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CD REVIEW: Mike Rickard – “stirred, not shaken”
By Stacey Board - 01/11/2005 - 09:05 PM EST

Artist: Mike Rickard
Album: “stirred- not shaken”
CD Review: When I heard the first part of Rickard’s first song I thought, “OK, polished production, smooth expressive voice” and I was pleased. Then I really began to listen and read through the lyrics and realized there was more depth here than I expected.

Rickard’s voice is very rich and the production is very slick and modern and would stand up next to anything currently on the radio. But the lyrics and Rickard’s point of view are more original than you might find there.

“Natural” is one of my favorites. It has a great energy and groove, and a wonderful storyline with a punch at the end. And you can dance to it. I also like “Who I Am” because it does a very good job of expressing all the confusion, exploration and questioning that we all do with the big issues in our life as we grow.

Rickard does a good job of expressing himself in a unique voice while wrapping it in a very accessible melodic package.

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