Nine great new music cd’s

Can’t remember the last time you discovered a favourite new musical artist or cd you can’t live without? Here are nine fantastic ideas to get you singing along! 

Many of these artists are reminiscent of the hit musicians of the 60s, 70s and 80s – from fun funk to heavy rock– yet they put a modern spin on classic styles. Who is your favourite?

The Overtones - Sweet Soul Music 

“Sweet Soul Music is, at its best, a paean to the music of a bygone era; one that bursts with love; affection; and yes, even soul.” – Renowned for Sound
Genre: Soul, Rock
Best track: Sweet Soul Music
Sounds like: The Drifters
Listen if: You want to swing, jive or boogie to funky, upbeat tunes

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Following three consecutive Top 5 Albums in the British charts, Sweet Soul Music is the fourth groove-infused collection from The Overtones. The album transports you back to the swinging 60's when timeless classics ruled the airwaves, reinterpreting  hits from legendary artists like Marvin Gaye and The Drifters. It also features three original tracks, all bound to get your feet-a-tapping and your hips-a-swinging.

Stacey Solomon - Shy
“This is the type of album that has something for everyone on it. It has the pop ditties, the emotional ballads, and the playful jams.” - FDRMX
Genre: Pop/R&B
Best track: Shy
Sounds like: Amy Winehouse
Listen if: You want to sing along with amazing vocals

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Stacey Solomon first appeared on Britain’s The X Factor; however, this album proves that her true talent lies in emphatic, lilting vocals. Her long-awaited debut album, Shy, is an exercise in dreamy balladry that takes the listener on a journey from funk-pop to dreamy folk to upbeat melodies.

Alabama Shakes - Sound and Colour
“Along with her tales of haunted love, cautious optimism, and impassioned pacifism come more impressionistic songs that mean to find connections between epochs and space.” – Pitchfork
Genre: Rock
Best track: Don’t Wanna Fight
Sounds like: The Strokes
Listen if: Upbeat rock gets you going

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This critically acclaimed album topped the US Billboard 200 and reached number six in the Australian ARIA Charts. The album hailing from Liverpool, U.K. switches between 60s funk and eerie string arrangements, always remaining fresh and entertaining.   

Florence and the Machine - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
“She’s a powerhouse; Welch’s lung capacity could give the Big Bad Wolf an inferiority complex.” – Vulture
Genre: Indie Rock
Best track: What Kind of Man
Sounds like: Lana Del Rey
Listen if: You’ve ever experienced a broken heart

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In this wistful and passionate ‘break-up record’, Florence and the Machine deliver the grandiose vocal lines and the muscular delivery that her fans have come to know and love. The band is currently in Australia so you could even witness the melodic intensity live on stage. Tickets available from Ticketmaster.

Of Monsters and Men - Beneath the Skin
"Crystals" features the band's trademark expansive sound, with martial drums punctuating the rousing chorus.” – Rolling Stone
Genre: Folk/pop
Best track: Crystals
Sounds like: Mumford and Sons
Listen if: You want to experiment with music from a different region

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Icelandic music has clawed its way into the international mainstream over recent years, with much of the credit going to the mellifluous folk-pop band Of Monsters and Men. Their tracks such as Crystals and I of the Storm are worth a listen.

The Vaccines - English Graffiti
“The indie titans return with a kitschier, more colourful, genre-spanning version of their old selves.” – NME
Genre: Guitar rock
Best track: 20/20
Sounds like: The Strokes, Chris Martin, Damon Albarn
Listen if: You can’t say no to some classic English rock
Video: Listen on Youtube.com here.

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In their second album, British rockers The Vaccines, have dropped the desire for timelessness, instead focusing on producing an amazing album right here, right now. It is more diverse than their previous work and takes you back to the funky rock tunes of the 80s.

The Wombats - Glitterbug
“Glitterbug is packed with anthemic hooks and synth pulses that sound like they were composed solely to lure Lexus.” – Pitchfork
Genre: Indie Rock
Best track: Greek Tragedy
Sounds like: The Cure
Listen if: You love energetic tunes that get stuck in your head

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The Wombat’s are from Liverpool, England and their third studio album, Glitterbug, delivers an infectious energy with catchy synth-pop tunes that will remain in your head for years to come. Although the album has received mixed reviews, the individual tracks are a perfect accompaniment to a lazy Saturday afternoon barbecue. 

Lee Kernaghan - Spirit of the Anzacs
“The album really resonates across Australia in the hearts of people who've had fathers and grandfathers and sons and daughters and uncles who have worn our uniform.” – Lee Kernaghan, Canberra Times
Genre: Country rock
Best track: Spirit of the Anzacs
Listen if: You want to hear Australian spirit imbued in song
Sounds like: a mix of unique sounds and artists

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In the year of the centenary of the Anzac Campaign, nothing hits home harder than this evocative album, which pays tribute to our diggers and brings soldiers’ letters to life through song. The charity single is raising money for Legacy and Soldier On and features some of Australia’s most talented singers, including Jessica Mauboy, Guy Sebastian and Megan Washington. 

AC/DC - Rock Or Bust
Genre: Hard rock
Best track: Rock or Bust
Listen if: You’ve ever rocked out to an ACDC classic
Sounds like: AC/DC (some bands you just can’t ever replace!)

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This is the Aussie hard rock band’s fifteenth internationally released album (sixteenth in Australia) and although it is their shortest studio album and their first without founding member Malcolm Young, it still delivers the same amount of hard-rocking zest found in their former classics. Rock or Bust peaked at number one in 12 countries and reached top 5 in a further 12 countries. 

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