Page 506 of our reviews

Playground

Reviewed by Richard Mohr

A lovely second album from the dynamic drummer from Sting and Jan Garbarek’s bands/ This time Katche dispenses with the services of Garbarek and Tomasz Stanko, who contributed so memorably to Neighbo

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The Street of a Thousand Blossoms

Reviewed by Samarra Hyde

It’s 1939 and two orphaned brothers are living with their grandparents in Tokyo. One is obsessed with sumo wrestling and the other with creating hand carved masks for the Noh theatre. The boys both b…

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The Belles Line

Reviewed by Lou Fulco

78 Saab. Never heard of them? Well get with the program! Take it from me and other people in the know. 78 Saab is one of Australia’s premier pop/rock bands. An unearthed gem that over their few relea…

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Chrome Dreams II

Reviewed by Phil Richards

Back in 1977 Neil Young had planned to release an album titled Chrom Dreams but at the last minute scrapped the recording. Most of the content of the album turned up on subsequent recordings, such as…

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The Emergence of Memory

Reviewed by Martin Shaw

Long-time readers of this august publication will know that in the mid-nineties I was already raving about W.G. Sebald (The Emigrants, The Rings of Saturn, Vertigo), for I already had the feeling the…

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Zugzwang

Reviewed by Michael Awosoga-Samuel

Zugzwang is the first novel from Irish writer Ronan Bennett since 2004’s Havoc in its Third Year. I remember meeting him in London for the launch of his 1998 book Catastrophist; he is a really nice p…

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Dwight Sings Buck

Reviewed by Lou Fulco

Only one man could make a record in tribute to the work of Buck Owens. In doing so Dwight Yoakam found the clearest way he could to express his love and acknowledge their friendship. After the death …

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Tokyo Year Zero

Reviewed by Paul Landymore

David Peace stamped his mark on the world with the excellent Red Riding Quartet; four novels set in Yorkshire that spanned the decade from 1974 to 1983, stopping off along the way in 1977 and 1980. T…

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So Many Nights

Reviewed by James Power

Australia’s favourite festival party band return from the studios of Miami with another album sure to get a spin at your summer bashes. Although their third album includes a few more slower numbers (…

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Eternal Light

Reviewed by Catherine Koerner

Elin Manahan Thomas has a distinctive, bright and expressive voice very much suited to the program of pieces she has chosen for her debut disc. The disc begins with a 1000-year-old piece by Hildegard…

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