Iron & Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean (4AD)
WHERE Sam Beam’s sound maybe got rich on his last album, 10 years on he’s turned his sonic lens to the memories of the parental record collection and childhood family car journey radio for an album that surprises in part but largely mines solid influences to deliver storytelling with a somehow reassuring conflict between happy and sad.
Eva Cassidy - Simply Eva (Blix Street)
IT is a cruel irony that poor Eva didn’t live to enjoy her massive success. This latest record defines why she has been so embraced. Raw takes of key single Songbird, a stunning True Colours and People Get Ready focus on her enchanting voice and expressive acoustic guitar for an album simple in presentation yet highly emotive and all the more potent for it.