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CD REVIEW: Coffee House Gypsies - The Artist
By Jarrod Brogdon - 06/18/2008 - 05:08 PM EDT

Artist: Band: Coffee House Gypsies
Album: The Artist
Label: Tenement Hall Production
Website: http://www.myspace.com/coffeehousegypsies
Genre: Adult Alternative
CD Review:

The music of the Coffee House Gypsies from the Southern tip of Florida is as magical as their name implies. The songs morph from track to track to offer something for fans of any genre or any decade. The band can sound like Retro 80's, 70's Classic Rock, or 60's Singer/Songwriter while maintaining their own individuality in each song.

The production and engineering team at Dorian's Mode Studios in Miami has incorporated a variety of instruments to showcase these songs and the talents of this fantastic band.

Standout Tracks:

The CD is introduced by spoken word from the band over saxophone and the strum of an acoustic guitar, and is one of the finest introductions to an album that I've heard. Coffee House Gypsies credit their muse and from there, show they have paid close attention to all the artists who have walked this path before them.

Imagine Stevie Nicks singing The Allman Brothers' 'Sweet Melissa' and you get the idea of 'Bittersweet', the song's third track.

Coffee House Gypsies have captured a beautiful cover of 'Sound of Silence', played acoustically with moving harmonies and worth the price of the CD alone.

But wait, there's more: The raspy 'Let's Stay' is a smooth ballad built over a marching drum beat.

'Not Even Love' sounds like it would be right at home on Carole King's "Tapestry" album, with a beautiful voice wrapped in acoustic guitar and synthesized strings.

Verdict: This album, titled "The Artist", pays tribute to music as an art and these artists have nailed down their craft to span generations of sounds. I strongly suggest this CD to any fan of James Taylor, Fleetwood Mac, or the Eagles.  Download tracks at http://www.myspace.com/coffeehousegypsies.




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