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ALBUM REVIEWS

Review: Backsliders, ‘Heathen Songbook’

Backsliders, an integral component of the Australian blues scene since their inception in 1986, have recently released what may be their greatest album. Currently a duo, slide guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and singer Dom Turner and drummer/co-songwriter Rob Hirst are joined on Heathen Songbook by harmonica players Ian Collard, Broderick Smith and Joe Glover. Socially aware…
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Review: Kylie Auldist, ‘Family Tree’

This is the year the world woke up to the vocal talents of Melbourne’s soul queen Kylie Auldist, who follows the international success of This Girl with her fourth solo set, which sparkles and shines.  Written and produced with her Bamboos buddies Lance Ferguson and Graeme Pogson, Family Tree showcases a stack of ’80s synth…
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Review: Sarah Mary Chadwick, ‘Roses Always Die’

As an art form, song is largely decorative. Oh sure, there's substance – loads! – but it’s only when you spend an album with Sarah Mary Chadwick that you realise how much emphasis most artists place on bells and whistles. One nasty old pre-set church organ and its built-in robot rhythm-ticker are the only things the Melbourne songwriter needs to colour the…
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Review: Montaigne, ‘Glorious Heights’

“I ate a salad today, I ate one yesterday, too.” You’d have to be a rare vocal talent to make those words come alive, and  Sydney’s Montaigne (real name: Jessica Cerro) has a voice that simply soars. Her debut album is aptly titled, with the singer delivering thrilling electro pop infused with genuine soul. She’s…
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