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tHe feliCe BrotHers LIFe IN The DARk (YeP ROC/PLANeT)
The departure of Simone seemed to coincide with the Felice Brothers losing their musical compass, but decamping to a
farm in upstate New York has worked a treat and this is a joyous return to those ramshackle days where they effortlessly
mixed country, bluegrass and folk with a dash of gritty rock’n’roll. Ian ‘s dishevelled vocals are particularly effective on
the glorious cowboy lament ‘Diamond Bell’, so too on the accordion and kick drum inspired hootenanny ‘Aerosol Ball’.
Spontaneous, unrefined and tinged in sepia, Life In The Dark is a breath of fresh air.
franK solivan FAMILY, FRIeNDS & heROeS (COMPASS/PLANeT)
The mandolin maestro’s celebration of what’s important in his life is, as one would expect, a joyful romp through a
set of favourites and family penned tunes. There’re some heavyweight friends on board too, notably Del and Ronnie
McCoury, Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush, and Mike Munford’s banjo competes for centre stage with Solivan’s mandolin
(check out the cracking intro to ‘Pretty Woman’ and you’ll get the drift). In a wonderful celebration of life, the emotional
high point is the duet with Solivan’s late mother Lorene on an impromptu take of ‘Wayfaring Stranger’.
looK ParK LOOk PARk (YeP ROC/PLANeT)
To get away from the sound of his day job on his first solo album, Fountains Of Wayne mainstay Chris Collingwood
enlisted the help of legendary producer/keyboardist Mitchell Froom and ace rhythm section Davey Faragher and
Michael Urbano. The eponymously named result is a terrific set of songs that echo with the pop-rock spirit of 1980’s
Elvis Costello and Neil Finn, melodic and surprisingly heartfelt. Album highlight ‘Minor Is The Lonely Key’ is awash in
Moody Blues-like mellotron flourishes, whilst ‘You Can Come Round If You Want To’ and ‘Aeroplane’ are destined for
plenty of FM airplay.
Bill Carter NNOCeNT vICTIMS & evIL COMPANIONS (FORTY BeLOW/
He’s probably one of the very best songwriters for other artists you’ve never heard of, but his ninth solo album is
a fabulous set of songs that touches upon his inner Springsteen, albeit with a distinctly Austin flavour. His voice
sounds like it was made for singing anthems, and whether it’s a delicious slice of Tex-Mex (‘Moscow Girl’), the rootsy
‘Bughouse In Pasadena’, or the greasy blues of ‘Fisherman’s Daughter (Delaney’s Song)’, Carter has crafted a fine album
of American music, Texas style; lovers of Alejandro Escovedo should take particular notice.
eGGs over easy GOOD ‘N’ CheAP: The eGGS OveR eASY STORY (YeP ROC/
Consensus has it that the British pub rock phenomenon had its unlikely origins in the music of American country rock
trio Eggs Over Easy; one listen to this fine compilation will allay any doubts. Included in the superb package is the
band’s excellent Link Wray produced debut album Good’N’Cheap, the somewhat less meritorious (and understandably
less heard) Fear Of Frying, plus a disc of hitherto unreleased 1971 London session tracks. An added bonus is the
inclusion of the band’s only single, ‘I’m Gonna Put A Bar In My Car (& Drive Myself To Drink)’, alone worth the price of
oysterBanD ThIS hOuSe WILL STAND (NAvIGATOR/PLANeT)
Over a 38 year career, the last six albums have been a creative highpoint for the enduring folk-rockers, and this 2-disc
compilation sensibly focuses the first disc on tracks from this period. Hand selected by the band, there is a superb
cross-section of songs, including tracks from the brilliant June Tabor collaboration Ragged kingdom; the second disc
contains rare B-sides and obligatory alternate versions and demos. There’s something here for the already familiar
listener as well as being a great starting point for anyone unfamiliar with the creativity and charm of this revered
musical institution; they are, by any measure, English folk-rock royalty.
CHaim tannenBaum ChAIM TANNeNBAuM (STORYSOuND/PLANeT)
Releasing your debut album at age 68 is hardly the norm, but then, Chaim Tannenbaum is hardly your normal
performer. Over 50 years, he has been the harmonic background on innumerable albums by the McGarrigle sisters and
the Wainwright clan. Indeed, not only does this set of originals and traditional folk tunes sounds uncannily like a Kate
and Anna album, it can justly sit next to them in terms of quality and performance. Chaim Tannenbaum is unexpected,
poignant and a sheer delight.
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