A few of the folks in the gallery have known me long enough to recall that my musical preferences are generally describable as . . . obscure, running strongly toward '50s/'60s folk, show tunes, Muppets, and certain old-school corners of country, with a few nods toward the pop end of rock & roll. [And of course there's filk, out of the SF/F community, but that's largely covered under the folk umbrella.]
Boy, are they about to be surprised....
See, I got a shiny new CD in the mail Friday. Stars Fall Home is the second album from Seanan McGuire, aka cadhla -- and it is very, very cool indeed. It is also about three orders of magnitude more straight-ahead alternative sound than twilight2000 (who probably has the best idea of my usual tastes of anyone here) would have expected me to pre-order in a hundred years.
( It's a little tricky to pin down just exactly what Seanan's musical niche is.... )
Those who've followed my book-reviewing career will know that I don't often apply unreserved superlatives. I am going to apply one now: Seanan McGuire is the single most amazingly skilled songwriter I have ever encountered, and a first-rate singer into the bargain. If you are even remotely a fan of folk, folk-rock, or good female singers in general, then you want Stars Fall Home, available here while supplies last. If you know a radio DJ whose playlist isn't corporate-controlled, that DJ needs a copy. Forget American Idol, ignore America's Got Talent, don't bother with Rock Star: [insert group here]. This is as good as it gets.