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Shaken Not Stirred

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Finely crafted country tinged pop-rock

    Vassar's among a select set of Nashville hit songwriters who has successfully transitioned to chart-climbing performer. His previous album provided the commercial breakout, and this latest parlays that success with ever more radiant performances. Impressively, Vassar's ride to stardom (and the incessant touring it involves) hasn't cooled his pen, as he co-wrote all but two of the tracks here. Even more impressive is that Vassar recorded with his road band, rather than the typical line-up of studio-hounds, lending this disc a more collegial feeling than the usual Nashville production. ¶ Though marketed as a Nashville artist, Vassar's soulful vocals lend many of these songs - like "Erase" and "Nobody Knows Me Like You" - a 70's-era style reminiscent of Chicago. Other tunes, like "What Happens in Vegas," venture to the California soft-country-rock sound of The Eagles, and "Here to Forget" follows provides lyrical shades of Jimmy Buffett's bar tales, though without the tropical musical influences. ¶ There are country touches here and there in a passing line of steel, but this is really piano-heavy pop-rock ala Billy Joel. Good pop-rock, but pop-rock nonetheless. Additional highlights include the stark vocal-piano-and-steel "Dancin' With Dreams" and the bluesy Doobie Brothers-esque "Black and Whites." Sure to please fans and attract a few more. ¶ 3-3/4 stars, if allowed fractional ratings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Phil's best!!!!!

    This is a spectactular album! I love every song. The more you listen, the more you appreciate this CD. Can't pick a favorite anymore, my favorites keep changing! Phil is an exceptional musician and singer and the best entertainer you will ever see in concert! Make a point of getting to a concert when he's in your area!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    CD Promo Party

    I was lucky enough to attend a CD promo party here in Lowell, MA for Phil Vassar's new cd on 9/27 and received the CD that night. He performed for well over an hour doing 5 songs from the new album. He was phenomenal. I have listened to it over and over. It's fantastic. If you liked his first album you'll love this one. If you have an opportunity to see him live, do so, he puts on one of the best shows I've ever seen and I've seen all the big guns. He has more energy than my 9 year old! He's also an absolutely incredible piano player. He reminds me of Billy Joel a lot of the time, but much nicer to look at!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very unworthy

    I bought Phil's other two C.D.s and this one is substandered. The only two songs I could even listen to were Good ole days and Real love(which country radio drove into the ground, for me). The other songs are either slow BORING music or typical country (in the vein of Gary Allen) Advice don't wast your time or money on this weak effort.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Vassar needs to stick to piano

    I heard Vassar do a studio concert on the radio a while ago, with just him playing the piano. It was some of the most beautiful music I'd ever heard, and convinced me that I finally might have discovered a country artist I liked. When I got the album I was disappointed to learn that this amazing pianist/singer/songwriter had a very conventional country band with steel guitars, electric fiddles and all the "standard" accoutraments to the genre which (don't hate me) really do nothing for me musically. Vassar is a very talented man ... I'm sure that for your average country music fan, this is great music ... just a little sad that he might have managed to make a crossover into some other music genres to attract some other listeners and didn't.

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