Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 8:59 pm
Damien Rice's creative ambition has always outstripped his personal ambition: The Irish singer-songwriter's 2002 debut O yielded many lavish orchestral flourishes, and even a foray into opera near the end, but Rice himself always seemed a reluctant star. After 2006's 9, he quietly retreated from the public eye and relocated to Iceland, barely popping up publicly since, so the arrival of these eight new songs comes as a welcome and periodically thrilling surprise.
Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 10:36 am
It's rare that a record lays out a mission statement as efficiently as the new supergroup Thompson does in the first 60 seconds of "Family." Here's Teddy Thompson, singing about the perils of being surrounded by his particular relatives:
My father is one of the greats to ever step on a stage
My mother has the most beautiful voice in the world
Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 10:34 am
For a record about journeying deep inside the darkest recesses of the mind, there's nothing introverted about the Cleveland duo Mr. Gnome's new album, The Heart Of A Dark Star. Named for an evocative phrase in a Neil Gaiman book, The Heart Of A Dark Star is a bold and blustery hurricane of guitars, organs and voices, all swirling around in the night air.
Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 10:33 am
Bryan Ferry rolls back the years with Avonmore, an album with eight original songs that recall his classic mid-'70s albums with Roxy Music, as well as two covers that are by themselves worth the price of admission.
Dinosaur Jr's J Mascis Plays Softly Are you a fan of Dinosaur Jr, the loud three piece rock band from the 80's with classic albums like Bug and You're Living All Over Me? Then prepare for the softer guitar attack of our guest J Mascis the leader of Dinosaur Jr.
Paolo Nutini is back at World Cafe with a new album Paolo Nutini, the Scottish soul singer with the Italian name, joins us again for a full-band set. We'll hear music from his new album Caustic Love. Paolo's gifted voice was undeniable right from his 2006 debut.
Annie Lennox Sings Jazz Standards On Nostalgia Annie Lennox makes her World Cafe debut today. She cofounded the Eurythmics with Dave Stewart and ruled MTV in the 80's with her androgynous image and huge hit songs like "Here Come The Rain Again" and "Sweet Dreams." Her first solo album Diva was a hit as was her album of covers Medusa in 1995.