December 20, 2015 by tincanreview
As always we’ve chosen artists who we feel have created something truly unique and challenged themselves to go further than before.The below list is alphabetical and not in order of preference.
Ryan Bingham – ‘Fear And Saturday Night’
Fresh from penning his multi-award winning track ‘The Weary Kind’ for the movie ‘Crazy Heart’, Ryan Bingham returns with one of the most powerful albums of his career. ‘Fear And Saturday Night’ wrestles with the past, present and future in equal measure and forms one of the most moving accounts of the songwriter to date.
Danny And The Champions Of The World – ‘What Kind Of Love’
Danny And The Champions Of The World continue their creative momentum with ‘What Kind Of Love’. Recorded at Reservoir Studios, the songs combine Country, Soul and Rock and Roll influences in a way that only the Champs can deliver. Additional backing vocals, arranged by Romeo Stodart of The Magic Numbers, provide an effective counter point whilst the final track ‘Sound Of A Train’, co-written with Ian Siegal, sees the band treading new ground. With another album already in the pipeline we can’t wait to catch up with them in 2016.
Case Hardin – ‘Colours Simple’
Much of what makes the new Case Hardin album so great can be heard during its eight minute opener ‘Poets Corner’. Frontman Pete Gow delivers a stream of well crafted lyrics against a musical backdrop as intense as the band’s live sound. Complete with Rothko-esque artwork and a reflection on the death of liner notes, this is an album which album lovers will devour and Case Hardin fans will hold up as one of their best.
Franc Cinelli – The Marvel Age
Franc Cinelli wrote the majority of these songs whilst touring 2013’s ‘I Have Not Yet Begun To Fight’. Recorded at his home studio in London, the album establishes Cinelli as a formidable songwriter and a producer of the finest calibre. ‘The Marvel Age’ sets a high benchmark for others to follow.
Hip Hatchet – ‘Hold You Like A Harness’
From the opening lines of ‘Hold You Like A Harness’ it’s clear that Portland based Philippe Bronchtein (aka Hip Hatchet) is a unique and gifted songwriter. Whilst the music carries the melody underneath, the singer ducks and weaves around the notes, spouting imaginative lyrical ideas with a warm growl. The quality never lets up and repeated listens only confirm its genius.
Jason Isbell – ‘Something More Than Free”
After the breakthrough of 2013’s ‘Southeastern’, fans and critics have eagerly awaitedJason Isbell’s fifth studio release ‘Something More Than Free’. The album reaches the same heights as its predecessor, as Isbell delivers his songs with expert precision and indispensable support from The 400 Unit and producer Dave Cobb. The Alabama native continues to perform at the top of his game.
James McMurtry – ‘Complicated Game’
Seven years since the release of his last studio album, Austin based James McMurtrymakes an impressive return with ‘Complicated Game’. The stories unfold with cinematic quality, as each line conjures up a host of American landscapes and recognisable inhabitants. Fans are at last reunited with one of the greatest
songwriters of his generation.
Dean Owens – ‘Into The Sea’
Scottish songwriter Dean Owens recorded his latest album in Nashville, Tennessee with producer Neilson Hubbard and contributions from Will Kimbrough, Kim Richey and Suzy Boggus. The inspiration for his songs however can be found much closer to home as Owens reflects on growing up, growing old and growing apart from friends and family. ‘Into The Sea’ is his finest work so far.
Jenny Ritter – ‘Raised By Wolves’
(Fiddle Head Records)
Canadian artist Jenny Ritter describes her second solo effort as a ‘dreamy tribute to an unconventional upbringing, and unusual people’. The album continues the standard set with 2012’s Bright Mainland, combining complex instrumentation with impressive melodies and lyrics which never fail to register emotionally.
Josh Ritter – ‘Sermon On The Rocks’
Over the last 15 years, Idaho’s Josh Ritter has established himself as a masterful songwriter. With a loyal congregation in tow, the artist leaps to the pulpit and preaches ‘Sermon On The Rocks’ with all the enthusiasm which has made him so revered. The songs combine the qualities of his previous work with a sense of excitement usually confined to live performances.
When the calibre is so high there are always going to be some favourites we have to leave out of a top 10. If you’re still hungry for more we highly recommend the following:
Jenn Grant – Compostella (Star House Collective)
Danni Nicholls – Mockingbird Lane (Self Released)
Noah Gundersen – Carry The Ghost (Dualtone)
Andrew Combs – All These Dreams (Loose)
Harry Harris – Songs About Other People (Wild Sound Recordings)
Robert Chaney – Cracked Picture Frames (Jagged Lines)
Joe Pug – Windfall (Loose)
Jonathan Byrd And The Sentimentals – Mother Tongue (Waterbug/City Hall)
Rayland Baxter – Imaginary Man (ATO Records)
These are also in alphabetical order:Emma Ballantine – ‘Tourist’
(Shut Up Jo Records)
Hobo And The Hippies – ‘Hobo And The Hippies’
Charlie Hole – ‘Dirty Little Secret’
Ady Johnson – ‘Thank You For The Good Things’
Have A Great Xmas – See You In The New Year!