TOP 5 ALBUMS (plus one) – Joe Breen
Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch and Fats Kaplin, Long John Dean (Compass). Great singers, great songwriters and great players at the top of their form. Andy Fairweather-Low, Sweet Soulful Music (Proper). One of Britain’s great forgotten voices and talents doing what he does best. Guy Clark, Workbench Songs (Dualtone). Time rolls on but Clark, in his distinctively warm and understated style, remains the consummate country storyteller. Bob Dylan, Modern Times (Columbia). Intense, elusive, provocative, reflective, remarkable, entertaining, compelling – Dylan once again underlines that there is huge substance beneath the mystique. Bruce Springsteen, We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions (Columbia). His shows were epic, almost reducing the impact of the album by comparison, but it remains a remarkable statement by a remarkable performer. Rosanne Cash, Black Cadillac (Capitol). This is a remarkable and emotionally brave album by Johnny Cash’s most talented offspring. There are no winners but lots of losing in her trawl back through the years of her relationship with her father.