Kevin Bryan delivers his verdict on some of this week's CD releases Soul Asylum,"Hurry Up and Wait"(Blue Elan Records)- Soul Asylum's eagerly anticipated follow-up to 2016's "Change of Fortune" is the Minneapolis alternative rockers' twelfth album in a career which began long long ago in 1981, although lead vocalist Dave Pirner has been the only constant feature in their line-up throughout the past four decades. The current incarnation of the band have assembled a typically radio friendly and eclectic package boasting a string of easy on the ear excursions in tuneful rock such as "Silly Things," "Got It Pretty Good" and their current single,"If I Told You."

Salt House,"Huam" (Hudson Records)-Scottish folk trio Salt House's latest offering is an understated gem of the highest order, requiring repeated exposures to make its full presence felt as Jenny Sturgeon, Ewan MacPherson and Lauren MacColl apply their exquisite vocal harmonies to haunting gems such as the freshly minted "Mountain of Gold." Their commendably wide ranging quest for material also sees the three musicians tackle the delights of Danish folk song,"Aage and Elsie" and reclusive American poet Emily Dickinson's "Hope is the thing with Feathers" alongside a fine setting of Thomas Campbell's "Lord Ullin's Daughter."

"I'd Love To Turn You On" (Cherry Red)-Sub-titled "Classical and Avant-Garde Music That Inspired the Sixties Counter-Culture," this fascinating 3 CD anthology ranges far and wide in its choice of subject matter, drawing on some of the most memorable pieces in the classical canon as well as several even more more cerebral offerings from the pens of composers such as John Cage,Edgard Varese and Karl-Heinz Stockhausen. Culturally curious outfits such as Pink Floyd and The Beatles were able to draw on these disparate musical influences during their creative heydays in the late sixties and the rest,as the tired old cliche goes,is history.