The fourth in my monthly review of musical purchases and downloads for 2009. My look at March can be found here.
Two things I have noticed thus far about this exercise. I have been purchasing less than I normally would but as explained, this will ramp up in the next few months. The other (and more important) result in all this is that I am really taking the time to enjoy the albums. Revisiting them a lot more than what I was doing over the last two years. This is what happens when you go from listening to music all day at work down to listening only on your way to and from work.
On to April:
The Doves - Kingdom Of Rust
This trio of lads from up North took their sweet time following up the excellent Some Cities album but the payoff makes up for their absence. Working with a sonic palette that puts them on the same grandiose scale as U2 and Coldplay (without the bombast) The Doves deliver the a rich sounding album that builds upon each listen. Sadly without a soppy ballad to plug on Grey's Anatomy they won't break big time but those that care little about McDreamy will find more than enough rewards in the title track and the stunning 'Winter Hill'.
My favourite album this year thus far.
Missy Higgins - More Than This (EP)
While Melissa Higgins continues to work over the U.S. audience with her second album On A Clear Night the Aussie singer/songwriter releases an iTunes EP of various covers she has recorded of late. The Roxy Music title track is fine but the best versions are her takes on Patty Griffin's 'Moses' and the standard 'I'm In Love Again'. The less said about her rendition of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' 'Breakdown' the better.
Eskimo Joe - Foreign Land
I love how they try and up the ante on every album they release. First salvo from the West Australian rock outfit. The best (and by default) only song about the late great Heath Ledger: