Re: Favorite Albums Discoveries of 2018?

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Posted by RoyHobbes ( on January 08, 2019 at 13:45:08:

In Reply to: Favorite Albums Discoveries of 2018? posted by Jose on January 04, 2019 at 08:10:17:

The Wilson album is on my list, too. I really like "Trafalgar Square".

All stuff from 2018:

-Marcus King Band: Carolina Confessions
Totally independent from his work w/ Chris, this is a nice, soulful blues/rock album.

-Brandi Carlile: By The Way, I Forgive You
Featuring arrangements by Paul Buckmaster and production from Shooter Jennings & Dave Fucking Cobb, this record contains some of the finest lead and harmony singing I have ever heard.

-Howlin Rain - The Aligator Bride
A return to form for this hard-hippie crew led by Ethan Miller.

-Magpie Salute - High Water I
Nice collection of songs w/ excellent guitar work. Sets the bar high for things to come.

-Erika Wennerstrom: The Sweet Unknown
The Heartless Bastards' frontwoman stretched out this year w/ a sprawling, meditative rock record that shows off her more-ethereal tendencies and sounds like she's found a new lease on life.

-The Mother Hips - Chorus
A short, strong collection of Mother Hips songs - seems like more than a little soul-searching from Tim Bluhm after the grizzly gliding accident that nearly deprived him of life and limb.

-Jayhawks - Back Roads and Abandoned Motels
I had mixed feelings going into this one, a collection of old Louris compositions that had been recorded & released by others, but man, was I wrong. Rather than feeling disjointed & dated, these songs sound fresh & cohesive - not like they were written over the course of several years. The heart of the band is Gary Louris, as always, but all members contributed vocals to this effort.

-Dr. Dog - Critical Equation
Some darker tonal colors used by the Dog on this, their ninth studio effort, but the same great compositions, harmonies, and arrangements.

-Jonathan Wilson: Rare Birds
Sounds like it wasn't recorded a day later than 1976. I'd say Jon picked up some inspiration working as Roger Waters' musical director on his last tour. Floyd city with folk textures, baby. I've often wondered what a true collaboration between Wilson & CR would have amounted to.

: New and no particular order -

: Doyle Bramhall II - Shades (2018)
: The Magpie Salute - High Water I (2018)
: Robert Johnson - Close Personal Friend (1978)
: Aaron Lee Tasjan - In The Blazes (2015)
: Chris Rea - The Road To Hell (1989)
: Jonathan Wilson - Rare Birds (2018)

: Let's hear yours...I'm always looking to get turned on to new stuff, even if it's old stuff.

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