13 May brings some quality recommended releases. Rufus Wainwright is possibly the only artist who could make an album of Shakespeare sonnets work, and he does! 9Bach’s Anian is a compulsive rhythmic listen which builds impressively on their debut. One of the most talked about new acts in the UK, Yak, release their debut, Alas Salvation, which channels the energy and chaos of their legendary live performances into a coherent release. The Heart Speaks In Whispers, the latest from two-time Grammy winner Corinne Bailey Rae, further enhances her reputation for literate, emotional music-making. Death And Vanilla’s self-titled debut is full of epic psych-pop. John Doe releases The Westerner, which he has called a psychedelic soul record from the Arizona desert – not quite sure what that means but it sounds mighty fine! Pierce The Veil combine Californian hard rocking with a dark melodicism for their fourth release, Misadventures. Release of the week is Introducing Karl Blau, on which he charts a new direction for country music – lovely!
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