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As O Brother & Down from the Mountain, there are songs that are somewhere between appalachian, blues, country & folk- loosely defined as roots & Alison Krauss returns from O Brother to sing on a few tracks. An array of artists (Tim O'Brien, The Reeltime Travelers, Cassie Franklin, Tim Eriksen etc) feature- which opens up further possibilities for further purchases I can't really afford! The Sacred Harp Singers at Liberty Church are a wonderful discovery & Gabriel Yared (Betty Blue) offers some great instrumentals also.
But the highlight for me are the five-tracks from Jack White, of the acclaimed White Stripes; now I don't really see the appeal of the White Stripes- it all seems like hype from the media/XL-records & worthy of the joke Paul Morley makes about them regarding 1963 in his recent book Words & Music. It all seems like garage-rock retro & not as interesting as similar acts like Violent Femmes, Pixies, Pussy Galore, Royal Trux, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Cramps & Gun Club.Read more ›