Melissa Etheridge once said “Once I overcame breast cancer, I wasn’t afraid of anything anymore”. It is very tempting to look at ‘Give The People What They Want’ as singer Sharon Jones’ response to overcoming the pancreatic cancer she was diagnosed with in mid-2013.
The title track of Springsteen’s new album High Hopes kicks off with an energy reminiscent of 2012’s Wrecking Ball. Unfortunately the energy of this cover (originally released on 1995’s ‘Blood Brothers’ EP) is lacking from much of the rest of the disc.
Irish singer James Vincent McMorrow is virtually unrecognisable on his second album. After a folk-leaning debut that was well-received, he’s changed tack totally. The guitars have taken a back seat as he moves more into the sphere of alt-folk characterised by the soft atmospheric glow of Bon Iver’s self titled sophomore release.
Anyone can pull off a reunion tour ad make it successful. Hell, Backstreet Boys and New Kids On The Block managed to gross over 40 million from their 2011 tour! What is much harder is to follow that up with new material. Even The Rolling Stones, one of the most successful groups of all time
Here it is ladies and gentlemen, our Top 50 Albums of 2013. You might not agree but we think these were the best of the best from Australia and around the world.
Was it ever going to be possible for Kings Of Leon to bounce back from the embarrassment that was ‘Come Around Sundown’? Such a disappointment after the blistering success of ‘Only By The Night’ wreaked havoc on the band’s fan base and must have surely done the same to their confidence.
It must be an exciting time for the members of Violent Soho. With the release of their third album ‘Hungry Ghost’, it now seems clear that this is a band on the cusp of greatness.
What an incredible few years Matt Corby has had. Returning from self-imposed post-Idol exile, he has patiently drip-fed songs over 4 years and five EPs to build up a huge fan base and more importantly, a huge amount of respect. This process seems to have left Corby confident enough to be himself and not pander to crowds. With little fanfare and even less acknowledgement given to the crowd, the show kicked off with a very atmospheric ‘Lighthome’ featuring Corby on guitar before he jumped over to the keyboard for an equally mellow rendition of ‘Made Of Stone’. Despite the fact this was the main act, much of the crowd continued to talk through these first two songs and the following, ‘Lay You Down’.
The Cat Empire returned to Adelaide to a sell-out Thebarton Theatre crowd who were ready to dance from the moment they arrived. Support act Tin Pan Orange (featuring Harry's wife ? As lead vocalist, knew what to expect and had the crowd eating out of the palm of their hand starting with the theme song from Round The Twist. Finishing up with Harry coming out and blasting away with his horn for the finale, they will have earned themselves some fans after tonight's efforts. It was over quickly though and on to the main act, The Cat Empire. Consummate professionals and well-travelled performers, this is a group you know what to expect from and who never disappoint. Tonight was no different.
For their third EP, The Preatures have put together another collection of fantastic songs and this time manage to translate more of singer Isabella Manfredi's smouldering stage presence to their tracks, balancing out the recorded charisma of the man providing their other lead vocals, Gideon Bensen. 'Is This How You Feel' kicks the EP off and is an impossibly catchy track that you can't help but sing and dance along to. Jarringly staccato vocals combine with purposeful guitar and bass work from Jack Moffitt and Thomas Champion and Luke Davison's reliable drumbeat to create a real gem, a poptastic rocking song that deserves more attention than it will get.