Wednesday, February 27, 2013
If It's Wednesday, It Must Be Street Date (At Least In My House)
Pretty strong week for new releases. Even Michael Bolton is back. My fave of the lot is the Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell record, "Old Yellow Moon." It's good to hear Emmylou in a country setting and not trapped in a Daniel Lanois or Malcolm Burn meets "Twin Peaks" echo mess. Crowell's no slouch either. This record is a winner. If you're a fan of either or both, "Old Yellow Moon" is exactly what it should be.
I wanted to like the Johnny Marr. I should, but I don't. It lacks melody, and his voice, though not as horrible as Morrissey's is to my ears, isn't much better. Mostly I can deal with it. But again, this is another one of those records with good ideas and nothing else.
Speaking of horrible, there's a new Atoms For Peace record out this week. I tried, but it was unpleasant. It got me all jittery and wound up. Patches of noise and beats and moaning and whining all sewn together in one textured aural root canal. (Yeah, I know. Greatest record ever. )
The Mavericks are back with "In Time." Great stuff. It's a formula and they don't mess with it. I realize I've complained about that in the past, most recently while discussing Richard Thompson. But The Mavs records are so few and far between, it's nice to hear anything. These boys, with the incomparable Raul Malo up front, deliver another solid effort.
After a five year absence due to the passing of his wife, James Hunter returns, this time with a Daptone producer and the result is the very hip and very soulful "Minute By Minute." Again, this is another artist who found his niche and stayed with it. Maybe producer Gabriel Roth had something to do with it, but "Minute By Minute" leans a bit more towards early James Brown than Hunter's previous releases. This is not a bad thing.