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Ideal Road

by Mike Strauss Band

Bigger, seven piece band featuring violin, trombone, and keyboards as well as guitar, bass and drums, mesh to compliment eight new songs.
Genre: Rock: Country-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Just Can't Quit
3:09 $0.99
2. No Surprise
2:38 $0.99
3. Gabriel's Song
2:58 $0.99
4. Everchanging Ideal Road
4:09 $0.99
5. In Search of A New Beginning
3:48 $0.99
6. Succotash (Instrumental)
2:28 $0.99
7. Overdoing It
4:00 $0.99
8. Why, Why, Why
3:45 $0.99
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Album Notes
From The Charlotte Creative Loafing 4.20.10
Written by Jeff Hahne

The Deal: Singer/songwriter/guitarist Mike Strauss gathers up some other local talent for latest album, Ideal Road, independently released on April 17, 2010.

The Good: Strauss has a laid-back Springsteen/Dylan/Petty tone to his vocals that sits nicely over folk rock music that's complimented by the occasional horn or violin riff. He's not afraid to find a country side on the instrumental "Succotash," or lean a bit toward blues and even ragtime on "Everchanging Ideal Road." The album kicks off with the soulful, bluesy "Just Can't Quit" ­– balanced by keyboard hints and brief harmonies. The combination of talent in the band makes for easy-to-listen-to music that seems familiar, yet fresh. His band is rounded out on the disc by Randolph Lewis, Molly J. Brown, Beth Brown Al-Rawi, Donovan Collins, David Kim and Jon Schigoda.

The Bad: My only complaint is that the eight tracks here simply weren't enough ...

The Verdict: The saying is, "Always leave 'em wanting more," and Strauss accomplishes that. Another of the Charlotte music scene whose name should be familiar and whose talent should certainly be noticed.



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