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Zena Grieg - Reviews


Regina Spektor


Home Before and After
Playful, unpredictable and sometimes heart-wrenching first album in six years from Moscow-born, but New York-based singer-songwriter Regina Spektor


Saya Gray


19 Masters
Musically diverse and kaleidoscopic debut album from Toronto-based Japanese Canadian singer Saya Gray


Kim Robins


Leave the Porch Light On
Eclectic mix of bluegrass, country and gospel, on resilient third album from Indiana singer-songwriter Kim Robins which was created out of personal tragedy


Lykke Li


Eyeye
Intimate and minimalist yet cinematic fifth album from Swedish singer-songwriter Lykke Li


Emile Sande


Let's Say For Instance
Refreshing comeback album from internationally-renowned Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sande


Sigrid


How to Let Go
Thoughtful and experimental electronica on second album from chart-storming Norwegian singer-songwriter Sigrid


Bonnie Raitt


Just Like That...
Powerful and reflective combination of original compositions and covers on first album in six years from California-based singer Bonnie Raitt


Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway


Crooked Tree
Eclectic bluegrass and country rock on third album from singer-songwriter Molly Tuttle


Josie Bello


Resilience
Thoughtful and sensitive mix of folk, rock and country on confident third album from American singer-songwriter Josie Bello


Joan Jett and the Blackhearts


Changeup
Excellent acoustic album from Joan Jett which features new versions of her best-known songs in a more intimate setting


Bonham-Bullick


Bonham-Bullick
Eclectic covers album from Deborah Bonham, the younger sister of Led Zeppelin Drummer John Bonham, and her guitarist husband Peter Bullick


Maren Morris


Humble Quest
Evocative combination of folk, country and pop on third album from award winning American singer-songwriter Maren Morris


Ella Henderson


Everything I Didn't Say
Confident but thought-provoking and bluntly honest second album and first in eight years from singer-songwriter Ella Henderson


Nilufer Yanya


Painless
Minimalist and ethereal second album which reflects on vulnerability and dislocation from London-based singer-songwriter Nilufer Yanya


Avril Lavigne


Love Sux
Raucously energetic and fiery comeback album from Canadian singer Avril Lavigne which marks a return to her pop-punk roots


Lilly of the West


Swings and Heartaches Vol. 2
Eclectic and quirky collection of covers on twelfth album from Bulgarian bluegrass group Lilly of the West


Joss Stone


Never Forget My Love
Exuberant first album in seven years from acclaimed singer-songwriter Joss Stone


Bastille


Give Me The Future
Expansive and experimental science fiction-themed fourth album from London-based stadium act Bastille


Dewey and Leslie Brown with The Carolina Gentlemen


Jealousy
Traditional but distinctive bluegrass on second album from Appalachian-rooted husband and wife duo Dewey and Leslie Brown with backing band The Carolina Gentlemen


Janis Ian


The Light at the End of the Line
Eclectic and powerful first album in fifteen years from Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Janis Ian which she says will be her last and proves a fitting conclusion to her unique musical career.


Lydia Brownfield


Dig
Versatile and reflective album from Ohio-based singer-songwriter and emerging talent Lydia Brownfield inspired by romantic break-up and divorce


Marina


Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land (Deluxe Edition)
Appealing combination of the political with the personal on surprising and enjoyable fifth album from Welsh singer-songwriter Marina which originally released last year has now come out in a deluxe edition


Courtney Barnett


Things Take Time, Take Time
Understated but uplifting third album from Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett


Neil Young And Crazy Horse


Barn
Urgent and reflective fourteenth album from Neil Young with with his original backing group Crazy Horse


Alicia Keys


Keys
Versatile double album from Alicia Keys which is split into two parts, one consisting of new songs, and the other of reworkings of songs from her back catalogue


Kelly Clarkson


When Christmas Comes Around
Appealing mix or covers and original material on second Christmas album from American singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson


Elbow


Flying Dream 1
Reflective and soulful ninth album from much acclaimed Manchester quartet Elbow which was written and recorded during lockdown


Damon Albarn


The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows
Evocative and intriguing second album for innovative ex-Blur musician/songwriter Damon Albarn upon which he moves into new territory


Self Esteem


Prioritise Pleasure
Unflinchingly honest and bittersweet second akbum from Self Esteem, the nom de plume for Yorkshire-based experimental musician Rebecca Taylor


Eric Devries


Song and Dance Man
Intimate but melancholic fourth album from Utrecht-based singer-songwriter and musician Eric Devries which proves to be ne of the best Americana albums to come out of the Netherlands in recent years.


