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Wolfe Jackson - Nobody Knows Me (Better Than You) EP (Self Release)

The press release for Wolfe Jackson's debut EP NOBODY KNOWS ME (BETTER THAN YOU) boasts a click-free, tuning-free and headphones-less live off the floor performance during the recording of these seven songs, however it all sounds pretty polished to me. The London-based singer songwriter discovered...

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Various Artists - Kinder Shores (Rees Care Leavers)

A bit futile reviewing a charity compilation as the point is to put your hand in your pocket and give to a good cause, regardless of how good the album is. Fortunately, this compilation of a generous 19 tracks by the likes of, okay let's start with the biggies, Ralph McTell, Fairport Convention,...

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Malphino - Visit Malphino (Lex)

This London-based Cumbia collective encourage us to visit their Utopian island on this their debut album. We need look no further than their collective moniker to discover their origins, 'Mal' from tuba player David Aird's Malay background and 'Phino' an indication of accordionist Alex Barrow's...

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Yonatan Gat - Universalists (Glitterbeat)

New York City-based guitarist, producer and experimental composer, originally from Israel, Yonatan Gat seems to be on an urgent quest to explore as many influences as he possibly can on this his second album release. With plenty of light and shade, garage noise and tranquil delicacy, punk...

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4

Ben Glover - Shorebound (Proper)

The Punchy slide guitar that opens What You Love Will Break Your Heart , sounding like it's lifted off an 80s Tom Petty album is an immediate indication of how high Ben has lifted the bar on this new album. "It felt time to go bigger sonically, as my last albums have been quite stripped back and...

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5

Poco - The Songs of Paul Cotton (Retroworld)

Some claim Poco to be one of America's most underrated bands, largely due to the phenominal success of The Eagles, a band that recruited at least two former members of Poco during their early years. Alabama-born singer songwriter and guitarist Paul Cotton replaced founder member Jim Messina in 1972...

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Kerri Powers - Starseeds (Self Release)

Kerri Powers' raw delivery ensures eager listening throughout the ten songs revealed here on Kerri's latest album release. With a hard-hitting voice and no-nonsense guitar licks, Bicycle Man is as raw as the Blues generally come, whilst Moon 'n Stars demonstrates this singer's flair with sultry...

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3

Gothard Sisters - Midnight Sun (Self Release)

Despite hailing from Edmonds, Washington, the Gothard Sisters (Greta, Willow and Solana), appear to have most of their influences very much grounded in the Irish tradition, the siblings being equally at home with Irish dancing as they are with their Celtic fiddle tunes. MIDNIGHT SUN finds the trio...

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Charlie Daniels Band - Epic Trilogy Volume 4 (Retroworld)

Known widely for the hit single The Devil Went Down to Georgia , Charlie Daniels has traversed various musical styles since he arrived on the Country music scene in the 1950s, from Blues, Cajun, Western Swing and Outlaw Country. Here we have three albums, originally released over a ten year period...

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Carlene Carter - C'Est C Bon (Retroworld)

An enormous amount of love and attention has been paid to the accompanying booklet for this difficult to listen to re-issue of Carlene Carter's highly synthetic 1980s pop drivel album. Once dubbed Country Music Royalty, Carter encapsulates the irritatingly programmed sound, the songs of which in...

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