8. Jolie Holland: Spring Time Can Kill You.

This is another album I bought without hearing it (I do that a lot). I liked the title, and the list of songs caught my interest. I’d read about her first album which Tom Waits had spoken highly of and wanted to know more.

Like all the best artists, Jolie Holland on this record creates a world all her own. She can conjure up a mood you can walk straight into. She seems to have discovered that the way forward in life is to study and learn from the past, then pick up what you fancy and move on… her voice gives me the feeling that she’s living very much in the moment but surrounding herself with past echoes of feathered dancing shades and old blue mountain ghosts.

A gently beguiling record.

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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