Album of the Week: Florida Georgia Line – Can’t Say I Ain’t Country

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Well we could complain about the grammar in the album title – hey we just did! – but this is a big country release, and we don’t mind a bit of country – well mainly the Americana kind. Duo
Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard have produced their fourth album with a host of featured artists. Reviews have been a bit mixed but this is a nice selection of pop – country.

Album of the Week: Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited

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Bobby Gentry is one of those intriguing legends. A smash hit off her first album with “Ode to Billie Joe”, she was one of the first female artists to write her own songs. She produced seven studio albums, and performed until the late 1970s until she lost interest in performing. That’s it. No reunion tours, anniversary tours etc.

The world was her oyster when she produced her second album The Delta Sweete. Pitchfork brilliantly described it as “full of technicolor arrangements, oddball collages, and playful sexual innuendos”.

Now Mercury Rev (formed in Buffalo, New York in the late 1980s), described as psych-pop masters have turned to this lost gem. Reshaping the songs with a string of big name singers (Phoebe Bridgers, Beth Orton and Lucinda Williams amongst them) we’re in for something a bit different this week – should be a treat!

Album of the Week: Broods – Don’t Feed The Pop Monster

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The Broods, from Nelson New Zealand, have been releasing music since 2014. Don’t Feed The Pop Monster is their third effort. With a generous track listing of 12 varied tracks its anything but boring. NME said that “it somehow feels easier to break through the sheen, and get to the heart this time around”. We think it is a step in the right direction in the evolution of this talented group.

Album of the Week: Beirut – Gallipoli

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This is probably a slightly left-field choice for us. Although the name Gallipoli catches the eye of us Kiwis (its actually referring to an Italian town rather than the Turkish peninsula) we haven’t actually come across Beirut before. Beirut are an indie folk band started by Zach Condon from Santa Fe, New Mexico. A talented multi-instrumentalist, his musical influences include Eastern Europe. This melancholic album has a Mediterranean feel, and great sounds from interesting instruments such as the woodblock metronome, Farfisa organ as well has brass and ukelele. Something different but very enjoyable.

Album of the Week: Maggie Rogers – Heard It In A Past Life

Maggie Rogers gained exposure a couple of years ago with a viral video of Pharrell Williams raving about a song of hers, “Alaska”. After a record company bidding war she took her sweet time producing her debut album. Here it is, great music still with her folk influences present but more electronic sounds as well. An artist to watch in the future.

Album of the Week: Queen – A Night At The Opera

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Continuing with our theme of classic albums over the holiday period, here’s an album that is receiving a bit more attention at the moment with the release of the movie Bohemian Rhapsody. Are we seeing a new generation of Queen fans? Queen’ fourth album, A Night At The Opera was released in 1975 whereupon it spent four weeks at the top of the UK album charts, selling over 6 million copies (it hit number one in New Zealand as well).