THE PREACHER'S REFRAIN
CANADA DAY PLAYLIST

STOCKI'S FAVOURITE 10 RECORDS FOR THE FIRST HALF OF 2015

Top 10

10. BOO HEWERDINE - OPEN

I remember my mate and I saying after the umpteenth brilliant 12” by The Bible that they never release a bad track. Their b-sides were always superb. So, twenty five years later Boo Hewerdine releases an album of songs he lost and found again, discarded and yet a quality collection of Hewerdine songwriting magic. 

9. RICKIE LEE JONES - THE OTHER SIDE OF DESIRE

A return to songwriting form for Rickie Lee. I love that quirky voice and when she writes meandering yet literary songs like these I get excited!

8. DUKE SPECIAL - LOOK OUT MACHINES

Belfast’s finest co-writes with very talented mates and as usual crafts originality and introspection to keep all our souls’ attention.

7. SUFJAN STEVENS - CARRIE AND LOWELL

Objectively this is the best album of the year. Melancholic and cathartic in looking back at a fraught relationship with his alcoholic mother it brings Steven’s usual reflections on universal truth. Genius!

6. BILL FAY - WHO IS THE SENDER?

I love this man’s pastoral songs, full of work written literally as he brushed floors. Wide souled and calming in a world in turmoil. 

5. MUMFORD & SONS - WILDER MIND

Change of outfits and instruments but still full of passion and soul. A more than acceptable reinvention. 

4. THE WATERBOYS - MODERN BLUES

Mike Scott’s spiritual exploration of the Long Strange Golden Road goes on in the most rocking of forms. The words are clever and deftly rhymed.

3. MARK KNOPFLER - TRACKER

I discovered Knopfler again thirty years after I had left him alone. Quality songs more than tastefully done.

2. DREW HOLCOLM & THE NEIGHBOURS - MEDICINE

Just the most sumptuous songwriting. Music to the ears, content for the soul.

1. JOY WILLIAMS - VENUS

Right at the last moment ex Civil War girl Williams becomes a woman. She reveals the strength of womankind in the story of one particular woman. Musically imaginative and emotionally tender.

and also worth a mention in no particular order: - 

BRANDON FLOWERS - THE DESIRED EFFECT

DAR WILLIAMS - EMERALD

RHIANNON GIDDENS - TOMORROW IS MY TURN

BOB DYLAN - SHADOWS IN THE NIGHT

SOAK - BEFORE WE FORGET HOW TO DREAM

ADMIRAL FALLOW - TINY REWARDS

THE DECEMBERISTS - WHAT A TERRIBLE WORLD, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL WORLD

JAMES BAY - CHAOS AND THE CALM

VAN MORRISON - DUETS; REWORKING THE CATALOGUE

GRETCHEN PETERS - BLACKBIRD

JAMES TAYLOR - BEFORE THIS WORLD

ASH - KABLAMMOO!

RICHIE FURAY - HAND IN HAND

LEONARD COHEN - CAN’T FORGET

POP STAPLES - DON’T LOSE THIS

PAUL BRADY - LIVE AT VICAR STREET VOL. 1

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