David Bowie’s twenty-fifth studio album Blackstar has been one of the most highly anticipated albums since it’s announcement in October of last year, and it’s finally arrived. The days have certainly been counted down with eagerness since news first broke of a new Bowie album and since then we’ve been gifted with two fantastic songs, Blackstar and Lazarus. But ever since the album was announced there’s been an unspoken level of excitement everywhere you go that only someone as well known and respected as David Bowie could produce. The album couldn’t be anything but fantastic, right? Keep reading.
The second album from The Allman Brothers Band, Idlewild South, has received a well deserved remaster in the form of this outstanding deluxe edition. Recorded between February and July 1970, Idlewild South contains a number of fantastic songs that became live staples over the lifetime of the band. These include the mesmerising In Memory of Elizabeth Reed, the scorching Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’ and the legendary Midnight Rider.
Recorded in the The Saint Cecilia Hotel in Austin, Texas, the entire EP came about naturally. The band eyed up playing in a studio next door but the staff at the hotel insisted they could record in the hotel itself. The bar, the office, the kitchen, the bathroom, wherever they wanted. So they did. The result is a 5 track EP called Saint Cecilia.
The transformation of City and Colour as a musical unit over the years has been extraordinary. Dallas Green started off the project as a solo player with only an acoustic guitar to keep him company but as each album has gone by the band has grown and the sound has grown with it. If I Should Go Before You is City and Colour’s fifth album in ten years which is remarkable considering in all that time the band has remained with an independent record label. City and Colour could certainly move to a bigger label if they desired but staying with Dine Alone Records is symbolic of what the band has become.
Keith’s first new album since 1992’s Main Offender is, in one word, superb. It’s been 11 years since we had a new album from The Rolling Stones so in many words this is the next best thing. However on first listen you can tell that the quality on Crosseyed Heart is as good or if not better than anything the Stones have done since the 90’s.