First Aid Kit, The Lion’s Roar (2012)
First Aid Kit have been my band of 2018 and I think this is my favourite of their albums. It might be the most folk-influenced.
Top track, Wolf
Kristin Hersh, Hips & Makers (1994)
Kristin Hersh’s first solo album has this incredible, raw energy. Stripped down to voice, acoustic guitar and cello, the songs have a purity and sharpness that goes right through you. Painful but cathartic.
Top tracks, Your Ghost and The Letter
Brandi Carlile, The Firewatcher’s Daughter (2015)
I went off Brandi Carlile for a while, but I seem to be back into her again after listening to this album. Big tunes, great vocals, full of heart.
Top track, The Eye
Thea Gilmore, Songs from the Gutter (2002)
Songs from the Gutter is more of a collection of odds and ends than a coherent album, but it contains some of my favourite tracks.
Top tracks, I Dreamed I Saw Saint Augustine and December in New York
Corinne Bailey Rae, Corinne Bailey Rae (2006)
Lovely, warm, summary album, one that I put on to cheer myself up.
Top track, Put Your Records On
Martha Wainwright, Martha Wainwright (2005)
This is one of those albums which feels like an artist finally getting to release all the work they’ve had stored up for ages. It’s a beautiful burst of energy and that song about her Dad ….
Top Track, Bloody Motherfucking Asshole
Veruca Salt, Eight Arms to Hold You (1997)
I listened to this for the first time in ages and I’d forgotten how good it is, just a mighty album full of drums and huge riffs. I love it all.
Top tracks: Volcano Girls and Shutterbug
Sleater Kinney, All Hands on the Bad One (2000)
My second favourite from their earlier albums (my fave is Dig Me Out). Loud, in-your-face and a lot of fun.
Top track, You’re No Rock n’ Roll Fun