Kevin Bryan delivers his verdict on some of this week's CD releases.

Alice Merton, "Mint"(Paper Plane Records)- Alice Merton made quite an impact on music lovers on both sides of the Atlantic in 2017 with her platinum selling debut single, "No Roots," and the eagerly anticipated follow-up album on her own Paper Plane label showcases more of the irresistible fusion of danceable beats and infectious melodic hooks which makes her work such a hot commercial proposition. The Berlin based singer-songwriter's penchant for quirkily memorable pop finds its fullest expression in propulsive ditties such as "Learn To Live, " "Funny Business" and "Lash Out."

The Liminanas, "I've Got Trouble In Mind Vol.2" (Because Music)- The Liminanas hail from the southern French city of Perpignan, and their latest offering finds the highly regarded duo delving deeply into the archives to unearth a string of rare and hitherto unreleased recordings for your listening pleasure. Marie and Lionel Liminana have been toiling away to produce records in their own garage for the past decade, drawing inspiration from such impeccable sources as The Velvet Underground, Can and The Cramps as they blend elements of romanticism, garage band rock and psychedelia to create gems such as "The Mirror" and their heartfelt covers of Lords of the New Church's "Russian Roulette" and The Kinks' "Two Sisters."

"Soul Classics" (Demon Music)- The sixty stylish tracks on offer here have been culled from Sony Music's extensive back catalogue, including bona fide soul classics from the likes of Freda Payne, Al Green, The O'Jays and Gladys Knight to name but a few. The astute compilers at Demon Music have also found space for contributions from notable " one-hit wonders" from the early seventies such as William DeVaughan and Shuggie Otis, who chip in with "Be Thankful For What You Got" and "Strawberry Letter 23" respectively. Splendid stuff.

David Bromberg, "The Player : A Retrospective" (Floating World)-The multi-talented Mr. Bromberg played with many of the leading lights of the singer-songwriter movement during the genre's heyday in the early seventies and is a richly rewarding performer in his own right too, as this eclectic anthology so eloquently illustrates. Luminaries such as George Harrison, Emmylou Harris and Jerry Garcia all make guest appearances as Bromberg indulges his passion for American roots music via a blend of heart warming original material and covers of Jerry Jeff Walker's "Mr.Bojangles," Dylan's "Wallflower" and Blind Willie McTell's "Statesboro Blues."