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Artist: Joel Willoughby
Label: Eyes & Ears Productions
Being a disk jockey on a college radio station I get to hear quite a number of indie releases. On top of that being just a few months short of turning 60 I find that it takes alot these days to get me really excited about yet another album release. That being said, Joel Willoughby excites me! The first thing that caught my attention about this album was that it contained a cover of one of my all-time favorite tunes "Strawberry Koolaid Smile" by the band Poole. The tune was done completely different than the aggressive style I was used to hearing it in, but I fell in love with the song all over again. I was hooked. The rest of the album has more than lived up to my expectations after hearing the Poole cover tune which by the way is the only non-original song on the album.
The players on the album are Joel on vocals, guitars, drums, percussion, glockenspiel, rhodes and background vocals. He is joined by Jonathan Anderson on guitars, bass, keyboards, glockenspiel, spirit, mandolin and background vocals as well as Catherine Carter on violin and backing vocals. As far as what the album sounds like, let me just say it makes me want to get out on the road put down the convertible top and crank that puppy up to about 9.5.
This album wold be a welcome addition to the collection of anyone who loves good rock n roll. Check out his web site at http://www.joelwilloughby.com or find him on My Space.
Chris MacIntosh aka Grandfather Rock