Album Reviews

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) ★★★★

Mathias Eick's new album

Mathias Eick – Midwest


Album of the Week

Jamie McDell channels Taylor Swift on her new album Ask Me Anything.

Jamie McDell channels Taylor Swift on her new album Ask Me Anything.

The Best of the Grateful Dead

The Best of the Grateful Dead

This year marks the 50th anniversary of American band The Grateful Dead.

Folk legend Tom Paxton is back

Tom Paxton - Redemption Road

FOLK Tom Paxton – Redemption Road (Southbound) ★★★½

Womad favourite's new album

Che Sudaka – Hoy

Argentinians and Colombians frenetic album

Purity Ring's Another Eternity

Purity Ring - Another Eternity

Purity Ring – Another Eternity (The Label/4AD) ★★★

CD of the Week

Courtney Barnett's debut album Sometimes i sit and think, and sometimes i just sit.

Courtney Barnett's debut showcases her talent for storytelling.

Jim White's quirky music.

Jim White Vs The Packway Handle Band - Take it Like a Man

Jim White ain't exactly your typical country/blues/folkie.

Jody Direen's country pop debut

Jody Direen Breaks Out

Wanaka-based Jody Direen's debut album

Laura Marling's new album

Laura Marling Short Movie

REVIEW Laura Marling's album Short Movie

SJD's Saint John Divine is simply divine

SJD - Saint John Devine

Sean Donnelly has been producing great left-field indie pop and electronica since 1998 and since he breakthrough album Southern Lights in 2004 has just got better and better.

Alison Wonderland - Run

Alison Wonderland Run

Alison Wonderland is Alex Scholler, an Australian DJ and producer combining dance, drum and bass and dubstep into hard-edged pop with Run, her debut.

Review: The Doors stuff nation

The Doors: From left, drummer John Densmore, keyboard player Ray Mansarek, vocalist Jim Morrison and guitarist Robby Krieger during a press conference at London's Heathrow airport in 1968.

The Doors' double vinyl of 1972 gets its first CD release after being remastered by original engineer Bruce Botnick.

1989 defies expectations

HITMAKER: Taylor Swift's fifth studio album, 1989, concludes her journey from country to pop.

On Taylor Swift's new album 1989 the audience's expectations are defied, in ways both subtle and overt.

Album review: AM


It's been a disappointing year for music. But Rayhan Langdana finally found something great.

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