Review: 18 years and eight albums deep: Melbourne funkateers The Bamboos return with their latest long-one and it's a whole new blueprint. Seemingly broader and brighter in sound and energy, the development in sound reflects their move to bigger arenas with big vital poppy moments such as the triumphant opener "Lit Up" and the anthemic riff heavy "War Story". Elsewhere we're body slammed in northern soul stampedes such as "Salvage Rites", we get woozy with a little rock sleaze ("Pony Up") and breath-taking by raw soul authenticity ("You Should've Been Mine"). Here's to another 18 years and eight albums.
Review: Over three LPs, this impressive compilation covers album tracks, singles and B-sides across 30 years of Nick Cave's nigh-on flawless work with The Bad Seeds. Following the progression of the band through these 45 lushly remastered tracks, we hear Cave mature as writer, composer and singer, from the early post-Birthday Party morbid obsessions, through tender ballads, the grand theatrical 'Dig, Lazarus, Dig' era work, to the intense and widescreen masterpiece of 2014's 'Push The Sky Away'. In its assembly, 'Lovely Creatures' is far more than a mere compilation, it's a broad and exhaustive journey through Cave's mythological folklore universe of murder, sex, drugs, love, light and dark.
I Don't Love Anyone (But You're Not Just Anyone) (V2)
A Spy In The House Of Love (demo vocals)
I Don't Love Anyone (But You're Not Just Anyone)
The Whole World Is Our Playground
She Is Far
Review: Unlikely as it sounds, and long though we've been waiting to say this, it may finally be that Pete Doherty has got his act together. Despite its title making one suspicious of a collection of half-formed demos, in fact this collection of appropriately dreamy yet surprisingly steely ditties might be the most well-rounded effort the old waster has created since the debut of his first band proper. Dealing with addiction, political tension and celebrity with charm and quip-handy insight, whilst nurturing arrangements that unite the garage-band rawness of the '60s with lusher pastures, it's a record to have his doubters thinking again.