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    Craig Campbell Artist: Craig Campbell  

    Album: Craig Campbell

    Release Date: 05 April 2011

    Review:

    The voice reminds me of Alan Jackson, I am sot saying they are alike perfectly, but it ran through my mind. His style is quite traditional and I liked his humor on tracks like I Bought It, When I Get It. His lyrics are fairly close to everyday life. He tells us that what matters the most in his life is his family in Family Man. But You Probably Ain’t impressed me the most, his texts are superb. So yes if his style won’t please everyone, his voice fits perfectly this style and is quite pretty. For a first album, we want more. This isn’t the album of the year, but a good surprise. After you just have to see if he will confirm as I must say that in recent years, many new appear.

    Note :   3.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

    Keep BreathingArtist: Dianna Corcoran

    Album: Keep Breathing

    Release Date: 02 February 2010

    Review:

    This third Dianna Corcoran album, one of the most popular country artists in Australia, shows a confident and very talented artist. Powerful sound, great texts, an excellent voice. Everything is very new country but it’s very compelling. The most representative tracks are from the CD beginning. We are stuck with songs like Thank You For Cheating On Me, Wrong Girl. As to the album, all tend to calm down, but she continues to delight us in the sweet I Just Want My Happiness Back. She make us laugh with the very successful Here's Your Damn Song. The end of the album is moving between a tribute to his mother on You'll Always Love Me More and another one to an Australian soldier fighting in Afghanistan with Come Back Home. A neat and personal album, in short the impact is successful for Dianna. Certainly, you’ll find in love with Australia.

    Note :   4.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

    Hemingways WhiskeyArtist: Kenny Chesney  

    Album: Hemingways Whiskey

    Release Date: 28 September 2010

    Review:

    What is most surprising about this album is the change in tone. Apparently the fact to tour for a year before making this album has done a lot. Less focused "made in the Caribbean", the artist left his island and release an album, which while very personal, is much easier to access. Furthermore the themes are much harder, more mature, more adult. But his style is however there and talent too. Between Live a Little, Coastal, his beautiful duet with Grace Potter in You and Tequila; the album is a perfect. We continue with another duet with George Jones on Small Y'all and we love Reality co-wrote with Brett James, and Round and Round too. He surprises us by mixing the styles and rhythms. This is his best album, of the same caliber as his No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem. We love it and we want more.

    Rating :   5.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

    Little BirdArtist: Kasey Chambers 

    Album: Little Bird

    Release Date: 07 September 2010

    Review:

    After having announced that she would not released an album for 2010, 2011, then, in the space of a month, she started composing and get us this CD. A lot of artists came to accompany the vocal parts such as Missy Higgins, Camille Te Nahu, Kevin Bennett, Brooke Harvey, Andy Toombs, James Gillard, and Patty Griffin. That’s a lot of people. If the styles are mixed, going from some really calm and relaxing tracks with a spirituality touch to other more rock, we are lost a little sometimes. This CD shows a confident artist, quiet and gives us a lot of hope with her music. After the style is quite different from what she used to offer. The album was released in two versions, one single and one deluxe, it’s the last that I chronicle. It has 2 CDs, but the second CD offers us 3 medium tracks and a series of comments on each song on her opus. It's like the commentaries we have on some DVD. I find the second CD doesn’t add much, and the whole is a small decline from the previous albums. However good songs like Devil Note On Your Back and its small religious side; Somewhere, This Story or Nullarbor, The Biggest Backyard and Bring Back My Heart. The fans appreciate, but if you want to discover this artist, you might prefer another album. The album presents a good musical quality but we know she can do better.

    Rating :   3.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

    Court Yard HoundsArtist: Court Yard Hounds  

    Album: Court Yard Hounds

    Release Date: 04 May 2010

    Review:

    After the departure of Natalie Maines, two of the former Dixie Chicks have decided to form a duo and honestly I don’t think that's the best idea they have. But so far from it. We literally fall asleep on this album. Besides The Coast Is not No Son, one wonders what we listen to. Folk, some electric. Please, Natalie Maines come back because otherwise I fear that as Lonestar, we will see a real wreck. There they just hit an iceberg. I know the picture may be hard but we must listen to the album and see the enormous chasm between their previous musical trio. It doesn’t take off at all, everything looks the same and is flat. In short it’s a huge disappointment because this album was really expected. What to do ?, it’s very difficult to listen it, a first when you know what they are capable of. I just don’t understand.

    Rating :   2.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

    The Long Way HomeArtist: Terri Clark  

    Album: The Long Way Home

    Release Date: 20 October 2009

    Review:

    After 4 years of absence, a change of label, her mother has cancer, a divorce, the Canadian artist finally come back to us, but in what mood ?. If she was known for these pretty rhythmic ballads, her words were still in our heads, this album marks a change. One feels calmer like in If I Could Be You and Tough With Me. We found her at the writing with Jon Randall and Tom Shapiro. The spirit is still there, the artist just changed style. One feels a certain maturity in her texts. We love the powerful sound of Gypsy Boots and If You Want Fire where her voice makes all the difference. The song The One You Love was already part of one of her previous albums Pain to Kill, Vince Gill comes just to help Terri vocally. We finish in style on an acoustic demo of Gypsy Boots with Johnny Reid who is perfect. It’s very interesting to note that everything fits well, we are surprised by this new Terri. If you wish to discover or just go back to this Canadian talent, do not hesitate. She found The Long Way Home for our pleasure.

    Rating :   4.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

    Reasons WhyArtist: Nickel Creek

    Album: Reasons Why (The Very Best)  

    Release Date: 14 November 2006

    Review:

    After the announcement of the separation of the group, good news finally arrived for the fans: a best of. It not only brings together the Top 14 but it also offers a bonus DVD including seven music videos produced by the band. So after this commercial, I must admit that this brings nothing musically, there 's no new material. Okay adding the dvd is interesting, but except that, it remains on the beaten path. No new tracks for goodbyes. So if you're a fan, you'll love. Otherwise I don’t see much use, maybe if you want to discover this group, Ok you can buy it. Not being a big fan I still can’t get used to their style, I‘ll pass. But at least I could see their video clips.

    Rating :   3.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

    This SideArtist: Nickel Creek

    Album: This Side

    Release Date: 13 August 2002

    Review:

    This second album is quite mixed. It’s clear that the whole is pretty neat, musically it's very good. But the cruel lack of beat makes me want to fall asleep. So maybe it’s just me? Admittedly, the compositions are all very sweet and successful. The level of bluegrass is of very good quality. Everything is assembled to produce an album that will work. It’s not my style that’s all. If you have liked their first album or you love their style, no doubt that it will please you. I loved the romantic This Side and Sara Watkins’s voice do wonders again  on Sabra Girl

    Rating :   4.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

    Nickel CreekArtist: Nickel Creek

    Album: Nickel Creek

    Release Date: 21 March 2000

    Review:

    From the beginning the tone is set, it will be bluegrass and what level. We remain impressed musically by Ode to a Butterfly, the voice is magical on The Lighthouse's Tale. Everything is very soft. When we learn that this album is produced by Alison Krauss, necessarily we look at the band differently. It will take House of Tom Bombadil for rhythm but musically, we fly with them. The Sara Watkins’s voice is beautiful on Reasons Why and then The Hand Song. But we get stuck on the musical level listening to Cuckoo's Nest and The Fox. In short you will understand, bluegrass fans will be delighted because we must admit that all goes well. The compositions are gorgeous, although the majority are slow tempos, we feels that they might be more at ease with more rhythm. A very good album.

