ALBUM REVIEW: William Crighton – Empire
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ALBUM REVIEW: William Crighton – Empire

William Crighton’s debut album had him pegged as an Americana/gothic rock songwriter – all fire and brimstone and heart on sleeve emotion. Now, on his sophomore album, he’s expanded his stylistic palette into a whole range of sonic shades and textures. The intense and impassioned preacher is still railing from the pulpit but now you … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Damien Jurado – The Horizon Just Laughed
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ALBUM REVIEW: Damien Jurado – The Horizon Just Laughed

The Horizon Just Laughed comes on the back of the loosely thematic trilogy of albums he recorded with producer and musician Andrew Swift. They were psychedelic in nature though still rooted in the folk form. In contrast, this feels like a retreat from the density and experimentation, to a place of reflection and solitude. Jurado … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Courtney Marie Andrews – May Your Kindness Remain
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ALBUM REVIEW: Courtney Marie Andrews – May Your Kindness Remain

“I like you honey, being with you is like being alone”. It’s a line in I’ve Hurt Worse that sums up the lyrical concerns of Courtney Marie Andrews’ sophomore album in two ways. The rocky terrain of personal relationships and the mental health issues of modern society.  If her debut was an impressive introduction to … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Ross Cooper – I Rode The Wild Horses
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ALBUM REVIEW: Ross Cooper – I Rode The Wild Horses

On first listen to Ross Cooper’s third full length, I Rode The Wild Horses, you’d be excused for mistaking the subject matter as just another songwriter assuming the role of cowboy. However a little research reveals the Texan native is in fact a cowboy assuming the role of writer. Born and raised into rodeo, Cooper’s … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Calexico – The Thread That Keeps Us
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ALBUM REVIEW: Calexico – The Thread That Keeps Us

Nine albums in and Calexico are still pushing the boundaries of expectations and their own creative urges. Many of their albums have sounded produced and polished – polite even. Here they dismiss any need for a clean or cohesive sound, instead adding some grit and distortion and a gauzier texture to some the album’s 15 tracks. … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Dori Freeman – Letters Never Read (2017)
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ALBUM REVIEW: Dori Freeman – Letters Never Read (2017)

Dori Freeman only released her self-titled debut album in 2016 but she’s already gone and followed it up with Letters Never Read, an album that takes the template of her first release and adds greater warmth, soul and depth of writing. Freeman has again employed the services of Teddy Thompson as producer, and he in … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Lindi Ortega – Liberty (2018)
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ALBUM REVIEW: Lindi Ortega – Liberty (2018)

A couple of years ago, with little money in her bank account, approaching 40 and feeling burnt out, Lindi Ortega contemplated giving music up but instead she left her label, management and agent, got engaged and left Nashville and moved to Calgary. That led to the release of her EP Til The Goin’ Gets Gone … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Sarah Shook & The Disarmers – Years
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ALBUM REVIEW: Sarah Shook & The Disarmers – Years

Reflecting on The Disarmers previous record, Sidelong, it is near impossible for this reviewer to hear train beat and tremolo without immediately conjuring the Old 97s, and if this is the jump off, think of Sarah Shook as Rhett Miller’s badass younger cousin. Sidelong, re-released on Bloodshot in 2017, was originally recorded and self released … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Pauline Andrès – Fearless Heart
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ALBUM REVIEW: Pauline Andrès – Fearless Heart

This is album number three for the French songwriter who, much like her music has to date, has had a slow-burning rise to prominence. She’s still relatively unknown but on this album she’s found the best balance to date between gothic rock ’n’ roll and a smoky country noir sound. Fearless Heart finds her ensconced … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Traveller – Western Movies
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ALBUM REVIEW: Traveller – Western Movies

In the long history of duets and collaborations in the world of country music comes a new triple threat in the form of Robert Ellis, Cory Chisel and Jonny Fritz. Each are distinct artists in their own right but together as Traveller they’ve captured a really special musical atmosphere and creativity that highlights each of … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Lo Carmen – Lovers Dreamers Fighters
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ALBUM REVIEW: Lo Carmen – Lovers Dreamers Fighters

Based in America for the last few years, Lo Carmen has slowly been absorbing that country’s country music, blending it with her atmospheric slowcore sound and emerging with beautiful new album that seamlessly connects both worlds. Lovers Dreamers Fighters is just what it says, a document of the highs and lows of relationships, the bruises … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Suicide Swans – Augusta
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ALBUM REVIEW: Suicide Swans – Augusta

When Kyle Jenkins sings ‘I fell in love with your methadone eyes, upon the ground where we lied’, it gives you an idea of the territory that Suicide Swans are operating in – warts and all human emotion and experience. It’s tempered with a sympathetic and empathetic casting of Augusta’s characters and presented in a … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Ruby Boots – Don’t Talk About It
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ALBUM REVIEW: Ruby Boots – Don’t Talk About It

Since her 2014 debut album Solitude, Ruby Boots (Bex Chilcott) received the Australian Government’s Council for the Arts’ Nashville Songwriter Residency grant, packed up her belongings, headed to the USA, wrote her new album and recorded with the Texas Gentlemen as her backing band. Don’t Talk About It is a leap forward for Chilcott, both … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Margo Price – All American Made
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ALBUM REVIEW: Margo Price – All American Made

Rising through the country and Americana ranks, Margo Price hit pay-dirt with her 2016 album Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, drawing critical acclaim from all quarters of the country world. Now she’s gone one step further on her new album, never pulling punches and wrapping it all up in a wonderfully wide-ranging classic and soulful country palette. … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Brooke Russell & The Mean Reds – The Way You Leave
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ALBUM REVIEW: Brooke Russell & The Mean Reds – The Way You Leave

Melbourne’s Brooke Russell has one of those voices that, depending on your mood, that is comforting and makes everything feel alright or assists you in wallowing in your sorrow. Either way it’s a beautiful voice, full of rich tonal character that sways through the melodies and slow dances across the quietly mesmerising backing of her … Continue reading