ALBUM REVIEW: THE JOHN STEEL SINGERS – MIDNIGHT AT THE PLUTONIUM

  The John Steel Singers are no strangers to producing bright, poppy sounds. But on their third studio album, Midnight at the Plutonium their venue of choice is a disco in the seventies and a soundtrack punctuated by smooth basslines, sweet melodies and hypnotic synths. Single, “Weekend Lover” boasts local champions Donny Benet on keys…

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: 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…

SINGLE REVIEW: THE VINES – METAL ZONE

  The Vines is a loaded name that can mean anything from the early successes of their debut album, Highly Evolved, all the way through to front-man and mainstay, Craig Nicholls’ tortured past. If we can set aside the bullshit and listen to ‘Metal Zone’, the debut single from their forthcoming, crowd-funded and independent record, Wicked…

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: 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…