Southside Desire – “Songs To Love and Die To”

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Review by Christine Mlodzik

I have no idea where to begin. How about we start with that voice.

And whatta voice lead singer Marvel Devitt has. Gwen McRae, Betty Wright and Dorothy Moore come to mind. Soulful and crooning backed with the most heavenly harmonies. Belting out lyrics that came out of a page from Billie Holiday’s playbook. Continue reading

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Crimes (MN) – “Thin Sunlight”

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Review by Christine Mlodzik

On Crimes (MN)’s new album “Thin Sunlight,” the band has married a combination of sounds, that on paper, none of which seems like it should belong together, yet it all works in simpatico. Continue reading

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Blue Ruin “Part Time” Review

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Review by Christine Mlodzik

Blue Ruin’s new EP “Part Time” has just five songs, but each packs a high-energy rock ‘n roll punch.

Blue Ruin is four guys from South Minneapolis who’ve drawn equal influence from their time in the Twin Cities Punk scene and from their favorite soul and R&B records.

“Strung Up” and “Medicine Woman” have a 70s feel. It’s not that they sound like a specific band, but the music would fit in beautifully with that decade’s music catalog. “Crossfire” bridges the two but veers off into a more punk direction.

“War Paint” is a mystery; when the intro started, it sounded just like The Four Tops’ “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),” but it doesn’t quite find its footing as it progresses.

“Part Time” is a good EP, but I have one snit with it: The vocals. Don’t get me wrong, the vocals are good, but I had to strain a bit to hear “Strung Up” above the instruments. They were louder in “Crossfire” and just right in “Medicine Woman.”

With its five tracks, Blue Ruin’s “Part Time” may be short, but it’s sweet.

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Blue Ruin “Part Time” Review

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Review by Christine Mlodzik

Talk about short but sweet.

Blue Ruin’s new EP “Part Time” has just three songs – “Strung Up,” “Crossfire” and “Medicine Woman” – but each packs a high-energy rock ‘n roll punch. Continue reading