This week’s six recommendations kick of with the deep baritone and gothic Americana of Micah P. Hinson, and Live At The BBC is exactly what it says on the tin. Mary Chapin Carpenter’s new album, Sometimes Just The Sky, is effectively a celebration of her acclaimed 30-year recording career and all the better for it. Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite follow their Grammy-nominated Get Up! with No Mercy In This Land, another beguiling mix of acoustic/electric blues, roots and R&B. The Vaccines’ 4th album, Combat Sports, shines a glorious sunshine whilst bathing every ear in an FM warmth and is chock-full of an infectious enthusiasm. Trembling Bells’ 7th album, Dungeness, was inspired by a visit to that stretch of coastline, and the songs feel like the end of the earth with a sweeping, apocalyptic grandness – both in sound and lyrics – while harking back to the ’70s psychedelic heyday of Fairport Convention and Trees.
Our album of the week is Golden Hour, on which Kacey Musgraves continues to explore the acceptable end of country music, with smart, pointed lyrics allied to sharp, modern arrangements. Lovely!
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