Radio Silence is full of great writers chronicling musically-induced epiphanies and musicians recounting ecstasies bred by verse and prose. Fans of both will feel giddy at this blurring of the lines between artist and audience.
Another Country made me hopeful about a singer I knew nothing about. Tift Merritt's songs were smart and soft and deep, and she had a honey voice that a country singer would kill for, and, on the CD cover, she was beautiful in a girl-next-door way.
Maybe I just can't handle the crash from last week's musical high, but this week is a bust. I'll stick with angry old British mod Paul Weller. Skip ahead to check him out. Then play a couple of others included in this week's roundup that are worth a listen.
Whether she's mourning the loss of her grandmother or recalling the sudden death of a childhood friend on the title cut, Merritt writes what she calls "elemental and simple" lyrics that get to the heart of the matter.