Album Reviews

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Chrissie Hynde poses in the winner's room at the NME Awards in London last year.

New music: The Pretenders' 'pretend' album, electronica weirdos Lambchop and Waikato hardrockers Devilskin

Kings of Leon are back

Guitarist Matthew Followill (left) and singer Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon perform on stage at the American Express ...

This week's new music, including a mixed bag from rockers Kings of Leon

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Former busker Graeme James

This week's music, including Lady Gaga's latest and a former Queenstown busker

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Brian Jonestown Massacre

New music: Leonard Cohen, at 82, delivers a soul-baring album

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Irish singer, songwriter and musician Van Morrison was knighted last year.

This week's music: Van Morrison follows up his knighthood with one of his best albums in nearly a decade.

Gaga goes full country

Lady Gaga has gone for stripped-back country influences for her sixth studio album, Joanne.

Lady Gaga proves she's much more than costumes and madcapery.

It is from the heart, and raw

Burn It Down by Andrew Papas

Andrew Papas has gone solo and released a single - Burn it Down.

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Solomon Cole and his band.

This week's music: Pixies are back with a reputation-restoring ripper

Album Review Norah Jones, Day Breaks

Norah Jones Day Breaks albums

The jazz queen's back with a double dose of medicine for the soul.

Album review: Green Day's Revolution Radio

Green Day plays a one-off New Zealand show on May 13 next year, at Auckland's Vector Arena.

Green Day's Revolution Radio serves up some old-fashioned anarchy.

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The Sunday Star-Times weekly wrap of new music.

Album review: Glass Animals

English indie rock band Glass Animals have followed up their debut 2014 album Zaba with the synth-heavy How to be a ...

Atmospheric water trickles and monkey calls are replaced with synth-heavy hip-pop.

Album Review: Passenger

Smash-hit Let Her Go would prove a hard follow-up for Passenger.

"Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea" is about as stuffy as the title suggests.

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Album Review: Barbra Streisand's Encore

Barbra Streisand's Encore is a musical theatre lover's dream.

Babs is back and she's brought half of Hollywood with her.

Album Review: Banks & Steelz's Anything But Words

Rapped verses and sung choruses is an album theme on Banks & Steelz' Anything But Words

REVIEW: Wu Tang Clan's founder goes indie-rock in this album of half-baked goods.

Album Review: Michael Kiwanuka, Love & Hate

Michael Kiwanuka's Love and Hate is out now.

REVIEW: Danger Mouse is the key to the success Michael Kiwanuka's new album

Album review: Britney Spears - Glory

Britney Spears Glory album cover

This album plays out much like Britney's career so far - lots of highs and lows.

Album review: Frank Ocean - Blond

Blond is the hotly anticipated follow-up to Frank Ocean's stunning 2012 debut, Channel Orange.

REVIEW: Frank Ocean's new album is an emotionally taxing listen, but it's worth it.

Album Review: Young The Giant's Home of the Strange

Young the Giant's third album Home of the Strange is a delicious mixed-bag of modern rock sounds.

REVIEW: A mixed-bag of modern rock sounds, a delicious mixed-bag mind you.

Album Review: Suicide Squad

The Suicide Squad album is heavily characterised by mixing rock and rap.

Should rock and rap ever mix? Suicide Squad reckons so.

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The Sunday Star-Times weekly wrap of new music.

Album review: Honne's Warm on a Cold Night

British electronic soul duo Honne, James (producer) and Andy (singer/producer).

This funk-influenced album is at times cheesier than fondue, but somehow it works.

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Album Review: Aaradhna, Brown Girl

Aaradhna's track Brown Girl is a response to her experiences with racism.

Aaradhna 's cooking up a hot pot of soulful, spaghetti western pop.

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The Sunday Star-Times weekly wrap of new music.

Album Review: Christine and the Queens

Christine and the Queens' self-titled album cover.

Mixing French with Kanye West lyrics isn't the only risk paying off for this cool cucumber.

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The Sunday Star-Times weekly wrap of new music

Review: Blink-182's California

For California, Mark Hoppus isn't joined by fellow Blink-182 founding member Tom Delonge. He plays with Travis Barker ...

Blink-182 forget their age again with the new album, California.

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The Sunday Star-Times weekly wrap of new music.

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