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Nov
19
2017

Fred Smith album

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GREAT (MGM/Planet) 7.5/10 This could have been the great album its title suggests, but then Fred Smith is not the first artist to mistake a single album’s worth of material for a double. Unexpectedly (given he is as Australian as an emu), Smith has given all the songs American settings, his explanation being his childhood […]

Nov
17
2017

Gregory Porter album

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NAT KING COLE & ME (Blue Note) 7.5/10 It takes a certain vocal quality to even attempt this. Choose your own metaphor: whether velvet, honey or melted chocolate, lushness is mandatory, as is the ability to soothe. Nat “King” Cole was a primary influence on the young Gregory Porter, and as successful as the latter […]

Nov
15
2017

My Name Is Nobody album

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MY NAME IS NOBODY (mynameisnobody.com.au) 9/10 There’s a sense of space here: vast vistas that can replenish the soul with their sprawling beauty, or unsettle it because of that very same expansiveness. Most of us, after all, cling with our fingernails to this continent’s seaboard, our backs to a desert emptiness that can excite a […]

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