6. Northern Songs - JD Meatyard (Probe Plus)
No other collection in the vast discography of John Donaldson showcases the extraordinary breadth of his vision like this. The former Levellers 5/Calvin Party main man is currently making the best music of his long career as JD Meatyard and Northern Songs is its finest outpouring thus far. Teasingly, though, he opens so many different possibilities in this album that you sense the future might see him plundering still richer artistic territory. We'll see.
For now, this'll do just fine. It takes us from the fervent, uncompromising political comment of 'Jesse James' and 'A Political Song (Blow It Out Yr Arse) all the way through to the intensely personal emotions of 'Sweet Wine' and 'Jesus Call' and every stop on the way reveals yet another masterfully crafted layer and suggests those reservoirs of rich possibilities still to come.
Get it directly from Probe Plus here.