20 January brings us some mighty fine new releases to kick off the year. First up, alt-country godfather Alejandro Escovedo offers us his 12th and definitive studio work, Burn Something Beautiful. The imaginatively titled 3 is a fiery offering from supremely creative rap duo Run The Jewels, and we will have an indies-only gold vinyl version with RTJ pendant in stock on release day! Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes follow up the lauded Blossom with Modern Ruin, an invigorating blast of good old-fashioned guitar noise, lovely! and we’ll have the indies-only crystal-clear vinyl version in stock. In the next notable release for this week, Mike Oldfield brings a complete change of pace with Return To Ommadawn, which does exactly what it says on the tin! Multi-platinum-selling US alt-rock superstars AFI release their 10th studio album, self-titled but known as The Blood Album. Michael Chapman gives us a late career masterwork featuring new songs and radical re-interpretations of classics; 50 was an album we thought we might not see, but here it is, and it’s a belter! Epoch completes the trilogy begun by Tycho in 2011 with Dive, followed by 2014’s Awake.
Our album of the week is the first one this year that has genuinely excited us. Honest Life is a winner: real songs sung about real people sung by a real talent, Courtney Marie Andrews – after all, if Ryan Adams says she’s a phenomenal songwriter, who are we to disagree!
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