Album Reviews

Josh Groban

Josh Groban - Stages

REVIEW: When it comes to the like of Josh Groban, a cash cow for the industry, the bean counters must be puffing stogies and stuffing caviar at the board room meetings.

Album of the Week: Alabama Shakes

Alabama Shakes are in top form on Sound & Color.

REVIEW: Alabama Shakes break new ground with Sound & Color.

Hannah in the Wars can thank The Cure

Hannah in the Wars

REVIEW: Kiwi Hannah Curwood, based in London, releases her debut.

Mumford & Sons' new album (sort of) rocks

Mumford & Sons - Wilder Mind

REVIEW: After the mega-selling Sigh No More and Babel, British folk rockers Mumford & Sons have ditched acoustic instruments for Wilder Mind.

Album of the Week: Pitch Perfect 2 OST

Pitch Perfect 2's tracks sound hollow outside of the movie.

REVIEW: Outside of the film, Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack hits a bum note.

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Sunday Star-Times music reviews

country blues collection is essential listening

The Rough Guide to Unsung Heroes of Country Blues

REVIEW: BLUES The Rough Guide to Unsung Heroes of Country Blues (Southbound)

Van the Man back on top

Van Morrison - Duets

REVIEW: ROCK Van Morrison - Duets (RCA) ★★★★

The sound and colour of rock

Alabama Shakes - Sound & Colour

REVIEW: Alabama Shakes engrossing second album confirms they aren't a one album wonder.

Blind Boy Fuller keeps on truckin'

Blind Boy Fuller

REVIEW: A retrospective sheds light on a little-known but influential blues artist.

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Laura Marling

Jamie McDell embraces country-pop

Jamie McDell - Ask Me Anything

REVIEW: What saves this album is a satisfying selection of songs, delivered with a genuine spirit from Jamie McDell.

An impressive debut from Marlon Williams

Marlon Williams

REVIEW: Marlon Williams is no by-the-numbers alt country artist on his debut

Blur's low-key comeback

Blur - The Magic Whip

REVIEW: Blur are back with their first album in 12 years and their first as a four piece since 1999.

Album of the Week: Blur - The Magic Whip

Blur's new album The Magic Whip is available now.

REVIEW: Blur's new album is better late than premature.

Don McGlashan's Lucky Stars shines

Don McGlashan - Lucky Stars

REVIEW: Don McGlashan's new album is one of the best of his career and one of the best albums of 2015.

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Blur's The Magic Whip

Albums reviews from the Sunday Star-Times' review panel

Album of the Week: Josh Groban; Stages

Do your mother a favour and avoid giving her Josh Groban's Stages this Mothers' Day.

CD Review: Josh Groban

Joan Baez still has the chops on her new album

Joan Baez - Diamantes

REVIEW: On her album Diamantees Joan Baez performs many of the songs heard in Wellington in 2013.

Josh Rouse's new album

Josh Rouse - The Embers of Time

REVIEW: Josh Rouse is a confessional singer and his 11 past albums have been made in the similar style.

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Brian Jonestown Massacre go French

Brian Jonestown Massacre - Musique De Film Imagine

REVIEW: Brian Jonestown Massacre's new album

Neither richer or poorer with Allison Moorer

Allison Moorer - Down to Believing

REVIEW: Allison Moorer's new album reviewed

Anika Moa is still at the top of her game

Anika Moa - Queen at the Table

REVIEW: Anika Moa's new album reviewed

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The Prodigy are back

The Prodigy - The Day is My Enemy

REVIEW: The Prodigy's new album reviewed

Album of the Week

Stan Walker, as depicted on the cover of his new album Truth & Soul.

REVIEW: Impressive vocals, but Stan Walker's latest feels safe.

Album of the Week

Kendrick Lamar's new album To Pimp a Butterfly.

REVIEW: To Pimp a Butterfly "won't be ignored".

Kiwis Devilish Mary & The Holy Rollers

Devilsh Mary & The Holy Rollers

The debut album reviewed

Action Bronson delivers on new album

Action Bronson - Mr Wonderful

HIP-HOP Action Bronson – Mr Wonderful (Warner Music) ★★★★

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