sweep down to the sea/I heard the music/It's not moving me.” I also really like the guitar part during the brief instrumental section.

“Opposites Day” is a fun rock/pop tune that has a playful sense, with lines like “I know you look a lot like me/We are/We really are a sight to see.” Then after the lines, “Fall in love with me/Fall in love with you,” he adds “Okay,” and it’s that “Okay” that makes me love this tune. And then the second time around, after those lines, it sounds like he adds “Uh-oh.”

“Silver Lake” is a delicious, mellow song with some excellent lyrics. Lloyd Cole can really create a vivid portrait of a moment in a relationship. The song opens, “Put on some make up and dry your eyes/We'll go to the racetrack and drink some wine/No, I don't love you the way that I should/Baby, I can't leave you like this.” But the two lines that really strike me are “I don’t have a second heart to break” and “I can't stay/But I can't leave you like this.” The songwriting on this album is truly remarkable. These are songs that are going to stay with me, particularly this track and “Myrtle And Rose.”

CD Track List

  1. California Earthquake
  2. Women’s Studies
  3. Period Piece
  4. Myrtle And Rose
  5. No Truck
  6. Blue Like Mars
  7. Opposites Day
  8. Silver Lake
  9. It’s Late
  10. Kids Today
  11. Diminished Ex 

Standards was released on October 14, 2014 through Omnivore Recordings.

Ellis Paul: “Chasing Beauty” (2014) CD Review


Ellis Paul has long been one of my favorite singers and favorite songwriters, ever since I first saw him perform in the late 1980s. I would put his songwriting up there with that of Aimee Mann, Elvis Costello and Kris Kristofferson. He’s that good. And he proves it over and over, with each new album. His newest release, Chasing Beauty, is a great collection of songs, with a lot of energy.

There has always been a pop influence to his approach, and that influence is really apparent on this album. Listen, for example, to “Wasted,” particularly the way the banjo works with the keyboard. And this CD has a full sound. That being said, there are also a couple of tracks that are just Ellis on vocals and acoustic guitar. And what a voice. There is no one else who sings quite the way he does, and that voice is definitely part of his draw.

On this new album he’s joined on vocals by the group Red Molly for several tracks. This CD contains a booklet with the lyrics and with some wonderful original artwork by Ellis Paul. He also did the art for the CD’s cover.

Chasing Beauty opens with “Never Want To Lose You,” an energetic and bright song featuring some really nice vocal work from Ellis (and from the women of Red Molly, who back him on this track). Kristian Bush adds quite a lot to this track as well, playing mandolin, banjo and electric guitar. But I also love the moment toward the end when the song breaks down to focus on Ellis Paul’s voice as he sings, “I don’t want to lose you.” Here is a taste of the lyrics: “You don’t even know me/If you think I give up easily/I don’t want to lose you/I never want to lose you/Though I’ve been doing my damnedest/To make you think/I’m no good at this.” And the image that really stood out the first time I saw him perform this song is “a one man clown car.”

Kristian Bush’s banjo is much more prominent on “Wasted,” giving this song a delightful and unusual sound, and making it one of the stand-out tracks. And I like the double-use of the word “lie” in these lines: “Was I lied to?/Was I lying to myself?/Now I’m lying wide awake/I wanted to run to you/So my eyes could see your face/Someone’s lying in my place.”

Johnny Cash is a big influence on Ellis, and Ellis has referred to the Man in Black in a few songs over the years. “Kick Out The Lights” is one he’s been performing in concert for a while now, one with audience participation, and here it finally gets an official release. This is a lively rendition, and I love it. The electric guitar might surprise some folks, but it totally works. Red Molly does the “Johnny Cash, Johnny Cash, Johnny Cash” part in this version.

“Waiting On A Break” is an incredible and very moving song about a musician, co-written by Adam Ezra. “When I come off the stage/They’ll have to carry me away/On a fanfare parade/Till the dream is over.” This song is so beautiful, his voice so strong, so vibrant, so full of emotion.

I am a huge Red Sox fan, so it was inevitable I’d love “UK Girl (Boston Calling),” a fantastic tune about the greatest team in the greatest sport. Ellis lived in Boston for a long time, and he’s sung the National Anthem at Fenway Park, so his ties to the team are strong. “UK Girl (Boston Calling)” opens with these lines: “Pick up London/Boston’s calling/I’m crossing the Charles/The Citgo’s shining/Passing by Fenway.” For those poor souls who have never been to Fenway Park, I should note that there is a Citgo sign visible from inside the park. It’s so strongly associated with the park that it remains long after the original gas station left. “UK Girl (Boston Calling)” was written by Ellis Paul, Kristian Bush and Radoslav Lorkovic.  “And no, we are not all Yankees/We are the Red Sox/It’s called baseball.”

Ellis really has fun with “Love Is A Curious Thing.” Listen to the way he sings “a fool” in the line “makes a fool just sing.” Plus, there are horns. Rebecca Loebe supplies some nice additional vocals on this track. And there is some good work on keys by Brandon Bush. This song in some ways feels like new territory for Ellis Paul, and it’s wonderful.

He follows that with one which will have a much more familiar feel to Ellis Paul fans, a song titled “Hold Me, Scold Me.” This is one of the tracks where he performs solo – vocals and acoustic guitar. It’s a sweet song, and yet another highlight for me. “I’ll never stop time/But you’ll always be mine.”

“Chasing Beauty,” the CD’s title track, is one that Ellis Paul has been performing in concert for a while. Molly Venter, Abbie Gardner and Laurie MacAllister (of Red Molly) perform vocals on this track, and yes, it’s a beautiful song. Check out these lines: “You said,/‘Every dream/that could cross our lips/lies just beyond/our fingertips’/I caught some/Some I let slip/right through my fingers.”

“Rose In A Cage” is a lively song with a Romeo And Juliet story, where “Juliet” is rhymed with “Corvette” in the lines “Kiss me kill me/Sweet Juliet/A runaway bride/In a red corvette.” “Rose In A Cage” was co-written by Kristian Bush, who plays electric guitar, and who also co-produced the album.

The album concludes with a solo acoustic tune, “One Kiss Could Do Me In,” which was co-written by Laurie McAllister of Red Molly. It opens with a bit of spoken word, which takes me way back to the very early “Just The Jester Fool.” You’ll know what I mean when you hear this. This has kind of an intimate and immediate feel, like he’s playing directly to you in your room. I love these lines: “You step/From the shadow to the light/And I surrender Friday night/My lips are drunk/And can't be trusted.”

CD Track List

  1. Never Want To Lose You
  2. Wasted
  3. Kick Out The Lights (Johnny Cash)
  4. Drive-In Movie
  5. Waiting On A Break
  6. UK Girl (Boston Calling)
  7. Jimmie Angel’s Flying Circus
  8. Love Is A Curious Thing
  9. Hold Me, Scold Me
  10. Empire State
  11. Chasing Beauty
  12. Plastic Soldiers
  13. Rose In A Cage
  14. One Kiss Could Do Me In

Chasing Beauty is one of my favorite albums of the year. It was released on Black Wolf Records.