Americana UK writers choose their albums of 2019 – part one

A week today it’ll be Christmas and you’ll open up that gift box of three different Lynx deodorants as you surreptitiously check to see what condition it’s in, in case you can regift it to someone else on Boxing Day. You could save yourself that deflated feeling by looking through our writers’ list of the albums which have meant the most to them over the last 12 months, and then just ask for them. You might be sweaty but at least you’ll have Nick Cave nestled under your arm. Without further ado, here’s part one of our top albums of 2019. Continue reading “Americana UK writers choose their albums of 2019 – part one”

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds “Ghosteen” (Ghosteen Ltd, 2019)

Some readers may be a little surprised to see a Nick Cave review on the Americana UK website. After all, he is recognised as one of the leading post-punk artists renowned for his dark and brooding lyrics and seen as the Godfather of Goth by some. Wait a minute though, he is also an outstanding songwriter who has been influenced by many artists linked to the Americana genre. From the very start, John Lee Hooker and Van Morrison were key influences on his music; Johnny Cash recorded his song ‘The Mercy Seat’ and Cave recorded Hank William’s ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’ as a duet with the Man in Black. He also covered the Louvin Brothers’ ‘Knoxville Girl’ and even recorded an album of murder ballads that maintained this venerable folk tradition. Continue reading “Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds “Ghosteen” (Ghosteen Ltd, 2019)”