15. The Diary of Me - Laurence Made Me Cry (Self-Released)
Sometimes a release forces me to reassess my in-built preference towards the raucous and noisy and reconsider my often-held opinion that good music doesn't usually come from people who can sing and play their instruments well. The Diary of Me is one such release. Jo Whitby can sing, and she can play too, and she also has a tendency to surround herself with people who can do these things too and are able to complement her remarkable talents.
So, on this album, we don't just get a whole collection of masterpieces penned and crafted by Jo herself; we also get contributions from the likes of Paul Foster (Dementio13) Diane Marie Kloba, other artists whose remarkable talents have done much to light up 2013. The album is a treasure trove of introspective delights that, conversely, still manage to reach out and illuminate so much of the outside world. CD or NYOP download available here.
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