ALBUM REVIEW: GEORGIA FAIR – TRAPPED FLAME

The fact that Sydney duo, Georgia Fair sound like a bunch of young Americans is hardly a new or revelatory observation. On their debut album they impressed fans and critics alike with their folk and Americana sounds. On their sophomore record, Trapped Flame, there are some aspects that appear to be cut from the same cloth while other musical…

ALBUM REVIEW: VARIOUS – CLASSIC AMERICANA 2

  “Americana” is a little like “love” in so far as it’s a handy catch-all term for a number of different things. The former word was used as early as 1841 and can describe any materials relating to American history, folklore or geography, or things considered to be typical of American culture. As a musical genre, it is…

ALBUM REVIEW: BEN HARPER – BY MY SIDE

By My Side is an emotional, earthy and gentle collection that plays out like a warm ode to love. The Californian songwriter and honorary Aussie has notched up 20 years in the business and while his ten studio albums have seen him tackle the folk, blues, soul, rock and reggae genres, this retrospective record focuses exclusively…

ALBUM REVIEW: NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE – PSYCHEDELIC PILL

Neil Young has done it all. He’s written a memoir, built a car, invented a new musical service and has produced countless studio albums and concert films. He’s played the folk singer-songwriter, hippie, rocker, superstar, robot-lover, and protestor and is the undisputed Godfather of Grunge. Earlier this year he teamed up with longtime collaborators, Crazy…

ALBUM REVIEW: DAWES – NOTHING IS WRONG

American quartet, Dawes have shown that nothing is wrong with a journey through the past. They won over a score of fans with their nostalgia-tinged debut, North Hills and now with album number two they continue to wear the sounds of Laurel Canyon and the influences of artists like Crosby, Stills and Nash and Neil…

EP REVIEW: MAGIC BONES – SELF-TITLED

Amid the bust-ups, break-ups and the odd lacklustre album, today’s rock fans are entitled to scratch their heads and ask – just like B.R.M.C – “Whatever happened to my rock ‘n’ roll?” Plus, that’s not even considering the multitude of other groups that – like the odd, doomed relationship – are “on a break”. But…

EP REVIEW: WILCO – ITUNES SESSION

The iTunes collections are curious ones. Lacking the romance of a new album and the spontaneity you hear when an artist interacts with a live audience, for some people it’s just an excuse to listen to slightly less polished versions of album material. But then, when it’s a group like Wilco is anyone really complaining?…