I need to enlist the help of regular readers (yes, all three of you). I really want to get into some new music - everything I've bought lately has been old stuff and I'm ready to discover someone new and fall hopelessly in (L.O.V.E.) love.
I'm after some alt-country (non-depressive stuff) or bluegrass or jangly pop or intelligent-and-witty-but-not-too-worthy singer-songwriter or something I can dance to. Long-term musical loves include Laura Cantrell, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Teenage Fanclub, The Divine Comedy (the first four albums - BEFORE they went all Radiohead on us), Crowded House/Neil Finn, Kirsty MacColl, Orange Juice, Kenickie, Terry Hall, Motown and Kylie.
There are a few albums I'm considering - mainly cos I've heard one song from each that I like - not always a guarantee the rest of the record will hit the spot. There's the new Teddy Thompson album, Separate Ways. I liked Everybody Move It - very dry.
Then possibly the Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins album, Rabbit Fur Coat - Mark Radcliffe's been playing You Are What You Love, plus I hear there's a cover of The Travelling Wilburys' Handle With Care, which I've always had a soft spot for.
On the pop side of things, I LOVE Chewing Gum by Annie so I'm wondering if I'd like the rest of the Anniemal album. Other than Chewing Gum I've only heard Heartbeat, which is OK but doesn't work for me as much - which may mean it's the Richard X touch which gets me and I should buy Richard X Presents His X-Factor Vol.1. Ooh, and I love the Feist cover of the Bee Gees' Inside And Out - anyone got an opinion on Let It Die?
And for some funny, clever daftness, there's always Power Words For Better Living by the ever entertaining David Devant & His Spirit Wife. I can only afford one or two and I don't want to buy a dud - advice and recommendations please!