I have been listening to Room 29 this afternoon as I catch up on stuff that has been left behind in the swirl of hay fever, housework and marking.
It is an album based on one room at the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Hollywood, and the various characters who have stayed in the room over the years, and it is just lovely. Jarvis sings along with a perfect piano played by Chilly Gonzales as though he is at one with the instrument. There are so many albums that this one puts to shame I can't even be bothered to mention them.
You very rarely hear a piano that sounds as good as this, recorded as well as this, and you rarely hear such smart lyrics sung with such a lack of artifice, or with such gentleness.
I have been completely inspired and will go back to the human being drawing board immediately.