The 2017 passing of LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington had an understandably profound effect on the band's cofounder, Mike Shinoda. Part mourning, part venting, Post Traumatic is a raw representation of loss—a day-to-day work in progress that addresses the idea that healing may never come. “I did my best to capture it in the moment,” Shinoda told Beats 1 anchor Zane Lowe. “I can hear in the tone of my voice and the way that I did it, that I knew where I was on that day.” The songs on the album reflect many moods—from tender (“Place to Start,” “Brooding”) to aggressive (“Lift Off,” “I.O.U.”)—all armed with Shinoda’s hybrid of hip-hop, electronic, and rock. And there’s no censor here, especially on “Over Again,” when Shinoda tackles the stresses of Bennington's tribute concert, even confronting well-wishers asking what he’s going to do next: “You think it’ll be a challenge?/Only my life’s work hanging in the f**king balance,” he shoots back.
Meant to show to the world at large that his music was ready for the concert stage, and that he was ready for live exposure (Oldfield suffered for many years from stage fright), Exposed is sometimes wonderful, sometimes bombastic. This double-CD set consists of performances of "Tubular Bells" and "Incantations," the latter abbreviated considerably, with "Guilty" tossed in for good measure.
The first recording on Challenge Classics by the wonderful Dutch baroque orchestra, La Sfera Armoniosa. For its debut, La Sfera Armoniosa and its artistic director Mike Febtross have chosen orchestral music and arias from operas by Henry Purcell. Well-known baroque specialist, soprano Johannette Zomer joins the orchestra in this live recording.
Mike Oldfield, one of the legendary figures of British progressive rock, returned with this ambitious two-disc set. 2005's Light + Shade is divided into two parts: the "Light" portion featuring upbeat and melodic tunes, and the "Shade" disc leans to moodier and more atmospheric compositions. As is his custom, Oldfield plays all the instruments on Light + Shade, as well as handling most of the recording himself; several of the selections from the album became part of the score for the virtual reality games Maestro and Tres Lunas.
Mike Goudreau presents his 19th album : “Alternate Takes - Vol 1”. A collection of unreleased and reworked tracks that were recorded and produced in various studios between 2000 and 2017. Most of these songs were produced mainly for licensing on network TV and film projects for the many TV/Film contacts Mike has made in the USA since 2007 that have earned him hundreds of placements on TV shows such as : CSI Los Angeles, Bloodline, Life In Pieces, Gotham and the feature film Passengers, most recently just to name a few. This recording features a wide variety of Blues stylings: Blues Rock, Country Blues, Swing , Funk, Jazz, Chicago Blues, Boogie Woogie, Reggae and even a Manouche Swing inspired song ! Accompanied by a great lineup of musicians and long time collaborators help make this album a great showcase of the many eclectic musical genres and influences of Goudreau in numerous variations of the Blue note!