ALBUM REVIEW: PHILADELPHIA GRAND JURY – SUMMER OF DOOM

  Philadelphia Grand Jury still know how to party (party), and their new single ‘Crashing & Burning Pt. II’ and comeback record Summer Of Doom prove it. The short and sharp 12 tracks are a raw and red-hot deal that segues off on more tangents than a drunk uncle, and it’s all as bubbly and fun as…

ALBUM REVIEW: TIM ROGERS & THE BAMBOOS – THE RULES OF ATTRACTION

  Melbourne soul/funk band The Bamboos and the inimitable Tim Rogers have already had one successful partnership with the 2012 single, ‘I Got Burned’. Fast-forward a few years and they’ve collaborated on an album. It’s one that achieves a balance between the band’s patent introverted groove and Rogers’ effervescent rock’n’swagger from You Am I. The…

ALBUM REVIEW: SOKO – MY DREAMS DICTATE MY REALITY

  Stéphanie ‘Soko’ Sokolinski is a self-confessed witch, vampire and alien. She often sounds like she’s lived a lifetime of melodrama, yet she’s just 29. Her second studio album is an open-book account of the above and includes a cameo from Ariel Pink. The self-taught French musician originally built a reputation on lo-fi, indie folk…

ALBUM REVIEW: ELLA HOOPER – IN TONGUES

  When Ella Hooper from Killing Heidi joined her brother to form the acoustic folk duo The Verses, it was considered a ‘maturing’ of her earlier rock sound. Some 15 years after it all began, Hooper is armed with her solo debut, on which a metamorphosis has occurred again so she sounds like she’s keeping…

ALBUM REVIEW: FRENTE – MARVIN THE ALBUM 21ST ANNIVERSARY EDITION

  Frente’s Marvin The Album celebrates a significant milestone this year, its 21st birthday. To celebrate, the band have re-released their debut record and made it into a deluxe, remastered two-CD version as well as touring in support. Marvin is light, sweet and summery and looks poised to win some new fans, while there will…

ALBUM REVIEW: THE SUNNYBOYS – OUR BEST OF

  Sunnyboys’ Our Best Of sees 17 tracks hand-picked and remastered by the band and released in one tidy set. It is not the group’s first greatest hits and thanks to the quality of the music, it is also unlikely to be their last. The songs are the closest thing you’ll hear to guitar pop…

ALBUM REVIEW: SUNNYBOYS – SELF-TITLED

  The Sunnyboys’ debut, eponymous record is considered a classic Australian album. And listening to it in 2014 it is easy to see why. This perfect collection of 12 tracks is an absolute gem that is so deceptively simple and engaging and doesn’t sound at all dated. If anything, the music sounds fresh and exciting….

ALBUM REVIEW: ELBOW – THE TAKE OFF & LANDING OF EVERYTHING

  If Elbow were carpenters they’d be considered master craftsmen, especially on album number six. The Mercury prize winners have created an epic, consistent, and beautifully-crafted timepiece that has as much mystery and emotional treasure as a stunning glory box. The record is driven by Guy Garvey’s thoughtful and emotional lyrics, which have previously moved…

ALBUM REVIEW: VARIOUS – BOB DYLAN – THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT CELEBRATION

  The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration sees a cast of thousands pay tribute to Bob Dylan’s brilliant career. Recorded live in 1992 to a sold-out audience at Madison Square Garden, this double album displays a ramshackle group at its freewheeling best. Despite the show going for over four hours, this remastered and repackaged set is still incomplete, as…

ALBUM REVIEW: JOHN BUTLER TRIO – FLESH & BLOOD

  On album number six, John Butler takes a step off his social and political soapbox to sip wine at the altar of love. Flesh & Blood is Butler’s most collaborative effort to date. To give you a taste, there’s the catchy single, ‘Only One’; the high-energy, blues rock number ‘Devil Woman’; and the dub, ‘Blame…

ALBUM REVIEW: ICEHOUSE – DUBHOUSE LIVE

Ever since Icehouse frontman Iva Davies met reggae legend Peter Tosh of The Wailers fame, he has been influenced by the musical genre. On Icehouse’s live record Dubhouse, Davies manages to realise that dream. The performances were captured during the group’s two intimate shows in Melbourne and Sydney in 2013, where they had promised a dance-hall party…

ALBUM REVIEW: FEELINGS – BE KIND, UNWIND

Feelings has risen up like a phoenix out of the ashes of Philadelphia Grand Jury. The project was originally supposed to be the solo debut from The Philly Jays front man, Berkfinger (AKA Simon Berckelman). But emotions, relationships and indeed, feelings are quite complex things. So for some songs Berkfinger was joined by his old bandmates, MC…