Review: #Hilary Duff Breathe in Breathe Out

Hilary Duff’s fifth album, is a spectacular achievement that crosses over from pure pop, to folk, and is quite surprising considering the time that has passed since her last album Dignity in 2007. Hilary proves yet again (as if she needed to) that she is still a very talented artist and can deliver the goods. I am positive that Live Nation is calling Hilary daily over the prospect of signing her for the world tour to promote BIBO, and I have no doubt that she will be able to sell out the venues.

The songs that really stand out for me are as follows:

My Kind – This song has a great feel to it, and if given half of chance by radio should chart in the top 10. From the start to the catchy hooks, it makes you want to get out on the dance floor.

#My Kind Hilary Duff Breathe In Breathe Out

Tatoo – This was written by Ed Sheeran and Hilary’s vocals are nothing short of amazing. This song has a folksy, almost country sound to it that really showcases her range as an artist.

#Tatoo Hilary Duff Breathe I Breath Out

Lies – This song reminded me a bit of something that Shakira would be singing. The beat is right on, and builds to a crescendo that bridges over to the chorus which again, Hilary delivers perfectly.

#Lies Hilary Duff – Breathe In Breathe Out

Just as a side note: I think that there are a lot of music critics out there who just cannot bring themselves to admit that Hilary is the real deal, and are either too stupid, or rather too chickenshit to give her proper credit for being one of the great pop musical talents in the same category as a Brittney Spears, J-LO, Rhianna, (Fill in the blank).

Breathe in Breathe Out is the best pop album to come out in years, and was definitely worth the wait. Do yourself a favor and listen for yourself. You will be glad you did.

Peace out!

Buck Owens and the Buckaroos – 1967

 

One of the best Country bands of all time, 1967 was probably the apex of the band’s success. Owens and the Buckaroos toured Japan, a then-rare occurrence for a country musician.  The year prior in 1966, they had begun doing a live half hour television show on a weekly basis and had recorded no less than 20 #1 singles.  The amazing thing about the band was that they sounded just as good, if not better live than they did on their albums.

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The Buckaroos consisted of  Don Rich on lead guitar/fiddle and vocals, Doyle Holly on bass, Tom Brumley on the steel guitar, and Willie Cantu on drums.  Special mention has to go out to Don Rich whose guitar playing on the Telecaster and harmonies fit perfectly with Buck’s, in addition to the fact that he almost always had a grin on his face.

In addition to Don, “Tender” Tom Brumley’s playing on the pedal steel guitar was a thing of beauty all by itself.  I would have to vote him as the best to ever play the instrument.

And the icing on the cake was the visual effect of seeing them wearing Pink/red/yellow/blue  mariachi outfits along with Don’s silver sparkle Telecaster.

Sadly, when one compares them to what you see on the American Country Music Awards tonight. You realize just how good they were, and just how lame the current posers are IMHO.