#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

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#1118 Josh Ritter – Hello Starling

I don’t know much about Josh Ritter, this is the only album of his that I own. And I don’t recall what prompted me to buy it. It could be from a CD compilation that a friend of mine put together which he called ‘Americana’. I don’t know what’s happened to that CD, I probably … Continue reading #1118 Josh Ritter – Hello Starling

#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

#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)

#412 Bob Dylan – Bringing It All Back Home

This is an astonishing album, and one that moves away from Dylan’s folk and talkin’ blues roots. Not only is he pushing his own musical boundaries (and famously those of his audience when he first performed this album at the Newport Folk Festival) his lyrical powers are on fire here. It’s an album of two … Continue reading #412 Bob Dylan – Bringing It All Back Home