You are here

CD Reviews

ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Karine Polwart - Laws of Motion (Hudson Records)

Lavish praise, indeed, was heaped on Karine Polwart's last album and its wider theatrical project, A POCKET OF WIND RESISTANCE. It was well deserved praise and it certainly gives the ring of truth to that much overused phrase concerning the arrival of her 'much anticipated' follow up, LAWS OF...

Star rating: 
5

Hickory Signals - Turn to Fray (GF*M Records)

A fine collection of songs both new and old, original and traditional, each delivered in a clear and unpretentious manner with a clear and unpretentious message. The songs, whether borrowed from the tradition, Who Put the Blood, Bushes and Briars or adapted from poetry, Noise of the Waters (James...

Star rating: 
3

Hidden Cabins - The Hidden Cabins Band EP (Pyrrhic Victory Recordings)

Originally conceived as a duo, this New Jersey/North Carolina partnership Hidden Cabins, consisting of Craig Cirinelli and Brian Hofgesang, soon expanded enough to include new members Rich Perry on drums and Jason Del Guidice on bass, bringing to the party a much fatter and edgier sound. It was...

Star rating: 
4

Gaye Su Akyol - Istikrarh Hayal Hakikattir (Glitterbeat)

After establishing herself as one of Turkey's most promising young performers with her last album HOLOGRAM IMPARATORLUGU in 2016, Gaye Su Akyol has in no way rested on her laurels, returning with an astonishingly well produced follow up. The ten tracks that make up ISTIKRARH HAYAL HAKIKATTIR...

Star rating: 
4

Katy Moffatt - Katy/Kissin' in the California Sun (Retro World)

If Retroworld were to reissue any two of Katy Moffatt's albums, then it might as well be the two that the Fort Worth, Texas-born singer songwriter made in the 1970s; her debut KATY and its hot on the heels follow up KISSIN' IN THE CALIFORNIA SUN. Like the Beatles, the Stones and Dylan (well almost...

Star rating: 
3

Dan Fogelberg and Tim Weisberg - Twin Sons of Different Mothers (Retro World)

Reissue of Dan Fogelberg's collaborative album with Tim Weisberg. Very deliberately out of Fogelberg's recognisable style and with Weisberg's flute taking centre stage for much of the very short album, coming in at just over thirty minutes, the album is highly melodic, so much so it could easily...

Star rating: 
3

Yves Lambert Trio - Tentation (La Pruche Libre)

Very much inspired by The Temptation of Saint Anthony, the cheerfully smiling Yves Lambert is set amidst the Bosch-like serpents and fish-things on the cover etching of this latest release by Yves and his trio, Tommy Gauthier and Oliver Rondeau, who are equally pleased with themselves on the inner...

Star rating: 
3

Siobhan Miller - Mercury (Songprint)

Mercury is the third album from Scottish singer Siobhan Miller and the first entirely composed of original material. Thematically this a development from Strata, Siobhan's 2017 album which collected songs Miller had grown up listening to and performing. After showing us her foundations on Strata,...

Star rating: 
5

JP Bimeni and the Black Belts - Free Me (Tucxone)

There are certain hints of Otis Redding and Al Green in the singing style of Burundian-born, now London-based JP Bimeni, a soul survivor in the truest sense of the term. Whilst fleeing his devastated home during the Burundian civil war in the early 1990s, Bimeni was shot, had his last rights read...

Star rating: 
3

Fofoulah - Daega Rek (Glitterbeat)

Upon first hearing the 'dystopian electronics, sabar beats and shamanic chants' of the London-based Afro-dub ensemble Fofoulah, I imagined this would be the sort of music you could possibly find in the deep cellar bar urbanism beneath an acid rain-soaked Blade Runner-type city as the residents wait...

Star rating: 
3

Pages