Michael Cleary Band
In their 6th release, MCB again runs thru a gamut of styles from rock to funk to country to pop. Their song writing continues to excel while the polish and execution on this latest disc results in a sonic wonderland that will delight and satisfy your ears
"Uplift" is the 6th release from the award winning Michael Cleary Band. Already known for their stellar song writing and world class musicianship, this release shows them at their absolute best. Two years in the making, this album grabs you from the start with the funky burn of "How You Keep It Up" and then launches into the catchy, shout along anthem "Love Is Such A Sweet Sound". Follow that up with the Reggae tinged "2nd Nature" featuring members of Deep Banana Blackout on horns which leads into "I Don't Care What You Look Like", a lyrical love poem with dreamy guitars and deep bass. Track five features Curt Ramm (E-Street Band/Nile Rogers/They Might Be Giants) on trumpet in the mariachi/ska stylings of "Every Day's A Holiday". "See You Later" is a funk/rock booty shaker followed by the ballad "Turn It Around" which harkens back to the days of Van Morrison and Hall and Oates. Track 7, "Home" is an apocalyptic party song that sets up "Look At Me Now" as a rocker with a message. Track 10. "Giving Up Good Love" is a song about fidelity in the style of Sugar Ray followed by the country tinged "Dontch Think". The album closes with the epic "Don't Stray" which features George Harrison-esque harmony slide guitars. All in all, this self produced album is their best effort yet, showing that this veteran band continues to mature and hone their song writing skills. Lovingly mastered by Dana White at Specialized Mastering, the polish and execution on this latest disc results in a sonic wonderland that will delight and satisfy your ears.