Album Review: Neil Finn – Out of Silence

Album Review: Neil Finn – Out of Silence

Out of Silence was recorded in a single four-hour session at his Roundhead Studio in Auckland on August 25th, with the goings-on in the studio broadcast live over the internet. This session came at the end of a month of weekly webcasts from the studio where fans could watch Finn work on, practice, and record early versions of Continue reading “Album Review: Neil Finn – Out of Silence”

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Album Review: Living Colour – Shade

Album Review: Living Colour – Shade

The blues inspired hard-rock of Freedom of Expression (F.O.X) opens the album with a strong swagger, carried along by Vernon Reid’s guitar and Doug Wimbish’s bass, but cemented in its effect by the soulful vocals of Corey Glover and the syncopated drums of Will Calhoun. While the group’s sound is firmly grounded in Continue reading “Album Review: Living Colour – Shade”

Album Review: Gogol Bordello – Seekers and Finders

Album Review: Gogol Bordello – Seekers and Finders

And so the rest of Seekers and Finders follows, a collection of tracks whose greatest achievement is making the listener acutely aware of how much more compelling they would be when heard among the sweaty throng at a gig. Regina Spektor appears on the eponymous Seekers and Finders but her contribution is squandered, Continue reading “Album Review: Gogol Bordello – Seekers and Finders”

Single Review: Neil Finn – Second Nature

Single Review: Neil Finn – Second Nature

Knowing this, it is hardly surprising that his latest song, Second Nature, is a tight little example of adult contemporary music. Underpinned by a strong bassline and mechanical drumbeat, Finn’s lyrics offer a wistful glimpse of youthful abandon and young love that avoids mawkishness. It’s not earth-shattering, but the pulsing Continue reading “Single Review: Neil Finn – Second Nature”

Album Review: Rival Fire – WAR

Album Review: Rival Fire – WAR

From opening number Slave, with its infectious main riff and sing-along pop-punk chorus, to the musical nomadism of concluding track Addiction, the time Rival Fire has spent with each of their songs is plainly evident in the quality of the group’s performance throughout. Sure, they may occasionally find themselves relying too Continue reading “Album Review: Rival Fire – WAR”