Here is one last list before I post my picks for "Best Records Of 2013." This comes from my pal and Burning Wood supporter, John Dunbar.
10-And The Professors- Our Postmortem
Adam Levy of the Honeydogs created this side project to explore the
chamber pop side of his writing. I look forward to further explorations.
9-Jules Shear- Longer To Get To Yesterday
After way too many years of hibernation, Jules released 2 discs of new
material this year ( Shear/ Shazar was a top tenner until this one
bumped it to 11).
Battling through the questionable production, Jules provides some of his strongest songs in decades.
8-Wesley Stace- Wesley Stace
John Wesley Harding changes his recording name to the one on his birth
certificate. He's turned down the overly clever word play and turned up
the personal confessional side. When a great songwriter gets even
greater it's something to behold.
7- Kimberley Rew- Healing Broadway
Reminds me of the type of records Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds would
release in their heyday. Very British; bluesy rockers, country-esque
bouncers, a little music hall. Great songwriting, solid playing, it sounds like the Ex-Kinks, Ex-Katrina and The Waves and current spouses
are having a grand ol' time making it.
6- The Odds- The Most Beautiful Place On Earth/ Game Face On
The reunited Canadian greats were supposed to put out a series of new
EPs this year. Only 2 surfaced. Joining both of them on my Ipod has
turned these 10 songs into one damn fine album.
5- The Fratellis- We Need Medicine
I loved The Fratellis, even beer commercials couldn't spoil it. When
they broke up, I loved leadman Jon Fratelli's next, Codeine Velvet Club,
and the album made. I really loved his solo album Psycho Jukebox. The
Fratellis reunited this year and I love this album.
4-Bernard Fanning- Departures
This is his second solo album, and the first since the demise of Aussie
legends Powderfinger. His previous album had a warm, rustic, folky vibe.
On this one he wears his love of Bowie on his sleeve, as well as
rocking out like his old band used to do so well.
3-Richard Thompson- Electric
Another album of outstanding songwriting and mind-blowing guitar playing,
but this time with Buddy Miller overhearing the proceedings. It's easy
to take him for granted: I certainly don't.
2- The Duckworth Lewis Method- Sticky Wickets
Another concept about cricket? Yes. Another masterpiece? Yes. Neil
Hannon of Divine Comedy and Thomas Walsh of Pugwash bring back the
magic. I've never seen a cricket match, yet I can't stop listening.
Guest stars run from Neil Finn to Stephen Fry.
1-Euros Childs- Situation Comedy
Since the dissolution of Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, Mr. Childs has been
putting out solo albums and one off projects (the great Jonny with
Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake is a gem) at the rate of about 2 a year.
All of them excellent without ever repeating himself. This newest one is
his best yet. At times he sounds like Sparks if they were part of the