#1298 Emiliana Torrini – Fisherman’s Woman

Emiliana Torrini is an interesting creature. An Icelander with Italian heritage, her first album Love in the Time of Science, was Bjork-like in its electronic trip-hop beats and bleeps. This, her second from 2005, is almost the polar opposite and is purely acoustic. Acoustic, gentle and minimalistic, not unlike Nick Drake’s delicate masterpiece, Pink Moon. … Continue reading #1298 Emiliana Torrini – Fisherman’s Woman

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#808 Natalie Merchant – Tigerlily

I was vaguely aware of the 10,000 Maniacs – you couldn’t forget a band with a name like that - but knew little of their output expect the single Like The Weather from their 1987 album, so when I first heard one of the tracks from this album and discovered it was the same vocalist, … Continue reading #808 Natalie Merchant – Tigerlily

#620 Lee Hazlewood – The LHI Years: Singles, Nudes & Backsides (1968-71)

This record was a present from a good friend, the same friend who bought me the Jacco Gardner LP that turned up early on the randometer, and Barbarella. How fortunate I am to have generous friends with such an excellent taste in music. This is a truly wonderful record. I’ve not listened to it for … Continue reading #620 Lee Hazlewood – The LHI Years: Singles, Nudes & Backsides (1968-71)

#1222 Angus & Julia Stone – A Book Like This

This is nice indie folky pop, with close harmonies and acoustic guitars. It’s the debut record from the Australian brother and sister duo, released in 2007. Sometimes its hard to tell which one is singing on which song, their vocals sound so similar, but Julia often has an (at times annoying) whiny twang akin to … Continue reading #1222 Angus & Julia Stone – A Book Like This

#1382 Various Artists – Fill Your Head With Rock

This double album compilation is a sequel to the CBS Rock Machine compilations, which I first discovered in my Aunt’s record collection when I lived with her in Scotland for a while before starting university. That was a formative time in so many respects, and the gradual exploration of her fair-sized record collection was a … Continue reading #1382 Various Artists – Fill Your Head With Rock