Category Archive: Albums

Martin Barre – Roads Less Travelled

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Martin Barre is best known for being the guitarist whose playing style was an integral and defining part of the sound of Jethro Tull for almost fifty years, during which time the band famously and somewhat controversially beat Metallica to win the 1989 Grammy award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance. He will release his sixth solo record ‘Roads Less […]

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Kevin Gordon – Tilt and Shine

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‘Tilt And Shine’ is the latest release from critically acclaimed artist Kevin Gordon. A performer who has somehow managed to stay under the radar of mainstream success despite having had songs recorded by Keith Richards, Irma Thomas, Levon Helm, and Lucinda Williams. It’s difficult to tell if the album is of a fully autobiographical nature but […]

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13 Rivers – Richard Thompson

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’13 Rivers’ is Richard Thompson’s 19th solo album; his 40th if you include releases with Fairport Convention, Linda Thompson, and various others. It may be among the most rock sounding record he has produced in that stellar oeuvre of work. It’s a bare-bones approach. Most tracks feature the solid rhythm section of Taras Prodaniuk on […]

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Gretchen Peters – Dancing With The Beast

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This is a proper record. In every sense. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters released ‘Dancing With The Beast’ in late May. It follows on from ‘Blackbirds’, which was rightly hailed as an outstanding recording. ‘Dancing With The Beast’ equals or maybe even surpasses her previous work. It isn’t a bundle of laughs or full of catchy […]

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River Whyless – Kindness, A Rebel

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River Whyless didn’t set out to make a political album. It just turned out that way. Well, sort of. Mixed in with the perplexed commentary, is the routine remedies of surviving the banality of life on the road – too many parties, getting high, drunk, laid – as in the opening trippy track ‘All Of […]

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Clannad – Turas 1980

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Recorded in Germany in 1980, ‘Turas 1980’, a recently-discovered archive radio broadcast shines a light on an exciting period in Clannad’s history. Two years before they would reach international stardom with ‘Theme From Harry’s Game’, it mostly covers material of their first three records. The setlist is full of rare delights and some familiar songs […]

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RJ Comer – One Last Kiss

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‘One Last Kiss’ is the first full long-player from Chicago native RJ Comer. This record follows on from a run of successful EP releases over the last few years. ‘Under A Lover’s Moon’ opens the record with a radio-friendly, alt-country, blues, boogie-based love song. This is followed early on by ‘Let’s Run’, which is again […]

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Oxlip – Wolves! Cried the Maid

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The beauty of ‘Wolves! Cried the Maid’, the new album by Oxlip, is that it’s impossible to pin down. It doesn’t neatly fall under any genre or banner. There is no neat pigeon-hole. That is precisely what, in essence, makes it an artistic masterpiece. Oxlip is Jayne Trimble, a singer-songwriter originally from Coney Island in […]

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Ana Egge – White Tiger

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When you come across an artist like Ana Egge that you haven’t heard before, the test of whether you really like them or not is if you’re interested enough to pursue their back catalogue. Well, I have delved into quite a few of her previous nine albums and have been rewarded with the discovery of […]

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The Equatorial Group – Apricity

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I wasn’t familiar with the word ‘Apricity’ so I looked it up. It’s an archaic term that didn’t quite manage to make its way in to into the mainstream English tongue. But, according to Merriam Webster’s list of ‘Rare and Wonderful Wintertime Words’, it means the warmth of the sun in winter. That’s when it […]

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