On what would have been David Bowie’s 70th birthday, a new EP dropped containing the last ever recordings taken from the Blackstar album sessions. The songs were technically revealed in the last quarter of 2016 but having them all together on an EP like this is a beautiful touch, especially considering the time of release.
The first studio album in over a decade sees The Rolling Stones return to their roots with an incredible blues album containing nothing but covers of classic blues numbers. There’d been a lot of speculation over the last few years as to whether the band would ever return to the studio, and even though there isn’t an original number anywhere on the album, Blue & Lonesome is one hell of a musical statement from the greatest rock and roll band of all time.
It’s getting to that time of year where Christmas albums are being released ready for the holiday season and I was overcome with excitement a few months ago when I found out She & Him would be releasing their second Christmas album. Their first, A Very She & Him Christmas, was released in 2011 and has been a favourite of mine ever since. Their new album Christmas Party carries on the tradition in fantastic style.
Released to coincide with director Ron Howard’s new Beatles documentary, Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years, Live At The Hollywood Bowl is a beautifully packaged live album which was actually originally released in 1977. However this new edition has been sublimely remixed and remastered with the addition of four new songs that weren’t on the original album. The songs, all recorded from various shows the band played at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, Los Angeles, sound fantastic and about as fresh as if they were performed and recorded yesterday.
Three years since Clapton’s last studio outing Old Sock, Slowhand returns with a very down to earth and laid back album which in many ways is more of a successor to 2010’s Clapton than Old Sock was. Containing a collection of hand picked blues covers alongside original Clapton numbers, I Still Do sees Clapton retain the title of England’s all time greatest blues player, a title he will never lose.
More Rain is the new album from M. Ward and it could very well be his best yet. This is his first collection of new songs since his previous album A Wasteland Companion was released in 2012, an album different in styles to More Rain but containing the same irresistible musical flavours that only M. Ward can deliver so beautifully. Continue reading