Acoustic

(Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Dashboard Confession)

Reead “Nobody’s Innocent” – a pop-dance album with an acoustic touch

Nobody's Innocent is a pop-dance, electro/club album by 27-year old French artist Reead. If you can summarize the whole album in one word, it would have to be "surprising". The collection is a tight mesh of dance tunes and quiet acoustic serenades, which from the sound of it doesn't seem too appealing---but trust me, this album is one surprise you shouldn't miss. The dance tracks reflect the artist's funky side as influenced by constantly evolving pop singer Madonna while the soothing acoustic tracks show the strong impact of pop-rock band Lifehouse on the French singer. Reead manages to pull off this unlikely union of two different genres with admirable aplomb.

Jay Bennett – “Whatever Happened I Apologize”

Jay Bennett was an acclaimed musician, guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer most often recognized for his work in the twice Grammy-nominated band Wilco. He has played with the band for 7 year and after leaving Wilco in 2001 he has recorded 5 solo albums. Bennett released "Whatever Happened I Apologize" only on rockproper.com as a free Creative Commons album in November 2008. He died in his sleep on May 24th, 2009. RIP.

Josh Woodward: Only Whispering

This is an oldie-but-goody release from Josh Woodward. Praised for his melodic voice & witty lyrics Josh definitely delivers on this one. "Only Whispering" is probably the most acoustic of all seven of his albums and as he himself admits, the one most focused on storytelling. My favorite songs include "I'll Be Right Behind You, Josephine" for sweet lyrics & "East Side Bar" for its swing-like happy feeling. If you need a nice relaxing album to listen to on a quiet day - here is a perfect one for you.