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Lisa Loeb / A Simple Trick To Happiness

Lisa Loeb

A Simple Trick To Happiness (Furious Rose)

http://www.lisaloeb.com

When I’m listening to a Lisa Loeb record, I’m always struck by how well-thought-out they sound. The arrangements are always tight, the vocal performances are smooth and warm, and the overall production technique is never heavy-handed or inappropriate. Every last detail is always just right.

He opens the door, he wants to know me. Shouldn’t I be happy?” asks Loeb in “Doesn’t It Feel Good.” In “Skeleton,” she ponders the impression she’s making on other people. Can Lisa Loeb really still be that self-conscious after all these years? Maybe?

Beautifully double-tracked in “Shine,” Loeb sweetly sings of personal contentment, which this critic hopes she’s found at this stage in her life, and “Sing Out” is a hopeful anthem for those in need of a little celebration in their lives. Whether as  suggestion or reminder, it’s a really nice thought, sung in earnest, as the whole affair is. Highly recommended.

D.P.

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Lisa Loeb / I Do

With a review of Lisa’s new album coming tomorrow, we’re taking a look back to 1997 and “I Do.”

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Welcome!

Welcome to our new readers in Romania!

Bine ați venit la noii noștri cititori din România! Sperăm să vă petreceți bine!

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Gary & Gorilla

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Jesse Jukebox / Awesome!

Jesse Jukebox

Awesome! (Self-released)

http://www.jessefriedberg.com

From the press kit, “With Irrepressible energy and an outrageous sense of fun, Cleveland’s beloved family musician Jesse Jukebox (A.K.A. Jesse Friedberg), celebrates a positive message of high hope in his third kids’ album, Awesome! Packed with lyrical wisdom born of Jesse’s experiences growing up with ADHD…

As a child, Jesse felt misunderstood and different from other kids because of his ADHD. Here, he sets his sights on making sure that others like him know that they’re not alone, and that there is, in fact, a whole community of similar-feeling kids and adults. 

This six-song e.p. is all kinds of fun, and the only thing I was disappointed with was its brevity. Jesse sounds a bit like, and sings with the enthusiasm of, Jack Black, which is a good thing in my book. The arrangements are snappy and sparse, Awesome and Incredible Shoes stylistically remind me of Violent Femmes. Listen To Your Gut, which implores kids to listen to their inner voice when dealing with difficult situations, is my fave of the set. I like this disc a lot.

D.P.

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Kindness In Motion

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Welcome!

Welcome to our new readers from Uganda!