Album Reviews

Album of the Week: Dawes, All Your Favorite Bands

Dawes' All Your Favorite Bands is out now.

Album review: Dawes, All your favourite bands

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

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.

Album of the Week: Of Monsters and Men

Moody, menacing tracks dominate Of Monsters and Men's new album Beneath the Skin.

Real gold amongst Of Monsters and Men's Beneath the Skin

Dawn of Midi's jazz experiments

Dawn of Midi - Dysnomia

REVIEW: Dawn of Midi are a conventional three piece of piano, bass and drums, but that is where it starts to unravel.

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Cairo Knife Fight's Colossus

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The Warratahs back on form with new album

The Warratahs - Runaway Days

REVIEW: After a nine-year gap Wellington's The Warratahs have a new album out today and it's one of their best.

Courtney Pine the singular sax man

Courtney Pine - Song (The Ballad Book)

REVIEW: JAZZ Courtney Pine - Song (The Ballad Book) (Southbound) ★★★★

From Silverchair to white soul and R&B

Daniel Johns - Talk

REVIEW: Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns embraces R&B and electro on his new album.

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Leftfield - Alternative Light Source


Album of the Week: Florence + The Machine

Florence + The Machine have just released their new album - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.

REVIEW: Florence + The Machine are back on form with How big, how blue, how beautiful

The seductive Melody Gardot

Melody Gardot - Currency of Man

REVIEW: Melody Gardot is the most adventurous of contemporary jazz singers and here she's like a restless artisan.

The bewitching Jamie xx

Jamie xx - In Colour

REVIEW: The xx's Jamie xx has released his solo debut and it's a cracker.

Staying true with The Bamboos

Tim Rogers & The Bamboos - The Rules of Attraction

REVIEW: Australian funk soul band The Bamboos, founded by New Zealand-born Lance Ferguson, have been together for more than 15 years and six albums.

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Album of the Week: Shamir

Shamir's lyrics offer a dark look at love, youth and youth culture.

REVIEW: Shamir's Ratchet is well worth a listen.

Sassy Bridgewater has no rivals in stunning concert

Dee Dee Bridgewater had the audience in the palm of her hands during an amazing performance at Wellington's Opera House.

REVIEW: Dee Dee Bridgewater with Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra are the jazz highlight of the year.

Out of Leftfield - a new album

Leftfield - Alternative Light Source

REVIEW: British electronica vets Leftfield have still got it, despite a 16 year hiatus

Town and country in new album

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard's Django & Jimmie

REVIEW: Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard play an assortment of tunes inspired by Django Reinhart and Jimmie Rogers.

Florence + The Machine stay in their comfort zone

Florence + The Machine - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

REVIEW: Florence + The Machine's highly anticipated album is enjoyable but feels like a holding pattern.

Album of the Week: Eric Clapton

Eric Claption's Forever Man is another greatest hits collection from the legendary guitarist.

REVIEW: Eric Clapton's Forever Man offers nothing new.

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Olivia Chaney's The Longest River


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Django Django - double plus good

Django Django - Born Under Saturn

REVIEW: Django Django's mesmerising new album.

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