Album: Various artists, We Are Only Riders: the JLP Sessions (Glitterhouse)

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A "tribute" album of sorts, to the late Jeffrey Lee Pierce of the Gun Club; except that in place of individual artists doing new interpretations of JLP songs, a coterie of friends combine to finish a batch of tunes demoed roughly by Pierce with one Cypress Grove.

Nick Cave, Debbie Harry, The Raveonettes, Mark Lanegan... Some do it live in the studio, others dial in digitally: reverb-laden tales of torment and gothic weather cadenced like falling masonry. Best consumed when Lydia "Ham" Lunch is nowhere to be heard.