Album of the Week: David Bowie – Loving The Alien (1983 – 1988)

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Some great new albums out this week from Jess Glynn, Kurt Vile and Elvis Costello. Our Album of the Week is one we’ve been looking forward to for a while – our fourth annual treat in the shape of the lastest installment in the David Bowie box set series. Each set comes with 8+ albums including original remastered albums, new live releases and collected singles.

Some of the highlights of Loving The Alien include two double-disk concert albums, a remake of Never Let Me Down (1987 album) and a bunch of dance mixes. We’ll highlight some of our favourite tracks off the box set from this master musician this week.

Album of the Week: Anika Moa – Anika Moa

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A challenging call this week with some big releases – A Star Is Born, Sydney songwriter Ivy Adara’s Intraduction EP, Eric Church’s powerful Desperate Man, the excellent Felivand with In Bloom and Twenty One Pilot’s big Trench.

 

We had to go with the beautiful album by kiwi Anika Moa though. A collection of songs which belie her TV persona, the album was recorded in New Orleans a few months ago with an amazing backing band. Enjoy!

Album of the Week: Tom Petty – An American Treasure

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Filled with great outtakes, demos and live versions, we’re looking forward to this sad retrospect of this great man’s talent this week.

Album of the Week: Christine and the Queens – Chris

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We loved Christine and the Queens’ first album a few years ago, and the singles already out for this new effort are remarkable as well. The full album is worth a listen. Unusually we agree with Pitchfork‘s gushing review. It gets into detail about the courage and creativity of her gender crossing persona. We just think its a great collection of music, especially “Girlfriend”, “5 Dollars” and “Doesn’t Matter”. See what you think.

Album of the Week: Lenny Kravitz – Raise Vibration

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Stephen Erlewine describes this album as “an impassioned collection that spins his signature sounds into something stirring and, at times, incandescent”. This is a positive and much anticipated album four years on from Strut.

Album of the Week: Paul McCartney – Egypt Station

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“Macca’s back in the groove” proclaimed The Guardian. Certainly this album contains a number of cracking tracks. Any older artist working with Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic etc) seems to attract immediate fire, presumably for trying to be contemporary. Paul however has always incorporated ‘of the moment’ influences as a rock and pop artist, while remaining true to his core sound as well. This collaboration produces a great catchy tune (“Fuh You”) however its joined by a number of other great tracks including “I Don’t Know”, “Come On To Me”, “Dominoes” and “Back In Brazil” amongst others. We look forward to checking out the album through the week.

Album of the Week: Passenger – Runaway

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British folk artist Passenger (aka Mike Rosenberg) takes us on a road trip through America. Perhaps more of the same, but a pleasant sounding album none the less.

Album of the Week: Paul McCartney & Wings – Band on the Run

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We usually feature new albums in this slot, but this week we’ll take a look back at an all time classic from 1973. This album was Paul McCartney’s first widely respected album after the Beatles ended (the previous albums had mixed reviews). We’ll be playing the original tracks from the US release including the great song “Helen Wheels”. For more about this album I’d highly recommend checking out the great Complete Paul McCartney Archive Podcast episode 6 here, which comprehensively looks at the background to the album.

You’ve probably caught a few new singles from Paul on the station – we’re looking forward to his new album Egypt Station later this year.

Album of the Week: Snow Patrol – Wildness

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Their first album in seven years received generally favourable reviews. A great sound, and in the absence of much in the way of exciting new releases a good chance to check out an album we didn’t get a chance to feature back in May.

Album of the Week: Amy Shark – Love Monster

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We’ve been looking forward to this one from Aussie singer-songwriter Amy Shark since her breakthrough last year, including her great EP Night Thinker. Aside from “Adore” this album features a new lineup of songs with some really solid efforts. Everyone will have their favourites but “I Said Hi” is one we’ve really been enjoying as a preview single. This album deserves to do well – the critics have certainly been kind.