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ELVIS COSTELLO  "my aim is true"  vinyl/cd  1977

really?, this album is now forty years old!...
sort of been going through an EC thing of late so I should really post them...
his debut....
recorded over a twenty-four hour period...
four singles off this one,"red shoes", "less than zero", watching the detectives"
and the classic "Alison"...
the album has been inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame and is often
cited by rock critics as "the greatest debut album ever"...
either way, I love it

from the album, the classic "Alison"



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Chamber/jazz/folk. Where does it go??! Lol!

Penguin Café, The Imperfect Sea. Just love it. 

The second track on this great live clip is my favourite from the album, I think. "Protection" - starts around 5.55, followed by the album opener "Ricercar" which is also fantastic. They are awesome IMHO!



"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us." ~ Bill Watterson
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PAUL DEMPSEY  "strange loop"  cd,  2016:

frontman for Aussie alt rockers Something for Kate....
eleven albums with them and this is his third solo outing...
album made it to #5 here in Australia...
alt rock sounds here, some verging on the side of Prog at times, but never quite getting there fully...
an intelligent songwriter and one who rarely releases anything bad.

from the album, one of the singles:



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THE JEZABELS   "prisoner"  cd,  2011:
Aussie indi-rock band...
debut album of three, I own the first two...
reached #2 on the Aussie charts, charted in European countries also...
female vocalist...
has a bit of a Florence And The Machine thing happening...
I like it

from the album, one of the singles:



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PAUL WELLER  "a kind revolution"  cd,  2017:

pushed this one to the front of the unopened pile...
thirteenth solo set, twenty-fourth over all (in forty years)....
a return to form of sorts after the last two or three 'non-weller" albums...
a rocker, funk, soul, dance/disco, ballads, social commentary..
dance track, a duet with Boy George, I don't like that track...
love the love song, one of his best ever IMO



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THE LIVING END  "the ending is just the beginning repeating"  cd,  2011:

one of the last 'instore/ not for sale" preview cds I got off my mate Corey back in the day...
Aussie alt-rock band...
fifth album out of six I believe....
some good alt-rock tunes on here, some even border punk/rockabilly in places...
a good band, a good album that I would never have  bought otherwise...

from the album, my favourite track:




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WILLY MASON  "carry on"  cd, 2013:

one of those discount bin buys some time ago...
had never heard of Willy but I liked the album cover, so I took a chance...
glad I did....
alt folky/blues guy from New York, third album....
I hear John cash at times, also Springsteen with his folky type material...
hearing Gordon Lightfoot in places and add the lazy monotone of Ray Davies
from his slower acoustic tracks and you have Willy Mason...
not an immediate like, took a few listens to appreciate this one...
would have no hesitation buying another album o his if I ever saw one somewhere...
well worth a listen IMO...

from the album, my favourite track:



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MYSTERY JETS  "curve of the earth"  cd,   2016:


UK alt/indi band....
sixth album, only one I own....
liked this alt-pop when I listened to it as a new release, enough so, that I purchased it...
big mistake, hate it when that happens, which it inevitably does on occasion....
very little to like on here for me, even the three or four that pass only just have their toes over the line!

one of the singles:



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RAY LAMONTAGNE "ouroboros"  cd,  2016:

American folkie's sixth studio album...
no real folk on here....
guy has an almost whiney quality to his vocals (like Neil Young)...
tracks have that alternative folk sound Neil gets every now and then...
also gets that soft grunge sound Crazy Horse get in their quieter moments also...
a very good album IMO but the critics hated it as it was too far away from his folky roots...
did not know until I was listening to it this time that Jim James from My Morning Jacket produced
and played on the album, so I guess his influence is on it also...
probably worth a listen IMO...

the first single lifted from the album, and my favourite track...
give it a listen...



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JIM JAMES  "eternally even"  cd,  2016:

vocalist for alt rockers My Morning Jacket...
his second solo album...
not as eclectic or as good as his first one (Regions Of Light And Sound Of God) but still okay...
almost jazzy in places, well lets say psychedelic-jazz for want of a better word/phrase...
takes a few listens to appreciate but all of his output does for me...
could grow on me further with time but at the moment I can at least say I like it...

from the album:



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