Thursday, 5 March 2009

Ann Courtney & The Late Bloomers - Crocodile

I posted one very good song from Ann Courtney & The Late Bloomers yesterday, and thanks to some attentive pr people, have been playing the album - Crocodile, this (snowy - on the South coast of England - in March?, ffs!) morning.

First-play impressions were of a surprising range of styles, bound together by  Ann's voice, which could be described  as a uniquely splendid amalgam of say, Chrissie Hynde, but more PJ Harvey & Patti Smith, with a Loretta Lynn feel; I say could be, since having considered waffling about how Ann steps deftly from this to that, and how the band don't put a foot wrong... I played Crocodile again, several times; and  those initial (totally favourable) notions fell away, to reveal an album of great poise, which sounds like... well, it sounds like Ann Courtney & The Late Bloomers, no-one else; furthermore, if you get my drift, it feels like that 'difficult' third album - done right.

If pressed to pigeonhole, which I don't care for much, but hey - think an American Polly Harvey, with a very accomplished band, showing acoustic/Country roots & excellent lyrics/arrangements; but really : listen yourself.

Such electronic scribbling as I can summon up, doesn't convey the quality of Crocodile, it's definitely not one of those 'only two good songs' albums. I shan't go all bloggy & commend it as the best of 2009 & forever, but shouldn't be surprised if it's one of the albums I play most this year. Truly, if they don't do well with this release - there's no justice in the music world (again). Sadly though, you mortals have to wait til April 28 to buy it - ahh this privileged life.

Second time I heard this, it felt like a real old favourite - one my picks, for sure. I love the contrast between music & lyrics.
Don't Be a Fading Bruise - Ann Courtney & The Late Bloomers

To save you clicking around, here's the one from yesterday's post
I Keep a Pilot Light - Ann Courtney & The Late Bloomers

both from Crocodile - out in April on The Cougar Label
myspace | buy | band website

Definitely check out their myspace, the track "Merteuil' is great, ditto the 'Perfect Medicine' vid below.
If you're lucky enough to live around NYC (is it snowing there too?), there's a couple of gigs soonish:
24 March - Union Hall, Brooklyn
25 April - Rockwood Music Hall, New York (the album release show)

Their second ep - Polyanna is still available at cdbaby. If you need a fix now, I recommend it too - especially 'Deadweight".

Perfect Medicine
Don't Be a Fading Bruise
Nothing On Me
I Keep a Pilot Light
Nice & Quiet
Strong Arm
Shut Your Mouth
Down for the Winter

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