When Chris Stapleton released the first installment of From A Room in May of 2017, it seemed possible that the two records would add up to a grand statement, but From A Room: Volume 2 is essentially the mirror image of its predecessor. Both records clock in at a swift 32 minutes, lasting no more than nine songs -- brief even by the standards of '60s or '70s country, when it was common to release two or three records a year. Intentionally or not, Stapleton...Read more
F or the last few years, Nabihah Iqbal has been confecting bright and airy electronica as producer Throwing Shade. For her debut album, she bursts out from between the synths with a warm and fuzzy vocal-led collection of tracks that nod to both New Order-ish post-punk and the intimate dream pop of the early 90s. The record also recalls fellow Londoners Real Lies, whose layering of street-lamp lit synths and gutter/stars portraits of the city echo...Read more
I t's evidently too late to stop now for Van Morrison. Just three months after Roll With the Punches, a record of the blues, he's put out his 38th studio album. Versatile is a curious little joy of a record - largely standards from the pre-rock golden age of American songwriting, supplemented with a handful of Van originals (some rerecorded, some new - Take It Easy Baby's opening chords bear a startling resemblance to the theme from Police Squad,...Read more
Steve Mason is back on track. After a few years wandering in the musical wilderness he's back to his sardonic best. Last year's Meet the Humans was some of the strongest music he'd written in over decade. It showcased his ability to turn a phrase and write a killer melody wasn't a thing of the past. Nor was his ability to put on a mesmerising, and transfixing, live show. Now he has joined forces with Martin Duffy, who has one of the most impressive...Read more
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