D’OH! Forgot to do one of these last month, so here you go. I’ll have April’s up in a few weeks.
This year is continuing to surprise and delight me with some absolutely solid albums. A lot of new albums by old favorites, and numerous releases by bands I hadn’t heard of previously. I’m looking forward to more of this!
Minus the Bear, Voids (released 3 March). I’ve been hitting this one hard lately…they kind of remind me of Shearwater, with the odd melodies that somehow fit together perfectly. LOVE this album.
Bush, Black and White Rainbows (released 10 March). Glad to see them having a second life with a consistent run of excellent new albums.
The Creation, Action Painting (released 17 March). A fascinating garage band from the UK, this one packages their single 60s album (We Are Paintermen) and the singles from the same era. They were influential to a hell of a lot of UK musicians, from Jimmy Page to Paul Weller. [And yes, the UK record label was named after them.]
Spoon, Hot Thoughts (released 17 March). Probably my favorite Spoon album since Kill the Moonlight back in ’02. It’s weird, heavy, and there’s a hell of a lot of funk going on as well.
Lloyd Cole, In New York (Collected Recordings 1988-1996) (released 17 March). A lovely counterpoint to the box set he released for his Commotions work, this contains his first five albums plus an album of demos. An exellent and underrated songwriter.
Depeche Mode, Spirit (released 17 March). A return to the darker and more electronic DM. I’d say this is on par with Ultra, with its heavier, angrier sound.
The Jesus and Mary Chain, Damage and Joy (released 24 March). Wait, this is 2017, not 1987, right? Seriously, though…it’s a welcome return. It sounds a lot like their mid-era sound, very similar to Honey’s Dead, but that’s definitely a good thing.
Jamiroquai, Automaton (released 31 March). Jay Kay still has the funk, and he doesn’t skimp on it here. I often find myself listening to this in the afternoon as a lift-me-up.
Wire, Silver/Lead (released 31 March). What can I say? I will buy anything and everything by this band. They’ve never let me down once.