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Album Review: Barrie – Happy to be Here

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There’s something reassuring and comfortable about the way “Metal Lungs” starts – straight into its rhythm without intro as though it’s a story you were already part-way through, the next track on an album you had already started listening to. That sense is echoed by the insistent strains of repetitive guitars and warm, soft snare …

Despite obvious problems with their national rugby union side, I have a massive soft spot for Kiwis. I didn’t know this bunch were from NZ (albeit now based in Brooklyn in New York), but I’m also a sucker for country and a bit of folk and their name seemed to fit that bracket. I was …

The celebrated American Poet Robert Frost noted that “There are two kinds of teachers: the kind that fill you with so much quail shot that you can’t move, and the kind that just gives you a little prod behind and you jump to the skies.” To be fair to most teachers these days, quail shot …

I almost missed this. Such is the state of my inbox at the moment that I’m desperately trying to keep somewhere in touch with, that this for several days, passed me by. Until last night when I listened to the single Kingmaker. And listened again. and then again. I’m still listening to it now in …