Screen Shot 2019-06-18 at 11.15.12 PMBruce Springsteen’s 19th album – Western Stars – his first studio release since 2014 is a sound investment for anyone who loves The Boss. Poignant, weary and character-driven comes to mind when listening to Springsteen’s new collection of songs that are all basically about loners and other lost souls. In a nutshell the old statesman seems to dig deep into his bag of tricks pulling off arguably his best album in ages.

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Does anyone still care about Madonna out there? Well, if we are to judge Madonna’s new album Madame X by how much we are talking about it, then the answer is probably yes. Or is it a case of that we just want to talk about Madonna, so we can tear her down and remind ourselves how irrelevant she is as an artist nowadays? I certainly hope it’s not the latter. In short, Madonna on Madame X is happily chasing trends but eccentric enough to remind us that well, she’s still Madonna!

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There is no better time to be a fan of indie folk music than now. Sam Beam better known as Iron & Wine together with members of Calexico, who all first worked together way back in 2005, are back with a new collaborative effort called Years to Burn. With eight tracks to make you feel right at home, I already cannot get enough of the soothing strumming guitars of The Bitter Suite and Follow the Water or the otherworldly instrumental (featuring a jazz sounding trumpet) of Outside El Paso. While the album’s last track makes for a great singalong, I’m afraid I’m going to go for Father Mountain with Beam’s infectious vocals as my favourite track on the album thus far.

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It’s a real treat to hear some wonderful music this week and Doom Days, Bastille’s incredible third album fits that bill perfectly. The album has been described as “a record of hope for turbulent times” and it is no more evident in its unyielding title track, a song about modern anxieties from phone addiction to climate change denial. As a new listener to Bastille, I find their approach to indie pop completely engrossing. I look forward to immersing myself with this wholly inventive album.

Other notable new album releases this week:
ZZ Top ‘Goin’ 50′ (Warner Bros.)
Amber Lawrence ‘Spark’ (ABC)
Bill Callahan ‘Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest’ (Drag City)
Kate Tempest ‘The Book of Traps and Lessons’ (Republic Records)
Meernaa ‘Heart Hunger’ (Oxeyedaisy/ASCAP)
Dressy Bessy ‘Fast Faster Disaster’ (Yep Roc Records)

Posted by Robert Horvat

Robert Horvat is a Melbourne based blogger. He believes that the world is round and that art is one of our most important treasures. He has seen far too many classic films and believes coffee runs through his veins. As a student of history, he favours ancient and medieval history. Music pretty much rules his life and inspires his moods. Favourite artists include The Beatles, Pearl Jam, Garbage and Lana Del Rey.

One Comment

  1. Thanks for the round-up! I struggle with autotuned Madonna. Prefer a trip the American West with The Boss, the title track Western Stars is probably my favorite song of the year so far

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