Part 2! Numbers 3-5!
Part 1 here.
5. Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey – Going Back Home
I was very touched by Wilko Johnson‘s year. At the start of the year, he was supposed to be dead, diagnosed with a cancer that was supposed to kill him last October. Then he made this record with an old friend and it actually did better than any album of his career. One more tour then. Then another. Right now, it looks like Wilko will be ok.
This record is a lot of fun. It’s also a lot of covers which is the reason it’s not higher up on the list. However, many of the songs, taken from Wilko’s later career, are still new to me.
Here’s the blistering title track.
4. King Creosote – From Scotland With Love
I’m still very sad about what happened to Scotland. But one of the by products about the swelling of national pride there, was the art. And this album would not exist if Scotland did not make the brave move to go on their on own.
One of the more lovely art projects is From Scotland With Love – a film of archival material, showing the progress and life of Scotland of old. The soundtrack was this, a sentimental synthesis of Scottish folk. Emotionally charged and tender, it’s a trip through time. Even without the film, the music makes sense.
I’ve heard of King Creosote many times, but this is my first album. It’s love for me, and I’m exploring the catalogue.
Here’s a scene from the film, with music from the album.
3. The New Mendicants – Into the Lime
The team up of Teenage Fanclub‘s Norman Blake and Pernice Brother‘s Joe Pernice. It’s one of those records that feels like it’s made for me. That beautiful pop songs left unadorned.
Not quite power-pop, not quite alt-country, this is just a collection of lovely songs by two master songwriters.