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The Wednesday What’s New With You?

La RouxIt’s our weekly – well, it’s meant to be – recommendation section, where we tell you something worth listening to and you reciprocate. The idea behind this is a simple one; we need not, none of us, ever buy a La Roux album.

Savour that feeling. It’s freedom from the tyranny of rubbish 80’s revivalists.

This week, we’re going for a band who have become a bit of a critical by-word for quality – Richmond Fontaine are back on the scene with their new album We Used to Think the Freeway Was a River. RF have been blazing a trail since 1996, albeit as quietly as possible. They were the word-of-mouth favourites of 2004 thanks to their extraordinary album ‘Post to Wire’, which introduced the UK especially to their dusty blend of gothic alt.country and the novelistic writing of Willy Vlautin.

Cards on the table; this is not a summer album. Vlautin’s songs lives in a world filled with mystery, in which existence is pointless and likely to end in death. He does it with a lovely detachment though, and a dustbowl-dry humour which steers it away from maudlin and manages to keep it just the right side of heartbreaking.

Fans of the Long Ryders, Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt will find much to love here, especially ‘You Can Move Back Here’.

Very highly recommended!

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9 Responses

  1. Got an early review copy of this off a mate last month. Album of the year. No argument.
    Absolute genius, although it took me a couple of listens to really get into it. Loved PTW, although found The Fitzgerald a bit hard going. This IS Vlautin’s masterwork. Well, it’ll do, for a start!

  2. `tis rather , rather splendid ; album of the year ? quite possibly…unless the jayhawks anthology counts ????

  3. It doesn’t. But it has the ‘re-issues’ category all sewn up.

  4. Album Of The Year is a tough one…..

    Robert Forster’s beautiful ‘The Evangelist’ will be up there for me…..as will be Neko Case, Regina Spektor, Wilco, Calexico……although I’ve bought and listened to m ore old stuff, re-issues etc.

  5. A lot of your old favourites delivering good stuff there Bert? Can’t beat it!

  6. Indeed. I have forgotten what is new and what isn’t!! I just download or buy and love or hate….ree jazz from 1968 or straight off the presses…..much the same really!

  7. I’ve been listening to swing music quite a lot, the proper 50’s stuff with the big orchestra and lots of brass. It just sounds so glamourous!

  8. You two are fucking benders and cock sockets. It’ll be fucking show-tunes, next.

  9. Before lobbing boulders from your greenhouse, consider the following;

    Man in his forties. Leather trousers. Peter Stringfellow.

    You know what I’m on about!

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