My Texas Music review of the Aardvark EP!
Beth Isbell “AARDVARK” ©2009 Independently released Review by Lucky Boyd
Beth Isbell is an edgy, lyric-based performer who never fails to invoke emotion with her music. Each song on this EP is there for a reason; because Beth had something to say. You’ll be entertained by her writing, her unique vocal style, and her innovative uses of technology to make this mostly bare-bones release shine. Isbell doesn’t have to do much more than grab a guitar and start singing to get her point across. Her politics are seldom hidden but she keeps it all within the realm of decent freedom of speech. While you may derive your own meaning, the lyric “I don’t want to be un-American, but I don’t want to be an American idol…” says so much about Isbell. The symbolism is thick and exists on so many levels. Isbell covers Radiohead’s “Creep” and offers five original compositions in this half-dozen EP. Beth will be heard. You might as well hear her now so you’ll have a chance at understanding. Isbell’s life has been hard and full of personal trials, crushing defeats, and remarkable triumphs. Each have found their way to this disc. This is alternative art at its best; shunning the mainstream and shouting the message. Buy the disc and get it in a few days, or download the album and listen tonight.
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Music Connection magazine - p. 48 (Aug 2009 issue): “A Fringe Fest performer, and alternative in the extreme, Isbell is an OK-based artist whose every note is invested with an edgy, subversive quality. Recorded raw, with just a guitar and the artist’s unusually deep, masculine voice, these are the songs of a message artist, one whose lyrics are primary. That’s especially so of “American” which reveals itself to be a political diatribe and anti-war song. “Magic” might be the most memorable song due to its engaging, singalong format. Isbell emits an outsider essence that we find compelling.” Overall Score ... 7.4 Production …… 7 Lyrics ………….. 8 Music ………….. 7 Vocals ……….... 7 Musicianship … 8
Music Connection is a national music mag based out of LA. The on-line edition is at http://musicconnection.com/digital/ (see p.50) & hard copies of the magazine are available at most Guitar Centers, Borders, Barnes & Nobles, and Hastings across the USA!
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Breaking News ... 7/9/09 Just got notified that Music Connection magazine is going to do a New Music Critique on me & my little Aardvark in their upcoming August issue - yay! :), http://www.musicconnection.com/
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(Official press release issued 7/8/09)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Beth Isbell “Aardvark” EP Set for Release August 1, 2009
Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Beth Isbell will officially release her new DIY solo acoustic indie rock “Aardvark” EP on August 1, 2009. Beth is a strong emerging songwriter & artist who placed two songs in the finals of the 2008 USA Songwriting Contest and was also chosen by TAXI, one of the nation’s most-respected independent A&R companies, as one of their Top 10 Songwriter-Artists for the month of July 2008. "Every song is a good song & every performance is good in it's own unique way. I believe in putting my heart and soul into my songs and performance, but these days it just seems like everybody only wants overproduced static perfection. Maybe there's no room for this kind of thing anymore," said Beth Isbell, discussing her upcoming EP release Aardvark. "I like most of the original songs I've written, but other than with The Good Woman Waltz CD, all my prior releases feature some good songs & some really nice performance highlights, but with each of them either the song grouping, or recording quality issues, or even the occasional song choice or performance always left something to be desired. But with "Aardvark" it's just different - I feel something coming. I just listened again after not hearing it for a month or so, and I really like this collection of songs, the packaging, & the presentation. It's not 'perfect' by any means, but every song is good, they each mean something, & they all flow really well one into the next. I hope folks love my little Aardvark!”
"It's a very special little Aardvark, mighty and strong, not overproduced, raw and real - I love it!!" Red Parlor Records recording artist Manda Mosher (who recently appeared & performed on the Craig Ferguson show).
Listen to the Advance of Beth’s "Aardvark" EP (coming Aug. 1, 2009) http://www.reverbnation.com/tunepak/1575845
Aardvark is available for $6.99 for hard copies or $4.99 download @ http://www.mytexasmusic.com/bethisbell/
Individual song downloads for any song on the Aardvark are also available @ http://www.broadjam.com/bethisbell
For more information about Beth & her music, see her official EPK: http://www.sonicbids.com/bethisbell
To contact Beth for interviews, send your e-mail to email@example.com or locate her /bethisbell on Facebook, Myspace, Reverbnation, or Twitter
Beth Isbell will be releasing her new solo acoustic indie rock Aardvark EP officially on August 1, 2009. We just put two songs from my new EP into a blind scientific "hit potential" computer algorithm, like on the TV show Numbers, and it determined that one of the songs "Magic" was a "Platinum top charting hit (8.9)" & the other "Happy" could also be a hit with full-band version ... Should you believe the science? :), ... listen to the new EP (& check out Beth's other music) here: http://www.studioeight.tv/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=16212
Just go to the link above & read the notes to verify the award ... or go to: http://uplaya.com/artists/beth-isbell
Here's the link - 10 songs - Americana/Folk/Country - Recorded in Nashville with some of that town's best musicians ... awards, radio play, yadayadaya ...
I've put together 2 free on-line CDs and a free mini video concert for you ... just to say thanks for being my friend! Feel free to share & pass it on!
Solo Acoustic (6 song) Mini Video Concert: http://www.studioeight.tv/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=15974
Solo Acoustic Rock (11 song) On-Line CD: http://www.reverbnation.com/tunepak/1267319
Psychedelic Rock Band (8 song) On-Line CD: http://www.reverbnation.com/tunepak/1267277
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