    Rating :   4.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

    Greatest Hits IIArtist: Kenny Chesney

    Album: Greatest Hits II

    Release Date: 19 May 2009

    Review:

    This compilation is the second of its kind for the artist. But this is the first to combine his singles from 2002 to 2009, as well as Be as You Are and I'm Alive. In addition there are 2 new songs ever recorded: This Is Our Moment and Ain't Back Yet. In short Kenny doesn’t make fun of his fans. I must say that this opus is sublime, if you want to discover this artist, please do so. So get ready to relax because this album is a true invitation to travel. Fly to this island where he comes from, his country made in the Caribbean is found condensed to its maximum in this album. So don’t stress and relax. Be yourself.

    Rating :   5.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

    Just Who I Am (Poets And Pirates)Artist: Kenny Chesney 

    Album: Just Who I Am (Poets And Pirates)

    Release Date: 11 September 2007

    Review:

    Kenny Chesney was able to establish itself in the country music world and especially to create his own style, a country from the islands. So after we like it or not, but one can only note his enormous talent. Big names flock to this album. We love the powerful style of Just Not Today, Wife and Kids. The duet with George Strait on Shiftwork is quite successful. Between the participation of Vince Gill, Mickey Raphael and Dwight Yoakam, we are impressed. His style is unique; a mix of electric guitars giving a powerful sound to more typical islands sounds, in short that’s Kenny. The least we can say is that it works. So if this is not my favorite artist album, it’s a very good country album. My preference goes to her duet with Joe Walsh on Wild Ride written by Dwight Yoakam. Humm that’s a lot of great names.

    Rating :   4.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

    Be As You AreArtist: Kenny Chesney 

    Album: Be As You Are

    Release Date: 25 January 2005

    Review:

    One year after his excellent When the Sun Goes Down, Kenny Chesney release this album. The least we can say is that the sun is sleeping because as result of playing Jimmy Buffet, he fails. We know he live in the "US Virgin Islands" and here all the songs are for its inhabitants. The problem is that everything looks the same, worse to repeat itself. So yes the atmosphere is very relaxing, a bit too much. Although he has written or co-written all the songs, we get a little bit tired, this is rare coming from such an artist. The album is good but it’s a short. Apart Guitars and Tiki Bars giving us rhythm, we feel more likely to be rocked, as if we were on the beach with him, like in Somewhere in the sun. An album that relaxed but it seems to get lost a bit and it's a shame coming from Kenny Chesney. For the fans.

    Rating :   3.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

    When the Sun Goes DownArtist: Kenny Chesney 

    Album: When the Sun Goes Down

    Release Date: 03 February 2004

    Review:

    It was difficult to do better than his previous No Shoes No Shirt No Problem, Kenny just proved the contrary. A more mature album like his public. We love the big sound on There Goes My Life, I Go Back. There is a good duet with Uncle Kracker on When the Sun Goes Down. With this album, you're in Kenny’s living room, it feels like he reminds his youth, he has matured, he gave up the past. We love the atmosphere and especially the display of talent. Call it what you want, but it's really impressive. It fits perfectly. We find the beautiful melodies Some People Change, Keg in the Closet. When I Think About Leaving presents one person at a crossroads, another track that will appeal to his fans. Being Drunk's a Lot Like Loving You show us a different side, a character faced with suffering, everything is very successful. Note that this review is for the special edition that contains 3 additional lives songs which are splendid: Live Those Songs, What I Need To Do, Please Come To Boston. Hat Mr Kenny Chesney. To prescribe in a winter depression.

    Rating :   5.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

    All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good TanArtist: Kenny Chesney  

    Album: All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good Tan

    Release Date: 07 October 2003

    Review:

    Here is a Christmas album in Kenny Chesney’s purest style. And I must say that if I have nothing against this singer, I am not a big fan. So if I enjoyed some songs like All I Want for Christmas Is a Real Good Tan, Christmas in Dixie, that’s about all. These covers of Jingle Bells, I'll Be Home for Christmas, Silver Bells are more than average. I like his Caribbean country style but there he is going a bit too far. He miss the target.  After you have a good duet with Willie Nelson on Pretty Paper and his versions of Silent Night and O Little Town of Bethlehem proves he could do otherwise. But hey what do you want. So if you're a fan you will like this album, if you aren’t, prefer Toby Keith Christmas album.

    Rating :   3.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

    No Shoes No Shirt No ProblemArtist: Kenny Chesney

    Album: No Shoes No Shirt No Problem

    Release Date: 23 April 2002

    Review:

    Kenny Chesney has always understood what his audience wanted to hear, that's partly why it has become a star in country music. This album has a lot of songs like A Lot of Things Different, Good Stuff, with important decisions in life. We have the the impression that the album is primarily for adults, who ends their adolescence. We love this celebration of youth in Young and Big Star. We imagine sang with Jimmy Buffet drinking a tequila on a deserted beach on a small island. The atmosphere is really successful at such points that we would like to be part of the trip so we can also say: No shoes, no shirt, no problems. Sentimentally we reached the pinnacle with this album, the girls will be pleased. No need to tell you that the song No shoes, no shirt, no problems is a real treat. I for one love the powerful sound of Live Those Songs Again and the good Springsteen cover song One Step Up. I would recommend it highly.

    Rating :   5.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

    I Will StandArtist: Kenny Chesney  

    Album: I Will Stand

    Release Date: 15 July 1997

    Review:

    I believe that this is one of my favorite albums of his early career. You really feel a rise compared to its previous titles. The melodies are always beautiful and compositions are all very neat. We find the same Kenny, so romantic that the ladies will be delighted. He always manage to release songs like She's Got It All and You Win, I Win, We Lose, that are timeless. My favorite without a shadow of a doubt is the powerful Steamy Windows. It offers a song with guests such as George Jones and Tracy Lawrence, no less. A very good album for all his fans, and what a beautiful repertoire he has!.

    Rating :   4.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

    Me & YouArtist: Kenny Chesney 

    Album: Me & You

    Release Date: 04 June 1996

    Review:

    This third opus presents what we used to receive from such artist. Quite romantic texts, a voice that follows, beautiful melodies and here you get Mr Chesney. This little trip back in time is quite nice although the tracks are fun to listen, there are three great songs including one that has become a must: Ain't That Love, Me and You and Back Where I Come From. And yes even then he sang Back Where I Come From. It must be said that this is a Mac McAnally cover songs and his  album Simple Life. If I find that everything lacks a bit of beat, this is an album that will appeal primarily to fans and we talk about good country music. And yes even in 1996, Kenny Chesney was already more than good.

