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Music May 05, 2018
William Crighton’s ‘Empire’
William Crighton delivers the year’s best album, Australian or international, with the charged rock and heartfelt lyrics of Empire.
Music March 17, 2018
New albums from Mia Dyson and Sarah Blasko
Mia Dyson and Sarah Blasko’s sixth and career-best albums suggest neither of these accomplished songwriters has yet hit their peak.
Music April 14, 2018
Confidence Man and Space Invadas
Confidence Man and Space Invadas both deliver refurbished R&B, but one polishes vintage grooves and the other delivers a fun-packed take on a ’90s dancefloor.
Music March 02, 2018
Dick Stusso’s ‘In Heaven’
Nic Russo’s second album as ramshackle country bluesman Dick Stusso delivers melancholic wisdom found at the bottom of a bottle.
Music February 03, 2018
Hookworms’ third album Microshift sees the Leeds psych rockers take a krautrock turn to underpin lyrics that explore loss and trauma.
Music December 16, 2017
The 2017 Australian Music Prize
The chair of the Australian Music Prize judging panel presents his highlights of this year’s album longlist.
Music November 17, 2017
Mavis Staples’ ‘If All I Was Was Black’
Teaming once more with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples has produced a powerful new album. But, says the veteran performer, her heart aches as she rails still against the racial division she’s been fighting for decades.
Music October 28, 2017
Electronic band Kllo draw listeners in to their downbeat soul with intricate melodies and meticulous sound design.
Music October 13, 2017
St. Vincent’s ‘MASSEDUCTION’
Annie Clark’s latest St. Vincent album, MASSEDUCTION, is an instant classic, delivering an often dark and desolate vision rendered with a glistening pop sheen.
Life September 23, 2017
Bigsound Music Festival
A ‘sense of duty’ took the author to the Bigsound music festival, but it was the talent of up-and-coming artists that truly ignited his passion.
Music August 26, 2017
Randy Newman’s ‘Dark Matter’
Randy Newman’s career spans decades of sharp social observations wrapped in songs drawing on the modern American songbook. His latest album suggests comparisons from Elmore Leonard to Rashomon.
Music August 04, 2017
‘Jen Cloher’ review
That Jen Cloher’s inventive fourth album is self-titled reflects its personal themes, as she writes with candour about her relationship and her place in the world.