Album review: Peace of Mind - Anika, Boh & Hollie

JAMES BELFIELD
Last updated 12:00 19/02/2013
Peace of Mind - Anika, Boh & Hollie
Peace of Mind - Anika, Boh & Hollie

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PEACE OF MIND
Anika, Boh & Hollie
Peace Of Mind
(Sony)

The choice of this holy trinity of Kiwi songstresses to choose their first names to go by (rather than, say, inventing a supergroup band name like fellow winery tourists The Adults) puts them on an immediately intimate footing with their audience.

Their flowing-yet-familiar vocals give the impression that these tracks have been around forever ... perhaps you've already heard them in the background at a family barbie or wasn't that other one on Sione's Wedding 2?

The answer is no, they're all new tracks, but with that wonderfully funky, sun-drenched Aotearoa pop-rock sound so totally owned by Hollie Smith, Boh Runga and Anika Moa and as Kiwi as backyard cricket or white-bread hot dogs on the beach.

It's all easy-listening - no room for deep dub reggae or electro-pop - but that's what these songbirds do best.

The only slight downside is that the final three bonus tracks - Stellar's Part of Me, Anika's Mother and Hollie's exceptional Bathe in the River - are such standouts that they only go to prove that this trio is maybe still actually better individually.

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