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I should have posted about this weeks ago, but Waterdeep’s new album Pink & Blue is awesome.  I got an advance copy a while back, but I’ve just been too busy to review it until now. I only hope the world will not stop spinning because of my tardiness.  God help us all.

Moving on…  The album is amazing.  Don and Lori continue to astound me with every offering.  Whether it’s Don’s weird alt-folk Khrusty Brothers, or their worship stuff on albums like You Are So Good to Me, or their best offer to date (in my opinion) Heart Attack Time Machine, Waterdeep is a band that knows what it’s doing and does a great job of it.

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Joe Dorsey knows rock and roll.  I don’t mean that stuff you can hear on MTV or VH1.  That’s not rock and roll.  You’ll get some pop, some hip hop, some R&B, but you don’t get a whole lot of rock anymore.

Nor do I mean that stuff you can hear on your favorite alternative radio stations or that cool indie rock college station in town.  I love all that stuff, but that’s not what I’m talking about when I say rock and roll.

Joe Dorsey knows the rock and roll of Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Cream.  Classic rock and roll, back when it was still infused with the soulful sounds of blues, before grunge took over and changed everything.

I’m a huge fan of grunge music and all it’s touched, but there’s just nothing like hearing some good old-fashioned straight-up rock and roll.

And for that, you’ll do good looking toward Joe Dorsey and his new album Rest.

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Apparently, since you’ve made it this far, my corny pun in the title hasn’t scared you off.  That’s always a good sign.  Anyhow, when Jake first asked me to review John Mark McMillan’s new album, “The Medicine,” I couldn’t have been happier.  (Well maybe if he had offered to pay me, that would have made me happier.  Or if he had thrown in a complimentary Ferrari…)

Ever since I was introduced to his work a few months ago, the CDs of John Mark McMillan have consistently found themselves in my stereo.  From first hearing “How He Loves” (from “The Song Inside The Sounds of Breaking Down”) during a worship service to then downloading “Hope Anthology Volume One” from eMusic and then playing “The Medicine” on repeat while I cleaned my house, I’ve been a big fan.  So though I will try to be honest and objective in this review, I have a long history of enjoying John Mark McMillan’s work, so I’m going to have a tough time being negative.

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I’d like to take a quick moment to thank Matt Modrich of True Tunes for this, his first “official” contribution to The Blah Blah, though he has for some time been supplying me personally with music tips and suggestions behind-the-scenes, thereby making me look cooler than I really am.

Starflyer 59 continues to break new ground with a cult following
despite always eluding the attention of the mainstream. Starflyer is Jason Martin’s solo project with a revolving cast of band members.

With 15 years in the books Martin continues to rock despite the “kids who want a faster beat”.

Dial M is Martin’s latest annual project and it fires on all
cylinders. With a sound reminiscent of the Brothers Martin album released last year, Martin picks up where My Island left off. Demos of Dial M were released last year as the vinyl box set Ghosts of the
Future
.

The Dial M versions of the Ghosts material are fresher and more produced. Songs like “The Brightest of the Head” and “I Love You Like the Little Bird” have received a bit of a makeover. As with any makeover there will be those that approve and those that prefer the old versions.

Lyrically, Martin exhibits growth whereas in some of his earlier albums he said the lyrics were “just there”. The theme of his father’s death is the topic of “Mr. Martin” and the bonus track “Magic”. The subject of personal struggle is evident when Martin quotes the Apostle Paul: “‘To live is Christ; to die is gain’ I try and I try, I try and I try.”

Dial M is an excellent collection of tried and true songs, which proves Martin still has what it takes after all these years. But it seems as though the story is not yet complete because Martin still has more left in the tank. Let’s hope he keeps his taxi on the road.

Here are some sample tracks off the album, but please go and buy the whole thing:

Minor Keys – Download – Stream
Mr. Martin – Download – Stream

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