Some musical tips from your local independent record shop in Marlborough! A few albums that need to be heard. Reviews written by Samuel Robinson.
Tom Williams & The Boat – Teenage Blood
There’s a darker, meaner edge to the nu-folk narratives of Teenage Blood. Depicting doomed love from up-tempo anticipation to wistful regret and even raw anguish (something Williams as a vocalist is very adept at portraying) it builds to a bittersweet denouement. Out Now
Alabama Shakes – Boys And Girls
The debut from the much-vaunted Alabama Shakes allows singer Brittany Howard’s powerful, Joplinesque vocals to take centre-stage, accompanied by a laidback groove in a collection that mixes elements of gospel, soul and southern rock.
Dr. John – Locked Down
Locked Down sees the 71 year old bluesman collaborating with labelmate Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, who as well as lending his guitar chops to the album also produces it, adding a freshness and attack to the legendary pianist’s trademark grooves. Out Now
Jack White – Blunderbuss
White’s maiden solo outing- after countless bands, side projects and, perhaps most tellingly for this album’s tone, a divorce (though his ex-wife sings on several tracks)- is a suitably eccentric affair, with electric piano vamping intercut by fiddly, prog guitar runs and sprinklings of art-rock and Americana. The customary big riffs are used sparingly but effectively. Out Now
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