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The Current Top 25 list of the Best Indie CD's we have reviewed in 2014

Evor the review dog The EvOR Review Page is proud to pick some of the best Indie CD's for 2014. Our review team has listened to hundreds of CD's and reviewed the best releases.

This page honors twenty five of the best CD's reviewed between October 2013 to December 31st 2014. Congratulations to the fine artists who are listed on this page. You are a tribute to the Indie Music Community.

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  • Charlie Harrelson
    EvOR Reviewer
    855 Markham Wood Rd
    Longwood, Fl.
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    Please, no emails with links to music. We do require a CD for any reviews.
    Reviews will appear in the order that CD's are sent so don't delay as it takes a few weeks for reviews to appear! If your CD is good enough it may qualify for the Top 25 Indie CD's of 2015.

    Below is a list of the CD's that we have considered for the Best Indie Releases of 2014 (and late 2013). By the end of February we will list all the top CD's. Right now, the rankings are listed at random.


  • #1

    Darko: The Road to Somewhere
    "Darko's voice is one of the finist I have heard during my 35 years of being involved with music and the music business. This is no one trick pony, he has the chops and the range to cover almost any vocal style plus he has the writing skills to create music that gives you goose bumps."

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  • #2

    Airport Impressions: Mariette
    " As I stated at the beginning of the review, this was the best Indie Rock CD I have heard this year. How can I elaborate more about near perfection. The recording was top notch with every instrument placed perfectly within the sound stage. Errol's vocals are crisp and clean. I'm not a big fan of using a lot of vocal effects such as reverb and delay but I find the studio's use to be well within the range of acceptable. "

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  • #3

    Meghan Shanley: Ready For Love
    " With so many styles and influences to draw from you would expect an album to be unfocused as Meghan attempts to pay tribute to so many great artists. The CD does cover a lot of stylistic real estate without getting too distracted. The CD bounces from Pop to rock to blues to soul and funk with the added attraction of a few ballads. With that said, the CD remained very focused. ."

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  • #4

    New Latitude: Convergence
    " New Latitude's music plays like a book off the groundwork layed out by Nick Webb and Greg Carmichael of Acoustic Alchemy. Guitarists and composers Dave Erickson and Jim Carr started New Latitude to play original music and share their passion for instrumental acoustic guitar music. Their debut release CD “Convergence" is 100% original music with great synergy and acoustic guitar interplay on every song. ."

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  • #5

    Sali Hagan: After All
    " Nothing like a great vocalist who has a uniqness to her style. I have listened to Sali Hagan and reviewed her CD's over the years and although she has a little touch of Bonnie Ratte in her voice she is by no means locked into that southern blues/rock style. "Once again Sali produces a kick tail CD. Plenty of soulfull bluesy tunes and Sali's great vocals. If you like Bonnie Ratte you will love Sali Hagan because Sali expands the blues genre to include elements of rock, pop, soul and some really good funk. "

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  • #6

    Gothard Sisters Compass
    " The girls instrumentation is second to none and the vocals and vocal harmonies are impecable. There are no fillers on this CD. Every song has a place and a purpose and the CD is best listened to as a whole piece of work. Please don't listen with shuffle play. Listen to how each song sets up the next. The pacing is perfect."

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    #7

    Too Bad: Permission to Land
    "Songs like “Into You”, Up and Down” and “Hop Scotch”. Insofar as Marketability and Radio – airplay I recommend Too Bad push “2 Bad” and maybe “Belive.” The CD also allowed me to indulge into memories of my childhood when I used to listen to The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Faith no More. Too Bad provided the escape I was looking for, while all 8 tracks washed over me.... “Permission to Land” by Too Bad is an impressive talent within their own right. It’s witty, it’s gritty, it’s infectious, it’s like a powerful drug - it’s Too Bad ."

