The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

The Secret Sisters, "You Don't Own Me Anymore"(New West Records)- Highly regarded roots music specialists  The Secret Sisters haven't had an easy time of it in recent years but  to their eternal credit the Muscle Shoals duo have  soldiered on regardless,  despite being dropped by a major label and being forced to file for bankruptcy in 2014. Laura and Lydia Rogers now find themselves happily ensconced with the excellent New West  Records, bringing their exquisite vocal harmonies to bear on a subtly crafted and predominantly downbeat set which showcases  freshly minted gems such as  "To All The Girls That Cry" and "He's Fine" alongside an affecting cover of Paul Simon's "Kathy's Song."

"Tim Rose" (Talking Elephant)- The gruff soulfulness of Tim Rose's approach to music-making has  prompted comparisons with the likes of Ray Charles and Joe Cocker in the past but the New York born singer-songwriter was very much his own man,  and this splendid  CD re-issue focusses attention on his 1967 debut set, which was in many ways the moody balladeer's crowning glory. The contents include  memorable covers of   Bonnie Dobson's "Morning Dew"  and Billy Roberts' "Hey Joe," which guitar legend   Jimi Hendrix felt compelled to tackle  after hearing Rose's stunning  live rendition of the song  a year or so earlier.

Michala Petri, "Brazilian Landscapes" (OUR Recordings)-The Danish recorder virtuoso continues to champion the cause of her instrument of choice as she unveils what must rank as one of her most wide ranging and atmospheric recordings to date. Petri's exploration of the musical culture of Britain finds her working in close collaboration with percussionist Marilyn Mazur and guitar ace Daniel Murray as the three musicians tackle captivating  works by   Antonio Carlos Jobim, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Egberto Gismonti to name but a few.

Carly Simon, "Have You Seen Me Lately? / Letters Never Sent" (Floating World)- Carly Simon's album output was no longer a major commercial proposition by the time that these offerings first saw the light of day in the early nineties, but this consumately talented performer's music remained just as effortlessly memorable as ever, and 1990's "Have You Seen Me Lately?" did  yield one  major U.S. hit single in the shape of "Better Not Tell Her." Floating World's CD re-issue should be required listening  for all devotees of the singer-songwriter's intelligent and richly crafted approach to music-making.