    Rating :   3.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

    In My Wildest DreamsArtist: Kenny Chesney  

    Album: In My Wildest Dreams

    Release Date: 19 April 1994

    Review:

    It feels weird to review the Kenny Chesney’s debut album. Even then we could note he was talented. The melodies are soft and are nice to listen, he plays the romantic side from the middle of the album. We love the powerful tracks like Whatever It Takes and Somebody's Callin. For the fans I think it’s a good opportunity to meet Kenny. You might be a little confused, but you are a fan or not. A good album for a singer who was able to develop his powerful voice and his romantic side for quite some time.

    Rating :   3.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

     

    Love SongsArtist: Billy Ray Cyrus  

    Album: Love Songs

    Release Date: 29 June 2008

    Review:

    This is a love songs compilations from the recording artist during his career. To be honest I find the whole flat, without interest. I struggled to finish listening. After if you're an artist fan why not, but it’s far from Billy starts. Since I don’t understand, not only this album adds nothing, but in addition to it going around in a loop. Nothing new. I get tired from the beginning to the end, too bad, I will have to wait her next album to hope for a revival.

    Rating :   2.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

    Somebody Wrote Love

    Artist: George Canyon

    Album: Somebody Wrote Love

    Release Date: 17 July 2006

    Review:

    This Canadian who tried his luck in Nashville, released a second album. If we note that the whole is mixed, to be more precise the quality of the album is not always constant. The beginning is quite strong with tracks like Time for Goodbye, Somebody Wrote Love and its violins and banjos. We dance, it’s catchy, then the tone changes a little, and it breaks a bit the atmosphere. Note also that two songs were picked up by other singer. These newly Your Smile by Josh Turner, if George Canyon is not os bad, he can’t fight against Josh, who could you say? Then Some People Change version, is not worth the one by Montgomery Gentry, but it’s not the same style. Anyway this young Canadian offers a good album, I wonder why this album wasn’t distributed in the US. An artist to watch.

    Rating:3.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist



    George Canyon

    Artist: George Canyon

    Album: George Canyon

    Release Date: 1999

    Review:

    The album’s style makes me think of the crooners, fairly slow tempos and fairly simple texts. If I find it all a bit too simple, too many already heard, I am also not a big fan but this is only my opinion. Yet it feels potential like on Ironwolf, The Shaft, Way Too Much, Enough Said. So if you like singers with a clear voice, distinctively Canadian, a crooner genre, the album will be for you, otherwise I'm not coming back a second time on it. Let's not be too hard, it's a good album to listen, but more is expected of such a singer.

    Rating:3.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist



    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist



  • The Captain

    Artist: Kasey Chambers

    Album: The Captain

    Release Date: 10 October 2000

    Review:

    If Kasey for me is not an unknown, this album was a shock. This is one of the very first album of our Australian and probably one of the most intimate, albeit shifted but truly sublime. Her beautiful voice fits perfectly with tracks like Cry Like a Baby, The Captain, This Flower. She has a sweet voice that perfectly expresses this CD and the offbeat of We're All Gonna Die Someday must be taken with humor, followed by a hidden track I Still Pray; where the artist makes up with his Christian faith to everyone. Most of the songs are duets where the voices are perfectly sync, which is really rare and of great beauty. The gem is probably Southern Kind of Life where Kasey gives us a new face, followed by Mr. Baylis with its freshness, innocence. In short an opus of great richness and diversity with a lot of feelings. If I find Last Hard Bible and its lyrics quite hard, her beautiful voice adds whatever that softened the whole. We often talk of her soul, to be able to exchange it and leave, to change of life. The album is perhaps a reflection on her youth. In any case it’s a great quality album, I suggest you pick it up  quickly, if I may use that term.

    Rating:5.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     


    Terri Clark

    Artist: Terri Clark

    Album: Terri Clark

    Release Date: 08 August 1995

    Review:

    This is Terri Clark’s debut album, and yes I know it goes a little back. Even then, we could only see her huge potential for a "newcomer". What mainly emerges from this album, it’s the image of a strong woman, I speak of course of her temperament, and yes from the start, but especially her voice. Terri knows know how to use it, fits perfectly, even if it’s more than an average country, quite simple, but hey it's her first CD. The whole is rather punctuated with some slightly slower tracks. So if this isn’t an album I would recommend to discover her, it’s for her die hard fans who want to complete their collection, because they will find some interesting songs like Better Things To Do, When Boy Meets Girl, Suddenly Single.

    Rating:3.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     


    Pain to Kill

    Artist: Terri Clark

    Album: Pain to Kill

    Release Date: 14 January 2003

    Review:

    Terri is back on what made her success, a woman of character who fully assumes her strong personality. There are no more slow tempos in which she played a certain gentleness and sensitivity. No prisoner as she likes to say, she enjoys life, her so particular style is back for our Canadian honky tonk. We love songs like I Just Wanna Be Mad, Three Mississippi, I Wanna Do It All. We think that on I Just Called To Say Goodbye, Terri expresses perfectly, this song is made for her. Working Girl fits perfectly with her voice and she surprises us with the beautiful ballads Better Than You And Me and God. Certainly this singer is one of the best in the country, she’s never where you expect her. A customized album, perfect for her, I would advise you to go ahead without hesitation.

    Rating:5.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist



  • Just the Same

    Artist: Terri Clark

    Album: Just the Same

    Release Date: 5 November 1996

    Review:

    If some tell me that the first single Poor, Poor Pitiful Me is quite similar to the original hit from the late 70s, and yes because it’s indeed a cover song, the Canadian is doing good. If Emotional Girl, Any Woman, You Do or You Don't are quite successful, the whole album is instead country rock with a strong attitude for Terri. In a world dominated by men, the young lady appears as a person with a strong personality and forget the sensitive and sensual side we choose other singers. So what ? you may say?, The sound is good, the lyrics are sometimes surprising (Hold Your Horses), it’s a good album for the Canadian. I can’t wait to have her next album to confirm if she’ll continues in this style.

    Rating:3.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist



  • How I Feel

    Artist:  Terri Clark

    Album: How I Feel

    Release Date: 19 May 1998

    Review:

    This album is probably one of the best that the Canadian has offered us. Listening offers you an intense moment of relaxation, a good mix of new country and a little blues. Between covers Now That I Found You, Everytime I Cry, You're Easy On The Eyes, Till I Get There, This Ole Heart; Terri shows us her vast repertoire. The best is to end with a slow song for this singer, but her voice fits perfectly. Good vocal production, instrumentally very successful, the artist plays a rather sweet New country’s card, slightly more peaceful and it works. An album filled with ballads proving a rich variety of rhythms and styles. Terri Clark has not ceases to surprise us, but after all, that's what makes her beautiful.

    Rating:4.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist





    Greatest Hits 1994-2004

    Artist:   Terri Clark

    Album: Greatest Hits 1994-2004

    Release Date: 27 July 2004

    Review:

    Terri Clark has always knew how to establish herself as an independent woman with a strong personality, playing by turns on her sensitivity, her beauty and voice. This album presents the first 10 years best songs, and it’s clear that if I am not really a big fan of compilations, it’s close to perfection. If her style changed since those early days, I don’t think it was in order to sell more albums, Terri proves merely that she happens to evolve, to play different rhythm, wether mi tempos or slower songs, some new country or honk tonk. This singer is really an artist to discover and I can only invite you to obtain this album, wether you are a fan or not, you'll love. 14 tracks, 14 hits, in addition you are entitled to a live version of No Fear, then this is not the time to complain, quite the contrary. Let's have no fear!.

