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This time around U2 has taken life’s experiences to a more personal level. Using a pop background to explore ones personal feelings of everyday to the front of exploration of what is meant to be what life simplicities mean. They don’t mean the same thing to each of us but we can take them into the concept that all of our own individual experiences make up the solidness of what this life has to offer here for what we all call home or in simple terms Earth and how we are on it as individuals amongst all the inhabitants.

HOW DID I FIND MYSELF HERE? by The Dream Syndicate (Anti Records)
With 8 songs you would think this is an EP. Nope it’s length is the normal clocking it at the appropriate length of about 40 minutes to clarify as an album. The title ask you the question and the answer is simple. The Dream Syndicate took a rest period and now has found themselves back in the music business to charm us yet again with their interpretation of what Garage and Psychedelic and what was The Paisley Movement has become. What else you find here is that with all of their differences now behind them with many years to figure things out, the band is back to let loose with their heavy guitars blared and foot free lyrics so that the alternative music can speak in equal to its lead vocals of legendary Steve Wynn’s talents. With maturity this band also offers up some catchy tunes that could give them some well deserved radio play. Already the new song Glide has found other bands covering it. I’m sure in no time radio with connect and catch up with The Dream Syndicate. At least college radio, but maybe some pop stations might give them a spin too.

Psychedelic with Pink Floyd would best describe the atmospheric sound that is supporting the canvases that are lyrically painted for us by Steve Kilbey’s infamous lyrics or poetics. One of the most interesting titles and stimulating is A Face In A Film. Description of how someone effects to draw us into their own conclusions through thoughts and expressions in a lyrical presentation. This represents true art seeing and feeling art through some one else’s expressions. Even though the subject get really deep on this record, they all seem to have that touch of feeling to them that we are experience through out our presence here and what we might feel after we leave here is explored on this new CD. Contemplation can be an amazing thing to experience but Steve Kilbey makes the decision to let us explore this and yet feel it all at the same time. Other great songs to take notice of are Another Century and For King Knife. You’ll discover a trip or sorts from this CD so that you can see things now how they effect you and how they have shaped you to make you how you are in your own end. It’s up to you how you see things and it’s again how you see things to the end. It’s you that can change this all or just enjoy your ride. Just choose either way. This is the real feeling that is left in your gut and in your mind from this record. Amazing insight for sure.

BE MYSELF by Sheryl Crow (Warner Brothers Records)
Still exploring her past experiences to use them to move forward is where Sheryl Crow is these days. She has allowed her two kids to sing on the new album as well too. Some great commercial songs are on here including Roller Skate, Long Way Home, Halfway There and Alone In The Dark to name a few. But the one song Be Myself helps others that deal with Bullying. Sheryl Crow finds herself right in the brightest of timings with these release. Professionally Sheryl still writes from her true experiences to fun pop music with a little Nashville flair in in there as a good jester too. Sheryl makes you feel good and this new album does just that.

RAISE YOUR EXPECTATIONS by Animotion (Invisible Hands Music)
It was a long time in the making. This known 1980’s band have come back to get us dancing happily around again with a new electronic alternative dance album. Catchy lyrics and groovy base lines help move you along splendidly. A definite feel good record. One of their older classic hits Let Him Go finds a newer updated version of it as the finale track on the album. Raise is the first studio full length in 26 years. Some of the notable tracks are Bad Review and Raise Your Expectations. Energetic energy motives you easily with this release.

This is a self titled release. A pop record. Mick Fleetwood is on this playing the drums. So does this make it a Fleetwood Mac Album? Well no it’s their own style of softer melody pop sound. Great harmonies as Fleetwood Mac has and great simple writings as Fleetwood Mac has and other similarities mixed in as well. But the melodies are catchy and fun and express care and talk about the simple things of love and attraction in it’s early stages.

HEAL THYSELF PT. 1: INSTINCT by Steven Page (Factor Records/Warner Music Group Canada)
After leaving Barenaked Ladies this CD marks yet for another release from this single self-artist. If you liked Page One, Steven’s first solo album, you will love this one. It is better consistent with his music. Steven has with an amazing backing band and producers for this release. Steven’s song writing is as clever as evidenced in the new song I Can See My House From Here. There is another great song called There’s a Melody that has references to other songs on the album woven throughout. The Vanity Project was written with help of Stephen Duffy but this album definitely shows how strong of a writer of poetics and lyrics story telling that Steven Page can be. This CD sounds kind of like a Barenaked Ladies release but better produced.

OKAY. by As It Is (Fearless Records)
Punk Pop Fun is a definite given from this band. The American singer lead vocalist Patty and his band