Albums Of The Year So Far (pt.3): Featuring Ian Siegal, Joanne Shaw Taylor, GravelRoad, Jack White and more…
4. Joanne Shaw Taylor – Almost Always Never (Ruf)
By album number three, the visionaries are being sorted from the copycats, and Almost Always Never has the whiff of widescreen greatness.
Here we find Taylor feeding a slew of soured relationships into her lyrical meat-grinder, and there’s some appropriately bad-tempered fretwork, with the impulsive climax of Soul Station and scalded strut of Standing To Fall, in particular, sounding anarchic amongst the blues-box sleepwalkers. But the 27-year-old can pull her claws in, too, with Army Of One coming on like Zep III’s folky moments, and the bruised, confessional title track bearing the lighter touch of a rare talent.
Released on September 17, it should reduce her gender, age, hair colour and angel-winged cameo at the Diamond Jubilee concert to mere footnotes.