It’s been harder than ever to whittle down the wealth of new releases out on 30 September to just 8 to recommend, but here we go! Sir Van Morrison possesses one of the finest voices in all music, and he uses it to good effect on his 35th studio album, Keep Me Singing. By way of a complete contrast, alt-rock superstars Pixies release their second post-reformation album, Head Carrier, and it’s a monster! Opeth continue their journey from death metal to prog of the most engaging and intense type with the beautiful Sorceress, Slaves crank up the volume on their spirited and noisy second, Take Control, Ultimate Painting’s third album, Dusk, is intricate, involving and lovely guitar pop, Regina Spektor’s Remember Us To Life, her first for four years, is well worth the wait, and Joanne Shaw Taylor’s Wild is just that: wild blues/rock guitar and vocals which is a punch in the gut – in a nice way!
Release of the week is Bon Iver’s 22, A Million. Both album and tracks are oddly titled, but there’s nothing at all odd about the result, and it comes highly recommended.
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