Bruce Springsteen has scored his tenth UK number one album with High Hopes, beating the likes of David Bowie and Michael Jackson.
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Wednesday 30 March 2011
A melodious end is in sight in the marijuana case that ensnared the country singer Willie Nelson when a search of his tour bus last November by keen-nosed West Texas troopers turned up a small stash of the prohibited weed: he will be let off on condition he sings for the judge and prosecutor in court.
Thursday 03 February 2011
Former Manchester City forward Neil Young has died, aged 66, the club confirmed today.
Sunday 16 January 2011
Kicking off with a Dylanesque blast of harmonica, the Decemberists reveal their new intent right up-front.
Sunday 14 November 2010
There are those "lost" albums that are probably best left that way, and then there are gems such as this.
Sunday 24 October 2010
The Junkies sound has always been about that tension between the familiar and the other-worldly, so where better to look for inspiration than the three months Michael Timmins spent with his family in the Chinese town of Jingjiang?
Sunday 26 September 2010
Daniel Lanois is a producer who makes every record he works on sound like a Daniel Lanois album.
Friday 18 June 2010
On Be Yourself, the Woodchuck Nation pays homage to the Woodstock Nation, as a younger generation of folk-rockers offer their own takes on Graham Nash's Songs for Beginners.
Sunday 06 June 2010
Laura Burhenn says she wants her album to be “like Neil Young doing Motown”.
Friday 04 June 2010
"Sometimes I can play too rough," Matthew Houck croons on "Tell Me Baby (Have You Had Enough)". "Tell me baby have I gone too far?" He pleads. There's scant rough stuff tonight, and Houck's pugnacious Brooklyn-based outfit are refreshingly, delightfully "far out".
Sunday 16 May 2010
"Mama here, Mama gone." An album on a theme of adoption, explored with the hard-bitten demi-keen of one of American folk's fugitive survivors.
Sunday 04 April 2010
Rowdy, possibly slightly pissed Appalachian-style country-rock, shot through with the romance of the mine, the creek, the catfish and the car crash.
Tuesday 23 March 2010
Although Bobby Charles could neither read nor write music, nor play an instrument, he was a fine songwriter, writing the hit songs "See You Later, Alligator" (Bill Haley), "Walking to New Orleans" (Fats Domino) and "(I Don't Know Why) But I Do" (Clarence "Frogman" Henry). Keen to live in seclusion around the Louisiana swamps, he never promoted his own career, but a highly regarded album, Bobby Charles, with Dr. John and members of the Band, was released in 1972. His attitude to songwriting was simple: "When they come, they come."
Sunday 07 February 2010
She made the two most soulful country-rock albums of the early 2000s and then drifted. Here she kicks further over the country traces and returns aboard a semi-acoustic pop-rock vehicle of some solemnity.
Sunday 03 January 2010
One disc better endowed and not to be confused with the box set confined to the top 20 hits, Good Rockin' Tonight is a four-disc chronological collection of Presley moments expected and surprising.
Friday 01 January 2010
The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You
The heartfelt title track from the latest album by these Carolina bluegrass hipsters.
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