Gary Steel is tired of NZ musicians making albums that are glorified calling cards rather than coherent musical statements.
Peter Kearns is wowed by a record that (wait for it!) has something to say. What a change from the me-me-me generation.
For Gary Steel, no opinion, or position, is set in stone. Time alters everything.
Gary Steel finds The Nomad’s new album a frustratingly hot and cold experience.
In the first of a new series – Unknown Pleasures – where he writes about worthy but under-recognised albums and artists, Gary Steel puts his case for The Decayes, one of the great unwritten stories of underground rock.
The dead can still dance, maintains true believer Gary Steel.
Gary Steel is profoundly disappointed at Gwen Stefani’s decision to return to her boring band.
The xx return three years later with a difficult second album, and Gary Steel gets blisters from sitting on the fence.
Former Strangler still up to his old tricks on 15th solo album. Gary Steel rates it.
Gary Steel partially overcomes his innate prejudices to assess an alt-country/folk/roots album of some merit.
A great blues-rock guitarist given the connoisseur treatment on live album.
Aretha and Otis solded (soulded?) together on one double-CD set. Weird.