I listen to a lot of bands and singers. Too many to even think of, but there are honestly only a handful of maybe five that I get genuinely excited at the prospect of hearing brand new material from. I guess it must be something to do with the fact that this handful of artists are the ones I've been into longest, followed from my youth, and actually thinking about it, the artists in question don't knock out another album every year. It's a given that you will be getting something of quality, that they have perfected in the interim. Something made with love. Something with a message to the listener, and something we've had to wait for. Anyone reading this here will know that Fish has done this throughout his career. A certainty of quality, born of the fact that if he's not happy with the product, we'll never hear it.
Ray Davies is in my handful. It's an absolute joy to hear a new album from someone who has been around the business as long as he has, but to deliver something that exceeds all my expectations and moves me. - I'd think it was pretty rare to find a guy at 72 years old who's muse and ideas for fresh music is still so intact. - Maybe it's just me and my tastes, but Americana is the most 'modern' album I've heard in ages.