June was an interesting month – The Led Zeppelin reissues mostly left me cold although the first album felt like a revelation, and then hearing The Delines album – listening blind as it were – and assuming it was the sort of material Willy Vlautin might write (only to find it was his new band) also Ela Stiles’ album is a one-off, a thing of often mesmerising beauty, finally getting Daniel Lanois’ music for Billy Bob Thornton all in one place and then closing out the month with John Fullbright’s Songs (one of the best brand new sets of songs by anyone all year). Good, good stuff this year – as I keep saying. So here’s June’s digest.
Click on this link to be taken to a summary of all the best reviews I wrote for the month of June, 2014. By best I mean not just positive but the rave reviews, the albums I reckon are worth hearing; worth having.
You’ll find reissues, compilations, EPs and live albums – as well as full-length studio releases. Most of the material here was released in 2014 but in some cases it was released in 2013 and only made it to me this year – or I only (finally) got to it this year.