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The Big Listen: Bill Callahan – Gold Record

Newly settled in domestic contentment, Bill Callahan produced one of his strongest albums to date in 2019’s Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest. Just a year later, this masterful raconteur returns with 10 hit singles new and old.

The Genius Of… You In Reverse by Built To Spill

With great songs and guitar interplay to rival the likes of Marquee Moon, Built To Spill’s collaborative 2006 return to form, You In Reverse, is a hook-laden gift that keeps on giving for guitarists.

The Genius Of… The La’s, The La’s

Led by the flawed genius of their perfectionist frontman Lee Mavers, The La’s released a timeless self-titled debut in 1990 that predicted the whole Britpop movement. Three decades later, it remains the band’s only album and Mavers hates it so much he’s spent most of his life trying to re-record it. Will we ever hear the album as he intended? 

The Big Listen: Bright Eyes – Down In The Weeds, Where The World Once Was

After nearly a decade's absence Conor Oberst has got the band back together. The first Bright Eyes album since 2011 is an unflinching exploration of grief, loss and keeping on keeping on as life crumbles around you. We'd expect nothing less.

The Genius Of… Hoodoo Man Blues by Junior Wells’ Chicago Blues Band

In 1965, the Original Blues Brothers – harp maestro Junior Wells and livewire showman Buddy Guy – sidestepped broken amps and contract wrangles to bottle the sound of Chicago’s blues clubs on this classic album.

The Genius Of… Verve –  A Storm In Heaven

Under-appreciated on its release in 1993, The Verve's debut is a transcendental space-rock masterwork, lit up by the sonic alchemy conjured by the band's introverted genius, guitarist Nick McCabe. Never has an album's title been more apt.

The Big Listen: Deep Purple – Whoosh!

Deep Purple’s 21st studio album is billed as the most versatile, boundary-pushing record of the three they’ve made with producer Bob Ezrin. Is it a worthy addition to the legendary British band’s weighty catalogue?   
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