Dave Clarke

Dave Clarke is a Music & DVD Specialist at Readings Carlton.

Reviews

Invisible Hour by Joe Henry

Reviewed by Dave Clarke

I’ve been following the career of American artist Joe Henry since the release of his 1992 album, Short Man’s Room. It was an early alt-country classic, recorded with members of The Jayhawks, and was …

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Natalie Merchant by Natalie Merchant

Reviewed by Dave Clarke

Natalie Merchant’s voice has always had an effect on me: deep and dark, beautiful and fragile, but also capable of great power and strength. It is a voice I have loved since I first heard her front t…

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Wrecking Ball: Deluxe Edition by Emmylou Harris

Reviewed by Dave Clarke

Back in the mid-nineties, my musical world was transformed by a handful of albums. Among them, Gillian Welch’s Revival, Richard Buckner’s Bloomed and Emmylou Harris’s Wrecking Ball each played a majo…

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Fall To Rise by Love Over Gold

Reviewed by Dave Clarke

US singer–songwriter Pieta Brown and Australian Lucie Thorne have teamed up to form the international duo, Love Over Gold. Thorne has created a series of great, independently released albums, making …

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Kveikur by Sigur Ros

Reviewed by Dave Clarke

When Sigur Rós announced their new album earlier this year, they promised a more ‘aggressive’ sound. Kveikur certainly starts out that way: a heavy bass line dominates the first track, ‘Brennisteinn’…

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American Kid by Patty Griffin

Reviewed by Dave Clarke

Patty Griffin is an artist I have been following (obsessing about, really) ever since I heard her debut Living With Ghosts in 1996. She is quite simply one of my favourite singer-songwriters; her lyr…

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Ghost On Ghost by Iron & Wine

Reviewed by Dave Clarke

The first two Iron and Wine albums were very intimate affairs. Recorded in Sam Beam’s house, The Creek Drank the Cradle (2002) and Our Endless Numbered Days (2004) are considered classics of the neo-…

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Tooth & Nail by Billy Bragg

Reviewed by Dave Clarke

Billy Bragg’s first album in over five years sees him revisiting the American folk themes he covered on the two Mermaid Avenue albums. The songs here deal with more personal subjects, as opposed to t…

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Amok by Atoms For Peace

Reviewed by Dave Clarke

Some have likened Thom Yorke’s newest project, Atoms For Peace, to a supergroup (the band’s members include Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich and Beck’s drummer Joey W…

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My Little River by Jess Ribeiro and the Bone Collectors

Reviewed by Dave Clarke

Originally self-released in May 2012, this much-sought-after album received a ‘proper’ release in December. ABC Radio National deemed it to be their prestigious album of the year, and it is a crackin…

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Lux by Brian Eno

Reviewed by Dave Clarke

LUX is Brian Eno’s first solo album since 2005’s Another Day on Earth. It finds him expanding upon the themes and sonic textures that were present on classic albums such as Music for Films, Ambient 1

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Spring and Fall by Paul Kelly

Reviewed by Dave Clarke

Spring and Fall arrives on the heels of an extended period of retrospective activity, during which Paul Kelly celebrated his extensive body of work with the release of his memoir How to Make Gravy an…

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Into The Bloodstream by Archie Roach

Reviewed by Dave Clarke

Archie Roach is one of Australia’s most beloved, respected and admired Indigenous singer/songwriters, with a voice and sensibility that is this country’s most important songline.

In 2010 he suffered…

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Broken Brights by Angus Stone

Reviewed by Dave Clarke

Another solo project from the sibling duo Angus & Julia Stone. This time round it is Angus’s turn. After big sister Julia charmed us with her second solo effort By the Horns, Angus releases an even b…

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Fear Fun by Father John Misty

Reviewed by Dave Clarke

J Tillman has been a favourite of the music staff at Readings for some years, for his most recent solo albums and of course his work with The Fleet Foxes (2008-2011). But now his new project Father J…

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By The Horns by Julia Stone

Reviewed by Dave Clarke

I am a big fan of the two Angus and Julia Stone albums (A Book Like This and Down the Way) so was very much looking forward to her first solo album in 2010 – the disappointing Memory Machine.

Howev…

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Blunderbass by Jack White

Reviewed by Dave Clarke, Readings Carlton

As one half of the coolest band on the planet (for a few years at least) it is no surprise to see a lot of hype surrounding the release of Jack White’s first solo album. Also, not surprising to see h…

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Child Bride by Hannah Cohen

Reviewed by Dave Clarke, Readings Carlton

When Cohen was a teenager she left home and travelled the world working as a model. After settling in New York, she started taking her own photographs, publishing a book of her work. Bored with, you …

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Mr Love and Justice: Billy Bragg

Reviewed by Dave Clarke

Having just turned 50, Mr Bragg finally returns with his new album, Mr Love and Justice. Only his ninth studio album in a career spanning 25 years, he has been particularly quiet since he became a fa…

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News

AMP Prize 2013

by Dave Clarke

Inspired by the British music industry and it’s Mercury Prize, the Australian Music Prize (AMP) rewards artistic excellence and is voted for by a small group of music industry experts including music retailers, journalists and musicians themselves, with no record company people or managers.

Picking a winner is never easy and this year’s shortlist of nine titles is very strong. Personally I would…

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2013 Music Preview

by Dave Clarke

Our head music buyer Dave Clarke previews the year ahead for music

January is always an exciting time as we look forward to what albums may come in the year ahead. 2012 was a big one for us, with new albums from many of our favourite artists including Leonard Cohen, Paul Kelly, Archie Roach, Bob Dylan, Sarah Blasko, Ry Cooder and many more. Well, the early signs are that 2013 is also looking l…

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