Album Reviews
Paul Weller - On Sunset

Paul Weller – On Sunset

by Ben Hogwood

An ideal blend of experience and a quest for more provides for an optimistic album for an English summer

Julianna Barwick – Healing Is A Miracle

by Steven Johnson

Her most evolved and ambitious album, her most soothing and assuaging set of songs to date

DMA’s – The Glow

by Graeme Marsh

Following a Liam Gallagher tour support, on the evidence here, this Sydney trio are more than ready to stand on their own feet

Rufus Wainwright – Unfollow The Rules

by Ross Horton

A quality record. In fact, it’s an excellent record. Given it’s a Rufus Wainwright record, did you expect anything else?

Soko – Feel Feelings

by Chloe Johnson

Chic, reminiscent of Charlotte Gainsbourg and Cat Power, an evening bath steeped in bubbles, a glass of red on the side

NZCA LINES – Pure Luxury

by Steven Johnson

Michael Lovett’s third album addresses big subjects, setting them to bright, bold, immediate musical arrangements

bdrmm – Bedroom

by Graeme Marsh

He’s chosen a well-worn path, but there’s a freshness to Ryan Smith’s music nevertheless

Polly Scattergood – In This Moment

by Helen Clarke

Dark, complex and visual yet full of love, light and ideas, a record to fall in love with over long summer nights

Keleketla! – Keleketla!

by Steven Johnson

Coldcut, the late Tony Allen and a group of musicians from South Africa and beyond combine for a proverbial melting pot of sounds and influences

The Irrepressibles – Superheroes

by Nicoletta Wylde

Jamie McDermott takes inspiration from Berlin to return with a wildly contrasting electronic album

Christian Lee Hutson – Beginners

by Chris White

The work of a seasoned veteran, helped along by Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus, Meg Baird and Conor Oberst

Arca – KiCk i

by Ben Devlin

Dazzles with its detail, beguiles with its lyrical performances and leaves a lasting impression

Khruangbin – Mordechai

by Nikki Bonnett

A lush and meditative soundtrack to soundtrack backyard barbeques and cross-country road trips

The Vacant Lots – Interzone

by Graeme Marsh

Third album from New Yorkers injects something approaching danceability

Nadine Shah – Kitchen Sink

by Alan Ashton-Smith

Sometimes claustrophobic but also infused with humour and empathy, a truthful account told in engrossing style

Haim – Women In Music Pt III

by Ross Horton

An album about breaking free from isolation, about knocking down barriers both external and internal

Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure?

by Nick Smith

A smoky and sensual delight, the ultimate in post-disco gratification, and one of 2020’s best pop albums

Bo Ningen – Sudden Fictions

by Alan Ashton-Smith

Their Screamadelica moment, in which they step outside their comfort zone and experiment with musical styles of present and past

Bob Dylan – Rough And Rowdy Ways

by Chris White

If this ends up being his last major work, it’s a hell of a way to bow out

Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher

by Tim Lee

Punisher is a series of heartbreaking tales, heavy with woozy atmosphere, told with humour and panache

Darkstar – Civic Jams

by Ben Devlin

Moody atmosphere, lo-fi beats and frigid, introverted synth pads from James Young and Aiden Whalley