Top Picks of September 2013

In no particular order here is the list of the best albums I have reviewed over the course of the month:

Yonder Ruckus – The Mouldy Lovers

2013 – Independent

yonder ruckus

The cream of Australian gypsy-punk.

Kings Of The Wild Frontier – Adam and The Ants

1980 – CBS


Burrimba beats, post-punk guitars, pop sensibility and a wickedly dangerous sense of humour.

Gonna Ball – Stray Cats

1981 – Arista

gonna ball

Rockabilly reimagined for the eighties, what more is there to say?

The Boatman’s Call – Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

1997 – Mute/Reprise

The boatman's call


Dark and beautiful. A moment of evil introspection with a gleam of love and light.

Smell Of Female – The Cramps

1983 – I.R.S

smell of female

The Cramps – even louder and nuttier live.

Space Oddity – David Bowie

1969 – Phillips

space oddity

Futuristic space folk beamed down from a genius brain.

Hesitation Marks – Nine Inch Nails

2013 – Columbia

Hesitation marks

NIN are back with a set of hard rocking, danceable tunes. The best disco record I’ve heard in a while.

Shelter Me – The Waifs

1998 – Outside Music

shelter me

Australian folk that conjures up the best of this wide, brown land.

Snapshot – The Strypes

2013 – Virgin EMI


A band that’s not afraid to rock and nothing else. Great old school rhythm and blues.

The Last Ship – Sting

2013 – Cherry Tree/ Interscope



Celtic folk inflection with some of the best lyrical work I’ve heard this year.


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