Friday, 27 January 2017

Short Attention Span Record Reviews, Jan 2017 Vol. II


AMIRA MEDUNJANIN – Damar
On the follow-up to 2015's excellent “Silk And Stone”, Bosnian singer Medunjanin continues to explore and expand her country’s rich musical sevdah tradition by adding jazz elements from pianist/producer Bojan Z and flamenco flourishes from guitarist Bosko Jovic. Beautiful. (8)

BAND OF HEATHENS – Duende

Folky, roots-rock band experiments with poppier formats, sometimes succeeds. (6)

BLACKIE & THE RODEO KINGS – Kings And Kings

Canadian country/roots rock band releases collaborative album featuring guests such as Rodney Crowell, Eric Church, Raul Malo, Nick Lowe etc. Fun! (7)

DONALD NALLY, THE CROSSING, PRISM QUARTET – Gavin Bryars: The Fifth Century

Bryars is better known for his minimalist work, especially the masterpiece “Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet”, but this is quite different – haunting choral music written specifically for the wonderful choir heard here and based on a series of mystical poems by Thomas Traherne. By the way, it’s on ECM so you know it has to be good. (8)

HORISONT – About Time

I’ve written a sort of proper review for this in the February issue of Metal Hammer Greece magazine, go out and buy it next week please. (8)

JAPANDROIDS – Near To The Wild Heart Of Life

Do you miss Husker Du? These guys do. I do too. (8)

KROKUS – Big Rocks

I decided to listen to this album of covers in the midst of a nostalgia crisis. It could’ve been worse, it’s 100% dated but at least it rocks like a decent backwoods hard rock jukebox. (6)

PRODIGY – Hegelian Dialectic: The Book Of Revelation

Unfortunately this doesn’t start any fires, nor does it smack up any bitches. (6)

QSP – QSP

Supergroup power-trio consisting of glam rock legends Suzi Quatro, Andy Scott (Sweet) and Don Powell (Slade). The three of them added up are 204 years old but they don’t give up, bless ‘em. (6)

SLEAFORD MODS – English Tapas

Sounds like you’re in the pub and a drunk punk asshole is yelling in your face, so it’s a good Sleaford Mods record. (7)

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