John Coltrane is as important to American jazz as anyone else in the genre. Blue Train released in September 1957 is the quintessential be-bop record and certainly a record that should be in the collection of anyone serious or curious about American be-bop.
In The Rainbow Rain is an adventurous listen start to finish, but the payoff is that Sheff seems incapable of doing any wrong with his songwriting.
Tracey Thorn is best known as one half of the duo Everything but The Girl, from 1982 to 2000 Thorn, together with Ben Watt, purveyed catchy, sullen and angst-ridden bedroom synth pop ballads. She is back with an excellent solo album Record.
The guitars are loud. The vocals are set back in the mix. The rhythm section is like a brick wall – impenetrable and imposing. The hooks are catchy and you can play it all loudly without fear of the kids in the next car looking at you like you’re some desperately anachronistic tool.
If you've ever seen a Salvador Dali painting, then you know what it's like to be within the bounds of familiarity without explicitly being told what things are. That's what Jack White has accomplished with his new album Boarding House Reach.