Category Archive: Albums

Orphan Colours – All On Red

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From the opening salvo of the saxophone-fuelled bombastic ‘Start Of Something’, the listener knows right away that they are onto something special with the debut release from London-based Orphan Colours. The up-tempo, high-energy theme continues with the guitar driven melodic ‘High Hopes’, which plays cleverly on the melody of ACDC’s ‘You Shook Me All Night […]

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Mary Gauthier – Rifles and Rosary Beads

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This is very interesting work. Mary Gauthier is rightly regarded as one of the major contemporary singer-songwriters. Don’t take my word for it, Bob Dylan, who knows a thing or two about the subject, rates her as a serious operator. Songs such as ‘I Drink’ and ‘Mercy Now are timeless masterpieces with not a spare […]

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Cara Dillon – Wanderer

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You can take the woman out of Dungiven but… Wanderer is the most recent offering in the now substantial catalogue and career of Cara Dillon. Overall it’s a very fine piece of work, great singing, sparse but very effective musical accompaniment, clean clear production and understated but suitable presentation. Cara chooses to sing ten songs, […]

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Hans Chew – Open Sea

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At first sight, the new album from Hans Chew with a track listing of six songs is easily mistaken for an EP. Once you listen, you quickly realise this is no ordinary album. Hans Chew is an accomplished pianist and guitarist and he puts those skills to good use here on what is his fourth studio […]

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Jeremy Pinnell – Ties Of Blood And Affection

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Any record that opens with the line “laid up in the house full of hookers and wine”, as the opening track ‘Ballad Of 1892’ does, immediately grabs the attention of the listener and sets the tone of Pinnell’s new record as classic country that maybe doesn’t take itself too seriously. Similarly, ‘The Way We See Heaven’ […]

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Steph Cameron – Daybreak Over Jackson Street

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The latest offering from Canadian Steph Cameron is a little deceptive on first listen. The opening track, and title track ‘Daybreak Over Jackson Street’ features upbeat guitar picking and a hint of vulnerability on Cameron’s vocal that makes the listener think this is going to be a happy ode to a former hometown. It isn’t. It quickly […]

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Edelle McMahon – Adventures in Narcissism

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Hallowe’en 2017: It’s just turned dark and spooky outside and I’m listening to ‘A Haunting’. It’s the excellent opening track of Edelle McMahon’s imaginatively titled album ‘Adventures in Narcissism’. There is indeed a haunting quality in this with gritty, scornful lyrics” Like a punch in the gut. Like a mouthful of blood. Grimace hard not […]

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Mandy Bingham – Bury Me Deep

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Just over fifty years ago, Mandy Bingham’s father released a sixties classic anthem. ‘The Days Of Pearly Spencer’ was released on 6th October 1967. A huge hit in Europe, it is etched in the memories of everyone from that generation and the next. The song got another chance to shine when Marc Almond made it […]

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Robert Plant – Carry Fire

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‘Carry Fire’ is the latest offering from the former Led Zeppelin frontman and continues the musical odyssey that he’s been on since leading what was arguably the most influential rock band in musical history. ‘The May Queen’ and ‘Season’s Song’ are both Celtic sounding acoustic-folk tracks that very much feel like love songs to old pagan […]

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Neil Young – Hitchhiker

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Part of the ongoing archives project, ‘Hitchhiker’ features some of Neil Young’s best-known material in an acoustic demo style. Most of the material has been released on live albums or in different versions over the years but it is the intimacy of this collection that really makes the collection shine. Recorded in 1976, when Young’s […]

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