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Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Wanderlust

Those who remember Sophie Ellis-Bextor as the disco dolly behind tunes such as Murder on the Dancefloor and the Spiller track Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love) will be somewhat surprised by this release. It marks a shift away from the dance floor towards the left field. However, the truth is Ellis-Bextor began her music career […]

Bonjah – Beautiful Wild

Melbourne-based outfit Bonjah’s third album Beautiful Wild started making an impact months ago, via the 2013 singles Evolution and Blue Tone Black Heart. This song cycle includes both those tracks and nine other cuts, all of which amply demonstrate why Bonjah is one of Australia’s premier blues and roots outfits. An album of stomping pace […]

Chet Faker – Built On Glass

After several singles and EPs over the past couple of years, the Melbourne prince of downbeat electronica is releasing his first full-length album, Built on Glass. An eclectic affair melding R&B with pop melodies; blues and soul with electronica, the album is a paean to Faker’s diverse musical interests but retains coherence throughout, held together […]

Russell Morris – Van Diemen’s Land

Undoubtedly best known for his 1969 number one single The Real Thing – one of the greatest psychedelic pop songs ever recorded – Russell Morris defied all expectations in 2013 to score the highest-selling album of his career, Sharkmouth, a blues album about Aussie characters of the 1920s and ’30s. A follow-up to that platinum […]

Only Lovers Left Alive

The ubiquity of vampire films today might lead some to avoid this movie – a 'vampire flick' directed by indie film darling Jim Jarmusch. However, they’d be doing themselves a disservice. Not since The Hunger has such a distinctive vampire tale been committed to celluloid. Like The Hunger, this is an amazing-looking film – all […]

Marcia Hines – Amazing

She’s been an Australian icon – a collective sweetheart, really – for several decades. So, it feels wrong to say anything negative about Marcia Hines. However, it’s hard to imagine anyone getting excited over this album. The musical equivalent of a digestive biscuit, it’s bland and predictable but perhaps somewhat comforting. Line in the Sand […]

Architects – Lost Forever // Lost Together

Brutal, dense and formidable, the sixth studio album by British metalcore band Architects won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but for fans of the band and the genre, Lost Forever // Lost Together won’t disappoint. Architects have always been a bit different to most metalcore bands, standing out from the crowd with their incisive, political […]

Kaiser Chefs – Education, Education, Education and War

With its political, bombastic, anti-war songs, the Kaiser Chiefs’ fifth studio album (and first without former drummer/songwriter Nick Hodgson) is somewhat reminiscent of Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame. Except this is far less sophisticated, interesting and idiosyncratic than any of Waters’ work. The Kaisers clearly have aspirations to be more than just knockabout British […]

Kate Miller-Heidke – O Vertigo!

Miller-Heidke’s fourth studio album and her first since leaving Sony, O Vertigo! finds the Brisbane songstress in fine form – and while there are no great departures here, this album is arguably her most accomplished to date. The vocals – always one of her strongest points – are superb, and musically she’s better than ever. […]

Kylie Minogue – Kiss Me Once

As a pop star who’s been top of her game since the late ’80s, you might wonder when Kylie will run out of steam. Not anytime soon if Kiss Me Once is a good indication. A glossy confection of pop goodness, her twelfth studio album sounds as ‘now’ as anything else in the charts – […]