    Rating:5.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist





    Fearless

    Artist:   Terri Clark

    Album: Fearless

    Release Date 19 September 2000

    Review:

    This time our Canadian was surrounded by big names for this album. Think about it, we find at the co-writing Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kim Richey and Beth Nielsen Chapman, only great people. We have quite a mid tempos on the CD, but the artist is doing more than well, in fact she delivers a very good performance, showing us just how she can vary the rhythm while not affecting her voice. We have a nice start with tracks like No Fear, Sometimes Goodbye. But she shows us what she's really capable with A Little Gasoline, To Tell You Everything. The album ends gently with both songs Midnight's Gone, Good Mother, an opus just a bit less Honly tonk for our Canadian, more new country and it doesn’t displease us. We hopes she’ll continue like that, because it’s one of those artists that continues to rise.

    Rating:4.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist





    Life Goes On

    Artist: Terri Clark

    Album: Life Goes On

    Release Date: 1 November 2005

    Review:

    This honky tonk girl from canada continues to make her way slowly but surely into the American country landscape. If I have to say that we shouldn’t expect a great originality with this Life Goes On, we find what made her successful, with perhaps a little less beat. Anyway the honky tonk atmosphere, bar is always present, her voice fits perfectly with this style. There are beautiful lyrics in She Didn't Have Time, Everybody's Gotta Go Sometime. If I blame her for a slight lack of originality, the album is nonetheless a good album, it's certainly not the best that the singer has occurred, but the atmosphere is good and proves that Terri Clark is there for a while, and this isn’t a bad news, because with Michelle Wright and Shania Twain (yes), she is one of Canada's few who knew how to be successful in the USA, concerning country music.

    Rating:3.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist





    Easton Corbin Artist: Easton Corbin

    Album: Easton Corbin

    Release Date: 02 March 2010

    Review:

    A surprising album and a great discovery. Modern, traditional, the artist mixes styles. Between The Way Love Looks where one feels a gentle country that makes us think of the heart of rural America; and the beautiful Don't Ask Me About A Woman (they just made to love), we enjoy. A Lot To Learn About Livin‘ make you want to go on vacation, incredibly successful, this tracks reminds me It's Five O' Clock Somewhere with Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett or Kenny Chesney. His style is not without recalling George Strait, the voice is not the same, although his accent goes well with his songs. The lyrics are quite successful, we can only wish him welcome and keep an eye on it because I'm sure you're not likely to forget such an artist, we’ll talk about him. A good talent, a very good news so why deprive yourself.

    Rating:   4.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist


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    Live Across Texas Artist: Roger Creager  

    Album: Live Across Texas

    Release Date: 07  September 2004

    Review:

    This live is of great beauty, containing all the songs from his album, he offers a good range of what Roger Creager can do. If some titles are missing, the whole is quite successful. I am happy to found back and enjoy songs like Shreveport to New Orleans, Having Fun All Wrong; but mostly I Got the Guns, LA Freeway, The Everclear Song. There is even a duet with his father Bill Creager, Rancho Grande. In fact this album was recorded in Green Hall, Texas. Love is also very successful. So if you like the artist, the Texan and Mexican music, don’t hesitate this CD is for you.

    Rating:   4.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist


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    Long Way to MexicoArtist: Roger Creager  

    Album: Long Way to Mexico

    Release Date: 09 September 2003

    Review:

    The album is a bit of a break from the artist musical world. Indeed, it’s a CD Roger Creager, but something is missing, we are far from his two previous albums. Certainly Shreveport to New Orleans is very jazzy and the lyrics are shifted, All for the Sake of the Song is a gentle ballad. We are far from the rhythmic style which he has accustomed us. It's not that the CD is bad but we listen and we want to go back to another of his opus. Gypsyland offers a surprising atmosphere with the South American style guitar. We go from surprise to surprise, which is sometimes good news. We fall into the jazzy side with I Say When I Drink What I Think When I'm Sober but what’s lacking in the album is a song that just standout or at least some hits as we were so accustomed. Long Way to Mexico isn’t a bad album, but it’s far from his best.

    Rating:   3.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist


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    I Got the GunsArtist: Roger Creager

    Album: I Got the Guns

    Release Date: 22 October 2002

    Review:

    Roger Creager is part of this new generation of artist from Texas that are getting more popular now. Their music still allows us to get out of the beaten paths. If I find that you lose a little simplicity, the singer has matured shall we say, the album gains in quality, either vocally, and especially the instrumental composition. A good job. Between Storybook and I Got the Guns we felt the difference with the previous Having Fun All Wrong. Rancho Grande is sung in Spanish, which created a Mexican atmosphere guaranteed, Things Look Good Around Here and Love add rhythm and gives us some very good Texan music. Creager amazes us with the very slow tracks but still very good, Should've Learned by Now showing us the power of his voice. A very good album of Texas music, which definitely proves that Texas remains an important place for country music.

    Rating:   4.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist


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    Having Fun All WrongArtist: Roger Creager  

    Album: Having Fun All Wrong

    Release Date: 22 October 2002

    Review:

    I know the it’s a little outdated but I wanted to go back on this album. If you like singers like Jerry Jeff Walker, Robert Earl Keen and Pat Green then you'll love Roger Creager. This CD breathes some fresh, it gives you the chills, the music style is Texas of course you will have guessed, a good rhythm mix with a dose of sweetness. You can’t resist tracks like I Can Too, Moving On, The Everclear Song, LA Freeway. Not to mention the very rock Crying, Moaning; and the slower song Let It Roll, which are both very successful. So even if I find that it doesn’t revolutionize anything, there are albums which deserves that we stops and listen, it’s one of them. Close your eyes, you are in Texas.

    Rating:   4.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist


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    Happiness and All The Other ThingsArtist: Cross Canadian Ragweed 

    Album: Happiness and All The Other Things

    Release Date: 15 September 2009

    Review:

    This band reminds me of another country rock band, but like the track Drag, all struggling to take off. The mixture doesn’t take. One senses a potential but there are so much better, it's not a bad album, just good, nice to listen, but it won’t turn in a loop. There are a lot of mixing, country rock, sometimes quite hard, the singer's voice is nice and fits well to the style, but even the beautiful Blue Bonnets can’t save the whole. I still have a feeling of lack of consistency among all his songs. I'm a little lost. Strangely it’s the slower tracks that are the best on this album.

    Rating:   3.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist


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    American VI - Ain't No Grave

    Artist: Johnny Cash     

    Album: American VI - Ain't No Grave

    Release Date: 23 February 2010

    Review:

    Last american recording released, it’s an album to be considered in two ways. Being a fan of Johnny Cash, yes this is little surprise for a country fan, the album remains below these precedents but this isn’t so serious. Because the most important is that it’s in some ways a farewell, a rather emotional album, where you can hear the artist conduct a life review like on Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound and Satisfied Mind. Now even if this singer made so much better, so many albums, songs, we feels it wasn’t an easy album. Although For The Good Times will give you the chills, it's a great track. This disc is like a last thing this great man of the country wanted to say, so then I wouldn’t recommend it if you want to discover the singer, but in any case, if you're a fan, you'll be moved. This doesn’t add much to his career, but at the same time was there something to add? .

