Hell-On (CD)

Neko Case has the type of rich, “seen it all” voice that puts her in a class with some of the greatest female country singers but she eschews the twang on Hell-On, instead opting for a more melancholic version of her work with The New Pornographers. It’s her first solo album in five years but the list of her collaborators is as dazzling as their time together was fruitful. Laura Veirs, k.d. lang, Kelly Hogan, Eric Bachmann, A.C. Newman, Beth Ditto, and Mark Lanegan each contribute to this vulnerable, searching collection of songs. Hell-On is a slow burn all the way.

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Hell On An Angel (CD)

Country artist Dillon Carmichael makes his debut with Hell On An Angel, an album that shows off his southern rock influences but still provides plenty of twang. The title track and “Dancin' Away with my Heart” feature rock n' roll guitar licks that complement Carmichael's deep voice. “It's Simple” on the other hand floats on plaintive steel guitar and “Might Be a Cowboy” is a straightforward outlaw country ode. Produced by Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell), the album revels in the earthy country style of Hank Williams and Waylon Jennings.

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