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Tuesday, 29 December 2020

Another Best of 2020 List

 Another best of 2020 list.

This time round it is a list of albums that I have -ahem * aquired* These are ten I would have/may have purchased had finances allowed.

This time round they are in alphabetical order as opposed to rank

Arbouretum - Let It All In (Thrill Jockey) - An eclectic mix of folk, blues, Americana and 70’s psychedelia from the Baltimore band

Bob Dylan - Rogh and Rowdy Ways (Columbia) - his 39th studio album and his first since 2012. One I'll definitely get round to buying

Bobbie Gentry - The Delta Sweete(Deluxe Edition)(UMC -Virgin International ) - a deluxe re-issue of  her conceptual second album from 1968 based on modern life in the Deep South

Bruce Springsteen - Letter to You (Columbia) - It's a tough act to follow  Western Stars but the Boss gives it a good go with his old muckers from the E Street Band along for the ride

Eileen Rose - Muscle Shoals (Continantal Song City)  -I've picked up a couple of her Americana albums in charity shops and they are ok. This one steps up a gear and as her website says is her most accomplished record to date

Jonathan Wison - Dixie Blur (Bella Union) - his fourth studio album. - a little bit country, a little bit rock'n'roll (the lineofbestfit)

Kris Drever - Where the World is Thin(Reveal). I've all the previous albums by Orkney folk artist Kris Drever. I wasn't sure at first but a definite grower with Scapa Flow 1919 and Westlin' Winds the stand out tracks

Steve Earle & the Dukes - Ghosts of West Virginia (New West) It's been a while since I've picked up on a new Steve Earle album but this angry and powerful concept album saluting coal mining communities and marking a 2010 explosion that left 29 miners dead is a return to form

Various Artists - Strum & Thrum:The American Jangle Underground 1983-1987(Captured Tracks) The inaugural release in a new Captured Tracks compilation series surveys a generation of college-rock bands that drew sustenance from the chiming guitars of R.E.M. and the Byrds.(Pitchfork)Would definitely have been purchased had I not been late to the party.Not a duff track on it.

Waxahatchee - St Cloud (Merge). Her 5th album and the most Americana to date which of course is no bad thing The Robster's record of the year. High praise indeed

Arbouretum - A Prism in Reverse

Bob Dylan - I Contain Multitudes


  1. A fantastic list Stevie. Hope you can catch a few of them soon. I also can recommend Waxahatchee too.

  2. That's quite a rundown, CC. I have seen Bob and Bruce on quite a few lists this year. Must be something there. You know how I feel about Strum & Thrum. The one I find most intriguing is Bobbie Gentry. Going to look into that one.