KATHRYN WILLIAMS & CAROL ANN DUFFY : MIDNIGHT CHORUS

LABEL : ONE LITTLE INDEPENDENT ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: A big-hearted, full-throated, grown up throwing of the doors open to everyone who needs Christmas. I still believe in the magic of Christmas. I still believe in the story of Jesus, born to ordinary people in humble origins. I still do a check at the startContinue reading “KATHRYN WILLIAMS & CAROL ANN DUFFY : MIDNIGHT CHORUS”

ROBERT PLANT AND ALISON KRAUSS : RAISE THE ROOF

LABEL: WARNER MUSIC ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: AN ALBUM THAT IS REVERENT WITH THAT WHICH MATTERS MOST. Christian Thinker and Pastor Eugene Peterson once spoke about the relationship between the institutional and spiritual life of the church like this: “Frederick von Hugel said the institution of the church is like the bark on the tree.Continue reading “ROBERT PLANT AND ALISON KRAUSS : RAISE THE ROOF”

DEERHOOF : ACTUALLY YOU CAN

LABEL : JOYFUL NOISE RECORDINGS ALBUM IN A SENTENCE :  AN ALBUM FOR ANYONE WHO NEEDS A FRIEND AS THEY GO STRAIGHT TO VIDEO. Are you ready to go straight to video? The question is posed by Deerhoof, noise-experiment survivors from San Francisco on their 18th studio album, Actually You Can. The question is renderedContinue reading “DEERHOOF : ACTUALLY YOU CAN”

FAYE WEBSTER : I KNOW I’M FUNNY HAHA

LABEL : SECRETLY CANADIAN ALBUM IN A SENTENCE : GENTLE INDIE COUNTRY WITH SURPRISINGLY DEEP HOOKS. Released back in June, I thought I had enough confidence in my mental filing system to have I Know I’m Funny Haha by Faye Webster figured out. I thought “Good, really good, but something to celebrate on a playlistContinue reading “FAYE WEBSTER : I KNOW I’M FUNNY HAHA”

LITTLE SIMZ : SOMETIMES I MIGHT BE INTROVERT

LABEL : AGE 101 MUSIC ALBUM IN A SENTENCE :  IF IT GAVE NOTHING ELSE, 2021 WAS THE YEAR THAT GAVE US SOMETIMES I MIGHT BE INTROVERT Start with the obvious. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert is an instant classic album. If you take a definition of a classic album as a work that commandsContinue reading “LITTLE SIMZ : SOMETIMES I MIGHT BE INTROVERT”

PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING : BRIGHT MAGIC

LABEL: TEST CARD RECORDINGS / PIAS ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: Deeper than a bus tour ride around the city of lights. Public Service Broadcasting are a band with an uncanny knack for giving the public what they want while making music you didn’t know you needed. The group, headed by J. Willgoose Esq, have builtContinue reading “PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING : BRIGHT MAGIC”

ADIA VICTORIA : A SOUTHERN GOTHIC

LABEL: ATLANTIC ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: Roots music that stays cool while it captures a kettle full of Southern heat. What makes a record cool as opposed to good or great? I half remember a favourite Melody Maker review of Dummy by Portishead where the reviewer said when they listened to this record on theirContinue reading “ADIA VICTORIA : A SOUTHERN GOTHIC”

BARBARA PRAVI : ON N’ENFERME PAS LES OISEAUX

LABEL: CAPITOL MUSIC FRANCE ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: A confident, fresh survey of how the chanson tradition sounds in 2021. I was trying to prove a point to a friend in the pub about something totally different. My point was roughly that in a culture glut, confidence and freshness, embracing what you believe in, goesContinue reading “BARBARA PRAVI : ON N’ENFERME PAS LES OISEAUX”

AGA UJMA : SONGS OF INNOCENCE AND EXPERIENCE (DELUXE)

LABEL: SLOW DANCE ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: EXPERIMENTS IN POLISH FOLK WITH INDONESIAN INSTRUMENTATION WEAVE A FRESH DREAMWORLD Aga Ujma was born into a small town in South West Poland, which she describes as being ‘quite conservative but open-minded and extremely loving at the same time.’ That may express a tension for Aga Ujma inContinue reading “AGA UJMA : SONGS OF INNOCENCE AND EXPERIENCE (DELUXE)”