Non-Classical Top 10

The Non-Classical Top Ten lists the albums which have proved most popular in the last month and might give you some good ideas for your next purchase. It covers not just jazz but also rock & pop, electronica and folk. 

  

Emily BarkerEmily Barker - Sweet Kind of Blue

'Sweet Kind of Blue' is an intoxicating blend of self penned songs about loves lost, heartrending humanity and the rush of the road trip. The making of the album was a love story in itself, between Emily Barker and Memphis. It marks a new sound for Barker as she returns to the soul and blues influences that first inspired her to become a songwriter and musician.

8/10 '...the sweltering funk of Sunrise and the title track sound like lost Muscle Shoals gems.' UNCUT    

     

Barb JungrBarb Jungr - Every Grain of Sand (Fifteenth Anniversary Edition)

Originally released in 2002 this insightful album established Jungr as one of the leading interpreters of the Bob Dylan songbook. Barb's revelatory interpretations get right to the heart of Dylan's lyrics, finding new depths and emotion in his work.

Records of the Year: #7 'Barb Jungr's bold reworking of his songs makes a fascinating journey.' The Sunday Times

 

Maeve O'BoyleAll My Sins

Maeve O'Boyle's unique blend of melodic pop, folk and rock has remained a firm favourite since its release in 2009. Her flair for penning intelligent, captivating songs and exceptional voice won acclaim from the public and critics alike.

'Maeve's mournful, plaintive and utterly beguiling voice ensures there are no misses on this triumphant debut.' 5 stars The Daily Express   

 

Joe StilgoeJoe Stilgoe - Songs On Film: The Sequel

This new studio recording takes listeners on a whirlwind tour of the movies with classics such as 'Arthur's Theme' from the Dudley Moore favourite Arthur and 'You Never Can Tell' from Pulp Fiction.

'...what came across most forcibly was not only film buff Joe Stilgoe's evident love of this material, but also the infectious joy of performing it...' 4 stars Jazzwise

 

Claire MartinClaire Martin - Time & Place

These imaginative new arrangements perfectly sum up Claire Martin’s jazz roots and the inventive, forward-thinking repertoire choices that have framed her enviable career. The songs are from an eclectic group of writers including Joni Mitchell, George Gershwin, Thelonius Monk and a new commission written by Geoffrey Keezer.

'One of this country's greatest jazz singers once again pushing boundaries into new territory with spectacular results...It's an ace album.'  Jamie Cullum

 

Claire MartinClaire Martin - Too Much In Love To Care

Claire Martin's collection of classic romantic songs and ballads from The Great American Songbook features legendary US pianist Kenny Barron. It was named 'Best New Album' at the 2013 British Jazz Awards.

'...From the stylistic, "cool" jazz of the quartet to the assured, versatile singing, all of the pieces fit intuitively.' 5 stars Audiophile Audition

        

Applewood RoadApplewood Road - Applewood Road

This self-titled debut album, by all-female trio Applewood Road, is a testament to the prolific songwriting talents of Emily Barker, Amber Rubarth and Amy Speace. Featuring some of Nashville's finest session musicians, 'Applewood Road' was recorded around a single microphone live to tape at Nashville's all analogue studio, Welcome to 1979.

'The standout track is the gorgeous title song from which they take their name...a slow, dreamy drift through an old-time landscape.' Daily Telegraph

   

Amy DuncanAmy Duncan - Cycles of Life

'Cycles of Life' is a deeply personal, honest and ultimately uplifting account of the difficult life experiences Amy has faced and encapsulates the sense of moving from dark to light. Her determination and strength of character is evident throughout as this album doesn't dwell on the darkness but rather the ‘light at the end of the tunnel'.

'Like other talented female vocalists from Joni Mitchell to Patti Smith, the sheer range and power of Duncan's vocal apparatus are breathtaking.' Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange 

 

Emily Barker & The Red Clay HaloEmily Barker & The Red Clay Halo - Almanac

'Almanac' is the third studio album by Anglo-Australian quartet Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo. It includes the song 'Pause', the theme tune from the award-winning soundtrack of BBC TV drama The Shadow Line. This re-issue contains three additional bonus tracks: alternate versions of 'Pause, 'Ropes' and 'Little Deaths'.

'...this is a dream of a record. So perfectly formed is it that, chances are, the listener will need to go around again immediately, to make sure they weren't imagining anything'. BBC Music Magazine

   

Carol Kidd10 Carol Kidd - Tell Me Once Again

This lovely album is full of staple songs from the Carol Kidd - Nigel Clark repertoire but with the twist of being arranged exclusively for this dynamic duo. Kidd's vocal melodies are as rich and sensual as velvet and Clark's guitar playing is refined, delicate and impeccable.

'...the duo finds the emotional heart of each song with unerring accuracy...' Jazzwise