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The Vancouver singer-songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr is far from an household name but on the evidence of this debut album "Goon" he may be troubling a stereo near you very soon. Jesso comes from that tradition of piano balladeers like Elton John, Randy Newman and Tom Waits. His music however owes as much to Lennon and McCartney in the terms of the vibe it creates and the mix of melodic sunshine and heartaches which predominate throughout....
What is it with South Wales? They’ve produced some great rock bands over the last few years: Manic Street Preachers, Stereophonics, Funeral For A Friend, Kids In Glass Houses, The Automatic, Feeder, Bullet For My Valentine and Lostprophets (regardless of the unpleasant issues surrounding one of their members, they’re music is/was brilliant hard rock).
MusicMuso got its grubby mitts on Falling With Style’s latest mini-album: ‘Lost and Found’, we had a listen and here’s what we thought.
Respect to both artists on this tribute album to Elliott Smith. They somehow managed to record the 12 compositions together over three years in between constant touring as separate musicians, grabbing any spare opportunity to lay down a track whether it be in in their homes or hotel rooms. The question is whether Seth Avett of the Avett Brothers and his friend and fellow artist Jessica Lea Mayfield pull off the feat of taking Smith's intimately personal songs and add real value to them as opposed to mere reverence? The answer is not quite....
Mark Knopfler has settled into an effortless groove in his solo work particularly in the Dylanesque roots of 2012’s marvellous double album “Privateering”. It mixed in a diversity of themes that also drew upon Celtic folk, Americana and more traditional country. Clearly with this solid track record those expecting “Mark Knopfler does Death Metal” will always wait in vain. Indeed “Tracker” is Knopfler at his reliable best, recording songs of quality and class but infusing them with a personal overview that gives the album a nice reflective flavour. As Knopfler explains “The album title ‘Tracker’ arrived out of me trying to find my way over the decades, out of me tracking time – looking at people, places and things from my past, and out of the process of tracking as in recording tracks in the studio.”
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