We have 8 lovely releases for 4 November to recommend to you.
First, The Furrow Collective, featuring the golden voices and multi-instrumental prowess of Emily Portman, Rachel Newton and Lucy Farrell and Alasdair Roberts, release their second effort, Wild Hog, and it’s one of the finest folk albums released this year – we saw them live last week and were just blown away. The formidable Honeyblood return with Babes Never Die; expect many a play on Radio 6 and many a mention in best of 2016 lists. The Kentucky Headhunters release On Safari, a big meaty slab of southern rock. Robbie Williams’ Heavy Entertainment Show is, rather unbelievably, his 11th studio album, and includes collaborations with some proper songwriters in Guy Chambers, Brandon Flowers and Ed Sheeran. Todd Snider may well be unfamiliar to you, but he is one of America’s sharpest and most provocative story-tellers; his latest, Eastside Bulldog, is a fine record in the folk-rock troubadour tradition. The Chris Robinson Brotherhood follow up quickly right on the heels of the fabulous Any Way You Love, We Know How You Feel with a companion piece, If You Lived Here, You Would Be Home By Now. If you liked the first you’ll love the second! The six sessions Queen recorded for the BBC between 1973 and 1977 finally see release in On Air. This period was arguably was peak Queen, and this collection is more than welcome.
Album of the week is unlikely to be surpassed for surprise release of the year: Shirley Collins, legendary folk singer and song collector, brings us Lodestar, her first recordings since losing her voice with dystonia and withdrawing from performing 38 years ago. Folk singer and comedian Stewart Lee says of her: “Shirley is a time traveller, a conduit for essential human aches, one of the greatest artists who ever lived.” We can’t put it better than that, so we won’t try!
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