Album Reviews

Into the Sunshine shines

Ahoribuzz - Into the Sunshine

REVIEW: Wellington's Ahoribuzz have produced one of the best Kiwi releases of the year

Love, love, love that new Avalanche City album

Avalanche City -We Are for the Wild Places

REVIEW: A strong set of songs offset the predictable radio-friendly sound of Avalanche City

Album of the Week: Paper Towns OST

The Paper Towns OST is available now.

REVIEW: Paper Towns' soundtrack well worth a listen

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Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures

Joy Division

Haunting soundtrack to festival movie Victoria

Nils Frahm - Victoria

REVIEW: Nil Frahm has produced a haunting soundtrack for festival film Victoria.

Aussie singer-songwriter Mark Seymour the stortyteller

Mark Seymour & The Undertow - Mayday

REVIEW: Hunters & Collectors' Mark Seymour hasn't lost his knack for a good hook.

Album of the Week: Beau Monga

Beau Monga's self-titled, debut album is out now.

REVIEW: Beau Monga's debut album a pleasant surprise

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Neil Young + Promise Of The Real's The Monsanto Years

Neil Young

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Nils Frahms' Victoria


Album of the Week: Gin Wigmore, Blood to Bone

Gin Wigmore's latest album Blood to Bone is out now.

Gin Wigmore's new sound

Bill Wyman's goes back to basics

Bill Wyman - Back to Basics

REVIEW: Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman's new solo album.

Beau Monga's canny covers on debut album

Beau Monga

REVIEW: X Factor winner Beau Monga is surprisingly good on his album debut.

Tommy can you hear me - in country?

The Hillbenders - Tommy A Bluegrass Opry

REVIEW: The Who's rock opera Tommy is turned into a bluegrass opry.

Time for some more Gin

Gin Wigmore - Blood to Bone

REVIEW: Gin Wigmore's third studio album will get under your skin.

Leon Bridges is home to soul

Leon Bridges - Coming Home

REVIEW: Leon Bridges has kept his credibility with his new album.

Buying into nostalgia with James Taylor

James Taylor - Before This World

REVIEW: James Taylor's first No 1 album in his homeland is a mixed bag.

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Able Tasmans' A Cuppa Tea and A Lie Down

A weekly round-up of the latest CD releases.

Bic Runga and Tiny Ruins exquisite as duo

Tiny Ruins, left, and Bic Runga. Their Wellington Opera House show was lovely, charming, gentle and, at times, close to perfect.

REVIEW: Bic Runga's request to work with Tiny Ruins was a smart move when the results were seen live in Wellington.

Album of the Week: Dawes, All Your Favorite Bands

Dawes' All Your Favorite Bands is out now.

Album review: Dawes, All your favourite bands

Jason Derulo's assembly line R&B

Jason Derulo - Everything is $

REVIEW: The man behind single Want to Want Me can be wanting on new album

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers dazzle on live album

John Myall's Bluesbreakers - Live in 1967

REVIEW: John Mayall Bluesbreakers album Live In 1967 is sourced from mono recordings done by a Dutch fan.

From rockabilly to soul-funk with Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis - The Third

REVIEW: Britain's Kitty, Daisy & Lewis rope in The Clash's Mick Jones to produce their third album.

Sowing the seeds of dissent on Neil Young's new album

Neil Young - The Monsanto Years

REVIEW: No-one is safe on Neil Young's polemical new album The Monsanto Years

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Jamie xx's In Colour

A weekly round-up of CD reviews from the Sunday Star-Times

Album of the Week: Adam Lambert, The Original High

The Original High does not feature the Adam Lambert that won the world over.

REVIEW: The Original High a new low for Adam Lambert

The blooming of Brandon Flowers

Brandon Flowers - The Desired Effect

REVIEW: The Killers' frontman Brandon Flowers second solo album.

The dawning of the age of the Fifth Dimension

The 5th Dimension - The First Four Albums

REVIEW: The Fifth Dimension's first four albums have been re-released on CD.

Muse's 'metaphorical psychopaths' concept album

Muse - Drones

REVIEW: Muse's new album Drones is big on concept and sound.

The first man of folk

Richard Thompson - Still

REVIEW: Richard Thompson's new album Still shows that he's still got it.

Janine and the Mixtape have the right mix

Janine and the Mixtape - XXEP

REVIEW: New Zealand-born R&B singer-songwriter Janine Foster could be the next big thing.

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