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Page10  POST-GrALL"I&apos;i ,'JAi 0A Y t7, 2014 Fac by bob morello ax reviewing the rest DANIELLE BRADBERY Republic Nashville-Big Machine Records Danielle Bradbery is the petite, 17-year-old, who with the help of country star Blake Shelton, produced the oice heard 'round the world!' Her victory on The Voice propelled her into a record deal and the chance to appear on tours with Shelton and Brad Paisley. Bradbery's self-titled debut album contains eleven country gems as, "Young In America," sings of the draw to a "Wild Boy," her debut single "The Heart Of Dixie" was used for television's Hart of Dixie, trailed by the roman- tic "I Will Never Forget You," reflecting on "Endless Sum- mer." Bradbery boasts of the perfect relationship with "Talk About Love," diving into the power of love via "Never Like This," pays tribute to daddy with "Daughter of a Workin' Man," and fantasizing with "Dance Hall." Danielle is mature beyond her years in stage presence and vocally, winding down with "Yellin' From the Rooftop" and ends her journey with the well-deserved "My Day!" CELINE DION - LOVED ME BACK TO LIFE Columbia Records Celine Dion is basking in the glow of her new, critically- acclaimed album "Loved Me Back to Life." Dion uses the power of her upbeat single "Loved Me Back to Life," to put herself back on the music scene -- and music charts. Add to that the pensive "Somebody Loves Somebody," the awesome duet with Ne-Yo titled "Incredible," contemplating a relationship change on "Water And a Flame," the pain of "Breakaway," and trust is lost on "Save Your Soul." With a voice as power- ful and emotional as ever, Dion pours out her emotions on cuts as, "Didn't Know Love," the finality of 'I'hank You," pair- ing up with the legend -- Stevie Wonder for "Overjoyed" and finds true love with "Thankful." Celine performs a beautiful cover of Janis Ian's 1975 hit of "At Seventeen," followed by the lullaby-like "Always Be Your Girl" and suggests via song, that life is like "Unfinished Songs." While that may be true, any song Celine sings lives forever in our mindI THE SOUND OF MUSIC Sony Masterworks Country superstar Carrie Underwood in the role of Maria von Trapp, took to the small screen in the three-hour live production of The Sound of Music. NBC aired the show on 12/5, to a large audience with positiveresults. Music and -lyrics by Rodgers/Hammerstein from the NBC television event has been released by Sony Masterworks, with studio recordings for all the musical numbers. Relive the magic of favorites "The Sound of Music," "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain." The story is set in the 1930's and is based on the romantic true story of Maria von Trapp, an aspiring nun who leaves the abbey and becomes governess for widower Captain von Trapp's seven children. The story is great and the music is amazing! R.KELLY - BLACK PANTIES (Deluxe Edition) RCA Records R.KelIy has outfitted "Black Panties" with 17 controversial tracks, done in the R&B style that has brought him much success. R.Kelly's lyrics leave nothing to the imagination, as he minces no words. Put on a 'lyric filter' in order to get into Kelly creations as, "Legs Shakin'," the descriptive "Cookie," cashing in with "Throw This Money On You," the suggestive "Marry the P--y," the sympathetic "You Deserve Better," the clever "Genius," and joins forces with Kelly Rowland on "All the Way." Kelly turns autobiographical with "My Story" featuring 2 Chainz, serves up a promise to be "Right Back," then cranks up the beat for "Spend That" with Jeezy, along with the hot happening of "Crazy Sex" and fin- ishes up the album portion with the hard-edged "Shut Up." The object of the latter song it is believed was to silence those who had spread stories that Kelly's throat problems meant the end of his career. This Deluxe Edition includes four additional tracks, "Tear It Up" featuring Future, "Show Ya P--y" features Migos & Juicy J, the mellow tones of "Physi- cal" and Kelly puts his finishing touches on 'Black Panties' with "Every Position." He's a bit controversial for sure and his lyrics are hard-edged, but his fans remain loyal and his popularity continues to soar! NEIL YOUNG - LIVE AT THE CELLAR DOOR Reprise Records Neff Young's historic 1970 live performance at Washing- ton DC's Cellar Door, is now available for the first time on Reprise Records. As part of Young's 'Archives Performance Series,' this release contains recordings from his six-show solo stand at the venue. A rare solo version of "Cinnamon Girl" played on piano, is just one of the many highlights. Neil performs 'live' versions of song from the album 'After The Gold Rush,' as "Tell Me Why," "Only Love Can Break Your Heart," "Birds," "Don't Let It Bring You Down" and the album's title track. A potpourri of solo performances of the Buffalo Springfield song, "Expecting To Fly," I Am A Child" and "Flying On The Ground Is Wrong." Continuing this fabu- lous collection are early, raw performances of songs to come, including "Bad Fog Of Loneliness," from 'Live At Massey Hall '71' -- released in 2007, "Old Man" from 1972's 'Harvest' album. Finally, "Down By The River," also from 'Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere,' rounds out the spectacular set. A 'baker's dozen' of songs that Neil Young fans will enjoy! The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings IT'S A WINTER WONDERLAND On Saturday evening, January 18 th don't forget the Winter Wonderland time at Sacred Heart in East Boston. Cocktail hour at 6:00 pm with dinner at 7:00 pm, provided by Meridian Mar- ket. Music by the one and only Alan Labella. CITY SQUARE TO GET LEGAL SEA FOODS? Legal Sea Foods reportedly is planning to take over the closed Todd English's Olives restaurant in the Rogan's Hall landmark building in City Square, Charlestown. Reportedly, the new eatery, as yet unnamed, will be serving Italian-style seafood dishes. O'FLAHERY OUT, EVERYBODY IN State Rep, Eugene O'Flah- erty has resigned from his House seat up on Beacon Hill where he has served the people of Charlestown and Chelsea for 17 years. The date for the special election to replace him has not been by Sal