    Rating:3.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist


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    I'm Just a GirlArtist : Deana Carter   

    Album:  I'm Just a Girl

    Release Date: 18 March 2003

    Review:

    On a fairly competitive women market this album has with time some troubles to establish itself. Certainly the singer is pretty and her voice isn’t bad. We love songs like I'm Just A Girl, There's No Limit, Cover Of A Magazine that give off a certain freshness but everything is a little too pop for my taste. Even Dwight Yoakam can’t save the album with his duet on Waiting. This is a too just to me, there's really little catchy songs, the compositions are quite flat, we remain disappointed overall ... A disc that we can listen one more time, maybe both, but I don’t think you will often come back. What do you want, there are so many country singers with remarkable talents. A nice opus, unpretentious perhaps, that we can listened to but doesn’t carry us very far.

    Rating:  3.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

    The ListArtist : Rosanne Cash  

    Album: The List

    Release Date: 06 October 2009

    Review:

    Expected return for this singer who has a big name in country. Rosanne this time gives us an excellent vintage. Whether musically, vocally or textually, the disc is impressive. Her list includes duets with Bruce Springsteen, Jeff Tweedy and Rufus Wainwright; a successful version where we can hear the train whistle ( song french name), well I mean 500 miles and the very beautiful Motherless Children, Long Black Veil and Silver Wing. The album is pretty sweet, there is a certain poetry in the texts, the music is beautiful, great voice, in short, a very good country album to get his teeth into. A little jazz, a lot of folk, this new edition is a good mixture and allows us to appreciate a new Rosanne Cash. Schedule your stereo and set it to play mode and let yourself go, effect and thrill guaranteed with Bury Me Under The Weeping Willow.

    Rating:  4.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

    Inspiration and SlanderArtist : Bryan Clark 

    Album: Gossip Inspiration and Slander

    Release Date: 25 November 2008

    Review:

    This CD is a pretty original concept. This kit provides 2 CD, an acoustic and an other one full of electric guitars. Nine acoustic and ten electric tracks with only three covers. The acoustic part is rather successful even if it's not Union Station. We remain stuck with Night Like These. With the electric guitar part that's another thing. Because if we could have expected a rock sounds, in fact it’s a americana country sounding really pop. A Country too soft for my taste, but it’s only my opinion. We still love songs like Midnight Kiss, The way it is. But I much prefer the acoustic side of the box. A rather original score for this artist who hopefully will affirm a little more style …

    Rating:  3.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

    Back To TennesseeArtist : Billy Ray Cyrus  

    Album: Back To Tennessee

    Release Date: 31 March 2009

    Review:

    In the Cyrus family I would like the the father. Let's humor, It has been a long time since we haven’t seen the singer. After several listening, I find that the whole lacks of consistency, in fact it seems that the album starts from the second part of the opus. Somebody Said A Prayer doesn’t take off despite some great lyrics texts, Real Gone fills a lack of beat. The best song is the bonus sung in duet with his daughter, but I'm not sure this is such a good news for the artist, a very sweet track. If you're a fan you can try, but with all the albums released at this time, I would rather believe to go your way. We expect a new album to be tempted by the adventure.

    Rating:  2.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

    CarolinaArtist: Eric Church

    Album: Carolina

    Release Date: 24 March 2009

    Review:

    The regular joe Eric Church returns with his second album, the one who had retained our attention in 2006 is about to embark on US roads with the new album Carolina. Eric likes to say that most artists make singles hoping to make an album while he prefers to make an album and hope to have singles. Beautiful mentality and love for country music is felt from the beginning of the album. Young And Wild, Longer Gone, Smoke A Little Smoke reassures us about his ability to gives us catchy tracks as we had been accustomed with his first album Siners like me. What is remarkable with this album is that it takes off literally arrived in the last half with songs like: Here Without You, Carolina, Hell On The Heart, Those I've Loved. Arrived at the end we find with pleasure 2 bonus tracks that are very successful: My hearts got a memory, Faster than my angels can fly. Eric Chuch has succeeded to do better than his first very successful album. The sounds are rhythmic, you can’t stop from singing and dancing. Really well written texts, a everyman character, great music, a beautiful album. In addition this summer, Eric Church will be in concert in France in Craponne sur Arzon, so check this singer whom we haven’t heard the last.

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    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

    Lucky Old SunArtist: Kenny Chesney

    Album: Lucky Old Sun

    Release Date: 21 October 2008

    Review:

    If there are indeed two singers who never cease to amaze me that's Brad Paisley and Kenny Chesney. The second reminds me constantly the French Antoine. His country style is so particular that we just have to listen to his songs for saying “that's Chesney." He always gives you the chills, he always manages to relax us with tunes that come from the Islands, invites us to vacation, sharing with others. That's Kenny Chesney’s magic, a islands cool country attitude. As usually his album is a marvel in this time of the year, listen and discover a new world, new sounds. The album delivers an incredible number of potential hits such as: Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven, Down The Road (with Mac McAnally duo), Nowhere To Go, Nowhere To Be; That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day (duet with Willie Nelson)). This duo are beautiful, and the album deluxe version is beautiful because it gives us four live tracks which are splendid and 2 video clips,  Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven (with The Wailers) and the second Poets & Pirates Tour Show. It’s without hesitation that I recommend you purchasing the deluxe version, because any country fans have every right to go on holiday with Kenny Chesney.

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    Cherryholmes III: Don't BelieveArtist: Cherryholmes

    Album: III Don't Believe

    Release Date: 30 September 2008

    Review:

    The Cherryholmes family is back in this third album and I must say that this album is a breath of freshness. Rich, varied, good bluegrass that makes us want to let go. Between King as a Babe Comes Down who is beautiful and the sublime This Is My Son, if you understand English, it’ll fill your eyes with tears thanks to its lyrics and its interpretation, the album is full of emotion ...  And that’s not Goodbye, Sailing Man, Devil in Disguise following that will make you change your mind, besides the third piece gives us the opportunity to compare them to Alison Krauss and Union Station, a comparison much to their credit and yes they have nothing to envy the greatest. The voices, music, interpretation is like his usual very well done, it's a pleasure to dive back into a bluegrass album of such quality.

    Rating :   4.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

    Untold Truths 

    Artist: Kevin Costner And Modern West

    Album: Untold Truths

    Release Date: 11 November 2008

    Review:

    Again someone who tries country, Gosh help me! If this is not a first test, because the actor had already tried music, I have to say here I am amazed. The album is a little gem, Kevin Costner’s voice lends itself perfectly to country style and his band does wonders. Texts are committed to the artist's image and the melodies will stay in your head like 90 Miles an Hour, Superman 14, Five Minutes From America, Leland Iowa. An album to purchase at the end of the year.

