Album Reviews

London Grammar

Album of the Week: London Grammar – Californian Soil (2021 LP)

April 15, 2021

I vividly remember the first time I saw London Grammar live. It was at Falls Festival Byron Bay in 2013/14 just as the band had exploded on the back of “Strong” and debut album If You Wait. With the sun having just set and vision from the stage obviously limited, frontwoman Hannah Reid politely asked […]

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Rhiannon Giddens

Album Review: Rhiannon Giddens’ They’re Calling Me Home is a timely meditation on the comforts of home

April 13, 2021

I told myself that I wouldn’t entertain pandemic adjacent albums. But, Rhiannon Giddens’ latest, recorded with Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, has proven to be an exception. It helps that it’s not an album of songs about sourdough and lockdowns. It also helps that it’s superb.  They’re Calling Me Home is a timely album, with pertinent […]

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EJ Worland

Album of the Week: EJ Worland’s No One Left To Blame will be one of the best debut EPs of 2021

April 8, 2021

Ever heard an artist you instantly connected with? Like, from the first time you heard their music you just knew they were red hot? Having grown up in a household where I was force fed your 60s, 70s and 80s classics, I’ve developed a strong appreciation for acts who sound like they don’t belong in […]

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5 albums you may have missed in Q1 2021

April 1, 2021

We’ve been blessed (musically) with a killer opening quarter to 2021, with plenty of stellar and groundbreaking albums and EPs already released, many of which have received our Album of the Week. From Shame to Arlo Parks, Julien Baker, Genesis Owusu and Middle Kids, 2021 has so far seen a variety of albums released that […]

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Album of the Week: Ben Howard’s Collections From the Whiteout is a surprising return to form

March 25, 2021

Ben Howard is seemingly a reluctant, successful musician. His ongoing success and acclaim from fans and critics does not always sitting so well with himself. Instead, he comes across as an artist who is consistently and constantly looking to grow and evolve, all while perhaps being held back by his historical success. Having been a […]

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Today We're The Greatest

Album of the Week: Today We’re The Greatest sets up Middle Kids to become one of the country’s best

March 18, 2021

The last time I wrote anything about Middle Kids I made a not so subtle comparison between the Sydney band and Australian musical royalty Paul Kelly. At the time, they were touring their debut album Lost Friends and had released a little song called “Mistake”, which I’d go on to call the best song of 2018. […]

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obviously

Album of the Week: Lake Street Dive – Obviously (2021 LP)

March 11, 2021

There was a study done in the past couple of years that showed the likelihood of you not listening to new music or styles increases exponentially the closer you get to thirty years old, and then going off the chart once you past the milestone. Now, I grew up in a house that mostly played […]

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Genesis Owusu

Album of the Week: Genesis Owusu – Smiling With No Teeth (2021 LP)

March 4, 2021

Genesis Owusu is an artist in control. Taking a few years to get here, his debut album Smiling With No Teeth showcases an artist well and truly ready to breakdown barriers and take the world on, fifteen tracks at a time. A lengthy debut, Smiling With No Teeth is the sign of an artist not […]

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Album of the Week: Julien Baker’s Little Oblivions is near enough to perfect

February 25, 2021

Julien Baker has always been an artist that makes you stop, notice and absorb her talents. Now onto her third album, Baker is as prolifically complete on Little Oblivions as she’s ever been since releasing debut album Sprained Ankle half a decade ago. There’s very little, if any, façade to what pours out in her […]

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Terra Firma

Album of the Week: Tash Sultana – Terra Firma (2021 LP)

February 18, 2021

After a few years between drinks, Tash Sultana is back in 2021 with Terra Firma, the follow up to their much acclaimed and lauded album Flow State. Much like its 2018 predecessor, Terra Firma is an exploration into the soulful and trip driven escapades of Sultana’s mind and musical expertise. With all the groove driven sounds […]

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Luca Brasi

Album of the Week: Luca Brasi – Everything is Tenuous (2021 LP)

