Genre: R&B, Americana, Folk, Rock

Sounds like: Sara McLaughlin, Tori Amos

The Good Good writing & playing 

The Bad Nothing to report

The Ugly Nothing to Report

The Band 5 out of 5

The Music 4 out of 5

The Songs 4 out of 5

The Vibe 5 out of 5

The Production 3 out of 5

The Verdict 4 out of 5




The Artist I recently checked out the latest CD from Maine's own Ellen Tipper entitled The Juggler released in 2010. Turns out this is her second release & the first artist I've ever heard from Maine.  


The band Tipper brings to the table many impressive session players & plays piano herself. I would say Tipper & Her band possess above average to advanced playing abilities with respect to this genera. You will find many impressive chops along the way. Timing is spot on within the genera. Tipper can hold her own on vocals & has a falsetto that can go toe to toe with Sara McLaughlin, but more importantly she just let's it all hang out musically & is not trying to be anybody but herself. Vocals from Tipper are executed perfectly, & in many ways the strongpoint part of the production. She also plays piano well  & wrote the music. The music possesses a classic Folk, Jazz, Bluesy, late 70's Rock type stigma. All in all great music to eat a Sunday morning brunch to. Definitely classic Folk-Rock Jazz & R&B that will remind you of classic Tori Amos, & Sara McLaughlin. The songs Simply put - all songs are incredible. There’s nothing like a solid musical production to get wrapped around – & this is one of them. I kept waiting for a weak song to come down the pike - I eventually gave up on that. The vibe Overall very upbeat, positive but you will also find some a few striking moments as well where you can hear a pin drop. I get the impression Tipper & company had fun making this record, but also there some serious moments on there as well where Tipper isn't afraid of revealing her melancholy side. The production a solid sounding production. Tipper & company make their point with crystal clarity. The good Honorable mentions go out to the amazing "good vibe" you get from the production. Like a drug this CD pulls you in & when it's over you want to do it all over again. Folks out there who enjoy all the above mentioned bands will fall head over heals over Ellen Tipper. The bad Nothing to report. The ugly Nothing to report.


The verdict The Juggler by Ellen Tipper has everything: good playing, fun songs, amazing vocals & harmonies,  & music that covers all the bases – Jazz, Folk, R&B, & even Rock. The Bottom Line Ellen Tipper has star quality & is a force to be reckoned with musically - & because of that The Juggler is a pleasure to listen to.

Markus Druery

Indieshark Music Critic





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