    Rating :   4.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

     What I Do

    Artist: George Canyon

    Album: What I Do

    Release Date: 25 November 2008

    Review:

    In the category of Canadian country music singers that surprise you with their talents, I ask Mr. George Canyon. If I have to admit this isn’t my favorite, his talent commands respect, this is simply one of his best albums. You even have the right to a Toby Keith cover song (If I Was Jesus), okay the student doesn’t surpassed the master but it surprises us in the right way. A duet with Crystal Shawanda with In your arms again and a very good Just like you. A good country album for a singer with a voice so recognizable, so powerful, in short if you like his style, do not hesitate.

    Rating :   4.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

    Why Should The Fire Die 

    Artist: Nickel Creek

    Album: Why Should The Fire Die

    Release Date: 09 August 2005

    Review:

    But what happened to them? I still remember the bluegrass band that gave you the chills, soft freshness prevailed to listen to their previous albums. This album is a true clash and unfortunately in the wrong term. The album is rather sad, there is a glimmer with the musical piece Stumptown, but no just a try. The sound is more English pop than bluegrass. The album shocked as we know the band. Then of course some songs stand out as Somebody More Like You, Tomorrow Is A Long Time, Doubting Thomas. Maybe if you're a fan but if not go your way until the next one,  in short disappointed disappointed …

    Rating :   2.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

     Here It Is

    Artist: Roger Creager

    Album: Here It Is

    Release Date: 26  August 2008

    Review:

    This young Texan offers us a good album but nothing more. The whole is struggling to take off, like the tracks Driving Home, When I Loved You, I'm From the Beer Joint, The Man I Used To Be, there’s something missing. Some songs are still successful as A Good Day for Sunsets, My Ship Goes Down but it’s not enough. An album that we listen once but I'm not sur to listen it twice, the times are so tough with so many great albums released.

    Rating :   2.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

      

      One Good Friend

    Artist: George Canyon

    Album: One Good Friend

    Release Date: 28 September 2004

    Review:

    One of the American Idol’ finalist release his first album. If I still don’t understand why people have preferred Brad Cotter, this album is there to show us George’s potential. Tracks are successful as Who Would You Be and My Name, his voice does the rest, a beautiful first composition.

    Rating :   2.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

     

      Little Bit Of Everything

    Artist:  Billy Currington

    Album: Little Bit Of Everything

    Release Date: 14 October 2008

    Review:

    A well-composed album, full of soft ballads. It makes you feel good. His voice is awesome on People Are Crazy and No One Has Eyes Like You. The album is a reflection of the artist, colorful musically, we feel R&B, pop, country and rock’s influences. I find that this third album is his most successful, then it's a matter of taste and I admit to not being one of his biggest fan.

    Rating :  3.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

      

     

     

    Billy CurringtonArtist:  Billy Currington 

    Album: Billy Currington

    Release Date: 30 September 2003

    Review:

    The singer brings us his first album. If everything sounds pretty pop, dont worry it’s indeed New Country. Some songs are really well interpreted such as Walk A Little Straighter, Where The Girls Are. The young ladies will be in heaven because you have to admit that it gives a very romantic side and his songs are pretty catchy. In short, a good start for this artist, someone to watch.

    Rating :  2.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

     

     

    ClassicsArtist:  George Canyon 

    Album: Classics

    Release Date: 09 October 2007

    Review:

    For all those who love a country music mixed with Latino tunes, very Mexican, this album is for you. The album breathes some South Texas’s rhythm, and New Mexico’s one, as in Ring of fire. But he don’t forget to interpret us a classic with good ol boys (Theme from the dukes of hazard). I also liked tracks like Kiss an angel good morning, very Folsom prison blues. If the beginning is more salsa country oriented if I may say, we feel the Latino influence, however the end of the album is more rhythmic and the last song is the most successful, with the battle of New Orleans which is dedicated to all our English friends.

    Rating : 3.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

    Sex and Gasoline

    Artist: Rodney Crowell

    Album: Sex And Gasoline

    Release Date: 02 September  2008

    Review:

    The artist we live a folk rock album, all exudes a certain melancholy, a weariness of life. The whole is not very cheerful but if the start is more rhythmic, it is with the slower songs that doing better, like I Want You # 35, I've Done Everything I Can, The Night's Just Right, Forty Winters. Certainly it seems to be in a bar, bottle in hand, but good, the atmosphere is focused outlaw, without giving us the pure outlaw style. This is an album that we listen but I'm not to return.

    Rating :   2.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

     

    Doin' Somethin' Right

    Artist: Billy Currington

    Album: Doin’ Somethin’ Right

    Release Date: 18 October 2005

    Review:

    The singer signed us a rather mixed record, let me explain. The first 5 tracks are perfect: I Wanna Be A Hillbilly, Good Directions, Must Be Doin 'Somethin' Right; Why, Why, Why; That Changes Everything. Billy changes of voice as usual, which is quite remarkable because it allows him to vary his songs, but as we arrived at Little Bit Lonely and its reggae, this’s a disaster. Then he can’t regain the level of the beginning. It's really striking to listen, a huge difference between the beginning and the end of the opus. It's annoying because the album would have been so much better if the quality was constant. But it still remains some good country music especially for the beginning who is well worth a visit.

    Rating:3.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     


    Rollin' with the Flow

    Artist: Mark Chesnutt

    Album: Rollin With The Flow

    Release Date: 24 June 2008 

    Review:

    Mark Chesnutt is finally back with a new album. This Tennessean with a Texan heart hits once again the target. Surrounded by big names made in Nashville, he offers us a rich and varied music. If he doesn’t get better than his magnificent Savin 'the honky tonk, this album is really beautiful. His warm voice and accent transport you. Musically it's beautiful, in short the singer is back with a quality album. He offers slow rhythms and some other faster to our delight, tracks like Things To Do In Wichita, Going On Later On, Man In the Mirror.

    Rating:4.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     



    Best of Terri Clark: Green Series

    Artist: Terri Clark

    Album: The Best Of Terri Clark

    Release Date: 29 April 2008 

    Review:

    I warn you, Terri Clark is one of my favorite singers so it will be difficult to be objective but still what an album!. I know that this is a compilation but I couldn’t have done better if I had been asked to create my own artist’s compilation. It’ a gem composed of 15 tracks. What a woman and what a singer !. Her powerful voice takes you, her melodies are always successful, her lyrics are always well written, here is a very good country music artist. The beautiful Canadian leads us with the sound of her voice to relive her greatest hits. So what better opportunity to discover or rediscover such an artist? Frankly no better, it's a big crush.

    Rating:5.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     


    Wayward Angel

    Artist: Kasey Chambers

    Album: Wayward Angel

    Release Date: 14 September 2004 

    Review:

    The first thing that hits you with this young Australian is her so captivating voice ... As we talk about Kasey Chambers, it’s necessarily good music, you’ll know it if you're used to reading mes reviews, this album is no exception to the rule. It's not her best album, certainly, but it’s one of her first and foremost it gives off extreme freshness, freedom. We love tracks like Pony, Bluebird, Follow You Home, Mother. A soft music and beautiful which is characteristic of the singer, her voice does the rest. I would recommend for her fans or if you wish to discover this talented young artist.