February 11, 2021

Google defines tenuous as “very weak or slight; insubstantial”. While this could very well be a text book definition of my physique, there’s nothing tenuous about my next claim: Luca Brasi has absolutely crushed their new album, Everything is Tenuous. Returning with their fifth LP, the Tasmanian legends have managed to kick things up a […]

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Album Review: Foo Fighters play it safe with Medicine at Midnight, but that’s not a bad thing

February 5, 2021

Today marks the day that iconic American rockers Foo Fighters return with the long-awaited release of their tenth (!!) studio full length, Medicine at Midnight. The release – their first since 2017’s well received Concrete and Gold – coincides with the band’s 25th anniversary, and was set to be released in a year when they were […]

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The Boys With The Perpetual Nervousness

Album Review: The Boys With The Perpetual Nervousness deliver positivity, hooks and jangle on new album Songs From Another Life (2021 LP)

February 5, 2021

If you like your guitar’s jangly, then look no further than Songs From Another Life, the sophomore album from indie rock duo The Boys With The Perpetual Nervousness.   By way of introduction, the band are something of an atypical endeavour. The band’s two members – Gonzalo Marcos (from Spanish indie popsters El Palacio de […]

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Sturle Dagsland

Album Review: Sturle Dagsland captivates with vocal versatility on his self titled debut

February 4, 2021

Armed with an impressive array of obscure and worldly instruments and an astounding vocal, Norwegian artist Sturle Dagsland has crafted an album that is extraordinary, compelling and undoubtedly idiosyncratic. That it is his debut, makes it all the more remarkable. When I reviewed “Kusanagi”, the album’s lead single back in October, I remarked that it […]

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SHYGA!

Album of the Week: Psychedelic Porn Crumpets put the world on notice with SHYGA! The Sunlight Mound (2021 LP)

February 4, 2021

Australia has always been a keen exporter to foreign markets. From traditional resources like coal, wool and copper, to the non-traditional, like Paul Hogan and wine. But, one thing that Australia’s always been pretty consistent in exporting is quality music. Currently, one of Australia’s biggest exports globally is our psychedelic rock scene. Having gradually risen […]

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Album Review: Jarryd James’ P.M. shows off a soulful R&B evolution that was worth the wait

January 29, 2021

After more than five years, Jarryd James is back with his hugely anticipated second album P.M. and it doesn’t disappoint. Bursting on to the scene in 2015 with huge hit single “Do You Remember”, James’ long play builds on that with exquisite R&B tracks full of mood, texture and reflection. Recording P.M. took James some […]

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Arlo Parks

Album of the Week: Collapsed in Sunbeams will cement Arlo Parks as one of the best artists of the 2020s

January 28, 2021

There will always be a place in the musical world for thought provoking rhythm, blues and jazz. The general downbeat nature of the style allows for introspective and reflective songs to reach the masses; and allow any listener to relate to the music irrespective of their preferred taste. For Arlo Parks, she welcomes all music […]

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Drunk Tank Pink

Album of the Week: Shame – Drunk Tank Pink (2021 LP)

January 21, 2021

After the absolute shitstorm of 2020, you’d have thought 2021 would hopefully deliver some sort of reprieve. After losing pretty much every avenue of income last year, English band Shame pinned all their hopes on 2021 being the year they could thrive, via touring their new album Drunk Tank Pink. Slaving away through last year […]

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The Space Between

Album Review: Illy – The Space Between (2021 LP)

January 21, 2021

COVID-19 and lockdown delayed the release of Illy’s sixth studio album The Space Between by eight months. Although for an album three years in the making, a bit of patience wasn’t too much to ask for both artist and his fanbase. He’s dropped plenty of singles in the meantime. Melbourne-based Illy, Alasdair Murray, hadn’t put […]

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The Kills

Album Review: The Kills – Little Bastards (2020 LP)

December 18, 2020

Anglo-American rock band The Kills have forged a career spanning twenty years, releasing five studio albums and four extended plays. Now they’ve re-mastered a 20-track collection of B-sides and rare tracks which were released between 2002 and 2009 and put it out titled, Little Bastards. In such a project there is always a risk of going […]

