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THE WAIFS – TEMPTATION

As soon as this record opens, you know you're in familiar territory - this is The Waifs, as you know and love them, wrapped in a crisp and loud CD, gorgeous artwork and carefree attitude. It's a warmly recorded, breezy and bluesy folk jam, with the distinctly Aussie vintage croon of Donna Simpson leading I […]

LATE NIGHT TALES – MIDLAKE

The Late Night Tales series of compilations is an admirable venture in the digital age, when everyone makes their own mix-tapes anyhow - asking the listener to enter the world of the compilation's curator, a late-night radio show of musical library-hopping. This time it's Midlake's turn - a fantastic Texas group whose re-invention of the […]

JEFF MARTIN – THE GROUND CRIES OUT

Wherever you stand with the output of Tea Party chieftain Jeff Martin, with his multi-necked guitars and affinity for Eastern mysticism, one thing is for sure - the man has a singular voice. That guttoral bellow, part-operatic baritone and part stoner-rock, has careened through a palette of nearly 20 records with The Tea Party and […]

ADALITA – ADALITA

Adalita has risen from relative silence with an album that portrays a newer, slower character; a weary rock n' roll beauty with a healthy swag of demons to expunge, which she does very well through these 10 stark songs. Adalita started playing solo shows a few years ago, and it was the much-beloved Dean Turner […]

IRON & WINE – KISS EACH OTHER CLEAN

Sam Beam is best described as a musical explorer, and he looks the part of the common bushranger with sage green eyes and a bombastic beard to match. What sets this fourth album aside from his previous and highly varied works is Beam's willingness to contort his sound palette around the songs. Intact are his […]

SWEET INSPIRATION – THE SONGS OF DAN PENN & SPOONER OLDHAM

Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham were at the outer edge of the elite in the heady storm of pop composers of the early to mid-1960's America. Together as a songwriting team they were responsible for only relatively minor hits for giant Motown stars like Dionne Warwick, Percy Sledge and Etta James. But Penn and Oldham's […]

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – THE PROMISE

Bruce Springsteen has amassed a vast fan-base, from die-hard blue-collar American rockers, to skinny hipsters. His desolate cassette-tape masterpiece Nebraska still gains new disciples year by year, and his work with the E-Street Band's elegant stadium-ready rock has found a new audience in fans of Arcade Fire and the Brooklyn elite. Perhaps his most criminally […]

GABBY YOUNG & OTHER ANIMALS – WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER

All flaming red hair, hairpieces, swinging hips and Weimar sass, Gabby Young certainly has a lot going for her. Owing as much to current peers Sarah Blasko and Clare Bowditch as to the grand old dames of the music halls, she sings like a phonograph horn, with a voice that sounds almost instantly antiquated; and […]

ROBY LAKATOS

Roby Lakatos is a singular character in music; born into a highly musical family in Hungary in 1965, he has developed into a kind of grand old master of the popular violin, earning the nick-name 'The Devil's Fiddler' for his formidable technique and thrilling mastery of Romani Gypsy folk. His ring-leader moustache, wild curls and […]

TWO HOURS TRAFFIC – TERRITORY

In the wrong hands, the genre of power-pop can get very exhausting, very quickly. Thankfully the songwriting from this Canadian quartet is sound - and the tunes on this third album leap out of the speakers with defiant glee. Wedged somewhere between the college-fuzz of Weezer to the lyrical octave-hopping of The Shins, their songs […]