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  • -The Top 25 Indie Release as picked by the staff at EvO:R
    #8

    Robin DeLorenzo: Walkin' Miles in My Shoes
    "every emotion and delivers a powerful punch!.....CD Baby. There is something special about being a successful independent artist. You never have to conform to the latest trends, you can play whatever you want without the worries of genre confinement. Best of all, most of your supporting band members work for you because they want to, not because they are getting paid. This freedom can lead to some interesting combinations of music on a single release. Robin DeLorenzo's latest offering is a classic example.."

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  • #9

    Kelly Pettit: These Days
    " To be perfectly honest, I didn't hear a single song that I didn't like. Every song stands tall in the saddle and could be a radio hit tonight. I was especially moved by 'You, the Melody' a simple love song that put a huge lump in my throat ....I must have hit repeat 6 times. I just could not stop listening to that song. I rank it up there with 'Something' by the Beatles (it was that good)."

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  • #10

    Nancy Tyler: Let Go
    "The CD moves along through several solo acoustic/singer songs, but also does explore a more rocking style. “Capturing Me’ features some cool electric guitar and has a cool groove. I could not conclude this review without mentioning the title track, ‘Let Go’ which features some really nice vocal arrangements. Citing her son Gerry as her inspiration, Nancy explores a variety of subjects, in her lyrics, her musical approach does not stray too far from her roots, but there are enough more rocking pieces t keep that casual listener interested"

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  • #11


    Lemon Hill’s energetic, stimulating sound can be appreciated by anyone that enjoys music, even those who typically may not enjoy one particular style. I enjoyed this album sitting on my couch on full blast, with eyes closed eager to see where the musical journey took me. To be honest I had a few beers as well. This sounds so simple but it’s in this setting Brandon White’s rollercoaster ride music works its magic best on your senses.

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  • #12

    Horst Weber: Steps
    " Listen to "Steps" and understand what it is like to be musically relaxed and just having fun playing. Although I would love to hear Horst add additional musicians like a bass player and some percussions the music is still very rich and pleasing to the ear. If you like solo guitar in a jazz idium or you want to kick back and relax while listening to some amazing guitar work then "Steps" is the perfect solution. The music is relaxing yet complex in structure. This CD should be on every guitar players wish list. "

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  • #13

    Skittish: The Five Stages
    " There are a lot of “indie” acts out there who do music that’s similar to this type of stuff. Many of them are on real labels and have much larger budgets than Jeff Noller had here. They should listen to this and hang their heads in shame because he’s done it better than they do. Or maybe their labels should come have a chat with Noller and give him a shot. This is a wonderful set. Who knew catharsis could be this entertaining to listen to? "

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  • #14

    Mike Barnett: Everybody Gets To Dream
    " This is a pristine recording by a group of musicians that sounded like they had a lot of fun working together. I listened to this CD a dozen times and really came to appreciate the production quality and the performances. Not every song is a hit, but there are five or six jewels in this bag. As I stated before, I wish this CD was recorded and released 40-50 years earlier. Mickie Most would have been proud! "

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  • #15

    Rick Reynolds Group Verb
    "This is definitely a modern example of classic Jazz artists cut from the same cloth as Jerome Richardson, Ike Quebec, Gene Harris, Tiny Grimes and Jimmy Raney. Because of it’s improvised nature some Jazz is not easy to pigeonhole, however I suspect many of the previously mentioned bands have had an influence."

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  • #16

    Somebody Else's Nightmare: Strength and Kindness
    " This is a class act recording on par with any great recording past and present. Vocals were clear and crisp and placed perfectly in the sound field. The drums had depth and sounded very tight. Recording horns is an art form and this recording is a lesson in such technique. Produced by the bands Keyboard player Cherie Chooljian who shows she is solid as a player as well as an amazing producer. Once in a while we all need to take a break from our world and take a journey into someone else's. Joe Holiday has opened up the road to his musical mind and allowed us to peek in. It's well worth having a look around.."

