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Top Three In Music: Album A Cup Of Cold Poison, Album Sunseed, Album Make Someone Happy

<p>In the burrows of Austin, Texas, exists an equivalent to Double Deuce, the bar in the fictional Patrick Swayze film Road House.</p>







Album: A Cup Of Cold Poison



Label: Maple Music



Released: June 19



***1/2 (out of five)





In the burrows of Austin, Texas, exists an equivalent to Double Deuce, the bar in the fictional Patrick Swayze film Road House. In said bar, Grady has taken over for Healey as the house band. Blending blues, metal, country and gospel, Gordie Johnson’s second post-Big Sugar effort covers a mosaic of genres. Songs like Bad Old Days and Chili Cold Blood should come with the warning, Best Heard Standing on Beer Soaked Floors.










Hayley Sales



Album: Sunseed



Label: Universal



Released: June 19



*** (out of five)





If there is one glut on the music market that’s particularly easy on the ears as well as the eyes, it’s earthy, female folk singer/songwriters.





Twenty-year-old Vancouver resident Hayley Sales sings her way to the above average portion of this genre. She has a great voice and an easy-going sensibility, though this album lacks a complexity of songcraft. No matter. Sales’ feel-good pop folk makes for a pleasant enough listen.










Sophie Milman



Album: Make Someone Happy



Label: Universal



Released: June 19



*** (out of five)





Milman’s new album, Make Some One Happy, should do just that. Strangely, it is a pair of covers — one made famous by Canadians — that stand out. The Guess Who’s Undun appears made for Milman’s interpretation, which features the always campy but oddly effective jazz flute solo. And Joe Raposo classic (It’s Not Easy) Bein’ Green, popularized by Kermit the Frog, seems rich with new deeper meaning when lamented by Milman’s smoky melancholy voice.


 
 
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