Last year, I bought two CD's down at the Blazer of Blueness, for £2 and £3 each. They're both very good, and have completely blown a hole in my theory that just guitar and voice can't hold your attention sufficiently over the length of an album. So, that's that theory then.
The CD's are:
Another Side Of Calum Carlyle by Calum Carlyle
Words and Tunes by Caro Bridges
Calum's CD is great, full of dark sentiments, as rich and bitter as a 70% cocoa bar of chocolate, but just as satisfying. If you want bile, Calum's got a bucketload on this, but it sure does sound good. The stand out track for me is "Where Do We Go From Here?", which conveys brilliantly a mood of edgy, nervous uncertainty at what (I presume) is the end of a relationship for the song's protagonist. My only minor gripe is the cover photo is out of focus, and slightly dull. A tad presumptuous of me, but maybe Calum would like this photo instead?
Caro's CD appears more pleasant on the surface, but peer beneath the reflections of this delightful pool, and something is stirring in the water . . . Like on the deceptively lulling "Let You Down" (my favourite track), it rolls on along amiably enough until suddenly a vaguely discordant note is played, and then it appears all is not well in that particular world either. There's a lightness of touch about some of the sunnier moments which make it the perfect compliment to the aforementioned platter. Why not get them both?
I listened to them both a fair bit last year when I spent a weekend being ill, and mainly lying in bed. A weekend, mark you, and annoyingly, I was OK for work on the Monday.
However, it did give me time to listen with my whole attention to these two fine CD's, something which I'm afraid I rarely do nowadays. I suspect in common with most people, music tends to be put on while I do something else. Maybe I only listened to music that 100% way when I was younger. Or, maybe I've now got more stuff to do in my life, I dunno.
At any rate, it was an interesting and rewarding experience, as I lay there with a high temperature. I'd heartily recommend you seek these out. And, even occasionally consider listening whilst doing nothing else.