GREATEST HITS Troy Cassar-Daley
Troy Cassar-Daley released a “best of” album back in 2007. He’s had a lot more hits since then, hence the release of Greatest Hits, a 42-track double-CD set. This collection goes back to his first hit ‘Dream Out Loud’ in 1994, and even before that with the independently-released ‘Proud Young Man’. CassarDaley’s vocals have matured noticeably over the years, the excellent ‘Things I Carry Around’ from his 2016 album of the same name a prime example. A number of collaborations are dotted throughout this collection, including ‘Ramblin Man’ with Tommy Emmanuel, ‘Wish I Was A Train’ with Paul Kelly, ‘Get Away Car’ with Kasey Chambers, and ‘Bird On A Wire’ with Jimmy Barnes. Greatest Hits is released on October 19.
SO COUNTRY 2018 Various artists
The 46 tracks on So Country 2018 showcases the top contemporary country talent from Australia and North America, with a few wild cards thrown in. Relative US newcomer Sam Hunt performs the tongue-in-cheek ‘Body Like A Back Road’, and Brad Paisley teams with troubled pop star Demi Lovato for ‘Without A Fight’. Not to be outdone, Kenny Chesney duets with P!Nk on ‘Setting The World On Fire’. Shania Twain is at her pop-country best on ‘Life’s About To Get Good’, and Australia’s Shane Nicholson reminds us of his talents on ‘Safe’. In a surprise, Judah Kelly, winner of Channel Nine’s The Voice competition in 2017, performs ‘Count On Me’. This double CD collection could make a handy Christmas stocking filler.