John Martyn

On the Cobbles

June 15, 2004

British Folk

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John Martyn's first album of new material after his right leg was amputated features highlights like the free-and-easy love song "One for the Road" and the wistful "Back to Marseilles." Paul Weller appears on "Under My Wing,” and Mavis Staples on Leadbelly's "Goodnight Irene." Martyn’s voice is central, slipping and slurring like a tenor horn, while fashioning beautiful lines. That's nowhere more apparent than on key tracks "Ghosts" and "My Creator." 

- Chris Nickson

Epic Soundtracks

Good Things

May 24, 2005

Alternative/Indie Rock

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Demos from 1996 -- a year before his tragic passing -- made by Soundtracks and fellow musical depressive Kevin Junior are suitably intimate and melancholy with bright melodies that bely the underlying sadness. Once you've digested the three studio albums released during his short solo career, give this a spin and marvel at the bottomless depth of Epic's songs and the fragile beauty of his haunting voice

- Tim Sendra