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  • #17

    ZamaPara: Peace Of Mind
    "Every great song writer has to have one song that will make a lump in your throat and the hairs on your neck to stand up. George Harrison had Something, Paul McCartney had Yesterday, Eric Clapton had Tears in Heaven and Jimmie Page had Stairway to Heaven. ZamaPara has Savayas an absolutely beautiful song which was clearly the best song on the CD. I must have played this song 5-6 times before I forced myself to listen to the next offering. If you don't buy this CD at least spend the dollar and add Savayas to your i-Pod, you won't be sorry. "

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  • #18

    Cass Dillon I Love You
    "Some gentle timbre eases the song into almost a Jazzy-Folk territory. I Love You will work best when stripped down to just a guitar and vocals, the song could easily be converted to this unplugged setting without even trying. This could be a wedding song. I Love You by Cass Dillon rounds out an exceptional single delivered by a talented singer-songwriter who definitely has honed his craft."

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  • #19

    The Buffalo Crows Black Tooth Smile
    "I am left bemused how they are not yet a household name. It’s not a case of all the elements being present i/e the production, is bit sloppy and sounds like it was recorded 20 years ago. I will also add this sound is compatible with their jagged edge sound. Maybe I’m lucky enough to be in on the ground floor? Maybe things are just about to kick on for these guys? Whatever it is make sure you get hold of this album. Black Tooth Smile is a must have and in the class of al by itself. Looks like old school Rock n’ Roll is still alive – especially down under! "

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  • #20

    Corey Lee McQuade: Double Clutching
    "I loved this CD. I was introduced to a brand of music I had little experience with. As a result, I have a deeper understanding of this genre. Music which is respected by the audience and loved by generations of loyal fans. Corey Lee McQuade has put together an amazing group of musicians with everyone playing an integral part. This is a first class band and a first class album."

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  • #21

    Amici Cantanti In Between
    " Amici Cantanti recorded 12 "standards" from such legends as Gershwin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Bach, as well as classic like Over the Rainbow, Java Jive, Mr. Sandman just to name a few. What separates Amici from just another vocal group doing standards is the four singers and one piano player transform these songs. You won't be asked to listened to twelve songs which stayed true to the original version. This vocal ensemble totally changed each song into something living and breathing on another plane of existence."

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  • #22

    Jimmy Jax Pinchak Band : Make It Better
    Rounding out the album was a pair of cover tunes. The cover of Tommy James and The Shandells "Draggin' The Line" was obviously a song the band played live. The whole CD's energy level peaked with this song. My only complaint was the omission of the lower alto part singing the final Draggin' The Line verse. The song seemed to be missing something by this minor omission. I still liked the version and wondered why other bands don't cover this song. It has a great beat and is a fun song to jam too.

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  • #23

    Drew Pizzulo: Once Upon a Song
    " Want a lesson to how to sing to the ladies? Listen to this CD and take notes.... If you love a good ballod and a vocalist to deliver a perfect performance Drew Pizzulo is the answer. He sounds like an International super star who knows he has what it takes to own a listening audience. The recording was pristine and the delivery was spot on."

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  • #24

    Hell Gate: Hell Gate
    " As much as I love these guys they need to somehow modernize their sound a tad. This can be done without compromising the hard rock musical foundation. Overall, this latest release from Hellgate pulls out all the stops and will bring nothing but intriguing melancholy darkness for your musical status quos. The “Hellgate” EP has 8 Tracks, 2 of them Radio edit version so all of this is a good band for the buck, and you can check it out live via the provided hyperlink above. Hellgate EP is filled with much in the way of integrity, passion, amazing vocal work, solid guitar grinding and a top writing style and lyrics. All this and more makes this 3 piece featuring West a wild ride and one hot commodity and a force to be reckoned – beyond Montana. "

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  • #25

    Winter Circle: Clouds Call the Ground
    "Returning with their debut full-length album "Clouds Call to Ground", this ten-song album is mesmerizing indie rock built on catchy guitars, textured synths and introspective vocal hooks and serves as the long-awaited follow-up to their previous EP "The Huge and Hopefull." While the main focus of this genre of music is generally the high energy feel that doesn’t mean that the instrumentation and vocals fall behind here. With Winter Circle it never feel like an afterthought. Hence the vocal work from Dawson really brings it all together. I especially like how these guys collaborate. "

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