Album of the Month
Tanya Donelly, Swan Song Series (2016)
This three-CD set brings together all the Swan Song series releases. In style, I’d say the music is a combination of the more poppy Lovesongs for Underdogs and the melodic, country-inflected This Hungry Life. It’s a wealth of gorgeous songs.
Marianne Faithful, Negative Capability (2018)
I wrote about this here. Loved it.
Top track, The Gypsy Faerie Queen (feat. Nick Cave)
Kristin Hersh, The Grotto (2003)
The most stripped down and fragile of Kristin Hersh’s solo albums. Just piano, violin and guitar. It sounds like the even sadder and lonelier sister to Hips & Makers. One I only ever listen to during the winter.
Leonard Cohen, The Best of (or Greatest Hits) (1975)
This collection introduced me to Leonard Cohen’s earlier work. Until I bought this, I’d mainly been listening to the eighties stuff and had rather bad memories of my Dad playing Songs of Love & Hate when I was a kid. Every song on here is a classic.
Top track: Famous Blue Raincoat (because it’s just so Leonard)
Bruce Springsteen, The Ghost of Tom Joad (1995)
I’d forgotten how much I like this album. It was one of the albums that started to get me into americana and alt country. So atmospheric.
Nick Cave, The Good Son (1990)
I hadn’t listened to The Good Son for ages. It was a favourite album the year I went to university in 1995. This album is lighter (relatively!) and more melodic than a lot of the earlier work. It’s still a bit biblical, but it shows the softer, more romantic side to Nick Cave that would flourish later.
Top track: The Ship Song
Bonus points to The Weeping Song for having one of the most ridiculous videos ever made.