• george usher Yours and Not Yours (CD, £11.50)

    label: parasol

    Moving between guitar and piano, NYC songsmith George Usher (“one of New York’s best popcraftsmen” Village Voice) delivers Yours And Not Yours, his first solo recordings in over ten years and his fourth release for Parasol Records. Utilizing a more acoustic, folk-rock sound, highlighted by strings, brass and pedal steel guitars, Usher covers a lot of his usual “melodic pop” ground. All 12 of the album’s songs are lyrically rooted in the dynamics of romantic relationships, creating a song cycle that stays with the listener long after playing. George Usher has been a fixture on the NY scene since the early ’80s, when his band, The Decoys, were mainstays of the CBGB/Greenwich Village clubs. While putting in stints with local legends Beat Rodeo, the Bongos and the Schramms, Usher formed House Of Usher and the George Usher Group, releasing many well-received albums, including Miracle School (“marvellous folk-pop” — Alternative Press), Dutch April (“timeless, hum-along pop music” — Amplifier), Days Of Plenty (“a wonderful collection of worthwhile songs” —Music Matters) and Fire Garden (“a true pop masterpiece” — 20th Century Guitar, “a textbook definition of power pop” — Uncut). As a songwriter, he’s made his mark with songs recorded by Laura Cantrell, Richard Barone and Bedsit Poets’ Edward Rogers; he co-wrote and co-produced the latter’s stunning first solo record, Sunday Fables, and its follow-up, You Haven’t Been Where I’ve Been. Tracks: 1. Somewhere North of the Sky 2. Love By Any Other Name 3. The Stranger Came 4. Put It Out of Your Mind 5. Jericho’s Mistress 6. Just a Story7. I Would Have Done Anything 8. Unforgivable Sin 9. Is There Something You Want to Say? 10. Where Is Your Guardian Angel? 11. Comedy of Errors 12. It Never Happened

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