Another busy month with lots of records to listen to, hence the slight delay. Without further due, a great woman gets rewarded this month.
Album of the month: Neneh Cherry – “Broken Politics” – Protest soul songs – I am very happy and proud to have Neneh Cherry as my album of the month. First, it shows that you can be a woman in the music industry and not only be judged on your past when you are in the urban and pop music field. Secondly, she is also a fantastic example of someone who is more than a musician: an international citizen (Sweden/USA/UK), a mother but also mainly a human being who has an interest in today’s world. A few faithful collaborators like her partner Cameron McVey, Massive Attack‘s 3D and Four Tet‘s Kieran Hebden, fresh news sounds and angry/sad lyrics about the state of our current world…well, here you go for album of the month. Great cover as well which has been recently taken around Notting Hill., London.
- Runner-up: Kurt Vile – “Bottle It In” – Pop Rock – I guess it would be very easy to get with Kurt Vile what I would call the R.E.M. syndrome, i.e. one could get very much used to great new records from a particular artist every two years. Of course, the excitement is probably not as strong as when I discovered the first records from this Philadelphia musician but I must admit to be impressed by the quality and musicianship of every song…as usual. I went and saw him this week on stage at the sold out Shepherd’s Bush Empire and the feeling was a bit the same. So, let’s all cherish our best long-hair friend in a world where the number of such authentic musicians is getting thinner every day…
- Also recommended:
- Kristin Hersh – “Possible Dust Clouds” – Pop Rock – 10th (!) solo record from the former Throwing Muses singer. One of her best; beware, she is quite angry!
- Petite Noir – “La Maison Noir / The Black House” – Noisy African Soul – Latest mini LP from the very unique and singular voice of the South African / Belgian Yannick Ilunga.
- Connan Mockasin – “Jassbusters” – Indie Rock – A rather good album but the opening song “Charlotte’s Thong” is a killer and one of the best of the year.
- Elvis Costello & The Imposters – “Look Now” – Pop Rock – Elvis Costello is always at his best when he plays with Messrs. Nieve and Thomas. A few tracks are on par with his best work.
- Cloud Nothings – “Last Building Burning” – Rock – A great return to form from Dylan Baldi and his band. To the bone and not one ounce of fat.
- Lest we forget: album of the previous month – Spiritualized – “And Nothing Hurt”