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The 40 Best Albums of 2020

December 10, 2020

the AU review is proud to announce The 40 Best Albums of 2020, from Australia and around the world. Who will top our 12th annual list? Read on to find out, and enjoy streams of the records as you scroll through. 40. San Cisco – Between You & Me After more than a decade together, San […]

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Album of the Week: The Avalanches – We Will Always Love You (2020 LP)

December 10, 2020

It was always going to be hard for The Avalanches to follow up their debut Since I Left You. At the time of its release, it was groundbreaking and re-wrote the way in which music could and would be created. It may have taken them sixteen years to follow it up, but 2016’s Wildflower went […]

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YUNGBLUD

Album of the Week: YUNGBLUD – weird! (2020 LP)

December 3, 2020

YUNGBLUD has been pretty busy since realising his debut album in 2018. With a slew of features and collaborations in the two years since, he’s been pushing the limits on what sound he’s creating and who, as a result, may want to listen to his music. Following a tender single with Halsey in 2019, he’s […]

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Album Review: Wolf & Cub – NIL (2020 LP)

November 26, 2020

After a long absence, Wolf & Cub are back, but not as you know it, armed with a new drummer, a heavier sound and a ‘zero-f**ks-given’ attitude all on show with new album NIL. NIL is Wolf & Cub’s fourth studio album. But, their first since 2013’s Heavy Weight which failed to deliver the commercial success […]

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Clio Renner

Album Of The Week: Clio Renner – Nothing Breaks, Nothing Mends (2020 LP)

November 26, 2020

Musicians like Clio Renner are what makes the musical landscape go round and round. For every act you know as a near household name, there’s those musicians working in the periphery, as touring or session musicians helping create those songs you’ll play on repeat and love year in, year out. And if you’re lucky enough, […]

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Apart Together

Album of the Week: Tim Minchin – Apart Together (2020 LP)

November 19, 2020

Tim Minchin‘s story is one of many failures and victories. Seemingly as stop as it was start, Minchin is now one of the most recognisable Australian artists anywhere in the world. It may have been a slow burn for him, but ever so slowly and surely the West Australian has managed to cultivate a persona […]

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Album Review: Hachiku – I’ll Probably Be Asleep (2020 LP)

November 19, 2020

US-born, Germany-raised, London-studied, Melbourne-based dream-pop producer/songwriter Anika Ostendorf is Hachiku and she’s just released her debut LP I’ll Probably Be Asleep. The album references the sunshine of Beach House, whilst contrasting with tension and themes of angst and nomadism. Ostendorf leads Hachiku; which includes three other band members Georgia Smith, Jessie L. Warren and Simon Reynolds. […]

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BENEE

Album of the Week: BENEE – Hey u, x (2020 LP)

November 12, 2020

Few artists worldwide have had as large and impressionable a past two years as BENEE. On the back of a string of hit singles strewn across two simply fantastic EPs, BENEE has seemingly been able to write songs with monster pop hooks, all whilst delivering them with a sweet level of melancholy and sincerity. Here […]

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Album Review: Ukiyo – Ukiyo (2020 LP)

November 12, 2020

Money-can’t-buy endorsements from Will Smith, Pharrell Williams and Casey Neistat, to name a few, have given 23-year-old Perth electronic producer Ukiyo a big head start, and helped him to amass over forty million streams before the release of his debut LP. Now this week his self-titled debut album Ukiyo finally drops to a healthy degree of […]

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Album Review: Felicity Groom – Magnetic Resonance Centre (2020 LP)

November 6, 2020

Western Australian dark pop songbird Felicity Groom is back with her third album Magnetic Resonance Centre; her first since 2014. And she’s bitten off plenty, largely producing it herself amidst having and raising two daughters. “It has been predominantly written and recorded in in my house in-between daytime naps that my children would have,” Groom explains in […]

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