Quite lean pickings this year I’d say. But as ever a few slip through
Bruce Springsteen. The Seger Sessions. (which I’ve lost)
Corinne Bailey Rae. Sorry, but it’s actually really good.
Richard Hawley. Coles Corner (but all his albums are great and he was robbed of the Mercury Prize as The ‘Monkeys’ themselves pointed out) and yes, I know, it was last year really.
The Fratellis. Costello Music. (With nothing by Elvis on it).
Isabel Campbell and Mark Lanegan. Ballad of Broken Seas.
Jenny Lewis and The Watson Twins. Rabbit Fur Coat.
Howe Gelb. ‘Sno angel like you. (Weird gospel stuff with Giant Sand man fronting
Je Pense A toi. Amadou and Mariam
Ry Cooder. Chavez Ravine (different from Buena Vista but great)
Tropicalia. Various Artists. Brazilian fun.
Donald Fagen. Morph the cat.