Kicking off our recommended releases for 14 October we have the unexpected duo of Dr John Cooper Clarke & Hugh Cornwell with This Time It’s Personal, a collection of much-loved tunes, sung – if you can believe this – by John himself, and a good job of it he makes too! Moby’s new album is all about how The Systems Are Failing because of humanity’s impact on the world around us. Kings Of Leon have stuffed Walls full of hooky, catchy riffs and heartfelt lyrics passionately sung. Two Door Cinema Club incorporate a wide and varied range of styles into Gameshow, and it remains great fun throughout. Jagwar Ma successfully mix dub-inflected guitar with smart pop psychedelia in Every Now & Then, and it’s always interesting and eminently listenable. Country superstar Dwight Yoakam does the bluegrass album he should have made years ago with Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars…, and Beth Hart’s Fire On The Floor is a shot of incendiary blues-rock delivered with a voice of burnt honey – fabulous.
Our album of the week is Conor Oberst’s spare and unadorned Ruminations – just Conor, his piano and harmonica, the album harks back to an earlier time and is a wonderfully intimate listen.
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