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Cody Canada & The Departed – Adventus (2012)

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Adventus is the official coming out party for The Departed,  an arrival, but the soft opening has been going on since Cross Canadian Ragweed disbanded a couple of years ago.  The Departed played 200+ shows during that time, but they’re just now releasing a record of original material (last year’s This Is Indian Land covered Oklahoma songwriters).  As the payoff for waiting, we get a fully realized album, a fine record of Texas/Red Dirt rock.  In my view, it’s one of the best of 2012.  While there are shades of Ragweed (or, better put, Canadian), this is not Cross Canadian Ragweed redux.  This is something new, something better.Straight out of the gate, the band billed themselves as Cody Canada and The Departed, but the Adventus cover just says The Departed.  While you still see references to Cody Canada and The Departed, there seems to be a subtle shift from a front man/backing band arrangement to something more like an ensemble.  Canada is still the mover behind this group in many ways, but he’s not the only one.  Roughly half the tracks on Adventus have Seth James as lead singer (former Ragweed bass player Jeremy Plato sings one and there is one instrumental).  The band is rounded out by the excellent (and well-deployed) keyboards of Steve Littleton as well as the solid (and big) drums of Chris Doege. What to say about the sound of the record?  For someone like me, who leans singer-songwriter, country, and acoustic, but comes from a rock background, it’s a welcome change, a bit of a palette cleanser.  It’s certainly not a quiet, laid back record.  Fans of heavier stuff are going to like its guitars and drums and voices.  Canada’s songs remind us of Ragweed, though they’re a bit more complex, definitely more mature.  He’s got that voice, the voice of Ragweed as we knew it (and loved it), and that unique way of phrasing (both as a singer and a songwriter), that is difficult to describe but unmistakable.  Seth James’s offerings are a bit more straight ahead blues rock.  He even goes gospel rock on a couple of tracks.  His vocals and guitar work are clean and clear, very strong.  The Seth James sound is the big change from Ragweed to The Departed.

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Mumford And Sons – Babel [Gentlemen Of The Road Edition] (2012)

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Mumford and Sons will re-release their best- selling 2012 sophomore album Babel in a special Gentlemen of the Road Edition box set. The new version of Babel will include three bonus tracks as well as both a DVD and CD of the band’s Road to Red Rocks concert performance recorded at the famed Morrison, Colorado outdoot amphitheater.The Road to Red Rocks will also be available as a stand-alone DVD as well as a deluxe box featurning the DVD, a vinyl album version of the concert performance, an expanded CD of Babel.“We really call ourselves a live band,” the band’s Ted Dwayne told Rolling Stone, “and it was really important to us to start really exploring that way of recording.”

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Ben Kyle – Ben Kyle (2012)

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Belfast born, but very much a Minneapolis boy now, Kyle is the writer and main man in the band Romantica whose America album was a favourite of mine a few years back. Having released a duet record with Carrie Rodriguez last year, Kyle has decided to strip back his Romantica foil and concentrate on the melodies and that winsome voice. Kyle writes with a consummate ease and his melodies have little subtle shifts that are utterly delicious. They creep gently in and cling softly to your ears. Kyle worked with Ryan Adams in the past and you can understand why, though  have to say that Adams has not had a record stock full of great songs like this in a long, long time. Ben Kyle is a major talent who would get Madeleine L’Engle’s endorsement for sure. Another Belfast songwriter to be proud of!

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Bettie Serveert – Bare Stripped Naked (2006)

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Bettie Serveert has been at it for a long time. Since the release of 1992’s indie rock classic Palomine, the band’s career has been a series of ups and downs, missed opportunities, fading fortunes, misguided reviews, and strong comebacks. Basically, it’s been the story of any indie rock band that never gave up in the […]

Peter Bruntell – Ghost In A Spitfire (2005)

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“One of England’s best kept musical secrets”. – Rolling Stone These words from Rolling Stone seem to sum up Devon based Peter Bruntnell’s career so far. A handful of albums for Almo and Ryko in the 90s coincided with the emergence of Britpop (RIP) and despite the best efforts of a very supportive music press […]

Peter Bruntnell – Ringo Woz Ere (2012)

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The latest album from Devon based singer/song- writer Peter Bruntnell, Ringo woz ere, following on from last years excellent Black Mountain UFO. The usual high standard expected of Mr Bruntnell is maintained, there are seven tracks co-written with Bill Ritchie including two great reworked versions of tracks that appeared on Black Mountain UFO, Maryanne and […]