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Beyond Wine: Album Review of The Slow Rush - Tame Impala

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Neal Martin, Mar 2020

“The Slow Rush” took five years to see the light of day, though Parker apparently recorded the tracks in a period of frenzied activity in recent months. The soundscape is so enormous that you almost have to listen to this hour-long opus in separate sittings.

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Beyond Wine: Album Review of Mogadisco - Dancing Mogadishu Somalia 1972-1991 - Various Artists

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Neal Martin, Jan 2020

Mogadisco - Dancing Mogadishu (Somalia 1972-1991) is a considerable achievement for Samy Ben Redjeb, and the mere fact that this compilation exists is thanks to people like Colonel Ali, who risked his life to protect the recordings for so many years.

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Beyond Wine: Album Review of Penguin Eggs - Nic Jones

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Neal Martin, Nov 2019

Penguin Eggs is easier to track down and currently the only one available on streaming services, although needless to say, only on vinyl does it sound magical, where you can hear the intricacies of his playing. No, it’s not the kind of music for everyone.

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Beyond Wine: Album Review of All Mirrors – Angel Olsen

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Neal Martin, Oct 2019

All Mirrors is Angel Olsen’s best album in what has, until now, been a slow-burn career, evolving from her lo-fi roots to a cavernous, lush sound.

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Beyond Wine: Album Review of Love Will Find A Way - Philip Bailey

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Neal Martin, Sep 2019

“Love Will Find A Way” is a fantastic album that adds to the canon of a deeply impressive body of work.

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Beyond Wine: Crate Digging: Fotheringay by Fotheringay

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Neal Martin, Aug 2019

It is difficult to put my finger on exactly why, but Denny’s voice, her timbre and inflection, makes her sound as if she is singing from centuries back in history, like medieval princess pining from her castle tower to a lost prince.

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Beyond Wine: The David Gilmour Collection

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Antonio Galloni, Aug 2019

David Gilmour and Pink Floyd were a big part of my early musical education. I wore out my copies of “The Dark Side of the Moon” and “The Wall” (it was vinyl back then) in high school learning how to play all the guitar parts note for note. Needless to say, I was deeply intrigued when David Gilmour decided to auction off a large number of his guitars – including the instruments that had given birth to so many Pink Floyd classics – all for charity, further cementing his legacy of philanthropy.

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Beyond Wine: Album Review of EP1 and EP2 – Body Type

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Neal Martin, Jul 2019

Quality never dips across these dozen tracks, ensuring that EP1 & EP2 is one of the most satisfying releases this year, restoring your faith in a future for guitar-based pop music even if there is little chance of them challenging Swift, Perry and Sheeran for chart domination.

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Beyond Wine: Album Review of ANIMA – Thom Yorke

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Neal Martin, Jul 2019

If, like many, you pray each night that “A Moon Shaped Pool” does not turn out to be Radiohead’s farewell, then take a listen to ANIMA. Despite having already composed numerous works of genius over the years, Yorke’s muse has not left him.

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Beyond Wine: Album Review of Titanic Rising – Weyes Blood

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Neal Martin, May 2019

This is an album of grandeur, whose grooves can barely contain the lush, dramatic and cinematic sound that sweeps you off your feet.