IT’S JUST NOT CRICKET – THE DUCKWORTH LEWIS METHOD
YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL – LANA DEL REY
HOMETOWN GIRLS – THE STRYPES
AMERICA - PAPERBOYS
WHAM BAM! - ROBERT MIZZELL
HOME - PHILIP PHILIPS
DON’T FOR GET WHO YOU ARE – MILES KANE
SAILING - MOYA BRENNAN AND CORMAC De BARRA
LONESOME SPARROW – THE WHILEAWAYS
HEY MR.MOON DANIEL O DONNELL
SOUL BROTHER - THE HOT SPROCKETS
DO WHAT YOUR PAPA SAID - SHAUNA MACKIN
THE SUN IS GONNA SHINE – THE CARNIVAL BROTHERS
EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED – TAYLOR SWIFT & ED Sheeran
THE THRUSH IN THE STORM – DERVISH
HANDSHAKE – TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB
I COULD HAVE BEEN A GIRL – SHE & HIM
CLOSE – SLOW SKIES
MULTICOULERED HUMMINGBIRD – REBEKKA KARIJORD
YOU’VE GOT IT ALL – JAMES SKELLY & The Intenders
SO GOOD TO ME – CHRIS MALINCHAK
I’LL GO – MEL PARSONS
Album of the Week: Caro Emerald - Shocking Miss Emerald
This weeks album of the week is Caro Emerald - Shocking Miss Emerald and here is what musicomh.com had to say...
They love Caro Emerald in Holland. They love her almost as much as they love trance DJs, bridges over canals, and tulips. Emerald’s debut album Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor broke all kinds of records in Emerald’s native country, spending more time at Number 1 on the charts than a little album called Thriller by some bloke named Michael Jackson.While she may not yet be a household name outside of the Netherlands right now, she’s garnered enough attention to sell out the Royal Albert Hall, become a staple fixture on Radio 2 and helped out Jools Holland on his Hootenanny. So it’s fair to say that The Shocking Miss Emerald pretty much deserves the soubriquet ‘eagerly-awaited’.
The secret to Emerald’s success is easy to identify from the very first notes of her second album. Like her closest comparison Imelda May, Emerald deals comfortably in a retro, nostalgic type of blues-tinged jazzy pop that’s been so successful for her contemporaries. Of course, she could be accused of playing it safe (it’s true that there are no real surprises to be found here) but there’s no denying that she does what she does very well indeed.
A dramatic orchestral flourish introduces the album before One Day pretty much summarises what Miss Emerald is all about – a sassy, brass-laden strut bearing more than a passing resemblance to Kirsty MacColl‘s In These Shoes. Tangled Up seems to be lined up to be Emerald’s big cross-over hit (bearing the name of a certain Guy Chambers on co-writing credits) and could well be a success – despite some lyrical clangers (“treating girls like a yo-yo is a no no of a monumental kind” anyone?) and some rather over-produced strings, it does have a certain kind of charm, and Ms Emerald splashes her personality all over the song whenever she opens her mouth.
At times, The Shocking Miss Emerald seems like a triumph of style over content – at 14 tracks, it’s rather too long (a trait in common with many albums these days, to be fair) and for every endearingly daft romp like Pack Up The Louie, there are moments of fluff like The Maestro which just serves to remind everyone that The Puppini Sisters were once inexplicably successful for a brief moment. Far better are the times when Emerald seems to emotionally connect with a song, such as Black Valentine, a beautifully yearning torch ballad, or the smouldering, classy rendition of Paris.
Stylishly retro and just on the right side of quirky, Caro Emerald fits well into the new breed of post-Amy Winehouse pop star, like Paloma Faith. While her music probably won’t appeal to everyone (and really, what music does?), there is a huge market for this modern spin on a classic sound. Although it may become too whimsical for some, there’s every chance that The Shocking Miss Emerald will see her repeat her staggering success at home on an international basis.
Music Exchange: Kathryn Thomas
This weeks music exchange is brought to you by Kathryn Thomas:
I spent the last weekend listening to Tom Petty; my ultimate summer album. Runnin’ Down a Dream reminds me of a month long road trip I did in Australia with my mother and sister. My poor mother was demented with our choice of music, but always took Tom Petty over ACDC. It’s a great driving song – hope you enjoy it