An early contender for album of the year came out a couple of weeks ago. Holly by Nick Waterhouse is a no messing slice of R&B. Everything about this album screams retro from the Van Morrison vocal styling through the five tracks on each side to the mega thick vinyl and heavy duty cardboard sleeve. But it sounds so fresh to me. It is rather short, with a running time of just thirty minutes. That’s not a problem, however because as soon as it’s finished I just flip it over and start again. Waterhouse’s first album, Time’s All Gone was good but this one is so much better, tighter and with a swagger about it. I would really love to hear these tracks live in a small club somewhere.

Nick Waterhouse – Sleepin’ Pills

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