Lana Del Ray


Blue Banisters
Reflective and stripped back new album, her second this year, from bestselling American singer-songwriter Lana del Ray


Roger Taylor


Outsider
Reflective and versatile sixth solo album and first in eight years from Queen drummer Roger Taylor


Ro Myra


Nowhere. Nebraska
Evocative and multi-layered debut album from Nebraska-raised, now Nashville-based Americana/folk singer-songwriter Ro Myra


Yebba


Dawn
Poignant and diverse debut album from Memphis -born singer-songwriter Yebba


Kacey Musgraves


Star-Crossed
Emotive and adventurous new album from Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves which was inspired by her recent marriage break-up and divorce


Halsey


If I Cant Have Love, I Want Power
Gritty and thought=provoking rock on latest album from Halsey, who came out as non-binary earlier this year


Maisie Peters


You Signed Up For This
Introspective debut album from Sussex singer-songwriter Maisie Peters which reflects on her ransition from adolescence into adulthood


Lorde


Solar Power
Reflective and stripped-back third album from acclaimed New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde


Killers


Pressure Machine
Cinematic and reflective new album from The Killers, which was inspired by frontman Brandon Flowers' return to his small and conservative home town in Utah.


Billie Eilish


Happier Than Ever
Compelling and thoughtful second album from multi-award-winning singer Billie Eilish


Yola


Stand for Myself
Eclectic and fiery second album from powerhouse Bristol-born and now Nashville-based singer-songwriter Yola


Clairo


Sling
Intimate but frank and socially conscious second album from American singer-songwriter Clairo


Inhaler


It Won't Always Be Like This
Eclectic and exuberant debut album rom bestselling Irish band Inhaler


Jack Savoretti


Europiana
Enjoyable retro and European-influenced seventh album from bestselling singer-songwriter ack Savoretti


Garbage


No Gods No Masters
Uncompromising yet reflective new album from much acclaimed alternative rockers Garbage


Del Amitri


Fatal Mistakes
Well-crafted and eclectic first album in nineteen years from Glaswegian band Del Amitri


St Vincent


Daddy's Home
Thoughtful 70's retro pop on first album in four years from St. Vincent, the project of Texas-raised singer-songwriter Annie Clark


Natalie Bergman


Mercy
Powerful and therapeutic debut solo album from Wilde Bell’s Natalie Bergman recorded after the deaths of her father and stepmother in a car accident


Hayley Williams


Flowers For Vases / Descansos
Introspective and sparse second solo album from Paramore vocalist Hayley Williams


First Aid Kit


Who By Fire
Excellent tribute album to Leonard Cohen recorded live over two nights at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm by sibling duo First Aid Kit


Lake Street Dive


Obviously
Unpredictable and innovative eighth album from Brooklyn-based five-piece act Lake Street Dive who have worked on this new release with hip-hop producer Mike Elizondo


Zara Larsson


Poster Girl
Upbeat and positive latest album from acclaimed Swedish singer-songwriter and pop artist Zara Larsson


Nick Cave And Warren Ellis


Carnage
Intense and versatile collaboration between Nick Cave and his fellow Bad Seeds member Warren Ellis


Arlo Parks


Collapsed in Sunbeams
Inspirational debut album whose influences include Sylvia Plath from London musician and poet, Arlo Parks


Steve Earle


J.T.
Thoughtful and emotive album from Steve Earle, in which he pays tribute to his son Justin Townes Earle who died of an accidental drugs overdose last year by covering a collection of Justin’s songs


Nick Cave


Idiot Prayer
Intense but quietly hopeful and resilient live piano-and-voice album from Nick Cave recorded alone in the empty Alexandra Palace in London


Taylor Swift


Evermore
Impressive second album in a year from Taylor Swift which finds her continuing to develop in an indie-folk direction


Staves


Good Woman
Resilient and emotive first album in five years from Watford-based folk-pop sister trio The Staves


Black Country, New Road


For the First Time
Experimental and promising debut album from eclectic Cambridge septet Black Country, New Road


Weather Station


Ignorance
Environmentally-conscious latest album from The Weather Station, the project of Canadian songwriter Tamara Lindeman, which finds her moving away from her acoustic roots







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