Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Album Reviews

So much music, so little time… Take something new for a test drive and read our review.

Brother Sister

Brother Sister – On A Roll (13th Floor E.P. Review)

Brother Sister are On A Roll with this, their third EP. Yes, the Thomson trio are back with their own take on 80s-inspired synth-pop. One...
Pretenders

The Pretenders – Relentless (Parlophone)

The Pretenders, or more accurately, Chrissie Hynde, has just released Relentless, the “bands’” 12th studio album, one that finds the 72-year old rocker in...
Model Home

Model Home …And Nobody Made A Sound (Papaiti Records)

Model Home is a self-proclaimed “sad songs quartet” from Christchurch. Now that they released their debut album, they have every reason to cheer up. …And...
Office Dog

Office Dog – Spiel (Flying Nun)

Office Dog is a band fronted by Kane Strang, the Dunedin-based musician who has already made a name for himself with a series of...
Sparklehorse

Sparklehorse – Bird Machine (Anti-/Epitaph)

Thirteen years after the tragic death of Mark Linkous comes what will most likely be the final Sparklehorse album. For those who may be too...
Mick Harvey

Mick Harvey & Amanda Acevedo – Phantasmagoria In Blue (Mute)

Former Bad Seed Mick Harvey teams up with Mexican singer/filmmaker Amanda Acevedo duetting on 14 tracks, some old some new, some borrowed and most...
Graham Parker

Graham Parker & The GoldTops – Last Chance To Learn The Twist (Big...

The title of this new Graham Parker album is playful, yet somewhat ominous, which describes its 13 songs rather perfectly. Graham Parker has one of...
Clementine Valentine

Clementine Valentine – The Coin That Broke The Fountain Floor (Flying Nun)

Clementine Valentine are two sisters who make music as ethereal as their names. Formerly Purple Pilgrims (2 albums 2016/2019) Clementine and Valentine Nixon have now...
Ringlets

Ringlets – Ringlets (Mutual Skies/Leather Jacket Records)

Auckland's Ringlets have just released their debut album and The 13th Floor's Simon Coffey is all over it. Here are his thoughts... This is Ringlets...
Nils Lofgren

Nils Lofgren – Mountains (Cattle Track) (Album Review)

Nils Lofgren makes Mountains with his friends who include Ringo, Neil and the Croz. As a member of Bruce’s E Street Band and Crazy Horse,...