    Rating: 3.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist


  •  Kenny Chesney - Greatest Hits

    Artist:  Kenny Chesney

    Album:  Greatest Hit

    Release Date: 26 September 2000

    Review 

    A CD of 17 tracks bringing together the biggest hits of Kenny Chesney is a very promising album at first. Well don’t worry, you will spend a good time with this album because the songs are all well chosen. Okay my choice would have been slightly different, but it’s very good and the magic is there. So why complain?

    Rating:5.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

      

     

    The Road and the Radio

    Artist:  Kenny Chesney

    Album:  The Road And The Radio

    Release Date: 08 November 2005

    Review 

    The megastar is back with a good country album, at the same time you might say, it's not a surprise. If I find the album a little below the previous, it remains very good, you must listen to tracks like Living In Fast Forward, Beer In Mexico, impossible to miss them, they alone are worth buying the album.

    Rating:4.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

    All I Need to Know

    Artist:  Kenny Chesney

    Album:  All I Need to Know

    Release Date: 13 June 1995

    Review 

    Certainly everything is a bit slower than usual, but it’s a 1995 album. The artist's basics are there, his voice, his talent. The whole thing is a little more focused on ballads and languid songs but one finds the singer as usual. It’s really a good album, he shows us why he has become one of the most important artists of this business today.

    Rating:4.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

      

    Everywhere We Go

    Artist:  Kenny Chesney

    Album:  Everywhere We Go

    Release Date: 02 March 1999

    Review 

    It’s impressive to see the quality of this album, of course we talk about Kenny Chesney, but still. This opus is easy to listen, an almost magical sweetness’ll rock you while listening. If all the tracks are successful, I am always impressed by the excellent duet with Travis Randis on Baptism. It’s really an album that I recommend because it’s beautiful at any point of view, some great Kenny Chesney at work.

     Rating:5.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

    Cherryholmes II: Black and White

    Artist: Cherryholmes

    Album: Cherryholmes II

    Release Date: 12 June 2007

    Review:

    Finally, here is the second album from this family band. And yes it composed by parents and children. With this new CD, they prove that they are really talented, whether musically or vocally, there is a reason why they have already been recognized as the best bluegrass band. They enchant us literally on this CD with songs like Heart of the Morning, I Don't Know, The Nine Yard, My True Love, Mansions Of King, they are worthy of Alison Krauss, Patty Loveless and Rhonda Vincent. This is a little gem, impressive because they have only just begun.

    Rating:5.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

     Rattlin' Bones

    Artist: Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson

    Album: Rattlin Bones

    Release Date: 21 April 2008

    Review:

    Just by seeing Kasey on the album we knew we would listen to good Country Music, but not like this. The album is not only sublime, it’s a diamond. Musically, it's perfect, the voices blend perfectly for our enjoyment. All accompanied by giggles here and there, that create an unrealistic atmosphere, imagine Kasey and Shane in front of a log fire in the middle of beautiful landscapes. Everything is wonderful. All titles are successful but we are amazed by No One Hurts Up Here, Adeline, and the gem Woe Is Mine. Here's an album to put directly to your collection regardless of the country style you like, because you’ll spend a pleasant moment, I miss it already, I've got to go back.

    Rating:5.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

    Chris Cagle

    Artist: Chris Cagle

    Album: Chris Cagle

    Release Date: 01 April 2003 

    Review:

    This is the return of a singer that I like. If every time I expect something better because she has a huge potential, this album is no exception to the rule. But don’t worry, the album is successful, we hang on tracks like What A Beautiful Day, Chicks Dig It (awesome), Night On The Country. A CD to listen, because Chris Cagle is still a great country singer, we would have liked a little more beat, but we aren’t complaining because we listen it again and again without problem. Thank you Chris.

    Rating:3.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

     

    Carnival

    Artist: Kasey Chambers

    Album: Carnival

    Release Date: 22 August 2006 

    Review:

    At last, I’v got this CD, after the disappointment of the three track single released earlier, we can finally get an idea of the new Kasey Chambers. Overall I remain a little disappointed, the artist offers us a good album but not excellent. This is not her best but it’s Kasey, so it’s good country. We find her so particular voice, her music, her lyrics. She captivates us with Colour Of A Carnival, Light Up A Candle. She offers us a beautiful duet with Bernard Fanning on Hard Road. Not to mention the very catchy You Make Me Sing. It feels a lack of beat compared to previous albums, but good at the same time, the artist is still there.

    Rating: 3.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

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    Nothing at All

    Artist: Kasey Chambers

    Album: Nothing at All

    Release Date: 26 June 2006 

    Review:

    This cd has only three tracks, it’s simply an appetizer while waiting for the new album of the artist to be release in August, Carnival. It’s difficult to review such CDs, especially when it comes to this artist. Let's say I haven’t enjoyed it that much, even if Nohing at All is pleasant to listen. This CD is primarily for die hard Kasey Chambers fans, those who can’t wait for the release of Carnival.

    Rating:2.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

     

    My Mother's Hymn Book

    Artist: Johnny Cash

    Album: My Mothers Hymn Book

    Release Date: 06 April 2004

    Review:

    Johnny Cash offers us a pure bluegrass songs collection. Let me explain, these songs are well known, they are mostly songs representing the American culture, sung by immigrants, settlers, everyone know them. And this is where the artist offers us a beautiful opus with his deep voice, simple guitar, he plays the role of our great father who sings beautiful US Hymns. Close your eyes, you find yourself at the bottom end of Kansas in your family in the countryside, away from everything in this America that has lulled you. It’s a pleasure to listen to the versions of Where We'll Never Grow Old, Do Lord, I'll Fly Away. Do not look for harmonious voices or instruments, but pure emotion, to prescribe to all fans of the USA and bluegrass!

    Rating:5.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

    Live: Live Those Songs Again

    Artist: Kenny Chesney 

    Album: Live Those Songs Again (Live)

    Release Date: 19 September 2006

    Review:

    Kenny Chesney offers us as any singer of his caliber, a live album. If we already know the songs, it's good to listen again Beer In Mexico, I Go Back, Back Where I Come From. Note the excellent duet with Uncle Kracker on When The Sun Goes Down. A good album for those who never went to a real country concert, and can only imagine the mood. With this album, you finally understand why Kenny Chesney has been elected several times CMA Entertainer of The Year.

    Rating: 3.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

     

    Barricades & Brickwalls

    Artist: Kasey Chambers

    Album: Barricades & Barricalls

    Release Date: 12 February 2002

    Review:

    Thanks to this review, I have just discovered the artist. I was stuck on this CD, impressive by so much talent and sweetness. Her soft and broken voice is sublime, the melodies are just as beautiful. I can’t catalog it, the sound is simple, a guitar, a bass, but also a voice. In fact the only person that comes to my mind is another Australian, in the person of Miss Higgins, certainly a little more pop, but the effect is the same. I can only advise you to listen songs like, Barricades & Brickwalls, Little Bit Lonesome, Million Tears even if they are all successful. The last 2 tracks have turned to God, it’ll please Christian music fans, but the last track who is hidden, Ignorance, is truly poignant, its voice and its lyrics bring an impressive intensity. An album to listen, a singer to discover without a doubt.

