As a singer, Joan Osborne has one of those voices (along with Susanna Hoffs, Bonnie Raitt, and Brandi Carlile) that makes any song she interprets that much better. Where she has sometimes struggled, though, has been in writing original compositions worthy of her considerable vocal prowess and in finding a musical style broad enough for […]
With his new album, Believer, Seattle’s Kris Orlowski steps forward in two new directions. First, it’s a full-length record (after three EPs) and, second, he’s a band (not just a singer/songwriter). Listening to the depth and breadth of Believer, both points ring out loud and clear — it’s a solid collection of songs rendered in big sonic fashion.
Used to be, Katie Herzig was a brooding folk singer, rendering emotive ditties with little more than an acoustic guitar and the occasional cello. Nowadays, though, she’s something of an electro-pop maven speaking with synthesizers and drum loops like they were her native language. And the evolution from then to now has really been spectacular […]
Some might say that, while the likes of Paul Simon and James Taylor are still alive and kicking, there’s no need for successors. But that would be wrong-headed and naïve. Besides, the successors — Robby Hecht among them — have been issuing fantastic records for years now from underneath the shadows of those giants.