Album Reviews

Album of the Week: Halsey, Badlands

Halsey's Badlands is available now.

Halsey is definitely well worth a listen - just don't over-indulge

A catchy turn of phrase

The Blue Beaters - Everbody Knows

REVIEW: Ska will never die - as proved by The Bluebeaters.

Pere Ubu are near-perfect

Pere Ubu - Elitism for the People 1975-1978

REVIEW: The early days of Pere Ubu is nicely captured in new compilation.

Pioneering tango singer Carlos Gardel

The Rough Guide to Tango Legends: Carlos Gardel

REVIEW: Carlos Gardel shines on detailed compilation of his works.

Lianne La Havas' new album video

Lianne La Havas - Blood

REVIEW: Mercury Prize nominee Lianne La Havas is back.

Album of the Week: Dr Dre, Compton

Dr Dre's Compton doubles as the soundtrack to the new film Straight Outta Compton.

Dr Dre's Compton - old soul, new influences

It's time to be a lounge lizard with Quantic

Quantic presents The Western Transient

REVIEW: World traveller, musician and producer Quantic is back.

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Dawn Of Midi's Dysnomia

Dawn Of Midi

Legendary folkie Bert Jansch

Bert Jansch - Live at the 12 Bar

REVIEW: Bert Jansch isn’t a household name, but within the folk fraternity, he's a legend.

Kody Nielson new guise as Silicon

Silicon - Personal Computer

REVIEW: Former Mint Chicks frontman Kody Nielson's new project is superb.

Powerful words and impassioned singing

Iris DeMent - The Trackless Woods

REVIEW: Iris DeMent adapts the poems of Russian Anna Akhmatova.

A Joy Division pick and mix

Joy Division - Substance

REVIEW: An expanded Joy Division combine is a known pleasure.

CD review: Doctor Who: Series 8

The Doctor Who: Series 8 Original Television Soundtrack is a triple disk release.

Doctor Who thrives on change, as do composer Murray Gold and orchestrator Ben Foster.

Here comes the sitar, or is that sarod?

Debashish Bhattacharya - Slide Guide Ragas

REVIEW: Debashish Bhattacharya remains a sober and scholarly exponent of Indian classical music.

Album of the Week: Wilco, Star Wars

Wilco's new album Star Wars is out now.

REVIEW: Star Wars is Wilco's most accessible album

The sound of Soak

Soak - Before We Forgot to Dream

REVIEW: Irish singer-songwriter Soak mixes genres on her debut.

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The Chemical Brothers' Born In The Echoes

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Rhythm ‘n’ Bluesin’ by the Bayou is a delight

Rhythm ‘n’ Bluesin’ by the Bayou

REVIEW: A new R&B compilation highlights some great New Orleans musicians.

Dark Goth touches on American band Algiers debut

Algiers

REVIEW: American band Algiers dystopian soul

Album of the Week: Avalanche City, We are for the wild places

Avalanche City's new album we are for the wild places is available now.

REVIEW: Avalanche City's Wild Places an enjoyable listen

Gary Forrester sparkles on country-flavoured album

Gary Forrester - Alma Rose

REVIEW: Wellington's Gary Forrester has an innate sense of rhythm and fine lyrics.

The new flavour of Swedish ambient electronica

Death and Vanilla

REVIEW: Sweden's Death and Vanilla mix electronica with 60s and 70s soundtracks

Jose James superb Billie Holiday tribute

Jose James - Yesterday I Had the Blues

REVIEW: Jose James interpretations of Billie Holiday's classics are a joy.

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The Phoenix Foundation's Give Up Your Dreams

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Sea Shanty Society shine on second album

Wellington Sea Shanty Society

REVIEW: Wellington Sea Shanty Society's second album is surprisingly poignant as it is fun.

Album of the Week: Tame Impala, Currents

Tame Impala's new album Currents is available now.

REVIEW: The Tame Impala sound feels cleaner and more cohesive on Currents.

Glorious Americana from Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free

REVIEW: Jason Isbell's new album again confirms him as a superb singer-songwriter and storyteller.

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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