TOP 5 AL­BUMS (plus one) – Joe Breen

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC2006 -

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.

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