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    Senior Member SlimChances's Avatar
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    I am still lost in my 70's music but here are a few new releases I bought in 2017 that are quite good

    Deeper Understanding --War on Drugs
    Slowdive --Slowdive
    Here on Earth--Jenny Scheinman
    If It's Alright With You-Songs of Gene MacLellan--Catherine MacLellan
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    Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Nashville Sound
    Whitehorse - Panther in the Dollhouse
    Iron & Wine - Beast Epic
    Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie - Self Titled

    To me it was a good year. Not often anymore that entire albums are enjoyable which I found to be the case with these 4.
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    I've not acquired as much new music this year as in the past, but a few records have impinged my musical consciousness. In no particular order:

    The Order of Time by Valerie June inhabits a new kind of territory among blues, r&b and mountain music; her wonderful voice and phrasing brings these songs wonderfully to life.

    Feist's new album Pleasure is a long way from 1234, but for me is probably her most compelling, maybe her best, yet.

    Eric Bibb's Migration Blues addresses one of the important features of the modern world, with a look towards both the past and future. Wonderfully supported by JJ Milteau on harmonica and Michael Jerome Browne on guitar.

    Are they retro rockers or millenial posers? I don't know and don't care, I just know that Whitehorse makes really excellent rock and role, and their new album Panther In The Dollhouse is a pleasure.

    Jenny Scheinman's Here On Earth is the soundtrack to a documentary about the Piedomont regions of North Carolina in the 30s and 40s. As you might expect, it tilts a bit toward bluegrass, but is so much more. Scheinman's jazz violin stars, and she's ably supported by folks like Bill Frisell.

    One of my favorite moments of my live-music year was seeing Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn live in Toronto, and their newest album Echo In The Valley continues my infatuation. These are two banjo experts who can play jazz to mountain and everything in-between. Washburn's claw-hammer chops are almost a match for Fleck and his picks, and that is saying a very great deal. Outstanding.

    Rhiannon Giddens continued her tour-de-force sequence with an outstanding new album, delivered with her typical big and robust voice which nonetheless can effortlessly create intimacy. She has had a background in historical black music (via the Carolina Chocolate Drops), as well as in Irish/Scottish music (she speaks Gaelic), and is steeped in traditional American folk and "protest" music. It all comes together seamlessly.

    I've been working on liking Mary Halvorson, and although I've only had one listen I think her new album in Quartet form, Paimon, might do the trick. The compositions are by John Zorn and his writing style is a bit warmer than Mary's has been. I think this one's a keeper.

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