Album review: Birds of Chicago - 'Birds of Chicago'
Compact discs in jewel cases might soon be obsolete, but some of the latest gatefold albums add up to real works of art.
Take, for instance, Birds Of Chicago, the first joint release by Allison Russell, of the Po' Girl band, and JT Nero (pen-name Jeremy Lindsay), of JT and the Clouds.
British fans should know what to expect from this pair – who combined on JT's recent Mountains/Forests – and Birds of Chicago deliver in full measure.
Supported by the likes of Chris Merrill on bass and Mikey August on drums, their music blends Nero's rootsy takes on country idioms with Russell's soulful vocals.
Two evocative Russell songs supplement ten pieces by JT, and the classy booklet has all the lyrics.Birds of Chicago will tour to Nottingham's The Maze on April 14.