Latest Grahams Music Reviews

These are some of our favourite new albums this year - available from Grahams.
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Twenty One Pilots - Blurryface

Twenty One Pilots - Blurryface

This is the fourth album from American duo Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun. Joseph wrote all the songs, sings and plays keyboards, synthesizer, and sometimes ukulele, and Dun plays the drums. Six tracks so far have been released as singles, including ‘Stressed Out’, which won a Grammy for ‘Best Duo/Group Performance’ earlier this year. The music is impossible to categorize being a mixture of pop, electronica and rap rock. Joseph has claimed that when there are too many words, he raps to fit the lyrics in.

CD £12 2 x LPs £30

 

Imelda May - Life Love Flesh Blood

Imelda May - Life Love Flesh Blood

This is the Dublin born, singer-songwriter May’s most autobiographical album, and follows the ending of her marriage to her creative partner and guitarist, Darrel Higham. Her previous three self-produced albums, ‘Love Tattoo’, ‘Mayhem’ and ‘Tribal’ were pure rockabilly. This album containing mainly country rock ballads, was produced by T Bone Burnett and recorded in Los Angeles with a small band, including Marc Ribot on guitar. Of the album May says” it’s all there, birth, sex, love and death. It’s the story of my life”.

CD £10 CD (deluxe) £15, LP £20

 

Macy Gray - Stripped

Macy Gray - Stripped

Stripped, singer-songwriter Gray’s Chesky debut, was recorded live over two days in an abandoned church in Brooklyn. All of the musicians had to gather round one microphone, and there were no overdubs or edits. Gray’s band are jazz musicians with Wallace Roney on trumpet, Russell Malone on guitar, Daryl Johns on bass, and Art Hoenig on drums. The songs consists of new
arrangements of her wellknown songs like ‘I Try’, two covers including Metallica’s ‘Nothing Else Matters’, as well as new songs like ‘Annabelle’.

CD £12 LP 180grm £30

 

Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm

Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm

Robert Cray travelled to Memphis with his producer and drummer, Steve Jordan, to record at the Royal Studios with the remaining members of Hi Rhythm, who had made albums with Al Green and O.V. Wright for Hi Records. Jordan describes the recordings as “a soul, rhythm and blues fantasy camp for us. Those guys have been playing in that room for fifty years”. The tracks are a mixture of Cray originals and covers, including two songs from Tony Joe White, who sat in to play guitar and harmonica. 

CD £12 LP £25

 

Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet - Ladilikan

Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet - Ladilikan

Trio Da Kali are three young musicians from different families from the Mande culture of southern Mali, a heritage of griots, the caste of specialist hereditary musical artists. They line up traditionally with a vocalist, balafon (xylophone) player and a bass rigoni (lute) player. They collaborate here with Kronos Quartet, a string quartet from San Francisco, who have made albums for over forty years. David Harrington, the founder of Kronos Quartet has said “The interaction felt very natural…it’s one of our most beautiful collaborations”. 

CD £12 LP £15

 

Vincent Herring- Hard Times

Vincent Herring - Hard Times

The idea for this album was conceived during a six-month residency at the New York jazz venue, Smoke. The quartet consists of Herring, on alto and soprano saxophones, Cyrus Chestnut on piano, Yasushi Nakamura on bass and Carl Allen on drums. They are supplemented by a horn section, including trombonist Steve Turre, as well as guitarist Russell Malone and singer, Nicolas
Bearde on a few tracks. Herring offers the album as “an uplifting piece for the hard times in the universe”.

CD £15

 

All of the albums above, except the Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm, are available as hi-res downloads, and can be purchased from hdtracks.com, qobuz.com or highresaudio.com.
This selection of music is available for collection or by mail order. Contact us by phone, e-mail or post.
Postage & packing for 1 CD is £2.00 and for up to 4 CDs is £4.00. Up to 2 LPs is £5.00 and there is a maximum charge of £6.00. There is a 10% discount for the purchase of all six recordings.

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