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Closure in Moscow – Pink Lemonade

Some might say this album is brave, eclectic and avant garde. Others might say it’s self-indulgent, lacking in focus and incohesive. As with all matters of taste, it’s largely subjective – but for this reviewer, Pink Lemonade tends towards the latter category. Having said that, there are a couple of decent psychedelic rock numbers on […]

Neneh Cherry – Blank Project

After making a colourful splash during the ’80s and ’90s with her sassy brand of pop, Neneh Cherry took the road less travelled, joining underground bands to explore experimental jazz and world music. Now, she’s back in the spotlight with her first solo album in 18 years. True to form, it’s not pure pop but […]

The Angels – 40 Years of Rock, Volume 2: 40 Greatest Live Hits

The companion album to 40 Years of Rock, Volume 1: 40 Greatest Studio Hits, this 3-disc set features recordings of blistering live Angels gigs from 1977 to 1990 at venues such as the Bankstown RSL, Hordern Pavilion and Sylvania Hotel, in addition to several shows at the Bridge Hotel this year. Angels purists might not […]

The Angels – 40 Years of Rock, Volume 1: 40 Greatest Studio Hits

While The Angels never reached the commercial heights of AC/DC or the Oils, this compilation shows why they’re the quintessential Aussie pub rock band. The songs here – including Dogs Are Talking, Marseilles, and Am I Ever Going To See Your Face Again? – constitute a must-have for any hard rock aficionado, with The Angels […]

Michael Jackson – Xscape

Let’s be very blunt – you can’t turn shit into gold. Everyone knows this except, it seems, the producers behind this album of very ordinary Michael Jackson cast-offs. Produced to within an inch of its life in an attempt to wring another hit album out of MJ, five years after his death, the songs here […]

Art – Nature – Wellbeing

On the face of it, the world of art and the milieu of psychotherapy are two different domains. However, the field of art therapy combines them both. An increasingly popular tool to address mental health conditions, art therapy is used in settings such as schools, detention centres, prisons, hospitals and private practice, with patients communicating […]

Kylie Minogue – The Best Of Kylie Minogue

Released overseas in 2012, this compilation hasn’t had a domestic release until now – but with Kylie appearing on the local version of The Voice, the record company obviously feels it’s cash-in time. Covering the late 1980s to the early 2010s, this album showcases Kylie’s development over that time, amply demonstrating why Ms Minogue has […]

The Black Keys – Turn Blue

Dramatic, cinematic and even a touch psychedelic, Turn Blue is the culmination of the Keys’ journey so far and their strongest, most satisfying album to date. From the haunting opener The Weight Of Love to the seductive title track and the very catchy Fever, Turn Blue is the mark of a band in top form. […]

Little Hurricane – Gold Fever

Over the past few years, US duo Little Hurricane have made their mark as purveyors of raw, earthy blues. Gold Fever continues in that vein but with stylistic stabs at new territory: for example, a horn section on track four (Boiling Water) and country elements on several tracks. However, most cuts here are bluesy and […]

Cyndi Lauper – She’s So Unusual: A 30th Anniversary Celebration

One of the great records of the 1980s, She’s So Unusual is an unbeatable mixture of quirk, sass, humour and camp – but most of all, damn good songs showcasing the keenest of pop sensibilities. More than just a cheap nostalgia trip, this deluxe re-release reminds us what can happen when that rarest of collisions […]