After two years of performing and refining his material in night clubs, Chris Rock launches his national tour.
Great compilation for those who appreciate the different faces of rock music, from the gentler, the more pop through the independent to the hardcore, hard rock. 80 songs recorded on the four CDs. For rock fans, Fleetwood Mac and Do not Stop, alternative fans can savor The Smith and their classic "How Soon Is Now?". There are also Dr. Feelgood ("Milk and Alcohol"), Echo And The Bunnymen (The Cutter), The Darkness ("I Believe In A Thing Called Love"), Royal Blood ("Out Of The Black"), Biffy Clyro ("Mountains").
Something that always seems to draw the ire of rock fans is when a veteran artist decides to suddenly change his sound to fit with current trends in hopes of winning over a new set of fans. This certainly isn't the case with Chris de Burgh's 2004 release, The Road to Freedom. Continuing with the same stately and pristine sounds that resulted in a flirtation with the U.S. Top 40 during the mid-'80s ("The Lady in Red," etc.), Freedom could have easily been released in 1984 rather than 2004.
2016 debut album from US hard rockers Letters From The Fire. Worth the Pain features 13 songs that offer a beguiling mix of melody and heaviness. "These are our stories our trials and tribulations. This is who we are." That's Mike Keller, the guitarist/founder behind the Bay Area rock powerhouse Letters From the Fire, explaining his band's moniker. Ostensibly lifted from an old lyric, the phrase now serves as both a reminder of the band's sometimes turbulent origin as well as a rallying cry as the group moves forward and (re)introduces themselves to the music world. While Letters From the Fire has existed for a bit, the group only recently solidified a lineup that best represents Keller's original vision (the band is rounded out by Alexa Kabazie, Cameron Stucky, Clayton Wages and Brian Sumwalt).