2013 was not a particularly musical year for me - a few less concerts, a few less must-haves scratched onto my album shopping list. However despite my slowdown in music listening, I did find that there was no shortage of albums to populate my top ten list. The following favourites are not ranked in any particular order. Rather, they are those ten albums that I found myself returning to again and again.
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Posted on January 4, 2014 at 7:30pm
There has been no shortage of praise among music critics for Laura Mvula's recently released debut album, Sing to the Moon. The classically-trained British soul and jazz singer has scooped up plenty of critical acclaim for her highly stylized gospeldelic sound. Filled with intensely layered doo-wop harmony, time changes and highly unusual compositions, the songs on Sing to the Moon are certainly distinctive, but they can sometimes be a challenging…Continue
Posted on August 8, 2013 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments
Ukelele-meister Manitoba Hal has wasted no time since his 2012 release Flirting with the Mermaids in dropping another album of curiously infectious music upon the unsuspecting public. Devil on the Wall is somewhat less ukelele-centric than the previous release, showcasing instead his mastery of the slide and electric guitar.
Devil on the Wall is a very bluesy album. A couple of fine covers of blues standards appear amongst the rollicking original…Continue
Posted on June 16, 2013 at 6:30pm
With th e release of The Black and Wretched Blue, Emma Hill finds herself physically back on familiar turf, in her home state of Alaska, but there are some sonic touches on the album that conjure up a distinctly more southerly territory. It's a fitting dichotomy for an album that resonates with wanderlust and longing for home.
Hill's honey-smoked voice takes on a soulful growl in many of the numbers, and combined with the horns that periodically kick…Continue
Posted on May 3, 2013 at 3:00pm