    Rating: 5.0 étoiles sur 5

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

    Play It Loud

    Artist:  Chris Cagle

    Album: Play It Loud

    Release Date: 24 October 2000 

    Review:

    Here is the first CD of this singer. Voice, text, everything is there to make a good country album. Certainly this is not the best country music album, but some catchy tracks are there: Laredo, Country By The Grace Of God, Who Needs The Whiskey (the words are beautiful). Musically I'm a little disappointed, everything could have been a little bit better but stop complaining and listen to, as it should be, this album, the singer is very promising like in Laredo.

    Rating:3.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

    Waitin' in the Country

    Artist:  Jason Michael Carroll

    Album: Waintin’ In The Country

    Release Date: 06 February 007

    Review

    In view of the cover I said it starts badly, the playboy style will quickly bored me, it doesn’t fit with Country. Beware though critics stop here because this album is sublime. His voice is a mixture of Trace Adkins and Ray Scott, that's how it’s impressive. The artist wrote most of these tracks, which isn’t bad for a debut album and in addition it’s varied and very rich. Some Country rock and ballads, the mix is perfect, his voice charm us, it’s perfect with Waitin 'In The Country, Livin' Our Love Song, Angel Of Broken Hearts, Love Won't Let Me. The album's highlights are undoubtedly the perfect duo with Jewel, No Good In Goodbye, and the magnificent tracks that reminds me of Toby Keith in Anywhere USA, and Honky Tonk Friends. In short you’ll understand here is an album to obtain urgently and watch this artist closely !!!.

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    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

    Cherryholmes

    Artist: Cherryholmes

    Album: Cherryholmes

    Release Date: 27 September 2005

    Review:

    The peculiarity of this group, Cherryholmes is to be composed of 6 members, Jere and Sandy the parents, then Cia, BJ, Skip and Molly, the children. You understand this is a single family. And one can say they know how to play music, especially bluegrass. This album impresses with its variety of tracks but also by their qualities. A very good bluegrass album whether initiated or not. All songs are successful even if I had a crush for Will I Be The Winner, Brand New Heartache, especially musical pieces such as Tallahasee, Shelly In The Heather Linda's Reel (for Irish music fans) are magnificent. Besides the last track, No One To Sing For Me, which is a marvel, in short an album to have for all bluegrass fans.

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    Black Cadillac

    Artist:  Rosanne Cash 

    Album: Black Cadillac

    Release Date: 24 January 2006

    Review:

    This album is loaded with emotion, it's the least we can say once listened it. After losing her mother-in-law, father, and her mother, Rosanne Cash gives us a very personal album, influence with a great solitude, she takes stock of her life. This isn’t an album to listen if you are already sad but don’t mistake it remains beautiful. We can’t say that there was frantic beat, but the music and the lyrics are very beautiful. Tracks like Dreams Are Not My Home, Good Intent, Black Cadillac and I Was Watching You are really successful. An album loaded with emotion!

    Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

    Stronger

    Artist: Carlene Carter

    Album: Stronger

    Release Date: 4 March 2008

    Review:

    Yes you understood, this young singer is actually part of the Carter/Cash’s family, translation she was raised in the most beautiful way, with lots of Country Music and some beautiful one. I think her voice is well-suited to the Country, songs like Why Be Blue, Bring love are successful. We feel that the artist knows how to handle her voice perfectly, at the same time with her name. An album that will make you spend a good time.

    Rating: 3.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

     

    Sinners Like Me

    Artist:  Eric Church

    Album: Sinners Like Me

    Release Date: 18 July 2006

    Review 

    So then I say bravo. This album is really superb, recommended. And to think that this is only his first album, various tracks, slow, rhythmic. We find ourselves in: Sinners Like Me, How 'Bout You, Guys Like Meet so on. What can I say except that this singer’ll go far because for a debut album it’s really successful. Listening to this album we feel America, the mainland, those small towns. A special thanks to Pledge Allegiance To The Hag. Close your eyes and you're in a bar deep in America, some playing billiards, some drinking but all have a good time. This is really a big crush that I had listening to this album! Thank you Eric Church!

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    My Life's Been A Country Song

    Artist:  Chris Cagle

    Album: My Life's Been A Country Song

    Release Date: 19 February 2008

    Review:

    Chris Cagle returns with the task of making us forget his previous album Anywhere but here who was rather mixed, not up to his caliber. So it was with some trepidation that I begin listening to this album, it’s forgotten as soon as the second tracks: No Love Songs. We literally dance on this great tune, they keep coming with Never Ever Gone, If It Is not One Thing, My Heart Move On, and finally My Life's Been A Country Song. A good country album even if I find it all a bit slow, a feeling of already seen, well heard there, prevent me for enjoying half the songs… In short an album to listen, especially for No Love Songs, which is particularly successful, the mix takes but could have been better. 

    Rating:3.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

     Anywhere But Here

    Artist:  Chris Cagle

    Album: Anything But Here

    Release Date: 04 October 2005

    Review:

    Chris Cagle release a rather mixed cd. Let me explain, there are 4 very good tracks. But the rest is bland when we see what the artist can do, we are surprised by this work, a little too sloppy for my taste. I don’t say that this album is bad because of the wonderful songs like Maria, Wal-Mart Parking Lot, Hey Ya'll, and I'd Find You are there but they don’t save the album. Tracks like Wanted Dead Or Alive and You Might Want To Think About It had what it took to become hits but no it doesn’t take.

    Rating:2.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

    Black In The Saddle

    Artist:  Cowboy Troy

    Album: Black In The Saddle

    Release Date: 05 June 2007

    Review:

    The cowboy rapper is back for new adventures! ! ! So here's an artist who is difficult to note, to judge. You can’t really compare him to another artist because a mix of country rap is pretty rare. I find this second album a little different, less rap, less country too, more rock, more hard rock. The beginning doesn’t take much as I would have imagined, but the duo Big & Rich comes with a very nice: How Can You Hate Me and a good Take Your Best Shot Now. Good music as you suppose, but then it’s hard to know where we stand.  The singer sings a very good Paranoid Like Me ('Tis The Season Of Discontent) in his particular style. At this point one wonders if the Big & Rich duo will save the album because there I'm getting a little scared, and that's when we find the last 3 songs that are either remix or some electro country. Good if you are in a Nightclub (not a European nightclub of course), I feel lost, like in a desert. I am not enjoying it at all. The first album was a nice mix of rap and country, but in this second one Cowboy Troy is lost, he doesn’t really seem to find his style, mixing is good, when it’s properly gauged!

    Rating:1.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist

     

     

     

    Home At Last

    Artist:  Billy Ray Cyrus

    Album: Home At Last

    Release Date: 01 October 2007

    Review:

    The singer gives us a less romantic album than the previous one. But there are too many already seen, we get bored, certainly it’s not his worst album, but a lot of the tracks are alike. Note, the cover songs The Rainbow recovery is useless, but hey it's a personal opinion. After some songs stand out as The buffalo, Brown eyed girl, I can’t live without your love, very few for the whole album. It makes me think of a composition for teenager, I know I'm too hard, but if the artist continued at this rate (for 2 albums), we can’t  contradict me.

    Rating: 2.0 out of 5 stars

    By Sheppard Micoud - ACS Staff Journalist