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2009 Muse's Muse Awards - Best CD Projects
By Gian F - 11/22/2009 - 02:58 PM EST

The Best CD Project in Any Category ... Margo Reymundo!

Best Overall CD Project: MARGO REYMUNDO

CD: "My Heart's Desire"

Review excerpt: Simply put, this CD is perfection! It’s rare when I get a project that takes me out of “music critic” mode, and instantly puts me into music lover mode. Margo Reymundo, an Acapulco born and Dallas raised singer/songwriter accomplishes that and much more with her latest project. Her daring fusion of Tejano/Pop and Latin music is a potent and winning combination that is sure to earn her fans in each genre. 

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Other Excellent Projects include:

Best Rock Project: Of Fate And Chance

CD: "An Atlas To Solutions" 

Review Excerpt: Defined by tight musicianship and distinctive vocals, this band puts on a clinic in how to “jam” within the parameters of well constructed song. In other words, they know how to play with the best of them! It’s apparent to me that the only atlas to solutions they need is one that connects them to the right people, to obtain the exposure they so rightfully deserve.

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Best EP in Any Category: Passion

CD: "The Paper Airplane EP"

Review excerpt: Passion, a San Francisco Bay Area based R&B singer/songwriter/musician, turns in his first official musical offering. Best described as a cross between a demo and a completed project, it fully displays his talent…and his passion. Armed with a smooth tenor that conjures up thoughts of what Ne-Yo would sound like if he had a fuller voice, Passion delivers songs that showcase his superior songwriting talents which are highlighted by his emotive vocals.

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Best R&B Project by a Group: IBU

CD: "Inspired By U"

Review excerpt: The rising R&B vocal trio from Chi-Town is back with a more progressive and aggressive sound. IBU successfully showcases their artistic, vocal, and musical growth with a collection of well-written and performed songs that capture the imagination and stimulate the heart.

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Best Instrumental CD Project: The Guy

CD: "Only Human"

Review excerpt: How do you I know when a CD is good? When I put it on just to “sample” it, and I end up listening to whole thing. Even though I’m a music reviewer, it should be no different for music lovers. That's the case with Only Human. His new project reflects a well-contrived, but highly organic body of work which is truly meant to be consumed (and best appreciated) in its entirety.

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Best R&B Project - Male: Bobby Valentino

CD: "The Rebirth"

Review excerpt: Back with his third project, and first independent endeavor, is Atlanta crooner, Bobby Valentino. This rebirth is appropriately titled because after just one listen, you can detect and appreciate his musical growth…just what the doctor ordered to revive his languishing career as a former Disturbing Tha Peace music artist.

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Best Adult Alternative CD: Jen Woodhouse

CD: "Press Kit"

Review excerpt: Jens’ narrative skills are on long display during this short project, along with her ability to convey relentless emotion with her raw, organic vocal style - which is second only to her superlative songwriting talent.

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Best Rap Project: King Of The Kounty

CD: "King Of The County"

Review excerpt: A project that features rap luminaries such as Lil Wayne, Nate Dogg, and Too Short has got to be worth listening too. And it is. But the truth of the matter is that this project holds its own sufficiently, and admirably with an interesting repertoire which aptly demonstrates lyrical skill and personality.

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Best Comedy CD Project: Eric Schwartz

CD/DVD: "Parodies Nuts"

Review excerpt: While most comedians tend to thrive in one particular genre, Eric displays chameleon like powers when adapting to different characters during his vignettes and music videos. His video for the track, “Milli Vanilli,” and the aforementioned “Crank That Kosha Boy,” get my nod for two of the most entertaining and well-produced independent videos that I’ve seen.

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Click here to read the entire PDF of Gian's 2009 Muse's Muse Awards

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