Violent Femmes – Freak Magnet – CD

Violent Femmes – Freak Magnet – CD

Violent Femmes – Freak Magnet – CD (Beyond Records / BMG) The Femmes are back!!! OK, I don’t think that they ever really went away, but this release ranks up there with any other album that they released during their long career…except for the tracks not...
Violent Femmes – Viva Wisconsin – CD

Violent Femmes – Viva Wisconsin – CD

Violent Femmes – Viva Wisconsin – CD (Beyond Records / BMG) Now this is what I call a live album. The Femmes recorded this during their 1998 six day acoustic trek through their native Wisconsin. All the songs were done in a bare bones fashion, two guitars,...
Valerie – Valerie – CD

Valerie – Valerie – CD

Valerie – Valerie – CD (Counter Clockwise Music) Gahhhh?. Obviously designed as an inoffensive showcase project for another as-of-yet undiscovered Amy Grant. It would be even more perfect if she had some rags-to-riches Shania Twain angle. Valerie has that...
Johnny Vance – Johnny Vance – Cassette

Johnny Vance – Johnny Vance – Cassette

Johnny Vance – Johnny Vance – Cassette (Note to Dayton locals: No, this is not the son of the crazy Nu-Sash window guy.) This Johnny Vance turns back the hands of time to create some timeless rock ballads in the vein of the Baby’s and Charlie Sexton. -...
Johny Vegas – Forest Hill Drive – CD

Johny Vegas – Forest Hill Drive – CD

Johny Vegas – Forest Hill Drive – CD (Creative Entertainment Group) Johny Vegas reminds me of a cross between Randy Newman and Huey Lewis. Safe and sanitized rock and roll. What’s the point in making music if it is conservative and the listener can tell...
Vanilla Ice – Hard to Swallow – CD

Vanilla Ice – Hard to Swallow – CD

Vanilla Ice – Hard to Swallow – CD (Republic Records) Well, regardless of what we had hoped, Ice Ice Baby is back. But now he has a band and they seem to want to be Rage Against the Machine with a touch of Prodigy and Pantara. Lame vocals (duh), but the...