Music critic Jeremy Taylor is in awe of a huge artistic progression from local artist Nadia Reid on her sophomore album, tries Kathryn Ryan's patience with yet another lengthy track from yet another Sun Kil Moon album, and seeks to make amends with a track from a superb new budget priced 3CD compilation entitled The Legacy Of Soul.
Nadia Reid: "Magnificent sophomore album from superb NZ singer/ songwriter. Deeper, richer, more nuanced, less obviously folksy than her debut. With glowing reviews and a healthy work ethic, she is destined to take her place on the world stage. Shockingly good."
Sun Kil Moon: "A new (double) album from the ludicrously prolific Mark Kozelek, backed as he has been on recent outings by former Sonic Youth sticksman Steve Shelley. Hugely wordy, hugely long (16 tracks over two discs), this is not the best starting point for the uninititated. (Better tor try 2014’s brilliant ‘Benji’). but musically it draws on modern hip hop a la Kendrick Lamar, while lyrically it follows the minutae of Kozelek’s stream of consciousness."
Artist: Nadia Reid
Song: The Arrow & The Aim, Right On Time
Label: Spunk/ Universal/ Rhythmethod
Artist: Sun Kil Moon
Song: Sarah Lawrence College Song
Album: Common As Light And Love Are Red Valleys Of Blood
Label: Caldo Verde
Artist: Nina Simone
Song: Funkier Than A Mosquito’s Tweeter
Comp: Alienne Bullock
Album: Various Artists - The Legacy Of Soul
Label: Sony Legacy