Giarratani scheduled but already the horses are lining up at the gate. First candidate in the race was Chris Remmes, who serves on the Charlestown Democratic Ward Commit- tee. He was in this race already before Mayor Marty Walsh asked to join him at City Hall. Charlestown's Danny Ryan is jumping in. Back in 2007, Ryan lost a special election for the Dis- trict I City Council seat to present City Councilor Sal LaMattina by only 152 votes. As someone with deep family roots in Charlestown on my mother's Irish side, I know all the candidates and am friends with four out of the five thus far. This may be the biggest political race in Charles- town's political history in 40 years going back to 1974 when ironically Bernie Kelly, one of Jack's uncles ran for the House seat. In that race for a Charlestown- East Boston seat, the Eastie candidate won. I haven't heard of any Chelsea candidates out there as of yet but you can bet they are coming. CARPENTERS SAY IT LOUD I recently viewed a full page ad in a local newspaper from the New England Re- gional Council of Carpenters shortly after Marty Walsh was sworn in as Boston's new mayor. The ad quoted Walsh, "we are in this together ... every neighbor- hood ... every race and reli- gion ... every man, woman and child. For our seniors and our students ... for rich and poor and for everyone in between." As the carpenters stated, we look forward to working with you to build a better future for all of Boston." That goes for all of Boston. We are many pasts but one future. POKER NEWS Gus Pesatore loses a big poker pot with four kings to Tony Tomasone with four aces. LUCK ASIDE, Patriots Face a Mile High Challenge by Christian A. Guarino "Football is an incredible game. Sometimes it's so incredible, it's unbelievable." -- Tom Landry The American Football Conference (AFC) Champi- onship matchup is set. New England Patriots versus Den- ver Broncos. Tom Brady ver- sus Peyton Manning, Part 15. Bill Belichick versus John Fox ... ugh, maybe not that last one. On Sunday af- ternoon, the two best teams in the conference will square off for the right to play in Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey on February 2 "d. This is how it was meant to be. There couldn't have been any other way. As expected and predicted in last week's article, the Patriots dispatched the In- dianapolis Colts last Satur- day. Using the suddenly un- stoppable LeGarette Blount, the Patriots offense broke the back of the Indy defense and the hearts of fans throughout the mid-west. Blount rushed 24 times for 166 yards and an eye popping 4 touchdowns, the most im- pressive, a 73-yard scamper to virtually seal the win. The 4 touchdowns are a new Patriot franchise playoff record. On defense, the team focused on containing Wide Receiver T.Y. Hilton and for the most part Cornerback Aqib Talib did an exceptional job in blanketing Hilton who finished with 4 receptions, 103 yards and 0 touchdowns. "Aqib (Talib) gets paid, too. He made some plays and I made some plays. I saw double, triple and no single (cover- age) and that was the game plan to take me out of the game." Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck threw for over 300 yards, but also threw 4 costly interceptions. Con- versely, Tom Brady finished with only 13 completions foi- 198 yards and zero touch- downs. The Patriots didn't need to rely on Brady to win, a great sign going into Sun- days Championship game. Their opponents, the Den- ver Broncos held off a late San Diego rally in the fourth quarter winning 24-17, after leading 24-7. Quarterback Peyton Manning was aided by the return of former Patriot Wes Welker, who snagged one of Manning's two touchdown passes. With the win and their 13-3 regu- lar season record, Denver will host the Championship game. Should playing in the Mile High City dissuade Patriot fans hopes? Not ac- cording to Tom Brady who put it best, "It's how we play, not where we play." The two teams played in Foxboro on November 24 th with the Patriots rallying from 24 points down to stun the Broncos in overtime, 34-31. To beat the Broncos on Sunday, the Patriots may need to change things up from last week. During the regular season, the Broncos defense ranked 7 t" against the run, holding opponents to just over 100 yards per game. They ranked 27 th in passing defense which coupled with the loss of Broncos top Cornerback Chris Harris, should open up aerial plays for Tom Brady. The key will still be if the Patriots can establish a solid rushing attack. They don't need record breaking num- bers from Blount and Ridley, but if they want to even entertain the idea of beating the Broncos and a trip to the Super Bowl, the offense needs to play a little defense and keep ,his record the field. Look for the Denver defense to make Wide Receiver Julian Edelman a non-factor, meaning that Receiver Danny Amendola will see a lot of man-to-man or single coverage. Big play opportunities may be in the forecast for Running Back/ Receiver Shane Vereen. On defense, the Patriots need to pressure Manning into mistakes. The much- maligned offensive line of the Broncos has done an out- standing job of keeping Man- ning upright and limiting the pressure that opposing defenses apply. The Patriots defense will have to make big plays in the passing game and not allow Running Back Knowshon Moreno to beat them at their own game. Cornerback Alfonso Dennard and a youthful line backing corps have proved to be up to most challenges, the big- gest of the season at hand. Coach Bill Belichick needs to add another winning defensive game plan against a record-breaking, high-pow- ered offense to his resume. How well the Patriots con- tain the Broncos offense will determine who will repre- sent the AFC in the Super Bowl or who will be attend- ing next week's Pro Bowl in Hawaii. In the end, the ad- vantage that the Patriots have in coaching should pro- pel them past the Broncos and into Super Bowl XLVIII while in the process beating a Manning brother in the playoffs for the first time in 10 years. CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PICKS New England Patriots over Denver Broncos .... Seattle Seahawks setting offen'sF"off'- ;<b;ez: Sin Francisco 49erS