#90 The Be Good Tanyas – Blue Horse

I fell in love with this album when I first heard it on its UK release in 2002, and played it incessantly, loving the vocal harmonies, pure and earthy like a breath of fresh country air, and the jaunty folky melodic arrangements with banjo and mandolin. It arrived at a time of peak Americana (or … Continue reading #90 The Be Good Tanyas – Blue Horse

#1398 Various Artists – Brexit Blues

This is the most recent CD I acquired, a BOGOF offer when I purchased the Rough Guide To World Music for Children from World Music Network a couple of months ago. I can highly recommend the latter if you want something different but undeniably groovy to bop around the living room with a 4-month old … Continue reading #1398 Various Artists – Brexit Blues

#718 King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine

This is a short and bittersweet album. It’s deep and crisp and even, with brittle haunting melodies and a delicate atmospheric soundtrack to a bygone way of life, that of the traditional Scottish coastal village. It was a Mercury Music Prize nominee in 2011 and the album featured in many best of the year lists. … Continue reading #718 King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine

#1469 Martha Wainwright – Martha Wainwright

This is Martha’s debut record, and arguably still her best, at least in terms of the emotional power of her songs. Younger sister to Rufus, daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, they all must have been hard acts to follow being the youngest in such a musical dynasty. Although closer to the guitar-led … Continue reading #1469 Martha Wainwright – Martha Wainwright