Don’t adjust your ears just because The O’Jays and Bananarama both release two albums in the same day doesn’t mean it’s 1994 all over again. Cage The Elephant also stages a welcome return, and The Cranberries release “In The End” in anticipation of their latest record. So, let’s get to it.
Dianne Coffee – Internet Arms
If Prince and David Bowie had a love child he probably would sound like Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming and his swaggering odd ball alter ego Dianne Coffee. Mining the the same Glam Psychedelic territory that he favors with his main gig, Internet Arms feature mostly mid-tempo synth numbers with “Stuck In Your Saturday Night” a real banger, and “Like A Child Does” turning of the beats a bit on a thoughtful dance tune. This record is one to put on when you are ready to go out on a Saturday Night.
Joyous Wolf – Place In Time
All you really need to know to understand the vibe coming through from these L.A. rockers is that their first single available for public consumption was Mountains guitar epic “Mississippi Queen.” Full of riffage and swagger this one will be up for Rock Album of the year on a lot of year end lists.
Jade Bird – Jade Bird
One of the British shining stars on the Americana Folk scene, on her debut record there are soaring pop epics the likes of “Side Effects,” introspective slow burners with “My Beauty” where she sounds like Melissa Etheridge in her prime, and on the low and slow “Does Anybody Know” her songwriting talents really shine. This one will be on heavy rotation for quite a long time.
The Yawpers – Human Question
If you could only listen to artists from one single record label then Bloodshot Records should be your jam, and The Yawpers are right up there as show horses in their stable. A little more on the Rock and Roll Side than their last album, “Earn Your Heaven” will Rock your ears off and on “Dancing on My Knees” the rhythm section shows the musicianship and energy worthy of Stevie Ray’s Double Trouble.
Will Kimbrough – I Like It Down Here
When you are working with the likes of Shemekia Copeland, Mary Gauthier, and Hayes Carll just to name a few collaborators Will Kimbrough has had over the last couple of years, it is no surprise that his own career has been put on the back burner. Now, he is front and center with this great bluesy, swampy, purely honest record. This somewhat short set of 10 songs portrays an artist at the peak of his writing career.