Wilco - Sky Blue Sky : Never a huge Wilco fan. Always known they're a terrific outfit, quality goods all round, but I've never caught myself thinking "gosh, I could really go for a dose of Wilco right about now". Sky Blue Sky just might be the album that wins me over. Lovely craftsmanship, a gem. Recommended.
Elliot Smith - New Moon : Fine posthumous collection of Smith rarities. I usually suggest newcomers give rarity comps a wide berth - better to start off on the tried and true - but even a Smith neophyte will come away a true believer after a few spins. Recommended.
Keren Ann - Keren Ann: Lovely as ever. Recommended.
Maximo Park - Our Earthly Pleasures : T'riffic '80's informed Britpop. Recommended.
Hats Off to the Buskers -The View: Shambolic but worthwhile debut from rockypunkers The View. Worth a spin.
Feist - The Reminder: Familiar in a good way. Not much new ground broken but who needs a broken garden. Recommended.
Warren Zevon - Prelude : Remember what I said about newcomers steering clear of completist comps - here's a perfect example. Zevon fans need to hear these previously undiscovered rough gems but the uninitiated should look elsewhere .
Rush - Snakes and Arrows: Better than we could have possibly expected after all these years. Fans should love it.
schole compilation - Odd and beautiful Japanese import featuring Akira Kosemura, Dom Mino', haruka nakamura, Lullatone and others. Highly recommended.
Rebecca Martin - Middlehope : Sultry, sweet, smart, quirky femmejazz. Lovely. Recommended.