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Hilldleston is very impressive, as he almost morphs into Hank Williams

I Saw the Light

Tom Hiddleston impresses but bum notes abound in this flat biopic of country legend Hank Williams

  • Maritime out of mind - Sturgill Simpson

    Album Review: Sturgill Simpson is a master mariner

    Harry Guerin says the Kentuckian's third album, A Sailor's Guide to Earth, is both hope and anchor. It could also be the Record of 2016.

  • Bill Evans: A lost session now comes to light from out of the Black Forest

    Bill Evans - Some Other Time

    On these Black Forest sessions recorded on June 20, 1968, Bill Evans is on top form on his Steinway joined by his accompanists, bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Jack DeJohnette.

  • The album is more of a grower than wearying initial listens may suggest

    Album Review: Deftones too bloody-minded on Gore

    It's a sad listen, but Harry Guerin is optimistic at the close.

  • Boldly exploratory in its piano-driven construct, subtly rich in intent - The Kevin Brady Trio

    The Kevin Brady Trio Ensam

    Recorded in Delgany in August 2014, Ensam is an absorbing album that shifts mood boldly throughout, a restless spirit at play in lyrical fields.

  • Ralph Alessi's Quiver: file under wistful and moody

    Ralph Alessi Quartet - Quiver

    File under `wistful and moody' or `angular and geometric' as trumpeter Ralph Alessi (born 1963, San Francisco) leads his quartet through ten original compositions.

  • Brian Fallon at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas in March

    Brian Fallon - Painkillers

    Any Springsteen fan cracking under the countdown to Croke Park may find the nights aren't quite so long when spent with this other native New Jersey son.

  • Baroness - (L-R) Nick Jost, Pete Adams, John Baizley, Sebastian Thomson

    Baroness enjoy Purple reign on new album ****

    Harry Guerin says an album bizarrely released right at the tail end of 2015 deserves to be one of people's favourites of 2016.

  • Older and sadder

    Little Green Cars - Ephemera

    Little Green Cars sound older and sadder on this slow burn of a second album

  • He makes singing Gershwin seem like a walk in the park, but Willie Nelson's ease may be deceptive - you don't get that good that easy . .

    Summertime - Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin

    It's the engaging, almost conversational tone of Willie Nelson that wins, the unpretentious ease with which he takes us through imperishable songs from the dog-eared Gershwin section of the Great American songbook.

  • The songs find the maestro switching between
swampy, streetwise and spiritual

    Elton John - Wonderful Crazy Night

    Wonderful Crazy Night's summer soundtrack credentials are strong, and it will blast out from many a cookout in the months to come.

  • Quietly-restrained passion: Getz and Gilberto toppled the Beatles in 1964 in the USA Billboard charts. A live recording has been released.

    Getz/Gilberto '76

    The 1964 Getz/Gilberto studio album is one of the most popular jazz albums of all time and it supplanted the Beatles's A Hard Day's Night in the US Billboard charts number one spot. This live 1976 San Francisco recording yields more Getz/Gilberto gold.

  • Lissie sounds vital, vibrant and renewed

    Lissie - My Wild West

    LIssie ups sticks and moves to the American mid west on her panoramic third album

  • An admirable determination to avoid the bleedin' obvious

    Bleeding Heart Pigeons - Is

    Young Limerick trio deliver ambitious and startling debut

  • Aoife O'Donovan - fun on the beach at Clonakilty, but her new album was recorded far away in Portland, Oregon

    Aoife O'Donovan - In the Magic Hour

    Aoife O'Donovan's rich musicality drives her creations to leap and soar and take you on unexpected sonic journeys, making for a refreshing, highly-accomplished ensemble piece.