Album review

Danny Barnes & Thee Old Codgers - Things I Done Wrong

Barnes left Austin and the Livers for a new Seattle start four years back, but this record's still rooted in Texas. His voice weaves in and out of the banjo rhythms on the title track, accepting hard times in subtly twisted back-porch phrases, then a track later you're dancing, cares dissolved. T. Rex's "Broken Hearted Blues" becomes stately chamber pop, and instruments from pop's dawn, sentiment from poverty and open-hearted artistry combine in a small near-classic.

Rating: 3 / 10


Editor's Letter

The 46th (And Last) Playlist Of 2014

Sorry I didn't manage to post a playlist last week; a combination of germs, deadlines and various other professional/seasonal distractions meant that I ran out of time.

Here, though, is our last office list of 2014, with lots of strong new entries. A few highlights...