Over the years, Tom Ball has worn two different hats equally well. He is an acoustic guitar-playing folk instrumentalist in the John Fahey/Leo Kottke/Robbie Basho vein, but he is best known for being half of the acoustic blues-oriented duo Tom Ball & Kenny Sultan. On Filthy Rich, Ball's role isn't that of a guitarist — Sultan does most of the guitar playing, while Ball is primarily in charge of singing and playing harmonica. Ball is in picker mode when he is unaccompanied on a medley of "The Glory of Love" and "Swingin' on a Star"; this medley shows what Ball can do as a folk instrumentalist and an unaccompanied acoustic guitarist…….
Although the acoustic blues duo of Tom Ball & Kenny Sultan can often be entertaining with their particular brand of wry-humored blues, on Too Much Fun their antics are…well, too much. Instead of appearing to the listener as the accomplished musicians and music business veterans that they are, songs such as "Chicken Ala King" and "How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away" make the duo come off as a couple of juvenile drunks at a local bar. As on any Ball & Sultan album, there are moments, the instrumental "American Medley" being one of them, but overall the album is more slapstick than substance.
Swiss melodic metal veterans CRYSTAL BALL are back with their ninth output "Déjà-Voodoo". Anything but a stereotype the band has created a strong and powerful release that combines all of the bands strength on one record! This album should reach a wider group of people than fans only. Tracks 10 and 11 are bonus tracks, only on digipak version.