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Album reviews - June 2020

Badly Drawn Boy – Banana Skin Shoes At the time that Badly Drawn Boy was the toast of British Indie, he was helping set trends rather than follow them. The aesthetic and sound he had helped create were imitated by others, while Damon Michael Bough struggled to…
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Syd Barrett's albums ranked

Syd Barrett’s career as a recording artist was as brief as it was inspired. Now, with the benefit of hindsight, the quality of the music can be more easily appraised. Beyond his growing legend, the musicians who’ve taken an active interest in Barret’s work…
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Revisiting Combat Rock, the Clash's most divisive album

Combat rockis the Clash’s most contradictory release. Less than 5 years into their recording career, the group had seen the world and stood at its very peak. With precious little to prove to anyone but themselves, the English quartet set about experimenting…
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Pearl Jam - Gigaton

I’m a big fan of Pearl Jam! I’ve felt strongly about them since I was a kid. Look, I can show you pictures of me putting on their records and videos of me singing their songs. See, I have a lot of emotional investment in the band! And, I am genuinely happy that…
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Revisiting Rowland S. Howard's Teenage Snuff Film

Rowland S. Howard’s first solo album TeenageSnuffFilm is a thing of distinct beauty. The 10 song collection serves as a testament to the undeniable talent and vision of one of Australia’s greatest musical auteurs. Here’s a short look back at…