JOHNNY CASH Bootleg Volume 4: The Soul Of Truth Part of a series of releases marking the 80th anniversary of the late, great country star's birth, this 2CD set concentrates on rare and unreleased gospel sides. It's proof that even in his wilderness years, Cash's religious roots remained a source of musical excellence.
MARTHAS AND ARTHURS The Hit World Of Marthas And Arthurs The two-girl/two-boy close harmony pop set-up is given a rustic folk nouveau update on the debut album by a quartet who finessed their style around campfires in the Herefordshire woods. More emotional depth would enhance things.
Tender trap MARVIN ETZIONI Marvin Country!
This luminarystudded 2CD set shows the founding member of Maria McKee's Lone Justice is too good to be remain a solo secret. Steve Earle, Richard Thompson and Lucinda Williams are among those assisting multiinstrumentalist Marvin through the angry, tender and thoughtful tunes on his fourth album.
RACHEL YAMAGATA Chesapeake Self-financed and made in the idyllic surrounds of the New England bay it's named after, Yamagata's third album has a cohesive and optimistic thread. The upbeat confessionals, lustful languor and heartbaring candour highlight her many skills.