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Articles By BrendaF

NRG Rising - From Darkness to Light
27 Feb 2011 // review by BrendaF
This is the debut album for a hard working mother and daughter trio from Hamilton with their roots solidly grounded in reggae. Despite only being around for 18 months, they have crammed a lot in including gigs throughout the Auckland/Bay of Plenty/Gisborne/Hawkes Bay areas and headlining a number of festivals and now, an album.
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Joanne Chester - 'Where's The Time' EP Review
03 May 2010 // review by BrendaF
This is a 5 track EP from Joanne Chester is solely grounded in the Blues/Jazz genre. While Joanne’s vocals lack the sultry power usually associated this genre and at times were just plain flat, the intention and emotion behind the lyrics is quite spectacular.
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Farmer Pimp - 'Sweet Hot Pepper Pop' album Review
04 Apr 2010 // review by BrendaF
When I saw the name Farmer Pimp, I had images of a prostitute sitting on a hay bale in red band gumboots and I expected the music to be the same – a bit of a mish mash of genres. I wasn’t far wrong but what I found is that it worked really well.
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Nadine Loren - Album Review: Nadine Loren – Living in Wonderland
12 Jan 2010 // review by BrendaF
Nadine Loren is an up and coming singer/songwriter with an unusual yet effective style. Living in Wonderland has been nominated for “Best Pop Album of the Year” by the LA Music Awards in 2009 and I can see why.
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These Four Walls - Album Review: Down Falls An Empire - These Four Walls
29 Sep 2009 // review by BrendaF
I can’t believe that this time last year, I was doing a review on These Fall Walls two single EP and now, finally, their debut album has been released. It has been a long time coming since their first single 'Walk Away' debuted in May 2007.
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Electric Wire Hustle - Album Review: Electric Wire Hustle
29 Sep 2009 // review by BrendaF
I wasn’t too sure what to make of this self-titled album when I was asked to review it, I mean, how can you infuse hip hop with psychedelic and jazz but that is exactly what Electric Wire Hustle have managed to do – successfully. This is their debut album and the Wellington trio certainly challenges your musical boundaries.
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Gimar - Album Review: Gimar – 'On My Own Buzz'
11 Aug 2009 // review by BrendaF
What a fantastic example of one of New Zealand’s up and coming hip-hop artists. While my strengths lie in other genres, I do quite like rap/hip hop if it is well presented with lyrics that are true to one’s self.
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Mercury Crowe - Mercury Crowe - Set Your Mind To Fly album review
22 Jun 2009 // review by BrendaF
When I was given this album, I was informed that it was a rock album so that’s what I expected. But Mercury Crowe is so much more than just rock.
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Simon Spire - Album Review: Simon Spire – All or Nothing
21 May 2009 // review by BrendaF
Simon Spire’s debut album is an evocative album filled with different genres that seem to fit really well together. The album starts with tracks ‘Inside Out’ and ‘More or Less’ which both have a rock n roll bass line which firstly I found quite off-putting as they just jump straight out at you but after listening to the album several times, I actually quite liked that about them.
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Selon Recliner - Album review: The Orchid Door – Selon Recliner
04 May 2009 // review by BrendaF
The Orchid Door is the follow up album to the successful debut album Rest Room that was released in 2006 by then, Recliner. This album is described as dark, moody pop and I would have to agree.
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An Emerald City - Album Review: An Emerald City – Circa Scaria
16 Apr 2009 // review by BrendaF
This is An Emerald City’s debut album, however they did release a 4 track EP in April 2008. Circa Scaria was recorded in a cave (how cool is that!
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Miscreant - Album Review: Complicated Characters - Miscreant
16 Mar 2009 // review by BrendaF
I could hardly believe my luck when I was handed this album to review having heard the single ‘Fight For Me’ on the radio and becoming an instant fan. This album is described as a rock album but don’t be fooled, songs like ‘Hey Mister’ and ‘Rhythm Child’ have a very blues/jazz style to them while songs ‘Still Frame’ and ‘Hard Act To Follow’ have a more ballad/slow rock bottom line.
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Every Man For Himself - EP Review: Every Man For Himself – Te Pae Mahutonga The Southern Cross
02 Feb 2009 // review by BrendaF
The Auckland quintet has been around since 2003 (in various forms and under different names) and this is their third EP release. This is disc 1 in a two disc series, the second set to be released mid-2009.
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Lydia Cole - EP Review: Lydia Cole – Love Will Find A Way
19 Jan 2009 // review by BrendaF
I haven’t heard of Lydia Cole before listening to this EP so I wasn’t sure quite what to except. Lydia is relatively new to the music scene, however this is her second EP release.
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The Fea Street Hustle - EP Review - The Fea Street Hustle
23 Aug 2008 // review by BrendaF
I was concerned when I received this 5 track EP as my only previous experience in country music was being dragged along to the Topp Twins by my Mum when I was younger. However, I discovered I’m a closet country fan.
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NZ Top 10 Singles

  • DOWN UNDER
    Luude feat. Colin Hay
  • COLD HEART (PNAU REMIX)
    Elton John And Dua Lipa
  • FINGERS CROSSED
    Lauren Spencer-Smith
  • ABCDEFU
    GAYLE
  • MR REGGAE
    L.A.B.
  • EASY ON ME
    Adele
  • IN THE AIR
    L.A.B.
  • HEAT WAVES
    Glass Animals
  • STAY
    The Kid LAROI And Justin Bieber
  • SHIVERS
    Ed Sheeran
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