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        A London pub-rock vibe meets country meets classic New York pop/soul. It’s all right here on the irresistible new album from Danny (sometimes known as Danny George Wilson) & The Champions of the World.  There’s a deep romantic nostalgia going on here as Danny and his band mates recall a whole slew of great music dating from the late 50’s through to the mid 70’s. There’s an individual soulfulness to Danny’s voice that can put you in mind of Neil Young ([Never Stop Building] That Old Space Rocket), Desire-era Bob Dylan (Darlin’ Won’t You Come In From The Cold) and anyone from Dion DiMucci through Willy deVille to Wilson Pickett (every other track).

      Turn this up loud, surrender yourself to the sound and you’ll soon stop caring who it sounds like because it’s all just hugely enjoyable retro-pop. The Champions of the World have a settled lineup these days (Danny on acoustic guitar, Chris Clarke on bass, Paul Lush on guitar, Steve Brookes on drums and Geoff Widdowson on sax and organ), but this recording saw them invite old bandmates and other pals into the studio. When you hear the banjo and mandolin trickling along to Breakin’ Out you’ll feel the spirit of Ronnie Lane is alive and well, whilst Melvin Duffy’s beautiful pedal steel playing is frequently the strongest thread, pulling it all together. The sound is cheerfully loose, in the best possible way; Danny’s singing is the other strong thread – he has a voice to carry you off on a daydream – but mostly this feels as relaxed and comfortable as a favourite old coat, something to keep you feeling warm and happy as the autumn days creep in.

 

John Davy

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April 2018

1
Courtney Marie Andrews
100 pts.
May Your Kindness Remain
Loose Music
PK,CVL,DHO,JB,LK
2
Mary Gauthier
59 pts.
Rifles And Rosary Beads
In the Black Records
 
3
Caleb Caudle
49 pts.
Crushed Coins
Cornelius Chapel Records
TJ,TK,MP
4
Western Centuries
48 pts.
Songs From The Deluge
Free Dirt Records
DD,GS,FS,HM
5
Vivian Leva
44 pts.
Time is Everything
Free Dirt Records
 
6
Ed Romanoff
42 pts.
The Orphan King
Pinerock Records
 
7
Grant Peeples
41 pts.
Settling Scores vol. 2
Continental
AN
8
Joan Baez
32 pts.
Whistle Down The Wind
Proper Records
 
9
Jeb Barry and the Pawn Shop Saints
29 pts.
Texas, etc...
DollyRocker
MF,HDB
 
Sam Morrow
29 pts.
Concrete and Mud
Forty Below Records
JV
11
Chris Smither
27 pts.
Call Me Lucky
Signature Sounds
JSM,JD
12
Michael McDermott
26 pts.
Out From Under
Continental Song City
CRS
13
John Prine
24 pts.
The Tree of Forgiveness
Oh Boy Records
SP
14
Mary Chapin Carpenter
23 pts.
Sometimes Just The Sky
Lambent Light Records
 
15
Dean Owens
22 pts.
Southern Wind
At The Helm
PJ
16
6 String Drag
21 pts.
Top of The World
Schoolkids Records
FCE,JS
 
Haley Heynderickx
21 pts.
I Need To Start A Garden
Mama Bird Recordings
 
 
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
21 pts.
Tearing At The Seams
Stax Records
RM
19
Abe Partridge
20 pts.
Cotton Fields And Blood For Days
Skate Mountain
MVP,RK
 
Adam James Sorensen
20 pts.
Dust Cloud Refrain
Continental Song City
BM
 
Ben Reel
20 pts.
Land Of Escape
B REEL Records
 
 
Chip Taylor
20 pts.
Fix Your Words
Train Wreck Records
LM
 
Kesia Nagata
20 pts.
Looking For Horses
Caramal Productions
GC,EZ
 
Sheesham & Lotus & 'Son
20 pts.
Clear The Table
SepiaPhone Records
SZ,PG
25
3hattrio
18 pts.
Lord of the Desert
Okehdokee Records
 
 
Marlon Williams
18 pts.
Make Way for Love
Dead Oceans

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