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Salem Album Review

Band Name: Salem

Album Title: as it is above so it is below

Band Members and Positions:

Todd Anders Johnson – Lead Vocals and Drums

Rob Garland – Bass

Dexter Payne – Saxophone

– Many Collaborators –

Genre: Jazz, Swing, Blues, Eclectic, Reggae, Hip Hop, Chill

Record Label: N/A

Difficulty of Music: Intricate but laid back

Comparisons to Other Artists: Has a very unique, new era jazz sound similar to what Dave Matthews introduced to the industry in the late 90s. Seeing as Dave Matthews Band did quite well for itself, the talent level exerted by Salem is similar, if not, better.

Lyrical Significance: Very Pro-active and intelligent lyrics. Keeping a very positive edge amongst each song giving it a smoother feel with the jazz background.

Overall Rating (out of 10) : 9.0

Analysis: Performing the difficult roles of Drummer and Singer, Todd Anders Johnson is on point whether he’s singing or rapping. Their live performance is just as good, if not better, than their CD. This Album has something for everybody. I would rock it in my car. Salem has serious heart.

Band Website & Album Preview: http://salem-music.com