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Just occasionally an album comes along that changes everything for the listener, introducing them to a prodigious new talent. The amazing thing is that it may be a different album and artist for each person โ€” as my father-in-law says โ€œthatโ€™s why all the cow gets sold.โ€

I reckon I first heard Sinรฉad Oโ€™Connorโ€™s album The Lion and The Cobra in early 1988, shortly after it came out, when my colleague โ€˜Shugโ€™ gave me his Walkman and said I just had to hear this album. Normally the overlap between my taste in music and Shugโ€™s was wafer thin, but this music blew me away with its ferocity, rawness and yet also a great delicacy.

After that I bought and enjoyed every one of Oโ€™Connorโ€™s albums until she finally leapt off the rails โ€” most albums released in the 21st century.

I was reminded of that first encounter earlier this year when I first heard the album Psychodrama by Dave. Once again this is a debut album containing songs written with rawness, ferocity, delicacy, but also insight and empathy. This is an album with a narrative running through it; one to immerse yourself in the story being told even if you feel rap music is not generally your thing.

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This Was Originally Posted To A Site Called Just Good Music

Back in the day (17 years ago), a group of friends and I started a site called Just Good Music. It lived for years - and caught eyes - to such an extent that we were approached by record compnaies to write reviews โ€ฆ remember records?

And then a fatal error in 2014 - by yours truly - and the site was gone. โ˜น๏ธ

The Wayback machine still has it in their archives. If you are interested, you can find it here.

Fast Forward and the domain had a bit of a rebirth with some good people from the Micro Blog community. We got some good posts - but it really never caught on. So, the site was taken down and those posts moved to here. This is one of the posts - look up to the top right - that is who wrote the original post.

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