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Uplift

by 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
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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1. How You Keep It Up
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2. Love Is Such a Sweet Sound
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3. 2nd Nature
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4. I Don't Care What You Look Like
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5. Every Day's a Holiday
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6. See You Later
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7. Turn It Around
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8. Home
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9. Look At Me Now
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10. Giving Up Good Love
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11. Dontcha Think
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12. Don't Stray
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"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.

....well, they did it again... LOVE this band, LOVE this CD..... we can all use a little "Uplift" in our lives every day... 5 stars out of a possible 4..... Abide....
Brian Macdonald

Just have to say, Uplift is the true meaning of your cd. Your voices together as well as the solos are so good. I thought MCB 5 was the best; can't say that now. I have been playing it non stop since New Year's Eve....I have had a few rough days and this cd, really has uplifted my spirits. Love you guys !!
Janice Vechitto Thomas

“MCB has been putting out groovy good-vibes in the Northeast for so many years - it’s awesome to hear what might be their freshest songwriting and most diverse album to date. Mike and boys nailed it. I dare you not to dance!" Lee Sylvestre

Worth the wait
It always seems like time stands still as you wait for the release of a new album by someone who you know has one in the works... and you know they always deliver more than you expect. Michael Cleary Band has once again shown that they are not out of fresh ideas or performances. That is saying something for a band that has been around for decades. This sixth release has plenty of their patented funk, which is always in the pocket, and a very deep pocket at that. There is also plenty of reaching out to other genres, and man, it always emerges sounding as if all these genres somehow represent their core. Always great, and now I begin waiting for the next one! Michael X Manners

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Third Half Music

ALBUM REVIEW: THE MICHAEL CLEARY BAND, "UPLIFT"
Here at Third Half, we're big fans of new music, especially great material that can't be confined to a single genre. Naturally, we were overjoyed to have a chance to review the brand new "Uplift"!

Released in 2015, the 6th full length release by the Michael Cleary band, "Uplift" delivers everything we want to hear in twelve nicely packaged tracks. Every song is a beautifully executed, with skilled musicianship and top-notch songwriting skill. With a 25 year legacy, the Michael Cleary Band is comprised of veterans of the scene, and have honed their skills to a razor sharp edge.

Right from the funky blues-flavored first track, "How You Keep it Up", the album grabs the listener as if we're watching the band live on stage, and their big, bold energy shines through! I'm a real sucker for a big, solid bass line (Jedd Chlebowski), and airy organ sound (Vince Delaria), and you'll find it here!
One of my favorite facets of this great album is that all the band members, in addition to totally rocking their respective instruments, also sing! It lends an exciting variety to the record that I don't hear often in new music, and they've all got great voices and harmonies that really make "Uplift" stand out from the crowd.
It's no wonder that the Michael Cleary Band has been nominated in the Connecticut Music Awards in 5 different categories!
The flow of the record is great, and the second track, "Love is Such a Sweet Sound", rolls in easily with a smooth R&B feel, giving way to "2nd Nature", a tight, energetic, reggae influenced piece. Guest Brian Kelly lays the trumpet for this song, and it really knocks it out of the ballpark. In addition to Brian, the album features guests Chip Fenney on sax, Rob Volo (Deep Banana Blackout) on trombone, Curt Ramm (Bruce Springsteens E-street band/Nile Rodgers), and percussionist Frank Bauer. They're a carefully hand-picked crew, and I think you'll agree that they put a special shine on the songs they are featured in! Drummer Edmunt Peart holds the rhythms down throughout the album, with astonishly tight and intuitive playing.

The riffs, licks and tones used by guitarists Michael Cleary and Zach Vetter are perfect for the feel of each song, and to make the collection even more noteworthy, I have to mention that this is the second album that the band tracked and mixed in Michael's own studio! (Yes, believe it!) Choosing a favorite track would be like picking a favorite child- they're all special and amazing, and so I will forgo my usual ritual here, and just say this is one of my new favorite albums, and will enjoy a permanent residence in my MP3 player!

In my reviews, I try to be objective and unbiased. It's nearly impossible to stick to that promise with this album. If you like a variety of well executed, tasteful and exciting songs, I believe that you'll love it as much as I did. I could wax poetic about how really great it is, but I believe you will just have to get a copy, and find out for yourself! It's available on CD and digital download here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/michaelclearyband

You can catch this talented and hard working group live all year, so be sure to check their Web home for dates!

Happiest of listening, and much love!
The Dawg
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Michael X Manners

Worth the wait
It always seems like time stands still as you wait for the release of a new album by someone who you know has one in the works... and you know they always deliver more than you expect. Michael Cleary Band has once again shown that they are not out of fresh ideas or performances. That is saying something for a band that has been around for decades. This sixth release has plenty of their patented funk, which is always in the pocket, and a very deep pocket at that. There is also plenty of reaching out to other genres, and man, it always emerges sounding as if all these genres somehow represent their core. Always great, and now I begin waiting for the next one!
Read more...