Kevin Bryan reviews the latest record releases...
Iggy Pop, Post Pop Depression (Caroline International) - The veteran protopunk rocker recorded what could well be his final album in an atmosphere of total secrecy, joining forces with Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme and Dean Fertita and Arctic Monkeys’ drummer Matt Helders to assemble his dour yet compelling reflections on mortality, loss and regret. Sweetness and light isin painfully short supply as Iggy serves up his bleak meditations on a life lived to the nth degree, culminating in the expletive laden closer, Paraguay.
Steeleye Span, Ten Man Mop or Mr Reservoir Butler Rides Again (Talking Elephant) - This folk-rock gem first saw the light of day in 1971 , and marked founder member Ashley Hutchings’ final appearance on vinyl with the band. The contents offer the usual engaging blend of songs, jigs and reels. with When I Was On Horseback, Marrowbones and Gower Wassail, emerging asmusical highlights. As an added bonus the good people at Talking Elephant have also seen fit to include no less than three versions of their accapella treatment of Buddy Holly’s infectious Rave On, which was released as a single earlier the same year.
Keegan McInroe, Uncouth Pilgrims (SelfReleased) - Texan singersongwriter Keegan McInroe has lived the life of an itinerant country troubadour since recording his acclaimed solo debut, From The Wall & In The City, which was released in 2010. McInroe’s fourth studio album takes its title from a phrase in Mark Twain’s travelogue, The Innocents Abroad, and the contents mine a rich vein of laconic, mildly rambling Americana informed by his travels across Europe andAmerica, including gems such as Country Music Outlaws, Verona and Woody & Ruth.
Johnny Winter, Hey, Where’s Your Brother (Talking Elephant) - This excellent 1992 album from the Johnny Winter archives finds the distinctive albino guitarist in particularly fine fettle as he delivers bluesy ditties such as Johnny Guitar and She Likes To Boogie Real Low before joining forces with brother Edgar for a heartfelt revamp of Charles Brown’s Please Come Home For Christmas. If you’ve never come across any of this iconic musician’s work before this splendid set should provide an ideal introduction to his fiery and visceral sound.